Vienna street to be named after ‘Tiger’ Zeman

Vienna officials announced today (Tues) that a street will be named after Rapid Vienna legend Walter Zeman.A ceremony to mark the naming of the street in Donaustadt district will take place on Friday.Zeman is regarded as one of Austria’s best goalkeepers of all time. He played for Rapid between 1945 and 1961 and was called up for the national team 41 times.The keeper – nicknamed “Tiger” by fans of the club – won eight league titles and kept goal when the national team came third in the 1954 World Cup.Zeman passed away in 1991.Rapid president Rudolf Edlinger said he will be accompanied by several members of the club’s senior squad at Friday’s ceremony.The decision to name a street after the famous footballer comes after city officials named an as yet unnamed bridge across the Danube after Georg Danzer. The singer/songwriter, who passed away from lung cancer in 2007, had his biggest hit with “Jö schau”, a song about a flasher at the city’s Café Hawelka.A park in Landstraße district was recently renamed after late jazz / world music legend Joe Zawinul, while a Donaustadt street was named Falcogasse to honour pop star Falco. The singer, who died in a car crash in 1998, topped the US Billboard charts with his hit tune “Rock Me Amadeus” in 1985.Vienna authorities also announced plans to name city centre squares after late Social Democratic (SPÖ) Mayors Leopold Gratz and Helmut Zilk.