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Austria team profile

Published: Monday 6 January 2014, 1.04CET
The halcyon days of Austrian football may be in the distant past, but there are signs of encouragement for the UEFA EURO 2008 co-hosts under Swiss coach Marcel Koller.

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Published: Monday 6 January 2014, 1.04CET

Austria team profile

The halcyon days of Austrian football may be in the distant past, but there are signs of encouragement for the UEFA EURO 2008 co-hosts under Swiss coach Marcel Koller.

Best result: group stage 2008
Marcel Koller
Leading scorers:
all-time – Toni Polster (44); current – Marc Janko (16)
Most appearances:
all-time – Andreas Herzog (103); current – Andreas Ivanschitz (66)
Association formed:
Where they play:
Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna

The halcyon days of Austrian football are in the distant past, with third place at the 1954 FIFA World Cup standing as a pinnacle of achievement. In all there have been seven World Cup appearances, the last of them at France '98, but just one at the UEFA European Championship – as co-hosts in 2008 when they endured group stage elimination after losing to Germany. Their cross-border rivals proved a stumbling back again in qualification for both UEFA EURO 2012 and the 2014 World Cup, though there are signs of encouragement under Swiss coach Marcel Koller.

EURO pedigree
Matches played

Overall: P93 W36 D17 L40 F163 A145
Final tournament: P3 W0 D1 L2 F1 A3
Qualifying: P90 W36 D16 L38 F162 A142

UEFA EURO 2008 remains Austria's only tilt at the latter stages of the continental competition and it did not last long. In a tournament they co-hosted with Switzerland, Josef Hickersberger's young team paid for inexperience despite some spirited performances. They lost the opening game to Croatia and after picking up a draw against Poland, bowed out after the group stage following a 1-0 defeat by Germany.

Austria have never quite been able to get across the line in qualifying for the EUROs, their 2012 campaign all too familiar when after a bright start they slipped to fourth. They have come close, however, ending a point short of an automatic berth for the 1980 finals and twice defeats in the UK – 1-0 by Wales (1976) and 5-3 in Northern Ireland (1996) – ended their interest.

Memorable EURO matches
12/06/08: Austria 1-1 Poland, UEFA EURO 2008 group stage
Ivica Vastic scored an added-time penalty to earn the co-hosts their first ever finals point.

27/04/83: Austria 0-0 West Germany, 1984 UEFA European Championship qualifying
Five years after a memorable 3-2 World Cup win, Austria frustrated their neighbours again.

15/10/67: Austria 1-0 USSR, 1968 UEFA European Championship qualifying
Leopold Grausam earned victory over a side that had reached the first two EURO finals.

Did you know?
At 38 years and 257 days, Vastic became the oldest player to score in a UEFA European Championship when he converted a late penalty against Poland in 2008.

*Last updated on 07/01/14

Last updated: 13/02/14 23.04CET

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Match log

The home team is listed first.Last updated: 04/05/2015 16:35 CET
11 September 2012 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group C)
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED) – Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
04/18/2013 15:06:36
Referee: Tamás Bognar (HUN) – Stadium: Astana Arena, Astana (KAZ)
03/30/2015 15:45:18
Referee: Jakob Kehlet (DEN) – Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
04/18/2013 15:06:21
Austria6-0Faroe Islands
Referee: Oleksandr Derdo (UKR) – Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
05/28/2013 11:06:55
Republic of Ireland2-2Austria
Referee: Marijo Strahonja (CRO) – Stadium: Dublin Arena, Dublin (IRL)
05/28/2013 11:06:50
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA) – Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
07/25/2013 10:54:39
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB) – Stadium: Fußball Arena München, Munich (GER)
09/11/2013 07:07:21
10 September 2013 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group C)
Austria1-0Republic of Ireland
Referee: Olegário Benquerença (POR) – Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
09/10/2013 21:35:28
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) – Stadium: Friends Arena, Solna (SWE)
05/27/2015 13:16:03
Faroe Islands0-3Austria
Referee: Liran Liany (ISR) – Stadium: Tórsvøllur, Torshavn (FRO)
12/16/2013 12:36:24
8 September 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE) – Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
05/05/2015 13:15:28
9 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Referee: Manuel De Sousa (POR) – Stadium: Stadionul Zimbru, Chisinau (MDA)
05/05/2015 13:15:32
12 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED) – Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
05/05/2015 13:15:34
15 November 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG) – Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
05/05/2015 13:15:38
18 November 2014 - Friendlies 2014-16
Referee: not available – Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
03/26/2015 23:09:44
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER) – Stadium: Rheinpark, Vaduz (LIE)
05/06/2015 08:26:43
31 March 2015 - Friendlies 2014-16
Austria1-1Bosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: not available
03/31/2015 21:33:26
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Otkrytie Arena, Moscow (RUS)
05/25/2015 14:19:02
5 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Referee: TBD
05/05/2015 13:15:47
8 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Referee: TBD
05/05/2015 13:15:48
9 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Gradski Stadion Podgorica, Podgorica (MNE)
05/05/2015 13:15:52
12 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Referee: TBD
05/05/2015 13:15:30

General info

  • Founded : 1904
  • Currently playing : Friendly matches 2014/2016, European Championship 2014/2016

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    28/04/1999, Austria 7-0 San Marino, Graz
    26/04/1995, Austria 7-0 Liechtenstein, Salzburg
  • Biggest defeat:
    27/03/1999, Spain 9-0 Austria, Valencia
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 15
  • Player with most appearances: 21
    Bruno Pezzey (AUT)
  • Top scorers: 15
    Toni Polster (AUT)
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