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FK Austria Wien 1930s: connections between defense and attack

Author: Isaque Argolo | Creation Date: 2021-07-04 20:49:04


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One of the highest class of technician and tactician teams in the 30s, FK Austria’s methods of scheming plays were commented all around Central Europe. The defensive system, however, was not one of their best weapons. Nevertheless, their connections from the defensive system to the attacking lines were precise and very effective. Patterns
Johann Mock, a hard working and precise passer of FK Austria, was their team’s centerhalf, or the pivotal mid player. He was the one who started the connections between the defensive system and the two connectors, or inside forwards. Mock usually recovered the ball and starter their counter-attacks. Then, FK Austria had two options of great connectors: Josef Stroh and Camillo Jerusalem.
— Even if I had marked Sindelar — completed Dr. György Sárosi — I wouldn't have been able to stay on him, because he was well supported by his two connectors. Stroh and Jerusalem brought the ball forward in a pattern formation. And the connections came because the halves, especially Johann Mock, had started them again and again. In Austria, this quadrangle (midfielder - connectors - centre-forward) worked perfectly. Mock did not get rid of the ball, but brought it and played mostly on the connectors when they were unmarked. I prefer to pass the balls to the connectors as well.
In a similar way, it was very identical to what was the Wunderteam. Sindelar's action would create space to the schemer Gschweidl, therefore creating chances of scoring a goal. Sindelar was not a systematic footballer, thus his movement throughout the whole field were not predictable. If man-marked, he would drag the defender so his insiders would create the plays.
Jerusalem J. Stroh
Nausch Mock Adamek
F. K. Austria 1935/36
The goal difference between the three insiders – two connectors and centre-forward – was really well balanced. When Sindelar was marked, mostly the plays started with Stroh or Jerusalem; Sindelar constantly dropped deep and created space for others. In case of a unable through ball, Sindelar would play the wingers and receive up-front in a coordinated attack. Sindelar, however, could also send punctual passes which could break the opponent’s lines creating a chance of goal.
As a knowledgeable player, Sindelar default style was to play the wingers, and, thus, use their burst of speed to create incisive attacks and, finally, receive centralized balls to score. Sindelar, depending on his movement and position at the moment, he could send cross-field passes or diagonal through balls to the wingers.
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