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Rudi Strittich

Football player from Austria

Rudi Strittich (March 3, 1922 – July 11, 2010) was an Austrian football coach and former player. He debuted for Vorwärts Steyr, and later played for First Vienna FC. While with First Vienna, he went on a tour of the Middle East and upon returning was arrested along with two other players for smuggling narcotics into Austria. Strittich was imprisoned for three months and banned from football for one year by the Austrian Football Association. Unable to play football in Austria, Strittich was recruited by Béla Guttmann to play for Italian club USC Triestina. The Austrian FA would not clear him to play, so he joined Colombian side Bananeros Santa Marta, where he could play because the Colombian Football Federation was not at the time affiliated to FIFA. Upon returning to Austria, Strittich learned that his ban was still in effect, as the Austrian FA ruled that he did serve the ban while playing in Colombia. He moved to Switzerland and trained with the youth side of Young Fellows Zürich. Next, he briefly returned to Vienna, and was sold to French side Besançon RC after just six months. He suffered a back injury in France, and would retire from playing soon after. He made his debut for  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1922-03-03
Nationality
Austria

Athlete facts

Sports
Football

Death

Date of death
2010-07-11

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