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.

Ivica Vastic (Austria)

Best result: group stage 2008
Coach:
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:
1904
Nickname:
None
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.

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