Austria national football team

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Austria
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Das Team (The Team)
Burschen (The Boys)
Unsere Burschen (Our Boys)
AssociationÖsterreichischer Fußball-Bund (ÖFB)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachFranco Foda[1]
CaptainJulian Baumgartlinger
Most capsAndi Herzog (103)
Top scorerToni Polster (44)
Home stadiumErnst-Happel-Stadion
FIFA codeAUT
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 23 Steady (27 May 2021)[2]
Highest10 (March–June 2016)
Lowest105 (July 2008)
First international
 Austria 5–0 Hungary 
(Vienna, Austria; 12 October 1902)
Biggest win
 Austria 9–0 Malta 
(Salzburg, Austria; 30 April 1977)
Biggest defeat
 Austria 1–11 England 
(Vienna, Austria; 8 June 1908)
World Cup
Appearances7 (first in 1934)
Best resultThird place (1954)
European Championship
Appearances3 (first in 2008)
Best resultTBC (2020)

The Austria national football team (German: Österreichische Fußballnationalmannschaft) represents Austria in men's international football competition and it is controlled by the Austrian Football Association (German: Österreichischer Fußballbund). Austria has qualified for seven FIFA World Cups, most recently in 1998. The country played in the UEFA European Championship for the first time in 2008, when it co-hosted the event with Switzerland, and most recently qualified in 2020.

History[edit]

Pre-World War II[edit]

The Austrian Football Association ("ÖFB") was founded on 18 March 1904 in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Max Scheuer, a Jewish defender who played for the Austria national football team in 1923, was subsequently killed during the Holocaust in Auschwitz concentration camp.[5][6][7] The team enjoyed success in the 1930s under coach Hugo Meisl, becoming a dominant side in Europe and earning the nickname "Wunderteam". The team's star was Matthias Sindelar. On 16 May 1931, they were the first continental European side to defeat Scotland. In the 1934 FIFA World Cup, Austria finished fourth after losing 1–0 to Italy in the semi-finals and 3–2 to Germany in the third place play-off. They were runners-up in the 1936 Olympics in Germany, again losing to Italy 2–1, despite having been beaten in the quarter-finals by Peru, following the Peruvians' withdrawal. However, according to an investigation, the surprise victory by Peru was deliberately annulled by Adolf Hitler to favour the Austrians.

The team then qualified for the 1938 World Cup finals, but Austria was annexed to Germany in the Anschluss on 12 March of that year. On 28 March, FIFA was notified that the ÖFB had been abolished, resulting in the nation's withdrawal from the World Cup.[8] Instead, the German team would represent the former Austrian territory. Theoretically, a united team could have been an even stronger force than each of the separate ones, but German coach Sepp Herberger had little time and very few matches to prepare and merge the very different styles of play and attitude. The former Austrian professionals outplayed the rather athletic yet amateur players of the "Old Empire" in a "reunification" derby that was supposed to finish as a draw, yet in the waning minutes, the Austrians scored twice, with Matthias Sindelar also demonstratively missing the German goal, and subsequently declining to be capped for Germany. In a later rematch, the Germans took revenge, winning 9–1. In early April, Herberger inquired whether two separate teams could enter anyway, but "Reichssportführer" Hans von Tschammer und Osten made clear that he expected to see a 5:6 or 6:5 ratio of players from the two hitherto teams. As a result, five players from Austria Wien, Rapid Wien and Vienna Wien were part of the team that only managed a 1–1 draw in Round 1 against Switzerland, which required a rematch. With Rapid Wien's forward Hans Pesser having been sent off, and not satisfied with two others, Herberger had to alter the line-up on six positions to fulfill the 6:5 quota again. The all-German team led the Swiss 2–0 after 15 minutes, but eventually lost 4–2 in Paris in front of a rather anti-German French and Swiss crowd, as few German supporters were able to travel to France due to German restrictions on foreign currency exchange.

After World War II[edit]

After World War II, Austria was again separated from Germany. Austria's best result came in 1954 with a team starring midfielder Ernst Ocwirk. They lost in the semi-finals 6–1 to eventual champions Germany, but finished third after beating defending champions Uruguay 3–1. Over the years, a strong yet mainly lopsided rivalry with Germany developed.

