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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
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
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 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

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 14/10/2014 11:40 CET
11 September 2012 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group C)
Austria1-2Germany
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED) – Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
04/18/2013 15:06:36
Kazakhstan0-0Austria
Referee: Tamás Bognar (HUN) – Stadium: Astana Arena, Astana (KAZ)
04/18/2013 15:47:52
Austria4-0Kazakhstan
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
Austria2-1Sweden
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA) – Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
07/25/2013 10:54:39
Germany3-0Austria
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
Sweden2-1Austria
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) – Stadium: Friends Arena, Solna (SWE)
12/16/2013 12:36:54
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)
Austria1-1Sweden
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE) – Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
10/13/2014 19:03:43
9 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Moldova1-2Austria
Referee: Manuel De Sousa (POR) – Stadium: Zimbru, Chisinau (MDA)
10/13/2014 19:02:52
12 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Austria1-0Montenegro
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED) – Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
10/17/2014 10:27:48
15 November 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
AustriaRussia
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
10/14/2014 10:53:41
LiechtensteinAustria
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Rheinpark, Vaduz (LIE)
10/08/2014 17:34:39
RussiaAustria
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:35:40
5 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
AustriaMoldova
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:36:25
8 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
SwedenAustria
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:37:09
9 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
MontenegroAustria
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Stadion Podgorica, Podgorica (MNE)
10/08/2014 17:35:51
12 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
AustriaLiechtenstein
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:37:46

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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