Austria national football team

The Austria national football team (Austrian German: Österreichische Fußballnationalmannschaft) represents Austria in men's international football competitions, and is controlled by the Austrian Football Association.

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 coachRalf Rangnick
CaptainDavid Alaba
Most capsMarko Arnautović (116)
Top scorerToni Polster (44)
Home stadiumVarious
FIFA codeAUT
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 22 Increase 3 (18 July 2024)[1]
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
Appearances4 (first in 2008)
Best resultRound of 16 (2020, 2024)
Websiteoefb.at

The Austrian Football Association (ÖFB) was founded on 18 March 1904, in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. During the 1930s, under coach Hugo Meisl, Austria's national team, known as the "Wunderteam," became a dominant force in European football. Notable achievements included a fourth-place finish in the 1934 FIFA World Cup and runners-up at the 1936 Summer Olympics. The Anschluss in 1938, which annexed Austria into Nazi Germany, led to the dissolution of the ÖFB and the forced integration of Austrian players into the German national team for the 1938 World Cup.

After World War II, Austria reestablished its national team and achieved significant success in the 1954 World Cup, finishing third. The team continued to be competitive throughout the 1950s and 1960s, including a notable victory over England at Wembley Stadium in 1965. However, the following decades saw fluctuating fortunes, with the team failing to qualify for FIFA World Cups in the 1960s and narrowly missing out on the 1974 World Cup in a playoff against Sweden. The 1970s and 1980s marked a revival, with Austria reaching the second round in the 1978 and 1982 World Cups, highlighted by a famous victory over West Germany in 1978.

The 1990s and 2000s brought challenges and disappointments, such as a shocking defeat to the Faroe Islands in UEFA Euro 1992 qualifying, and a group-stage exit in the 1998 World Cup, their seventh and to date, last World Cup appearance. Austria automatically qualified for UEFA Euro 2008 as co-hosts with Switzerland, the first time they played in the UEFA European Championship though they were eliminated in the group stage. The country entered a resurgence in 2016, beginning with a successful qualification campaign for the Euros that year. Austria has experienced a revival in form, successfully qualifying for Euro 2020 and 2024, the latter with current head coach Ralf Rangnick.

History

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Pre-World War II

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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.[3][4][5] 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 0–1 to Italy in the semi-finals and 2–3 to Germany in the third place play-off.

 
A moment of the Austria v Peru match at the 1936 Olympics

They were runners-up in the 1936 Olympics in Germany, again losing to Italy 1–2, 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.[6] 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 2–4 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

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Austria national football team in 1958 with the following players – from left to right, standing; Walter Horak, Ernst Happel, Karl Koller, Alfred Körner, Paul Halla, Walter Schleger; crouched: Helmut Senekowitsch, Gerhard Hanappi, Rudolf Szanwald, Franz Swoboda and Johann Buzek.

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 1–6 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 suffered defeats to eventual champions Brazil, the emerging Soviet Union and a draw against England (who were rebuilding after the loss of several of their key players due to the Munich air disaster), preventing the team from reaching the next round.

Due to lack of money, Austria decided not to participate at the 1962 World Cup in Chile.

On 20 October 1965, Austria became the third European team to defeat England at home. Two goals in a 3–2 victory were scored by Toni Fritsch, who was then nicknamed "Wembley Toni". However, in the same year, Austria failed to qualify for the World Cup for the 1966 edition, ending third against Hungary and East Germany; they only earned a draw. In the summer of 1968, Leopold Šťastný, the 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. 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.

1970s and 1980s

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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 of all-time.[citation needed]

In the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, the Austrians lost their first two matches but defeated defending champions West Germany 3–2 with goals from Hans Krankl, and 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.[citation needed]

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. This match caused outrage between supporters of multiple national teams; as a result, 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.[7]

1990s

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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, as there were no grass fields on the Faroe Islands. It was a sign for things to come, as 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, and they achieved the 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. In their last match, Italy scored twice after half-time: a header from Christian Vieri and a tap-in from Roberto Baggio. Despite Andi Herzog's stoppage time penalty, Austria finished third in the group, behind the Italians and Chileans.

21st century

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2000: Decline

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Austria national team before a 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 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.[8] However, Austria managed a 1–1 draw with Poland and lost 1–0 to both Croatia and Germany.

Shortly after Austria's first-round exit from the tournaments, 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

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Austria vs. Germany in 2014 World Cup qualification, 11 September 2012

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

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 third with a 5–2–3 record with 17 points and a +10 goal difference in their qualifying group. Notable results include 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 away.