At the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, the Austrian team was a disappointment. Defeats to the eventual champions Brazil, the emerging Soviet Union and a draw against a weakened England (who were rebuilding after the loss of several of their key players due to the Munich air disaster) prevented the team from reaching the next round. Still holding to the great popularity in the country, under new coach Decker they again made an international sensation in the era. In front of a record crowd of over 90,000 spectators, made possible by the expansion of Prater Stadium, the team could beat the Soviet Union 3–1 and Spain 3–0. However, due to lack of money, Austria decided not to participate at the 1962 World Cup in Chile, and the team fell apart. The abrupt end of Austria's success in the post-war period led to the clear 0–6 loss against Czechoslovakia in 1962, from which many players and also Karl Decker did not recover.

After the end of Decker era, the team was unable for a long time to connect to the old successes; these were limited mostly only to surprise victories in individual games. Due to the great popularity of the Austrian team, on 20 October 1965, Austria succeeded as the third team of the continent to defeat England at home. Two goals in a 3–2 victory were achieved by Toni Fritsch, who was then nicknamed "Wembley Toni". However, in the same year, Austria failed for the first time to qualify for the World Cup in the 1966 edition, ending third against a still-strong Hungary and East Germany; they only earned a draw. In the summer of 1968, Leopold Šťastný, the successful Slovak coach of Wacker Innsbruck, took over the national team. Despite failing to qualify for the 1970 World Cup, the new coach emphasized developing new players rather than relying on the old guard. Supported by a large football euphoria, Austria came very close to qualifying for the 1974 World Cup in Germany. The qualifying round was tied for first place between Austria and Sweden, despite tiebreakers based on points and goal difference, therefore a playoff was needed for qualifying, held in Gelsenkirchen. In order to have enough time to prepare, the championship round was suspended[clarification needed] and the stadium in Gelsenkirchen was prepared five days before the playoff. On snow-covered ground, Austria lost 1–2, but with numerous missed chances such as hitting the crossbar.

1970s and 1980s[edit]

Anchored by Herbert Prohaska and striker Hans Krankl, and backed up by Bruno Pezzey, Austria reached the World Cup in 1978 and 1982 and both times reached the second round, held in team group matches that replaced the knockout quarter-finals. This Austria team, coached by Helmut Senekowitsch, is widely regarded as the best post-World War II Austrian football team ever.

In the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, they had lost two matches and would almost surely finish last in their second round group of four teams, but they put in a special effort for their last game in Córdoba against West Germany, which had still chances of qualifying for the final. The Austrians also denied the defending world champion a trip to the third place match, beating them 3–2 by two goals of Hans Krankl, plus an own goal. The celebrating report of the radio commentator Edi Finger ("I werd narrisch!") became famous in Austria, where it is considered the "Miracle of Cordoba", while the West Germans regard the game and the Austrian behaviour as a disgrace.

During the 1982 World Cup in Spain, Austria and West Germany met again, in the last match of the group stage. Because the other two teams in the group had played their last match the previous day, both teams knew that a West German win by one goal would see both through, while all other results would eliminate one team or the other. After ten minutes of furious attack, Horst Hrubesch scored for West Germany and the two teams mainly kicked the ball around for 80 minutes with few attempts to attack. The match became known as the "non-aggression pact of Gijón". Algeria had also won two matches, including a shocking surprise over West Germany in the opener, but among the three teams that had won two matches, was eliminated based on goal difference, having conceded two late goals in their 3–2 win over Chile. The Algerian supporters were furious, and even the Austrian and West German fans showed themselves to be extremely unhappy with the nature of their progression. As a result of this match, all future tournaments would see the last group matches played simultaneously. Austria and Northern Ireland were eliminated by losing to France in the second round group stage of three teams.

1990s[edit]

Led by striker Toni Polster, Austria qualified for the 1990 World Cup but were eliminated in the first round, despite defeating the United States 2–1. Much worse was the stunning 1–0 loss against the Faroe Islands, a team made of amateurs, in the qualifying campaign for the 1992 European Championship, considered[by whom?] the worst embarrassment in any Austrian team sport ever, and one of the biggest upsets in footballing history. The game was played in Landskrona, Sweden, because there were no grass fields on the Faroe Islands. It was a sign for things to come. Austria suffered another couple of years of botched qualifying campaigns, despite playing some entertaining football in the closing stages of UEFA Euro 1996 qualification.

