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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 (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.

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

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 30/12/2015 05:51 CET
8 September 2014 08 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Austria1-1Sweden
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE) Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
11/27/2015 16:05:46
9 October 2014 09 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Moldova1-2Austria
Referee: Manuel De Sousa (POR) Stadium: Stadionul Zimbru, Chisinau (MDA)
11/27/2015 16:05:35
12 October 2014 12 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Austria1-0Montenegro
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED) Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
11/27/2015 16:05:05
15 November 2014 15 Nov - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Austria1-0Russia
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG) Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
11/27/2015 16:07:34
18 November 2014 18 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Austria1-2Brazil
Referee: William Collum (SCO) Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
12/18/2015 10:30:33
27 March 2015 27 Mar - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Liechtenstein0-5Austria
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER) Stadium: Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz (LIE)
11/27/2015 16:06:56
31 March 2015 31 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Austria1-1Bosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: Libor Kovařik (CZE)
12/18/2015 10:36:15
14 June 2015 14 Jun - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Russia0-1Austria
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB) Stadium: Otkrytie Arena, Moscow (RUS)
11/27/2015 16:07:04
5 September 2015 05 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Austria1-0Moldova
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD) Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
12/18/2015 10:02:18
8 September 2015 08 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Sweden1-4Austria
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP) Stadium: Friends Arena, Solna (SWE)
11/27/2015 16:06:45
9 October 2015 09 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Montenegro2-3Austria
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA) Stadium: Gradski Stadion Podgorica, Podgorica (MNE)
11/27/2015 16:06:35
12 October 2015 12 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Austria3-0Liechtenstein
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE) Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
11/27/2015 16:06:14
17 November 2015 17 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Austria1-2Switzerland
Referee: Manuel Gräfe (GER)
12/30/2015 04:53:28
AustriaHungary
Referee: TBD Stadium: Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux (FRA)
12/13/2015 12:08:41
PortugalAustria
Referee: TBD Stadium: Parc des Princes, Paris (FRA)
12/13/2015 14:25:23
IcelandAustria
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stade de France, Saint-Denis (FRA)
12/13/2015 14:41:22
5 September 2016 05 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group D)
Georgia
18.00
Austria
Referee: TBD
07/27/2015 08:00:02
6 October 2016 06 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group D)
Austria
20.45
Wales
Referee: TBD
07/27/2015 08:00:04
9 October 2016 09 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group D)
Serbia
20.45
Austria
Referee: TBD
07/27/2015 08:00:18
12 November 2016 12 Nov - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group D)
Austria
18.00
Republic of Ireland
Referee: TBD
07/27/2015 09:47:48
24 March 2017 24 Mar - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group D)
Austria
20.45
Moldova
Referee: TBD
07/27/2015 10:09:43
11 June 2017 11 Jun - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group D)
Republic of Ireland
18.00
Austria
Referee: TBD
07/27/2015 11:27:48
2 September 2017 02 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group D)
Wales
20.45
Austria
Referee: TBD
07/27/2015 12:24:32
5 September 2017 05 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group D)
Austria
20.45
Georgia
Referee: TBD
07/27/2015 12:53:18
6 October 2017 06 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group D)
Austria
20.45
Serbia
Referee: TBD
07/27/2015 08:00:20
9 October 2017 09 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group D)
Moldova
20.45
Austria
Referee: TBD
07/27/2015 13:19:12

General info

  • Founded : 1904
  • Currently playing : European Championship 2014/2016, European Championship 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: 21
    Bruno Pezzey (AUT)
    Christian Fuchs (AUT)
    Martin Harnik (AUT)
  • Top scorers: 15
    Toni Polster (AUT)