Herbert Prohaska (German pronunciation: [ˈhɛɐ̯bɛɐ̯t pʁoˈhaska, - ˈpʁɔhaska]; born 8 August 1955 in Vienna, Austria) is a retired Austrian football player. He ranks among Austria's greatest football players of all time. Prohaska is currently working as a football pundit for the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF). His nickname "Schneckerl", Viennese dialect for curly hair, derives from his curly haircut in his younger years. A talented, elegant, and combative midfielder, Prohaska played as a deep-lying playmaker, and was known for his technique, intelligence, and precise passing.
Prohaska in 2018
|Date of birth||8 August 1955|
|Place of birth||Vienna, Austria|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Prohaska started his professional career in 1972 at the football club Austria Vienna. By 1980 he had helped his club to win four Austrian league titles and three Austrian Cup wins. In 1980, he joined Inter Milan, and won the Italian Cup in his second season with the nerazzurri. In 1982, he moved to A.S. Roma, where he won the Italian championship in his first year. He returned to Austria Vienna in 1983 to finish his playing career.
Prohaska made his debut for Austria in a November 1974 friendly match against Turkey and was a participant at the 1978 and 1982 FIFA World Cups. He earned 83 caps, scoring 10 goals. His final international was a June 1989 World Cup qualification match against Iceland, but he retired before the 1990 World Cup.
In 1989 Prohaska retired from playing. Shortly after his retirement he worked as a coach at Austria Vienna, where he won two Austrian League titles and two Austrian Cups.
In 1993, he became manager of Austria's national football team, qualifying as group winners for the 1998 World Cup in France. In 1999, he resigned after a disastrous 9–0 defeat to Spain. From 1999 to 2000 he returned to managing Austria Vienna.
In November 2003, Prohaska was selected as the Golden Player of Austria by the Austrian Football Association as their most outstanding player of the past 50 years. In August 2004, he was voted the Austrian Footballer of the Century as the Austrian Football Association celebrated its 100th anniversary.
Working as a pundit for the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation ORF, Prohaska suggested at the 2006 World Cup that referee Graham Poll's famous yellow card blunder was a result of heavy alcohol consumption before the match.
As a playerEdit
- Austrian Football Bundesliga (7):
- 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1986
- Austrian Cup (4):
- 1974, 1977, 1980, 1986
- Italian Serie A Championship (1):
- Italian Cup (1):
- Austrian Player of the Year (Krone-Fußballerwahl) (2):
- 1975, 1985
- Austrian Player of the Year (APA-Fußballerwahl) (3):
- 1984, 1985, 1988
- UEFA Jubilee Awards (Austria's Golden Player) (1):
As a managerEdit
- Dudenredaktion; Kleiner, Stefan; Knöbl, Ralf (2015) [First published 1962]. Das Aussprachewörterbuch [The Pronunciation Dictionary] (in German) (7th ed.). Berlin: Dudenverlag. pp. 439, 704. ISBN 978-3-411-04067-4.
- Krech, Eva-Maria; Stock, Eberhard; Hirschfeld, Ursula; Anders, Lutz Christian (2009). Deutsches Aussprachewörterbuch [German Pronunciation Dictionary] (in German). Berlin: Walter de Gruyter. pp. 578, 844. ISBN 978-3-11-018202-6.
- "Roma 1982/83: Cuore Giallorosso" (in Italian). Storie di Calcio. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
- "Vierchowod uomo in più, Nappy jolly" (in Italian). La Stampa. 10 May 1983. p. 20. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
- FIFA Player Statistics – Herbert Prohaska FIFA.com
- Appearances for Austrian National Team RSSSF
- Golden Players take centre stage UEFA.com, 29 November 2003
- Prohaska honoured in Austria UEFA.com, 18 August 2004
- Ref Poll sent home from World Cup BBC Sport, 28 June 2006