 
After Austria co-hosted the 2008 European Championship with Switzerland and automatically qualified, Marcel Koller's team managed to qualify for the 2016 European Championship on their own for the first time. This celebration photo was taken on 12 October 2015 after a victory against Liechtenstein.

The Euro 2016 qualifying campaign was a success; Austria drew with the Swedes 1–1, before beating them 4–1 in Sweden. Austria also beat Russia twice both home and away, 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 Brazil, losing 2–1. Austria finished its Euro 2016 qualifying campaign by topping the group undefeated.

Despite this successful performance in qualification, the tournament itself turned out to be a nightmare for the Austrians. Placed in group F with Hungary, Portugal and Iceland, Austria opened their campaign with a 0–2 loss to neighbour Hungary, in which defender Aleksandar Dragović was sent off.[9] This was followed up by an 0–0 draw to Portugal, in which Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty.[10] Nonetheless, Austria ended up losing 1–2 to debutant Iceland and were eliminated with just a point.[11]

Austria would later participate in Group D of 2018 World Cup qualification along with Wales, Serbia, Ireland, Georgia and Moldova, ending up fourth, thus failing to qualify for the World Cup.

2020s: European Championship knockout stages

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Austria was drawn into UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group G alongside Poland, North Macedonia, Slovenia, Israel, and Latvia. Austria struggled in the first few games after a loss to Poland at home, a loss to Israel, and another to Latvia. Austria then won six of the last nine game matches and finished second in the group with 19 points. Marko Arnautović led the team in most goals and tied Poland's Robert Lewandowski with nine goals. Austria qualified for their third European Championship finals, the second time Austria qualified for a major tournament consecutively since the 1954 and 1958 World Cups.

Austria was drawn into UEFA Euro 2020 Group C alongside the Netherlands, Ukraine, and debutants North Macedonia. Austria kicked off the opener with a 3–1 victory against North Macedonia, their first win at a European Championship and the first time scoring more than one goal in a group stage game. In the final group stage match, Austria only needed a draw against Ukraine to advance as one of the best third-place teams while a win guaranteed second place. They beat Ukraine 1–0 to secure their first knockout stages at the European Championship in second place in Group C, in addition to it being their first time advancing past the first round of a tournament since the 1982 World Cup. They faced Italy in the round of 16 at Wembley Stadium and lost 2–1 after extra time with Saša Kalajdžić scoring their only goal of the game in the 114th minute.

Rivalry

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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. It is also notable in which both countries are the first European, non-British countries to play international matches, three full decades after the first ever international football match.

Results and fixtures

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The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

  Win   Draw   Loss   Fixture

2023

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7 September 2023 (2023-09-07) Friendly Austria   1–1   Moldova Linz, Austria
20:30 UTC+2 Gregoritsch   50' Report Damașcan   3' Stadium: Raiffeisen Arena
Referee: Robert Jones (England)
12 September 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Sweden   1–3   Austria Solna, Sweden
20:45 Holm   90' Report
Stadium: Friends Arena
Attendance: 43,228
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (Netherlands)
13 October 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Austria   2–3   Belgium Vienna, Austria
20:45
Report
Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion
Attendance: 47,000
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (Spain)
16 October 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Azerbaijan   0–1   Austria Baku, Azerbaijan
18:00 Report
Stadium: Tofiq Bahramov Republican Stadium
Attendance: 4,446
Referee: Aristotelis Diamantopoulos (Greece)
16 November 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Estonia   0–2   Austria Tallinn, Estonia
18:00 Report
Stadium: A. Le Coq Arena
Attendance: 4,488
Referee: Nikola Dabanović (Montenegro)
21 November 2023 Friendly Austria   2–0   Germany Vienna, Austria
20:45
Report Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (Slovenia)

