Rapid must refocus as Schöttel returns

Rapid Vienna have to concentrate on Austrian Bundesliga tomorrow (Sat) after having been defeated in the midweek Champions League qualification.1

The team – who have been dominating the domestic competition so far this season – face SV Grödig at the Ernst Happel Stadium. It has to be seen whether the Green-Whites manage to recover from the blow they suffered against on FC Shakhtar Donetsk
Wednesday. The Ukrainian side celebrated a 1-0 victory in the first leg of the final UEFA Champions League qualification round. Speaking about his team’s goals for next week’s return match, Rapid coach Zoran Barisic vowed: “We’re not finished yet.”

Before the team captained by Steffen Hofmann face FC Shakhtar in Lviv, they need to underline their role as co-favourites for the Bundesliga title tomorrow afternoon (kickoff: 4pm). Rapid recently made their fans happy by beating city rivals FK Austria 5-2 while Grödig had a mediocre start into the season, with one win and two draws in the first five games. Grödig coach Peter Schöttel and Barisic were teammates in Rapid’s legendary 1996 team. Furthermore, the former national team defender was replaced by Barisic as Rapid manager in 2013.

Tickets for tomorrow’s Bundesliga match are still available. For more information, visit http://www.skrapid.at

The Austrian Bundesliga after five of 36 rounds:

SK Rapid, 13 points
Admira Wacker, 11
FK Austria, 10
SK Sturm Graz, 9
Red Bull Salzburg, 7
SV Mattersburg, 6
SV Grödig, 5
Wolfsberger AC, 4
Altach, 3
SV Ried, 1

::: The Austrian Culture Channel on Twitter: @accthomas

Dissidenten do it again

Funk, reggae and soul are performed at one of Vienna’s most popular festivals – and a celebrated world music rock band are ready to return.1

The 11th edition of the Afrika Tage kicked off yesterday. Sali Keita, Jamaram and many more will rock the Donauinsel, the Austrian city’s Danube island dam. Delicious culinary offers and a clothing and accessories market are also part of the setting.

The concert of Dissidenten is set to be the musical highlight of this year’s event. The German band – who have been around for more than 20 years – return to hit the open air stage tonight. Egyptian star Mohamed Mounir will join them.

Dissidenten started recording and touring in the early 1980s. Collaborations with artists of different genres and origins shape their oeuvre which balances between various genres.

For more information, visit http://www.afrika-tage.at and http://www.dissidenten.com

::: The Austrian Culture Channel on Twitter: @accthomas