THE MYSTERY OF THE DEATH OF THE PHENOMENA PAPER MAN IN THE WORLD OF FOOTBALL (Matthias Sindelar)
The figure of Matthias Sindelar is one of the phenomena in football. He was one of the pillars of Austria in the 1930s. He was the captain of the Wunderteam - nicknamed Austria - which advanced to the 1934 World Cup semifinals.
The player nicknamed Der Papierene or The Paper Man has advantages in the ability to dribble and creativity. By the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS), he was voted Austrian Player of the Year in the 20th Century
Sindelar appeared for the Austrian banner in 43 official matches between 28 September 1926 to 19 September 1937 scoring 26 goals.
A number of individual awards were also won by the former striker who has another nickname "The Mozart of Football". One Austrian League title and five Austrian Cups went to the former Vienna Austrian player.
The annexation by Germany made Austria lose its independence as a national team. In his last match as a national team on 3 April 1938, Sindelar reportedly celebrated a goal in front of Nazi officials.
Sindelar's tough stance on refusing to defend Germany after the annexation had long tails. A number of news reports stated that this refusal was the main reason why the figure who was born on February 10, 1903 died.
On January 23, 1939, Sindelar and his girlfriend, Camilla Castagnola, were found dead in their apartment in Vienna. From the results of the diagnosis, they found excess levels of carbon monoxide in their bodies.