2024

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23 March 2024 Friendly Slovakia   0–2   Austria Bratislava, Slovakia
18:00 Report
Stadium: Tehelné Pole
Referee: Trustin Farrugia Cann (Malta)
26 March 2024 Friendly Austria   6–1   Turkey Vienna, Austria
21:45
Report
Stadium: Ernst Happel Stadion
Referee: Daniele Chiffi (Italy)
4 June 2024 Friendly Austria   2–1   Serbia Vienna, Austria
20:45
Report
Stadium: Ernst Happel Stadion
Referee: António Nobre (Portugal)
8 June 2024 Friendly Switzerland   1–1   Austria St. Gallen, Switzerland
18:00
Report Stadium: Kybunpark
Referee: Maria Sole Ferrieri Caputi (Italy)
17 June 2024 UEFA Euro 2024 Group D Austria   0–1   France Düsseldorf, Germany
21:00 Report
Stadium: Merkur Spiel-Arena
Attendance: 46,425
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (Spain)
21 June 2024 UEFA Euro 2024 Group D Poland   1–3   Austria Berlin, Germany
18:00
Report
Stadium: Olympiastadion
Attendance: 69,455
Referee: Halil Umut Meler (Turkey)
25 June 2024 UEFA Euro 2024 Group D Netherlands   2–3   Austria Berlin, Germany
18:00
Report
Stadium: Olympiastadion
Attendance: 68,363
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (Slovakia)
2 July 2024 UEFA Euro 2024 Round of 16 Austria   1–2   Turkey Leipzig, Germany
21:00
Report
Stadium: Red Bull Arena
Attendance: 38,305
Referee: Artur Soares Dias (Portugal)
6 September 2024 2024–25 Nations League Slovenia   v   Austria Ljubljana, Slovenia
20:45 UTC+2 Stadium: Stožice Stadium
9 September 2024 2024–25 Nations League Norway   v   Austria Oslo, Norway
20:45 UTC+2 Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion
10 October 2024 2024–25 Nations League Austria   v   Kazakhstan Linz, Austria
20:45 UTC+2 Stadium: Raiffeisen Arena
13 October 2024 2024–25 Nations League Austria   v   Norway Linz, Austria
20:45 UTC+2 Stadium: Raiffeisen Arena
14 November 2024 2024–25 Nations League Kazakhstan   v   Austria Astana, Kazakhstan
21:00 UTC+6 Stadium: Astana Arena
17 November 2024 2024–25 Nations League Austria   v   Slovenia Vienna, Austria
18:00 UTC+1 Stadium: Franz Horr Stadium

Coaching staff

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As of April 2024.[12]
Position Name
Head coach   Ralf Rangnick
Assistant coaches   Lars Kornetka
  Peter Perchtold
  Onur Cinel
Goalkeeping coach   Michael Gspurning
Match analyst   Stefan Oesen

Manager history

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As of 2 July 2024, after the match against   Turkey.

1912–1999

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2000–present

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Name Nationality From To P W D L GF GA Win%[b] 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
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  Y Qualified for the UEFA Euro 2016
Franco Foda[13]   Germany 1 January 2018 30 March 2022 48 27 6 15 77 52 56.25  Y Qualified for the UEFA Euro 2020
Ralf Rangnick[14]   Germany 29 April 2022 27 16 4 7 43 26 59.26  Y Qualified for the UEFA Euro 2024

Players

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Current squad

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  • The following 26 players were called up to the final squad for the UEFA Euro 2024.[15]
  • Caps and goals as of 2 July 2024, after the match against   Turkey.[16][17]
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Heinz Lindner (1990-07-17) 17 July 1990 (age 34) 37 0   Union Saint-Gilloise
12 1GK Niklas Hedl (2001-03-17) 17 March 2001 (age 23) 1 0   Rapid Wien
13 1GK Patrick Pentz (1997-01-02) 2 January 1997 (age 27) 10 0   Brøndby

2 2DF Maximilian Wöber (1998-02-04) 4 February 1998 (age 26) 28 0   Borussia Mönchengladbach
3 2DF Gernot Trauner (1992-03-25) 25 March 1992 (age 32) 13 2   Feyenoord
4 2DF Kevin Danso (1998-09-19) 19 September 1998 (age 25) 23 0   Lens
5 2DF Stefan Posch (1997-05-14) 14 May 1997 (age 27) 36 1   Bologna
14 2DF Leopold Querfeld (2003-12-20) 20 December 2003 (age 20) 3 0   Rapid Wien
15 2DF Philipp Lienhart (1996-07-11) 11 July 1996 (age 28) 24 1   SC Freiburg
16 2DF Phillipp Mwene (1994-01-29) 29 January 1994 (age 30) 15 0   Mainz 05
21 2DF Flavius Daniliuc (2001-04-27) 27 April 2001 (age 23) 3 0   Red Bull Salzburg

