Karl Koller (footballer)
Koller in 1964
|Full name||Karl Koller|
|Date of birth||8 February 1929|
|Place of birth||Hölles, Austria|
|Date of death||24 January 2009(aged 79)|
|Place of death||Austria|
|1967||1. Wiener Neustädter SC|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Koller played most of his career for First Vienna FC (1949–1966). He is regarded, behind Ernst Ocwirk and Gerhard Hanappi, as one of the best Austrian midfielders of all time and was rated as one of the best 100 European footballers of the 20th century by the IFFHS. Normally a center midfielder, Koller was capable in both in defense and attack and was well known for technique, strength and powerful shot from distance.
He made his debut for Austria in a March 1952 friendly match against Belgium and was a participant at the 1954 FIFA World Cup in Switzerland, where they reached 3rd place and 1958 FIFA World Cup, where he scored a goal in a match against England.
He earned 86 caps, scoring 5 goals, which still makes him Austria's fourth most capped player of all time. His last international was a September 1965 World Cup qualification match against Hungary.