|Full name||Josef Hickersberger|
|Date of birth||27 April 1948|
|Place of birth||Amstetten, Austria|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|1997–1999||El Mokawloon SC|
|2000–2001||Al Wasl FC|
|2008–2010||Al-Wahda FC (Abu Dhabi)|
|2010–2012||Al-Wahda FC (Abu Dhabi)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Hickersberger's started his playing career with Austria Wien, where he was brought in by Ernst Ocwirk in 1966. After six successful seasons he was sold for 2.1 million schillings to Bundesliga side Kickers Offenbach. He later moved on to Fortuna Düsseldorf, then returned to Austria to join SSW Innsbruck and finished his professional career with Rapid Vienna. He continued playing for amateur sides Badener AC, UFC Pama, SV Forchtenstein and WSV Traisen where he took up his first coaching posts.
He made his debut for Austria in May 1968 against Romania and was a participant at the 1978 FIFA World Cup. He earned 39 caps, scoring five goals. His last international match was at the World Cup in 1978 against West Germany, a game dubbed The miracle of Córdoba which the Austrians won 3–2.
- Scores and results list Austria's goal tally first.
|1.||30 April 1972||Praterstadion, Vienna||Malta||1–0||4–0||1974 World Cup qualifier|
|4.||3 September 1972||Stadionul Central, Craiova||Romania||1–0||1–1||Friendly|
|5.||10 November 1976||Kavala National Stadium, Kavala||Greece||1–0||3–0||Friendly|
Since retiring as a player, Hickersberger has worked as a football coach. He was the coach of the Austrian national team at the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. However, after the sensational and embarrassing 1–0 defeat against the Faroe Islands in the first qualifying game of UEFA Euro 1992, he decided to quit and after that coached Fortuna Düsseldorf (1990–1992) and Austria Wien (1993–94).
Hickersberger then worked for a few years in the Middle Eastern region, where he trained several teams, among them the Bahrain national football team, and Al Wasl FC Dubai, one of the most popular clubs in the UAE.
In 2002, Hickersberger came back to Austria, and brought back success to Rapid. With him as coach, Rapid won the Austrian Championship of 2004–05, nine years after the last triumph, and accordingly qualified for the UEFA Champions League group stage where Rapid faced the teams of Bayern Munich, Juventus and Club Brugge.
He coached the Austrian national team during the UEFA Euro 2008 played in Austria and Switzerland, obtaining only one point out of nine. Austria lost 1–0 against Croatia and Germany, and rescued a late draw, a 1–1 against Poland with a goal of Ivica Vastić on minute 93. Austria stayed in the third position in the Group B, staying out of the competition in their own country. Hickersberger and Joachim Löw were sent off in the match between Austria and Germany after claiming some errors made by Manuel Enrique Mejuto González. On 23 June 2008, he quit the Austrian national team post.
On 10 December, he signed a contract by Al-Wahda FC (Abu Dhabi) as head coach until 30 June 2009. After finishing fourth, therefore earning a play-off berth in the Asian Champions League, and leading the team to the Etisalat Cup Final in his first year at the club, he signed a one-year extension. He also brought along two of his former national team assistant coaches, including Klaus Lindenberger.
- As of 31 May 2012
|Austria||1 January 1988||14 September 1990||29||10||7||12||34.48|
|Fortuna Düsseldorf||1 January 1991||28 August 1991||23||7||3||13||30.43|
|Austria Wien1||1 July 1993||30 June 1994||40||23||5||12||57.50|
|Al Ahli SC||1 July 1995||30 June 1997|
|Bahrain||1 January 1996||21 December 1996||7||1||2||4||14.29|
|El Mokawloon SC||1 July 1997||30 June 1999|
|Al-Shaab CSC||1 July 1999||30 June 2000|
|Al Wasl FC||1 July 2000||30 June 2001|
|Al-Gharafa Sports Club||1 July 2001||30 June 2002|
|Rapid Wien1||1 July 2002||21 December 2005||143||63||38||42||44.06|
|Austria||1 January 2006||23 June 2008||24||5||8||11||20.83|
|Al Wahda S.C.C.||10 December 2008||1 June 2010|
|Bahrain||3 June 2010||20 October 2010||7||2||2||3||28.57|
|Al Wahda S.C.C.||22 October 2010||31 May 2012||38||15||13||10||39.47|
- 1.^ Statistics includes league and Europe.