My father, Diplom Ingenieur Gerhard Hanappi (1929-1980), was one of the best and most prominent soccer players of Austria. He also played twice in the selection of the eleven best soccer players of the world.
Furthermore he was one of the few high-profile sportsmen with an academic education. In fact, coming from a poor family with workers background, he could use his exceptional talent in soccer to finance his academic career as an architect.
His master piece as an architect was to build the stadion for his club, Rapid Wien, which then - due to his double talent - was named Hanappi-Stadion.
This page contains two texts (chapters in different books) I wrote on his achievements and some selected newspaper articles (all in German) as well as some links to photographs.
Book chapter in the book "Die Eleganz des runden Leders": "Gerhard Hanappi - Legende und Mensch".
Book chapter in the book "Gerhard Hanappi. Fußballer und Architekt": "Sport und Musik". Presentation of the book at SK Rapid (Video)
© Hardy Hanappi