In the 1998 World Cup, Austria were drawn in Group B alongside Italy, Cameroon and Chile. Their appearance was brief but eventful, as they managed the curious feat of only scoring in stoppage time in each of their matches. Against Cameroon, Pierre Njanka's goal was cancelled out by Toni Polster's late strike. In their second match, it was Ivica Vastić who curled a last minute equalizer, cancelling out Marcelo Salas' disputed opener. Austria were not so fortunate in their crucial, final match at the Stade de France. Italy scored twice after half-time: a header from Christian Vieri and a tap-in from Roberto Baggio. Andi Herzog's stoppage time penalty kept up Austria's unusual scoring pattern, but was not enough to prevent Austria finishing third in the group, behind the Italians and Chileans.

21st century[edit]

2000s – Decline[edit]

Austria national football team before the match against Spain, November 2009

After 1998, Austria began to decline. They failed to qualify for the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2000, and suffered embarrassment (similar to the Faroe Islands loss) when they lost 9–0 to Spain and 5–0 to Israel in 1999. In 2006, Josef Hickersberger became coach of the Austria national team, which included some respectable results such as a 1–0 victory against Switzerland in 2006.

Austria qualified automatically for Euro 2008 as co-hosts. Their first major tournament in a decade, most commentators regarded them as outsiders and whipping-boys for Germany, Croatia and Poland in the group stage. Many of their home supporters were in agreement and 10,000 Austrians signed a petition demanding Austria withdraw from the tournament to spare the nation's embarrassment.[9] However, Austria performed better than expected. They managed a 1–1 draw with Poland and lost 1–0 to both favoured Croatia and Germany.

Shortly after Austria's first-round exit from the tournament, Hickersberger resigned as the national team coach. Karel Brückner, who had resigned as head coach of the Czech Republic after that country's first round exit from Euro 2008, was soon named as his replacement. After only eight months, Brückner was released in March 2009 and the position was subsequently taken by Didi Constantini.

2010s – Revival and decline[edit]

In the qualifying campaign for Euro 2012, the Austrians played against Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Turkey and Germany.

2014 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA), Group C

Over the next few years, the Austrian team saw a major renaissance. A number of players from the 2007 U-20 team that finished fourth in the World Cup that year ended up developing and becoming full starters for the senior squad, including Sebastian Prödl, Markus Suttner, Martin Harnik, Veli Kavlak, Erwin Hoffer, Zlatko Junuzović and Rubin Okotie.

The team failed to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but finished in third place with a 5–2–3 record with 17 points and a +10 goal difference in their qualifying group. There were a number of notable results, such as home victories over the Republic of Ireland and Sweden, as well as a narrow home defeat to Germany and a 2–2 draw in Ireland in the rematch.

The Euro 2016 qualifying campaign was even more successful. Again, the Austrians battled and drew with the Swedes 1–1, before beating the same opponent in a 4–1 win right in Swedish soil. Austria also beat Russia twice both home and away with the score 1–0. Austria also recorded a pair of victories over Moldova (2–1 in Chișinău) and Montenegro (1–0 in Vienna). Rubin Okotie scored the deciding goal in the closing 20 minutes of the match after a previous Austrian goal a minute before was controversially disallowed. A week later, the team played a friendly away game against favored Brazil, losing 2–1. Austria finished its Euro 2016 qualifying campaign by topping the group undefeated, leading the Austrians to be enthusiastic over a new golden generation to begin.

However, despite this successful performance in qualification, the tournament itself turned out to be a complete nightmare for the Austrians. Austria was grouped in group F with Hungary, Portugal and Iceland, and was tipped favorite to progress. Austria however, opened their campaign with a shocking 0–2 loss to its neighbor Hungary, in which defender Aleksandar Dragović was sent off.[10] This was followed up by an encouraging 0–0 draw to Portugal, in which Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty.[11] Nonetheless, Austria ended up losing 1–2 to debutant Iceland and was shockingly eliminated with just a point.[12] This failure blew up the myth of a new golden generation for many Austrians.

Austria would later participate in Group D of 2018 World Cup qualification along with Wales, Serbia, Ireland, Georgia and Moldova. However, the previous nightmare in UEFA Euro had a great impact on the Austrian side, and Austria ended the qualification in 4th place in the group, failing to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

European Championship qualifying and national team refinement

Austria was drawn into Group D alongside with Poland, North Macedonia, Slovenia, Israel and Latvia. Austria struggled in the first few games after a loss to Poland at home and a shocking loss to Israel. As the group became more competitive, Austria won six of the last nine game matches and finished second in the group with nineteen points. Marko Arnautovic lead the team in most goals and tied Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski with nine goals. Austria qualified for their third European Championship Finals. It was also the second time Austria qualified for a major tournament consecutively since back to back since the 1954 and 1958 World Cup.

