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 Matthias SINDELAR 1930-1934 
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Name: Matthias Sindelar

Nicknames: "Motzl", "Der Papierene", "Sindi"


Country: :AUT: Austria
Club: FK Austria Wien
Position: *CF, SS
Side: RF/BS
Age: 27-31 years (10/02/1903)

Height: 179 cm
Weight: 63 kg

Attack: 95
Defence: 31
Balance: 73
Stamina: 78
Top Speed: 85
Acceleration: 92
Response: 81
Agility: 92
Dribble Accuracy: 98
Dribble Speed: 87
Short Pass Accuracy: 92
Short Pass Speed: 78
Long Pass Accuracy: 85
Long Pass Speed: 76
Shot Accuracy: 89
Shot Power: 85
Shot Technique: 92
Free Kick Accuracy: 75
Curling: 79
Header: 76
Jump: 81
Technique: 97
Aggression: 85
Mentality: 82
Goalkeeper Skills: 50
Team Work: 79

Injury Tolerance: B
Condition: 6
Weak Foot Accuracy: 7
Weak Foot Frequency: 7
Consistency: 5
Growth type: Standard/Lasting

S02 - Passer
S03 - 1-on-1 Finish
S05 - 1-touch Play
S17 - Flip Flap Skills
S18 - Turning Skills
S22 - Side Stepping Skills
P03 - Trickster
P05 - Mazing Run
P10 - Incisive Run
P11 - Long Ranger

SPECIAL ABILITIES: Dribbling - Tactical Dribble - Playmaking - Middle Shooting - Passing - 1-on-1 Scoring - 1 Touch Pass

Attack/Defence Awareness Card: Attack Minded


Austrian centre-forward Matthias Sindelar was perhaps the greatest star of his country's famous 'Wunderteam' of the 1930s. Nicknamed 'paper-man' owing to his slight build, he was nevertheless a remarkably skilful and creative player. Fiercely proud of his country, he came into conflict with the German authorities following the annexation of Austria in 1938, possibly leading to his early death in tragic and mysterious circumstances. He was born Matěj Šindelář in the small town of Kozlov in Moravia, on 10 February 1903. Moravia was at that time still part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and when he was just two years old the family moved to Vienna, settling in an area with a large Czech-speaking community. Learning football in the streets of Vienna as he grew up, Sindelar took on the more German-sounding name of Matthias. His football career began at the age of 15 with Hertha Vienna, where he would spend the next six years. Although he broke into the first team at 18, Hertha were never able to content for major honours and by 1924 was facing financial difficulties. When the club was relegated from the top division at the end of the 1923-24 season, Sindelar was sold to raise funds. He joined the reigning Austrian champions SV Amateure, now known as Austria Wien, where he would spend the remainder of his career. Sindelar was remarkably skilled at avoiding challenges from opposing defenders, being blessed with superb ball control and dribbling ability. His time with Amateure/Austria got off to a hugely successful start, with the Austrian Cup being won in his first season and a league and cup double in his second - sealed by a thrilling 4-3 win over Wiener AC in the cup final. Sindelar's performances in the double winning season earned him his first call up to the national team early in the 1926-27 season. He scored on his debut, in a 2-1 win over Czechoslovakia in Prague.

Austria were developing a very strong national team, with Sindelar as it's focal point. Although they did not go to the inaugural World Cup in 1930, it was the early years of the new decade that saw the country emerge as one of international football's major forces. In 1931 Sindelar scored in a 5-0 win over Scotland which is considered by many to mark the beginning of the 'Wunderteam' era. The following year, he went on a run of scoring eight goals in five international, capped by a hat-trick in a crushing 8-2 win over Hungary. His performances helped Austria to win the second edition of the Central European International Cup, and they came to be considered as one of the favourites to win the 1934 World Cup. Although his club were regularly in the middle to lower reaches of the Austrian league, Sindelar won another cup winner's medal in 1933 as the now renamed Austria Wien defeated BAC by a single goal. That year also brought success in Europe's only international club competition of the time, the Mitropa Cup. Early in 1934, the national team faced Bulgaria for a place in the World Cup. Sindelar scored one of the goals as Austria duly cruised to a 6-1 victory to take their place in the finals in Italy that summer. When the finals came round, Austria were drawn to face France in the first round of the straight knockout tournament. With Austria trailing 1-0, it was Sindelar whose equaliser forced extra-time where two more Austrian goals gave the team a place in the last eight. A narrow win over Hungary set up a semi-final meeting with Italy, and the host nation identified Sindelar as the danger man who they had to stop. He was man-marked by tough tackling half-back Luis Monti, who rendered him almost totally ineffective and Italy edged through to the final 1-0. That would prove to be Sindelar's final World Cup appearance, as by the time of the next finals in 1938 Austria had been invaded and annexed by Nazi Germany.

