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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 (25)
Most appearances:
all-time – Andreas Herzog (103); current – Christian Fuchs (72)
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 until now 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, but under Swiss coach Marcel Koller the team cruised to France, winning nine of their ten qualifiers and drawing the other.

Top five qualifying goals

EURO pedigree
Matches played

Overall: P103 W45 D18 L40 F185 A150
Final tournament: P3 W0 D1 L2 F1 A3
Qualifying: P100 W45 D17 L38 F184 A147

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.

Until UEFA EURO 2016 Austria were never quite able to get across the line in qualifying, their 2012 campaign all too familiar when after a bright start they slipped to fourth. They came 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
08/09/15: Sweden 1-4 Austria UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying
A first UEFA European Championship qualification was clinched with a sumptuous win at the Friends Arena.

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.

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 18/11/15

Last updated: 03/12/15 13.56CET

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Match log

The home team is listed first.Last updated: 27/06/2016 22:42 CET
8 September 2014 08 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE) Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
05/19/2016 16:08:53
9 October 2014 09 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Referee: Manuel De Sousa (POR) Stadium: Stadionul Zimbru, Chisinau (MDA)
02/22/2016 12:32:31
12 October 2014 12 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED) Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
05/19/2016 16:08:53
15 November 2014 15 Nov - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG) Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
06/10/2016 10:39:04
18 November 2014 18 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Referee: William Collum (SCO) Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
05/19/2016 16:08:50
27 March 2015 27 Mar - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER) Stadium: Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz (LIE)
05/09/2016 14:09:51
31 March 2015 31 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Austria1-1Bosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: Libor Kovařik (CZE)
12/17/2015 16:38:57
14 June 2015 14 Jun - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB) Stadium: Otkrytie Arena, Moscow (RUS)
05/30/2016 15:15:12
5 September 2015 05 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD) Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
05/19/2016 16:08:54
8 September 2015 08 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP) Stadium: Friends Arena, Solna (SWE)
06/17/2016 18:06:02
9 October 2015 09 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA) Stadium: Gradski Stadion Podgorica, Podgorica (MNE)
06/15/2016 14:23:48
12 October 2015 12 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE) Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
05/19/2016 16:08:53
17 November 2015 17 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Referee: Manuel Gräfe (GER)
06/02/2016 21:30:24
26 March 2016 26 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK) Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
06/04/2016 08:12:13
29 March 2016 29 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Referee: Pawel Gil (POL) Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
05/19/2016 16:08:51
31 May 2016 31 May - Friendlies 2014-16
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (FIN) Stadium: Wörthersee, Klagenfurt (AUT)
06/01/2016 08:49:30
4 June 2016 04 Jun - Friendlies 2014-16
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP) Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
06/05/2016 13:41:29
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA) Stadium: Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux (FRA)
06/16/2016 10:47:59
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA) Stadium: Parc des Princes, Paris (FRA)
06/20/2016 10:40:09
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL) Stadium: Stade de France, Saint-Denis (FRA)
06/24/2016 10:10:21
5 September 2016 05 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group D)
Referee: TBD Stadium: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi (GEO)
05/31/2016 18:06:00
6 October 2016 06 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group D)
Referee: TBD Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
06/10/2016 13:24:38
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 15:37:48
AustriaRepublic of Ireland
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 16:12:03
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 16:29:47
Republic of IrelandAustria
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 19:33:03
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 18:39:33
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 19:33:03
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 16:12:02
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 20:20:18

General info

  • Founded : 1904
  • Currently playing : Friendly matches 2014/2016, World Cup 2016/2018

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: 24
    Christian Fuchs (AUT)
  • Top scorers: 15
    Toni Polster (AUT)