Best result: group stage 2008
Coach: 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: 1904
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.
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.
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