At club level, the two seasons following the World Cup brought yet more cup success. In 1935, Sindelar scored twice in the opening 20 minutes of the final against WAC as Austria Wien went on to win 5-1. Twelve months later, he was again on target in a 3-0 win over Wiener AC as the club claimed a third cup win in just four years. They also added another Mitropa Cup win in 1936, which would prove to be the final major honour of Sindelar's career. The annexation of Austria in 1938 was a major turning point in Sindelar's life. His final official appearance for the national team had come in September 1937 against Switzerland, but there was to be one final game for Austria, a 'reconciliation match' against Germany. Sindelar scored in the match, which Austria won 2-0, and celebrated wildly in front of the senior Nazi officials who were watching. Germany tried to strengthen their team by calling up players from Austria, but Sindelar refused to play for the 'unified' team despite being selected several times. He cited old age or injury, but his reasons went deeper than that. Manager Sepp Herberger spoke of Sindelar's relief when Herberger told him that he understood why he did not want to play. Under Nazi rule, professional contracts were banned and all references to 'Austria' were removed from team names, although Austria Wien later won a battle to have their name restored. As a means of gaining income, Sindelar bought a café when its Jewish owner was forced to give the business up, and he began to be investigated by the Gestapo as a result of his links with the Jewish community. He was increasingly disillusioned with the way the German authorities were controlling the Austrian game, and he also knew that at 35 his career would soon be coming to an end anyway. On 26 December 1938, Sindelar scored what would prove to be the final goal of his career in a 2-2 draw between Austria Vien and Hertha BSC Berlin. Less than one month later, a friend grew concerned upon being unable to contact Sindelar and broke into his apartment. Sindelar was lying dead in bed, killed by carbon monoxide poisoning. Next to him was his girlfriend, who would later die in hospital. Rumours around the circumstances of their deaths have raged for years, with the official cause being an accident. An accident was plausible, as neighbours had complained of faulty chimneys in the preceding days, but many did not believe it. Some suggested Sindelar had committed suicide, but far more believed that he had been murdered by the authorities. It was claimed at various times that they had been killed because either Sindelar or his girlfriend had been Jewish, although that was not the case. One of his friends suggested that the official account was created so that he could be allowed a 'grave of honour', which he would not have been had his death been murder or suicide.Sindelar was just 35 years old when he died. Estimates of the number of people who turned out for his funeral in Vienna range from 15,000 to 20,000. He is still regarded as Austria's greatest ever footballer, and some 60 years after his death would be named as Austria's 'Sportsman of the Century'.

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Thu Mar 14, 2013 2:36 pm

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What do you think about his aerial abilities? I've saw some photos where he beat much taller defenders and where he showed fantastic leap..

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Sat Apr 20, 2013 8:23 pm

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It can be raised surely. Actually he played as CF both in club and NT..

Sat Apr 20, 2013 8:36 pm
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Yes, changed register position and raised both HEA and JUM..

Sat Apr 20, 2013 8:45 pm

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In 1932 he was 178 cm and 73 kg, that's official now from the newest book. It says also 28 goals in 44 caps with NT, and for his club in total 600 goals in 700 games...

One of the goals was astonishing: Austria took a right-sided corner kick and Sindelar headed the ball over one defender, than another, than headed it past the goalkeeper and into the net - this from a player not known for his ability in the air. And in an 8-2 dismantling of archrival Hungary, the Paper Man romped to a hattrick and assisted to Austria's five other goals.

Thu Dec 26, 2013 8:06 pm
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You have a book dedicated to this player? What is the title? Perhaps I will buy it aswell if it is worth it?

Fri Dec 27, 2013 3:12 pm

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No, it's not dedicated to Sindelar, just one of many books about the history of football game..

Fri Dec 27, 2013 3:15 pm
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«Sindi», oppure «der Papierene» — traduzione libera italiana: «carta velina» — lo chiamavano a Vienna. Aveva, sì, struttura atletica, nel senso che era alto, slanciato e che i suoi lineamenti esprimevano energia e decisione. Ma era magro, secco, asciutto in modo impressionante. Di muscoli non ne aveva, di consistenza non ne mostrava. Di profilo pareva, piatto, sottile, trasparente, come se — scusate la frase alpina un po' irriverente che viene in mente — la madre ci si fosse, per errore, seduta su appena nato.

