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“Best known for the 2-3-1-2-3 formation (not pictured) they made so popular in 19th-century Vienna before teams were limited to 11 players.
Danubian’s main star was Johann “The Bat” Strauss II, who could change the tempo of a game at a stroke. A true ball-playing midfielder, he would glide past any oncoming opponent with ease using his trademark sidestep and turn.
Sadly, the other players failed to reach the same standards, leading to tension in the squad that was compounded by a decline in results after 1899. It was hoped that the transfer of Richard Strauss from the German Bundesliga would reinvigorate the team, but he never really fit into this family-oriented club.”
Excerpt from Football Teams of the Habsburg Monarchy, Vol 7: 1848 – 1918
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