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Austria
Ivica Vastic converts Austria's penalty against Poland at UEFA EURO 2008 ©Getty Images

Austria

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: 28/01/14 15.11CET

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Club 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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