Artista della finta

A vederlo giuocare, si trasformava. Era il padrone della palla, l'artista della finta. Quando esordì nella «nazionale» austriaca non trovò buona stampa: troppo leggero per il combattimento, troppo etereo per l'infuocata atmosfera degli incontri dove l'Austria era la squadra da battere, allora. Durò poco la diffidenza: nello spazio di pochi mesi si trasformò in entusiasmo. «Sindi» aveva capito quello che si voleva da lui. Alla mancanza di fisico sopperì subito coll'intelligenza. Aveva appreso a smarcarsi in modo magistrale. Lasciato libero, distribuiva, smistava, dettava temi di attacco, diventava la vera intelligenza della prima linea. Toccato duramente piativa, assumeva quell'atteggiamento da vittima a cui il viso color cartapecora ed il fisico di tipo fragile cosi ben si prestavano. E, pur vivendo in una città che i suoi campioni li idolatrava, fu amato come pochi. Uridil, il famoso «tank» del Rapid, ebbe l'onore di una delle più popolari canzoni di Vienna; Siegl ricevette il nomignolo di «Burgermeister» = Podestà, ma Sindelar divenne un idolo.

Credeva nel “rigore„

Aveva nel suo giuoco davvero di che entusiasmare. Il suo repertorio era il più schiettamente viennese che si possa immaginare. Maestro della finta, si è detto. La sua non era una finta scomposta, plateale, marcata. Era un accenno, una sfumatura, il tocco di un artista. Fingeva di andare a destra e poi convergeva a sinistra colla facilità, la leggerezza, l'eleganza di un passo di danza alla Strauss, mentre l'avversario, ingannato e nemmeno sfiorato, finiva a terra nel suo vano tentativo di carica. Allora, quando questo suo giuoco gli riusciva, «Sindi» si ispirava; come il vero artista. Non v'era più modo di tenerlo a freno. Sgusciava via, prendeva finezze di tocco impensate, ridicolizzava l'avversario, finiva per fare, lui cosi evanescente, la figura di un gigante. Chi non lo ha visto a Vienna, al tempo in cui noi prendevamo lezioni, o nella primavera del 1931 contro la Scozia, od a Londra, a Stamford Bridge, sul finire dell'incontro coll'Inghilterra, non ha visto niente. Toccarlo, toccarlo duro, ecco, erano guai. Ne sa qualche cosa il nostro Monti, della Juventus. Non si volevano un ben dell'anima, i due. Una di quelle antipatie naturali, istintive, irresistibili. Al viennese non piaceva il tono maschio, positivo, deciso di Luisito. L'italiano non gradiva quella danza da ballerina che gli si faceva davanti, come una beffa, non gradiva sopratutto l'atteggiamento da defunto che l'avversario, previa invocazione agli Dei per un «rigore», assumeva quando caricato. Sindelar non era come il corinthiano ed evangelico S.S. Harris, Sindelar credeva nel «rigore» e lo cercava. Lo cercava anche negli sgradevoli contatti con Monti. Sindelar a terra che fa il morente colla mano tesa in un ultimo gesto implorante all'arbitro vendicatore, e Monti che con uno sguardo che definisce di farsa la intera scena, torna indietro, pacifico, ecco l'episodio ricorrente degli incontri Italia-Austria di lunghi anni. Tre quarti della impopolarità di cui fu vittima Monti sui campi oltre confine, fu dovuta alla campagna inscenatagli perchè aveva osato e continuava a osare toccare tecnicamente ed abbattere materialmente un idolo.

Idolo delle folle

Come molti degli uomini che hanno onorato il nome della defunta Austria in campo calcistico — a volersi soffermare a questo solo — Sindelar era di origine boema. Un giorno, non molti anni fa, uno dei dirigenti austriaci più in vista, il dirigente responsabile per eccellenza, a conclusione della presentazione a un'alta autorità straniera della «squadra dei miracoli» — Zischek, Szesta, Adamek, Kaburek, Sindelar, Bican — tutti nomi lontanissimi dalle radici o dalle caratteristiche teutoni, si volse ad un amico, ed aggiunse sotto voce: «lauter Tschechen»: ceki tutti quanti. Era di origine ceka anche lui, il defunto commissario tecnico austriaco. Non è morto da eroe questo idolo delle folle danubiane. Pare che strida, che urti col senso morale, il fatto che un uomo ammirato, idolatrato per le sue virtù atletiche ed artistiche, muoia nelle braccia di una donna o, per lo meno, per mano od in compagnia con una donna. Eppure la cosa è cosi umana, che la folla che lo ha tanto amato gli perdonerà anche questo suo modo di allontanarsi dalla vita. E' stata l'ultima sua «finta»... Gli sportivi italiani, che lo hanno a suo tempo ammirato e temuto, i calciatori nostri, che nella conquista del primato mondiale considerarono lo studio per neutralizzare l'opera di «carta velina» come una delle più difficili tappe della loro marcia, si inchinano davanti alla scomparsa dell'uomo in cui più non vedono l'avversario, ma il collega, l'artista, il supremo esponente di una scuola. Lo salutano commossi.

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