6 3MF Nicolas Seiwald (2001-05-04) 4 May 2001 (age 23) 28 0   RB Leipzig
8 3MF Alexander Prass (2001-05-26) 26 May 2001 (age 23) 9 0   Sturm Graz
9 3MF Marcel Sabitzer (captain) (1994-03-17) 17 March 1994 (age 30) 82 18   Borussia Dortmund
10 3MF Florian Grillitsch (1995-08-07) 7 August 1995 (age 28) 47 1   TSG Hoffenheim
17 3MF Florian Kainz (1992-10-24) 24 October 1992 (age 31) 28 1   1. FC Köln
18 3MF Romano Schmid (2000-01-27) 27 January 2000 (age 24) 15 1   Werder Bremen
19 3MF Christoph Baumgartner (1999-08-01) 1 August 1999 (age 24) 42 16   RB Leipzig
20 3MF Konrad Laimer (1997-05-27) 27 May 1997 (age 27) 40 4   Bayern Munich
22 3MF Matthias Seidl (2001-01-24) 24 January 2001 (age 23) 4 0   Rapid Wien

7 4FW Marko Arnautović (vice-captain) (1989-04-19) 19 April 1989 (age 35) 116 37   Internazionale
11 4FW Michael Gregoritsch (1994-04-18) 18 April 1994 (age 30) 59 16   SC Freiburg
23 4FW Patrick Wimmer (2001-05-30) 30 May 2001 (age 23) 15 1   VfL Wolfsburg
24 4FW Andreas Weimann (1991-08-05) 5 August 1991 (age 32) 25 2   West Bromwich Albion
25 4FW Maximilian Entrup (1997-09-15) 15 September 1997 (age 26) 3 1   Hartberg
26 4FW Marco Grüll (1998-07-06) 6 July 1998 (age 26) 5 0   Rapid Wien

Recent call-ups

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The following players have also been called up to the Austria squad in the last twelve months and are still eligible for selection.[18]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Daniel Bachmann (1994-07-09) 9 July 1994 (age 30) 14 0   Watford UEFA Euro 2024 PRE
GK Tobias Lawal (2000-06-07) 7 June 2000 (age 24) 0 0   LASK UEFA Euro 2024 PRE
GK Cican Stanković (1992-11-04) 4 November 1992 (age 31) 4 0   AEK Athens UEFA Euro 2024 PRE
GK Alexander Schlager (1996-02-01) 1 February 1996 (age 28) 15 0   Red Bull Salzburg v.   Turkey, 14 March 2024

DF Stefan Lainer (1992-08-27) 27 August 1992 (age 31) 39 2   Borussia Mönchengladbach UEFA Euro 2024 PRE
DF Marco Friedl (1998-03-16) 16 March 1998 (age 26) 5 0   Werder Bremen UEFA Euro 2024 PRE
DF Samson Baidoo (2004-03-31) 31 March 2004 (age 20) 1 0   Red Bull Salzburg UEFA Euro 2024 PRE
DF David Alaba (captain) (1992-06-24) 24 June 1992 (age 32) 105 15   Real Madrid v.   Germany, 21 November 2023INJ
DF David Schnegg (1998-09-29) 29 September 1998 (age 25) 1 0   D.C. United v.   Sweden, 12 September 2023

MF Dejan Ljubičić (1997-10-08) 8 October 1997 (age 26) 9 1   1. FC Köln UEFA Euro 2024 PRE
MF Thierno Ballo (2002-01-02) 2 January 2002 (age 22) 0 0   Wolfsberger AC UEFA Euro 2024 PRE
MF Christoph Lang (2002-01-07) 7 January 2002 (age 22) 0 0   Rapid Wien UEFA Euro 2024 PRE
MF Kevin Stöger (1993-08-27) 27 August 1993 (age 30) 0 0   VfL Bochum UEFA Euro 2024 PRE
MF Xaver Schlager (1997-09-28) 28 September 1997 (age 26) 43 4   RB Leipzig v.   Turkey, 14 March 2024

FW Guido Burgstaller (1989-04-29) 29 April 1989 (age 35) 26 2   Rapid Wien UEFA Euro 2024 PRE
FW Junior Adamu (2001-06-06) 6 June 2001 (age 23) 6 0   SC Freiburg UEFA Euro 2024 PRE
FW Muhammed Cham (2000-09-26) 26 September 2000 (age 23) 3 0   Clermont UEFA Euro 2024 PRE
FW Manprit Sarkaria (1996-08-26) 26 August 1996 (age 27) 1 0   Sturm Graz UEFA Euro 2024 PRE
FW Benedikt Pichler (1997-07-20) 20 July 1997 (age 26) 0 0   Holstein Kiel UEFA Euro 2024 PRE
FW Saša Kalajdžić (1997-07-07) 7 July 1997 (age 27) 19 4   Eintracht Frankfurt v.   Germany, 21 November 2023
FW Karim Onisiwo RET (1992-03-17) 17 March 1992 (age 32) 24 1   Mainz 05 v.   Sweden, 12 September 2023

PRE Player was named to the preliminary squad / standby
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

Player statistics

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As of 3 July 2024 after the match against   Turkey.[19]
Players in bold are still active in the national team.

