Peter Persidis

Peter Persidis (8 March 1947 – 21 January 2009)[1] was an international Austrian footballer.

Peter Persidis
Personal information
Full name Δημήτρης Περσίδης
Date of birth (1947-03-08)8 March 1947
Place of birth Vienna, Austria
Date of death 21 January 2009(2009-01-21) (aged 61)
Place of death Vienna, Austria
Position(s) Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1967–1971 First Vienna 71 (0)
1971–1975 Olympiacos 80 (12)
1975–1982 Rapid Vienna 182 (3)
Total 333 (15)
National team
1976–1978 Austria 7 (0)
Teams managed
1986–1987 VSE St. Pölten
2001 Rapid Vienna
*Club domestic league appearances and goals


His father Kostas Persidis was also a footballer in Greece. He played at Proodeftiki F.C. (1937-1939) and Aris Piraeous (1943-1944). Persidis started his professional career at First Vienna, than returned to his father's home country in the early 1970s, and went on to win three Greek titles with Olympiacos prior to returning to Vienna in 1975 to play for SK Rapid Wien. A sweeper, and the club's captain from 1978 to 1980, he won the 1981–82 Austrian title with Rapid under Hickersberger.

Coaching careerEdit

He coached VSE St. Pölten.[2] He also later worked as Josef Hickersberger's assistant at Rapid and was briefly the club's caretaker manager. Persidis took over as Under-19 head coach last summer, having previously worked as assistant to Hickersberger at UEFA EURO 2008. However, he was forced to step down soon afterwards after being diagnosed with a serious illness.


Persidis died in Vienna on 21 January 2009 at the age of 61, with the Austrian Football Association holding a minute's silence in his honour at the national team's friendly against Sweden in Graz on 11 February.[3]

External linksEdit


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-01-24.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2010-06-27.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Peter Persidis tot: Der loyale Mann im Hintergrund". 22 January 2009.