European Championship Succession & Pivot In The National Team

Austria was drawn into Group C alongside with Netherlands, Ukraine and debuts North Macedonia. Austria kicked off the opener with a win against North Macedonia with a 3-1 victory. It was the first win for Austria at a European Championship and first time scoring more than one goal in a group stage game. Despite the victory, after the final goal was scored by Marko Arnautovic who is of Serbian descent. He was met with backlash after making slurs towards North Macedonian players that are of Albanian descent with a three finger salute. Arnautovic was suspended for the next game against the Netherlands. Austria second match resulted in a 2-0 loss to Netherlands. In the final group stage match Austria needed a win to secure second place and defeated Ukraine 1-0. Austria finished second in the group and it was the first time they’ve progressed in the knockout stages at European Championships. They are set to face Italy at Wembley Stadium.

Rivalry[edit]

The match-up between Austria and Hungary is the second most-played international match in football; only Argentina and Uruguay, another two neighboring countries, have met each other in more matches.

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup[edit]

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pld W D* L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter Declined invitation
Italy 1934 Fourth place 4th 4 2 0 2 7 7 Squad 1 1 0 0 6 1
France 1938 Withdrew 1 1 0 0 2 1
Brazil 1950 Did not enter Did not enter
Switzerland 1954 Third place 3rd 5 4 0 1 17 12 Squad 2 1 1 0 9 1
Sweden 1958 Group stage 15th 3 0 1 2 2 7 Squad 4 3 1 0 14 3
Chile 1962 Did not enter Did not enter
England 1966 Did not qualify 4 0 1 3 1 6
Mexico 1970 6 3 0 3 12 7
West Germany 1974 7 3 2 2 15 9
Argentina 1978 Round 2 7th 6 3 0 3 7 10 Squad 6 4 2 0 14 2
Spain 1982 8th 5 2 1 2 5 4 Squad 8 5 1 2 16 6
Mexico 1986 Did not qualify 6 3 1 2 9 8
Italy 1990 Group stage 18th 3 1 0 2 2 3 Squad 8 3 3 2 9 9
United States 1994 Did not qualify 10 3 2 5 15 16
France 1998 Group stage 23rd 3 0 2 1 3 4 Squad 10 8 1 1 17 4
South Korea Japan 2002 Did not qualify 10 4 3 3 10 14
Germany 2006 10 4 3 3 15 12
South Africa 2010 10 4 2 4 14 15
Brazil 2014 10 5 2 3 20 10
Russia 2018 10 4 3 3 14 12
Qatar 2022 To be determined In progress
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined
Total Third place 7/23 29 12 4 13 43 47 123 59 28 36 212 136

UEFA European Championship[edit]

UEFA European Championship record Qualifying record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
France 1960 Did not qualify 4 2 0 2 10 11
Spain 1964 2 0 1 1 2 3
Italy 1968 5 2 1 2 7 9
Belgium 1972 6 3 1 2 14 6
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1976 6 3 1 2 11 7
Italy 1980 8 4 3 1 14 7
France 1984 8 4 1 3 15 10
West Germany 1988 6 2 1 3 6 9
Sweden 1992 8 1 1 6 6 14
England 1996 10 5 1 4 29 14
Belgium Netherlands 2000 8 4 1 3 19 20
Portugal 2004 8 3 0 5 12 14
Austria Switzerland 2008 Group stage 13th 3 0 1 2 1 3 Squad Qualified as hosts
Poland Ukraine 2012 Did not qualify 10 3 3 4 16 17
France 2016 Group stage 19th 3 0 1 2 1 4 Squad 10 9 1 0 22 5
Europe 2020 Round of 16 TBD 3 2 0 1 4 3 Squad 10 6 1 3 19 9
Germany 2024 To be determined To be determined
Total Group stage 3/17 8 1 2 5 5 10 109 51 17 41 202 155

UEFA Nations League[edit]

UEFA Nations League record
Season Division Group Result Pld W D L GF GA P/R RK
Portugal 2018–19 B 3 Group stage 4 2 1 1 3 2 Same position 18th
Italy 2020–21 B 1 Group stage 6 4 1 1 9 6 Rise 18th
2022–23 A To be determined
Total Group stage
League B
10 6 2 2 12 8 18th

All-time head-to-head record[edit]

As of 21 June 2021, after the match against  Ukraine.

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

  1. ^ Includes matches against  Czechoslovakia.
  2. ^ Includes matches against  West Germany.
  3. ^ Includes matches against  Soviet Union.
  4. ^ Includes matches against  Yugoslavia.