Most capped players

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Marko Arnautović is Austria's most capped player
Rank Player Caps Goals Period
1 Marko Arnautović 116 37 2009–present
2 David Alaba 105 15 2009–present
3 Andreas Herzog 103 26 1988–2003
4 Aleksandar Dragović 100 2 2009–2022
5 Toni Polster 95 44 1982–2000
6 Gerhard Hanappi 93 12 1948–1964
7 Karl Koller 86 5 1952–1965
8 Julian Baumgartlinger 84 1 2009–2021
Friedrich Koncilia 84 0 1970–1985
Bruno Pezzey 84 9 1975–1990

Top goalscorers

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Toni Polster is Austria's highest goalscorer with 44 international goals
Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Period
1 Toni Polster 44 95 0.46 1982–2000
2 Marko Arnautović 37 116 0.32 2009–present
3 Hans Krankl 34 69 0.49 1973–1985
4 Johann Horvath 29 46 0.63 1924–1934
5 Erich Hof 28 37 0.76 1957–1968
Marc Janko 28 70 0.40 2006–2019
7 Anton Schall 27 28 0.96 1927–1934
8 Matthias Sindelar 26 43 0.60 1926–1937
Andreas Herzog 26 103 0.25 1988–2003
10 Karl Zischek 24 40 0.60 1931–1945

Competitive record

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FIFA World Cup

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FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Did not enter Did not enter
  1934 Fourth place 4th 4 2 0 2 7 7 Squad 1 1 0 0 6 1
  1938 Did not enter Did not enter
  1950
  1954 Third place 3rd 5 4 0 1 17 12 Squad 2 1 1 0 9 1
  1958 Group stage 15th 3 0 1 2 2 7 Squad 4 3 1 0 14 3
  1962 Did not enter Did not enter
  1966 Did not qualify 4 0 1 3 1 6
  1970 6 3 0 3 12 7
  1974 7 3 2 2 15 9
  1978 Second group stage 7th 6 3 0 3 7 10 Squad 6 4 2 0 14 2
  1982 8th 5 2 1 2 5 4 Squad 8 5 1 2 16 6
  1986 Did not qualify 6 3 1 2 9 8
  1990 Group stage 18th 3 1 0 2 2 3 Squad 8 3 3 2 9 9
  1994 Did not qualify 10 3 2 5 15 16
  1998 Group stage 23rd 3 0 2 1 3 4 Squad 10 8 1 1 17 4
    2002 Did not qualify 10 4 3 3 10 14
  2006 10 4 3 3 15 12
  2010 10 4 2 4 14 15
  2014 10 5 2 3 20 10
  2018 10 4 3 3 14 12
  2022 11 5 1 5 20 19
      2026 To be determined To be determined
      2030
  2034
Total Third place 7/22 29 12 4 13 43 47 134 64 29 41 232 155

UEFA European Championship

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UEFA European Championship record Qualifying record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
  1960 Did not qualify 4 2 0 2 10 11
  1964 2 0 1 1 2 3
  1968 5 2 1 2 7 9
  1972 6 3 1 2 14 6
  1976 6 3 1 2 11 7
  1980 8 4 3 1 14 7
  1984 8 4 1 3 15 10
  1988 6 2 1 3 6 9
  1992 8 1 1 6 6 14
  1996 10 5 1 4 29 14
    2000 8 4 1 3 19 20
  2004 8 3 0 5 12 14
    2008 Group stage 13th 3 0 1 2 1 3 Squad Qualified as hosts
    2012 Did not qualify 10 3 3 4 16 17
  2016 Group stage 22nd 3 0 1 2 1 4 Squad 10 9 1 0 22 5
  2020 Round of 16 12th 4 2 0 2 5 5 Squad 10 6 1 3 19 9
  2024 9th 4 2 0 2 7 6 Squad 8 6 1 1 17 7
    2028 To be determined To be determined
    2032
Total Round of 16 4/17 14 4 2 8 14 18 117 57 18 42 219 162

UEFA Nations League

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UEFA Nations League record
Season Division Group Result Pld W D L GF GA P/R RK
2018–19 B 3 Group stage 4 2 1 1 3 2   18th
2020–21 B 1 Group stage 6 4 1 1 9 6   18th
2022–23 A 1 Group stage 6 1 1 4 6 10   13th
2024–25 B 3 To be determined
Total Group stage 16 7 3 6 18 18 13th

All-time head-to-head record

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Source:[20][21]

As of 25 June 2024, after the match against   Netherlands.

