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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: 29/03/2018 18:45 CET
5 September 2016 05 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group D)
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR) Stadium: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi (GEO)
03/26/2018 09:51:51
6 October 2016 06 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group D)
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
11/02/2017 16:54:47
9 October 2016 09 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group D)
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE) Stadium: Stadion Rajko Mitić, Belgrade (SRB)
11/02/2017 16:54:49
12 November 2016 12 Nov - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group D)
Austria0-1Republic of Ireland
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS) Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
11/02/2017 16:54:53
15 November 2016 15 Nov - Friendlies 2016-18
Referee: not available Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
11/02/2017 16:57:30
24 March 2017 24 Mar - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group D)
Referee: István Vad (HUN) Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
11/02/2017 16:54:54
28 March 2017 28 Mar - Friendlies 2016-18
Referee: not available Stadium: Tivoli Neu, Innsbruck (AUT)
11/02/2017 16:57:30
Republic of Ireland1-1Austria
Referee: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP) Stadium: Aviva Stadium, Dublin (IRL)
11/02/2017 16:54:58
2 September 2017 02 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group D)
Referee: Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU) Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff (WAL)
11/02/2017 16:54:57
5 September 2017 05 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group D)
Referee: Orel Grinfeld (ISR) Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
11/02/2017 16:54:58
6 October 2017 06 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group D)
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE) Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
11/02/2017 16:55:03
9 October 2017 09 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group D)
Referee: Bart Vertenten (BEL) Stadium: Stadionul Zimbru, Chisinau (MDA)
04/11/2018 16:05:31
14 November 2017 14 Nov - Friendlies 2016-18
Referee: Tamás Bognar (HUN) Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
11/15/2017 14:04:04
23 March 2018 23 Mar - Friendlies 2016-18
Referee: not available Stadium: Wörthersee, Klagenfurt (AUT)
03/29/2018 17:45:46
27 March 2018 27 Mar - Friendlies 2016-18
Referee: not available Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg (LUX)
03/28/2018 11:26:10
2 June 2018 02 Jun - Friendlies 2016-18
Referee: TBD Stadium: Wörthersee, Klagenfurt (AUT)
03/19/2018 14:46:09

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)