Current competitions[edit]

2022 FIFA World Cup qualification[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Denmark Scotland Israel Austria Faroe Islands Moldova
1  Denmark 3 3 0 0 14 0 +14 9 Qualification to 2022 FIFA World Cup 1 Sep 7 Sep 12 Oct 12 Nov 8–0
2  Scotland 3 1 2 0 7 3 +4 5 Advance to second round 15 Nov 9 Oct 2–2 4–0 4 Sep
3  Israel 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1 4 0–2 1–1 4 Sep 15 Nov 12 Oct
4  Austria 3 1 1 1 5 7 −2 4 0–4 7 Sep 12 Nov 3–1 15 Nov
5  Faroe Islands 3 0 1 2 2 8 −6 1 4 Sep 12 Oct 1 Sep 9 Oct 7 Sep
6  Moldova 3 0 1 2 2 13 −11 1 9 Oct 12 Nov 1–4 1 Sep 1–1
Updated to match(es) played on 31 March 2021. Source: FIFA, UEFA

2020 UEFA Euro group stage[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification  NED  AUT  UKR  MKD
1  Netherlands (H) 3 3 0 0 8 2 +6 9 Advance to knockout phase
2  Austria 3 2 0 1 4 3 +1 6
3  Ukraine 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1 3
4  North Macedonia 3 0 0 3 2 8 −6 0
Source: UEFA
(H) Host

Recent and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

2020[edit]

4 September 2020 (2020-09-04) 2020–21 UEFA
Nations League
Norway  1–2  Austria Oslo, Norway
Report
Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion
Attendance: 0
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (Finland)
7 September 2020 (2020-09-07) 2020–21 UEFA
Nations League
Austria  2–3  Romania Klagenfurt, Austria
20:45 UTC+2
Report
Stadium: Wörthersee Stadion
Attendance: 0
Referee: Glenn Nyberg (Sweden)
7 October 2020 Friendly Austria  2–1  Greece Klagenfurt, Austria
20:30 UTC+2
Report
Stadium: Wörthersee Stadion
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Matej Jug (Slovenia)
11 October 2020 (2020-10-11) 2020–21 UEFA
Nations League
Northern Ireland  0–1  Austria Belfast, Northern Ireland
19:45 UTC+1 Report Stadium: Windsor Park
Referee: Petr Ardeleanu (Czech Republic)
14 October 2020 (2020-10-14) 2020–21 UEFA
Nations League
Romania  0–1  Austria Ploiești, Romania
21:45 UTC+3 Report
Stadium: Ilie Oană Stadium
Referee: Daniel Stefański (Poland)
11 November 2020 (2020-11-11) Friendly Luxembourg  0–3  Austria Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Report
Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel
Attendance: 0
Referee: Amaury Delerue (France)
15 November 2020 (2020-11-15) 2020–21 UEFA
Nations League
Austria  2–1  Northern Ireland Vienna, Austria
20:45 UTC+1
Report
Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion
Referee: Maurizio Mariani (Italy)
18 November 2020 (2020-11-18) 2020–21 UEFA
Nations League
Austria  1–1  Norway Vienna, Austria
20:45 UTC+1
Report
Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion
Referee: Benoît Bastien (France)

2021[edit]

25 March 2021 (2021-03-25) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying Scotland  2–2  Austria Glasgow, Scotland
19:45 UTC±0
(FIFA)
(UEFA) Report
Stadium: Hampden Park
Referee: Carlos del Cerro Grande (Spain)
31 March 2021 (2021-03-31) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying Austria  0–4  Denmark Vienna, Austria
20:45 UTC+2 (FIFA)
(UEFA) Report
Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion
Referee: Artur Soares Dias (Portugal)
2 June 2021 Friendly England  1–0  Austria Middlesbrough, England
20:00
Report Stadium: Riverside Stadium
Referee: Lawrence Visser (Belgium)
6 June 2021 Friendly Austria  0–0  Slovakia Vienna, Austria
17:30 UTC+2 Report Stadium: Ernst Happel Stadion
Referee: Urs Schnyder (Switzerland)
13 June 2021 (2021-06-13) UEFA Euro 2020 Group C Austria  3–1  North Macedonia Bucharest, Romania
19:00 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Arena Națională
Attendance: 9,082
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (Sweden)
17 June 2021 (2021-06-17) UEFA Euro 2020 Group C Netherlands  2–0  Austria Amsterdam, Netherlands
21:00 UTC+2
Report Stadium: Johan Cruyff Arena
Attendance: 15,243
Referee: Orel Grinfeld (Israel)
21 June 2021 (2021-06-21) UEFA Euro 2020 Group C Ukraine  0–1  Austria Bucharest, Romania
19:00 UTC+3 Report Stadium: Arena Națională
Attendance: 10,472
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
1 September 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying Moldova  v Austria Chișinău, Moldova
21:45 Report Stadium: Stadionul Zimbru
4 September 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying Israel  v Austria Haifa, Israel
21:45 Report Stadium: Sammy Ofer Stadium
7 September 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying Austria v  Scotland Vienna, Austria
20:45 Report Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion
9 October 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying Faroe Islands  v Austria Faroe Islands
19:45 Report
12 October 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying Denmark  v Austria Denmark
20:45 Report
12 November 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying Austria v  Israel Austria
20:45 Report
15 November 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying Austria v  Moldova Austria
20:45 Report

