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  Österreichischer Fussball-Bund 

Coach: Herbert PROHASKA

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11.06.98 Toulouse


17.06.98 Saint-Etienne


23.06.98 Saint-Denis

Team Colors: White, Black pants

Confederation: UEFA

Seventh World Cup appearance

Third in the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland

Fourth in the 1934 World Cup in Italy

Key players:F Toni Polster (Cologne, Germany),

F Heimo Pfeifenberger (Werder Bremen, Germany),

D Wolfgang Feiersinger (Dortmund, Germany).

M Andreas Herzog

Andreas Herzog

Keep an Eye on:

Michael Konsel: Typical of Austria's new reliability.

Andreas Herzog: The playmaker - once a maverick, but no longer.

Toni Polster: The highest scorer in Austria's history.

Analysis: Team is built around Polster, arguably one of Europe's top talents, but it lacks the depth to seriously challenge.

Lacking any great effervescence in attack, the side has depended on rugged concentration. That quality may have sprung from the travels of the players, since many earn their living in the exacting surroundings of the German league - Herzog and Polster, among them. Probably gone after the first round.

History: Football first appeared in Austria in 1875, but the first official match took place in 1895 between Vienna and Prague. The first international fixture went ahead on December 18, 1898 in Vienna when a local side was beaten 4-1 by an English XI from the capital. In that game, the Austrians played in white, which was to become their international colours.

Football became more and more popular in Austria and the national federation was founded in 1900. At the beginning of the 1930's, Austria, including Smistik, Bican, Sindelar and Schall, had superb international results. The "Wunderteam" as it was known, beat Germany, Scotland, Switzerland, Hungary and France, and lost only one match in 15 games -- 4-3 against England in London.

After the Second World War, Austria had the best result of its history when they finished third in the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland thanks to players like Stojaspal, Ocwirk and particularly Hannapi (the record holder for Austria with appearances in 96 matches). Since then, the national side slowly lost its prestige, even though it qualified for another four World Cup finals (1978,82,90,98). In 1978, Hans Krankl was the best Austrian player in the finals and scored a goal in the 2-1 victory over Spain and the only goal of the game against Sweden in the first round. In the second round, Krankl's two goals against Germany for a 3-2 win was not enough to qualify, but knocked out the defending champions.

At club level, Rapid Vienna (30 times national champion) and Austria Vienna (21 titles) share the majority of national trophies. Austria/WAC, in 1978, and Rapid, in 1996, reached the final of the European Cup Winners Cup and Austria Salzburg reached the UEFA Cup final in 1994. Austria qualified for the 1998 World Cup with experienced players like Anton Polster (Austria's top scorer with 41 goals), Heimo Pfeifenberger and Andreas Herzog.  

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Anton Polster

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G Michael Konsel 35 36

G Franz Wohlfahrt 33 34

G Worlfgang Knaller 36 4

D Worlfgang Feiersinger 32 35

D Michael Hatz 27 2

D Martin Hiden 24 0

D Anton Pfeffer 32 51

D Walter Kogler 29 21  

D Peter Schoettel 30 48

M Andreas Heraf 30 10

M Andreas Herzog 29 64

M Adolf Huetter 27 13

M Dietmar Kuehbauer 26 23

M Roman Maehlich 26 6

M Gilbert Prilasnig 24 4

M Hannes Reinmayer 28 4

M Markus Schopp 23 14

M Peter Stoeger 31 56

M Arnold Wetl 33 11  

M/F Herald Cerny 24 20

M/F Heimo Pfeifenberger 30 34

M/F Dieter Ramusch 28 10

M/F Ivica Vastic 28 9

F Christian Mayrleb 25 0

F Anton Polster 33 89

F Heinfried Sabitzer 28 6

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