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

Against M W D L GF GA GD
  Albania 7 7 0 0 19 2 +17
  Algeria 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
  Andorra 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
  Argentina 2 0 1 1 2 6 -4
  Azerbaijan 6 5 1 0 14 2 +12
  Belarus 4 4 0 0 12 0 +12
  Belgium 16 9 4 3 44 23 +22
  Bosnia and Herzegovina 5 1 3 1 4 3 +1
  Brazil 10 0 3 7 5 17 -12
  Bulgaria 8 5 2 1 21 7 +14
  Cameroon 3 0 2 1 1 3 -2
  Canada 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2
  Chile 3 1 1 1 2 3 -1
  Costa Rica 2 1 1 0 4 2 +2
  Croatia 7 1 0 6 6 12 -6
  Cyprus 7 6 1 0 22 5 +17
  Czech Republic[c] 41 10 12 19 59 78 -19
  Denmark 13 4 1 8 15 25 -10
  East Germany 6 1 4 1 7 5 +2
  Egypt 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1
  England 19 4 4 11 27 59 -32
  Estonia 4 4 0 0 9 1 +8
  Faroe Islands 8 6 1 1 21 4 +17
  Finland 11 8 2 1 24 11 +13
  France 26 9 3 14 41 43 -2
  Georgia 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1
  Germany[d] 41 10 6 25 59 90 -31
  Ghana 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
  Greece 13 4 5 4 18 20 -2
  Hungary 137 40 30 67 252 299 -47
  Iceland 4 1 2 1 4 4 0
  Iran 1 1 0 0 5 1 +4
  Israel 13 6 4 3 26 25 +1
  Italy 38 13 8 18 59 51 +8
  Ivory Coast 2 1 0 1 3 5 -2
  Japan 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
  Kazakhstan 4 2 2 0 6 0 +6
  Latvia 9 6 1 2 24 9 +15
  Liechtenstein 8 8 0 0 30 1 +29
  Lithuania 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3
  Luxembourg 7 7 0 0 29 4 +25
  Malta 9 8 1 0 29 5 +24
  Moldova 9 7 1 1 15 4 +11
  Montenegro 2 2 0 0 4 2 +2
  Netherlands 21 7 4 10 27 40 -13
  Nigeria 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
  North Macedonia 3 3 0 0 9 3 +6
  Northern Ireland 12 6 3 4 21 19 +2
  Norway 12 8 2 2 24 10 +14
  Paraguay 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
  Poland 11 4 2 5 20 20 0
  Portugal 11 3 6 2 19 11 +8
  Republic of Ireland 16 9 4 3 37 19 +18
  Romania 10 3 5 2 12 12 0
  Russia[e] 19 7 4 8 16 22 -6
  San Marino 2 2 0 0 11 1 +10
  Scotland 23 8 8 7 37 30 +7
  Serbia[f] 22 7 4 11 43 49 -6
  Slovakia[c] 45 10 14 19 6 3 +3
  Slovenia 4 3 0 1 5 2 +3
  Spain 16 4 3 9 22 43 -21
  Sweden 38 20 6 14 61 53 +8
   Switzerland 43 25 6 12 106 61 +45
  Trinidad and Tobago 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3
  Tunisia 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1
  Turkey 17 9 1 7 24 23 -1
  Ukraine 3 2 0 1 5 4 +1
  United States 3 2 0 1 3 4 -1
  Uruguay 4 2 1 1 6 5 +1
  Venezuela 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1
  Wales 11 5 2 4 14 11 +3
Total (71 Nations) 831 351 177 307 1,416 1,307 +109

Honours

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See also

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Notes

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  1. ^ After 1988, the tournament was restricted to squads with no more than three players over the age of 23, and these matches are not regarded as part of the national team's records, nor are caps awarded.
  2. ^ a b Win% is rounded to two decimal places
  3. ^ a b Includes matches against   Czechoslovakia.
  4. ^ Includes matches against   West Germany.
  5. ^ Includes matches against   Soviet Union.
  6. ^ Includes matches against   Yugoslavia.

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