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 26 players were called up to the final squad for UEFA Euro 2020.[13]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Alexander Schlager (1996-02-01) 1 February 1996 (age 25) 6 0 Austria LASK
12 1GK Pavao Pervan (1987-11-13) 13 November 1987 (age 33) 7 0 Germany VfL Wolfsburg
13 1GK Daniel Bachmann (1994-07-09) 9 July 1994 (age 26) 5 0 England Watford

2 2DF Andreas Ulmer (1985-10-30) 30 October 1985 (age 35) 26 0 Austria Red Bull Salzburg
3 2DF Aleksandar Dragović (1991-03-06) 6 March 1991 (age 30) 93 2 Germany Bayer Leverkusen
4 2DF Martin Hinteregger (1992-09-07) 7 September 1992 (age 28) 58 4 Germany Eintracht Frankfurt
5 2DF Stefan Posch (1997-05-14) 14 May 1997 (age 24) 11 1 Germany 1899 Hoffenheim
8 2DF David Alaba (1992-06-24) 24 June 1992 (age 28) 84 14 Spain Real Madrid
15 2DF Philipp Lienhart (1996-07-11) 11 July 1996 (age 24) 6 0 Germany SC Freiburg
16 2DF Christopher Trimmel (1987-02-24) 24 February 1987 (age 34) 13 0 Germany Union Berlin
21 2DF Stefan Lainer (1992-08-27) 27 August 1992 (age 28) 32 2 Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach
26 2DF Marco Friedl (1998-03-16) 16 March 1998 (age 23) 3 0 Germany Werder Bremen

6 3MF Stefan Ilsanker (1989-05-18) 18 May 1989 (age 32) 53 0 Germany Eintracht Frankfurt
10 3MF Florian Grillitsch (1995-08-07) 7 August 1995 (age 25) 25 1 Germany 1899 Hoffenheim
14 3MF Julian Baumgartlinger (captain) (1988-01-02) 2 January 1988 (age 33) 84 1 Germany Bayer Leverkusen
17 3MF Louis Schaub (1994-12-29) 29 December 1994 (age 26) 21 6 Switzerland Luzern
18 3MF Alessandro Schöpf (1994-02-07) 7 February 1994 (age 27) 27 5 Germany Schalke 04
19 3MF Christoph Baumgartner (1999-08-01) 1 August 1999 (age 21) 13 4 Germany 1899 Hoffenheim
22 3MF Valentino Lazaro (1996-03-24) 24 March 1996 (age 25) 32 3 Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach
23 3MF Xaver Schlager (1997-09-28) 28 September 1997 (age 23) 23 1 Germany VfL Wolfsburg
24 3MF Konrad Laimer (1997-05-27) 27 May 1997 (age 24) 12 1 Germany RB Leipzig

7 4FW Marko Arnautović (1989-04-19) 19 April 1989 (age 32) 90 27 China Shanghai Port
9 4FW Marcel Sabitzer (1994-03-17) 17 March 1994 (age 27) 53 8 Germany RB Leipzig
11 4FW Michael Gregoritsch (1994-04-18) 18 April 1994 (age 27) 28 5 Germany FC Augsburg
20 4FW Karim Onisiwo (1992-03-17) 17 March 1992 (age 29) 12 1 Germany Mainz 05
25 4FW Saša Kalajdžić (1997-07-07) 7 July 1997 (age 23) 10 3 Germany VfB Stuttgart

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the Austria squad in the last twelve months and are still eligible for selection.[14]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Heinz Lindner (1990-07-17) 17 July 1990 (age 30) 28 0 Switzerland Basel UEFA Euro 2020 PRE
GK Jörg Siebenhandl (1990-01-18) 18 January 1990 (age 31) 2 0 Austria Sturm Graz v.  Scotland, 25 March 2021 PRE
GK Cican Stanković (1992-11-04) 4 November 1992 (age 28) 4 0 Austria Red Bull Salzburg v.  Norway, 18 November 2020

DF Phillipp Mwene (1994-01-29) 29 January 1994 (age 27) 0 0 Germany 1. FSV Mainz 05 UEFA Euro 2020 PRE
DF Gernot Trauner (1992-03-25) 25 March 1992 (age 29) 5 1 Austria LASK v.  Denmark, 31 March 2021
DF Maximilian Wöber (1998-02-04) 4 February 1998 (age 23) 6 0 Austria Red Bull Salzburg v.  Scotland, 25 March 2021 PRE
DF Philipp Wiesinger (1994-05-23) 23 May 1994 (age 27) 1 1 Austria LASK v.  Scotland, 25 March 2021 PRE
DF David Nemeth (2001-03-18) 18 March 2001 (age 20) 0 0 Austria Sturm Graz v.  Scotland, 25 March 2021 PRE
DF Maximilian Ullmann (1996-06-17) 17 June 1996 (age 25) 0 0 Austria Rapid Wien v.  Scotland, 25 March 2021 PRE
DF Albert Vallçi (1995-07-02) 2 July 1995 (age 25) 0 0 Austria Red Bull Salzburg v.  Scotland, 25 March 2021 PRE / INJ

MF Husein Balić (1996-02-15) 15 February 1996 (age 25) 1 0 Austria LASK UEFA Euro 2020 PRE
MF Reinhold Ranftl (1992-01-24) 24 January 1992 (age 29) 6 0 Austria LASK v.  Denmark, 31 March 2021
MF Yusuf Demir (2003-06-02) 2 June 2003 (age 18) 1 0 Austria Rapid Wien v.  Denmark, 31 March 2021
MF Jakob Jantscher (1989-01-08) 8 January 1989 (age 32) 23 1 Austria Sturm Graz v.  Scotland, 25 March 2021 PRE
MF Peter Žulj (1993-06-09) 9 June 1993 (age 28) 11 0 Turkey Göztepe v.  Scotland, 25 March 2021 PRE
MF Stefan Hierländer (1991-02-03) 3 February 1991 (age 30) 3 0 Austria Sturm Graz v.  Scotland, 25 March 2021 PRE
MF Raphael Holzhauser (1993-02-16) 16 February 1993 (age 28) 2 0 Belgium Beerschot v.  Scotland, 25 March 2021 PRE
MF Thomas Goiginger (1993-03-15) 15 March 1993 (age 28) 1 0 Austria LASK v.  Scotland, 25 March 2021 PRE
MF Stefan Schwab (1990-09-27) 27 September 1990 (age 30) 1 0 Greece PAOK v.  Scotland, 25 March 2021 PRE
MF Dejan Ljubicic (1997-10-08) 8 October 1997 (age 23) 0 0 Austria Rapid Wien v.  Scotland, 25 March 2021 PRE
MF Florian Kainz (1992-10-24) 24 October 1992 (age 28) 16 0 Germany 1. FC Köln v.  Norway, 4 September 2020 INJ

FW Adrian Grbić (1996-08-04) 4 August 1996 (age 24) 9 4 France Lorient UEFA Euro 2020 PRE
FW Ercan Kara (1996-01-03) 3 January 1996 (age 25) 1 0 Austria Rapid Wien v.  Denmark, 31 March 2021
FW Christoph Monschein (1992-10-22) 22 October 1992 (age 28) 1 0 Austria Austria Wien v.  Romania, 14 October 2020

PRE Player was named to the preliminary squad
COV Player withdrew from the squad due to COVID-19
INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury
WD Player withdrew from the squad due to non-injury issue
RET Retired from international football
SUS Suspended in official matches

Staff[edit]

Player statistics[edit]

As of 21 June 2021 after the match against  Ukraine.[15]
Players in bold are still active in the national team.

Most capped players[edit]

Andreas "Andi" Herzog is the most capped player in the history of Austria with 103 caps.
Rank Player Caps Goals Period
1 Andreas Herzog 103 26 1988–2003
2 Anton Polster 95 44 1982–2000
3 Gerhard Hanappi 93 12 1948–1964
4 Aleksandar Dragović 93 2 2009–present
5 Marko Arnautović 90 27 2008–present
6 Karl Koller 86 5 1952–1965
7 Friedrich Koncilia 84 0 1970–1985
Bruno Pezzey 9 1975–1990
Julian Baumgartlinger 1 2009–present
David Alaba 14

Top goalscorers[edit]

Anton "Toni" Polster is the top scorer in the history of Austria with 44 goals.
Rank Player Goals Caps Average Period
1 Anton Polster 44 95 0.46 1982–2000
2 Johann Krankl 34 69 0.49 1973–1985
3 Johann Horvath 29 46 0.63 1924–1934
4 Erich Hof 28 37 0.76 1957–1968
Marc Janko 70 0.4 2006–2019
6 Anton Schall 27 28 0.96 1927–1934
Marko Arnautović 90 0.3 2008–present
8 Matthias Sindelar 26 43 0.6 1926–1937
Andreas Herzog 103 0.25 1988–2003
10 Karl Zischek 24 40 0.6 1931–1945

Manager history[edit]

As of 6 June 2021, after the match against  Slovakia.

1912–1945[edit]

1945–1999[edit]

2000–present[edit]

Name Nationality From To P W D L GF GA Win%[16] Notes
Otto Barić  Austria
 Croatia
13 April 1999 21 November 2001 22 7 6 9 31 35 31.82
Hans Krankl  Austria 21 January 2002 28 September 2005 31 10 10 11 47 46 32.26
Vacant
Willibald Ruttensteiner (caretaker)
 Austria 30 September 2005 31 December 2005 2 1 0 1 2 1 50.00
Josef Hickersberger  Austria 1 January 2006 23 June 2008 27 5 9 13 29 39 18.52 Austria co-hosted the UEFA Euro 2008
Karel Brückner  Czech Republic 25 July 2008 2 March 2009 7 1 2 4 9 15 14.29
Dietmar Constantini  Austria 4 March 2009 13 September 2011 23 7 3 13 29 42 30.43
Willibald Ruttensteiner
 Austria 13 September 2011 11 October 2011 2 1 1 0 4 1 50.00
Marcel Koller   Switzerland 1 November 2011 1 November 2017 54 25 13 16 81 58 46.3 checkY Qualified for the UEFA Euro 2016
Franco Foda[1]  Germany 1 January 2018 present 29 16 5 8 43 27 55.17 checkY Qualified for the UEFA Euro 2020

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Austria appoint Franco Foda as new national team manager. Retrieved 2 November 2017. ESPN.
  2. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 27 May 2021. Retrieved 27 May 2021.
  3. ^ After 1988, the tournament has been restricted to squads with no more than 3 players over the age of 23, and these matches are not regarded as part of the national team's record, nor are caps awarded.
  4. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 22 June 2021. Retrieved 22 June 2021.
  5. ^ Heffernan, Conor (20 November 2014). "Hakoah Wien and Muscular Judaism". Physical Culture Study.
  6. ^ Strack-Zimmermann, Benjamin. "Max Scheuer". national-football-teams.com.
  7. ^ "Max Scheuer » Internationals". worldfootball.net.
  8. ^ Nazis in der Abseitsfalle. einestages. Spiegel Online. Accessed 10 May 2010.
  9. ^ Moore, Glenn (16 August 2007). "Austria must pull out of Euro 2008, say 10,000 fans petition". London: The Independent. Archived from the original on 17 June 2008. Retrieved 16 June 2008.
  10. ^ "Austria 0-2 Hungary: Dark horses stunned in Bordeaux | Goal.com". www.goal.com.
  11. ^ Glendenning, Barry (18 June 2016). "Portugal 0-0 Austria: Euro 2016 – as it happened" – via www.theguardian.com.
  12. ^ Fisher, Ben (22 June 2016). "Iceland 2-1 Austria: Euro 2016 – as it happened!" – via www.theguardian.com.
  13. ^ "Franco Foda fixiert 26 Spieler umfassenden EURO-Kader" [Franco Foda nominates final EURO-squad]. Austrian Football Association (in German). 24 May 2021. Retrieved 2 June 2021.
  14. ^ "Der Grosskader des ÖFB Nationalteams" (in German). ÖFB. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
  15. ^ Stokkermans, Karel. "Austria - Record International Players". RSSSF.
  16. ^ a b c Win% is rounded to two decimal places

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