A week of ups and downs ended in spectacular fashion on Sunday as Rapid put city rivals Austria to the sword with a devastating derby day performance. Match Report:
Zoran Barisic elected to go with the same starting line-up for the last-eight Cup clash with Admira Mödling that had done such a good job last time out against WAC. Match report:
Bundesliga football was back on the agenda on Saturday and Rapid got off to the perfect start. A stirring second half performance proved too much for bottom club Wolfsberg as the Hütteldorfers ran out clear 3:0 victors.
Shortly before the January transfer window slammed shut, SK Rapid's efforts to continuously improve the squad bore fruit as the club made an exciting announcement.
On Saturday, ahead of Sunday's departure, the squad took on its second and final opponent of the 2016 training camp in Side.
After touching down in Turkey on Friday and then taking a day to acclimatise, the serious business of friendly fixtures began on Sunday, as Rapid took on cult-German outfit FC St. Pauli from Hamburg.
Following the 9:0 win against Neusiedl/See and the 1:3 reverse against FAC, Rapid rounded off their early preparations with a match on Wednesday afternoon against Burgenland side Parndorf.
On Friday afternoon the lads took to the training pitches at the Ernst Happel Stadium for their next friendly match.
Having returned to training a week ago, Saturday’s friendly against Neusiedl/See (Regional league) represented a step up in winter preparations.
On Saturday Rapid beat Neusiedl 9:0 in the club’s first friendly fixture of 2016. Directly after the match in Vienna, the team bus left the Ernst Happel Stadium and set off for Upper Austria: