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Michael Konsel (born 6 March 1962 in Vienna) is a retired Austrian football goalkeeper.

Michael Konsel
Michael Konsel.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1962-03-06) 6 March 1962 (age 57)
Place of birth Vienna, Austria
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1968–1978 Fortuna 05
1978–1982 Kritzendorf
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1984 First Vienna
1984–1997 Rapid Wien 395 (0)
1997–1999 Roma 40 (0)
1999–2000 Venezia 15 (0)
National team
1985–1998 Austria 43 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Konsel started his professional career with First Vienna and moved to local rivals Rapid Wien in 1985. He then played a part in the successful Rapid team in the 1980s, claiming the League crown twice and most prominently losing the UEFA Cup Winners Cup Final in 1985 against Everton. He stayed at Rapid for 12 years and captained the side in his last two seasons. In 1996, he played in the UEFA Cup Winners Cup Final for a second time, this time against Paris St Germain in Brussels, which Rapid lost again.

In 1997, at 35 years of age, Konsel moved abroad to join Italian side A.S. Roma in Serie A under manager Zdeněk Zeman, where he was voted the best goalkeeper and best foreign footballer of the season in his first year with the club. After an injury-hit second year in Rome he finished his career at Venezia.

In 1996, he was chosen Austrian Footballer of the Year. He was voted in Rapid's Team of the Century in 1999, as well as in the A.S. Roma All Star Team of all-time in 1998.

International careerEdit

He made his debut for Austria in an October 1985 friendly match against Yugoslavia and was a participant at the 1990 and 1998 FIFA World Cup.[1] He earned 43 caps, no goals scored.[2] His international farewell match was an August 1998 friendly against France, in which game he was substituted by his eternal rival for Austria's first goalkeeper jersey, Franz Wohlfahrt.

Style of playEdit

Considered to be one of the greatest Austrian goalkeepers of all time (having been elected the third-best Austrian Goalkeeper of the 20th Century),[3] as well as one of the best Serie A goalkeepers of his generation and one of Roma's best ever goalkeepers, Konsel was a consistent and efficient goalkeeper, who stood out for his shot-stopping ability and longevity throughout his career. Nicknamed the panther, he possessed good reflexes and, having played both as midfielder and defender in his youth, was also known for his ability with the ball at his feet, as well as his speed and adeptness when coming off his line to collect crosses or when rushing out to anticipate opponents, and often functioned as a sweeper-keeper throughout his career, in particular in teams which relied on a high defensive line, the offside-trap, and zonal marking systems.[4][5][6][7][8][9]

Media appearancesEdit

Konsel participated in the third season of the Austrian television dance competition Dancing Stars in 2007, coming in seventh place.

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Rapid Wien

IndividualEdit

  • Best Young Player of the Austrian Football Bundesliga (1): 1985
  • Austrian Footballer of the Year (3): 1987, 1995, 1996
  • Austrian Football Bundesliga Best Goalkeeper of the Year (4): 1987–88, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97
  • Rapid Wien's Team of the Century: 1999
  • A.S. Roma All-time All-Star Team: 1998

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Record at FIFA Tournaments – FIFA
  2. ^ Appearances for Austrian National Team – RSSSF
  3. ^ Karel Stokkermans (30 January 2000). "IFFHS' Century Elections". RSSSF.com. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Le pagelle della Serie A" (in Italian). SoloCalcio.com. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  5. ^ Gaetano Imparato (2 December 1997). "Konsel, miracoli a Roma: le sue parate pesano come gol" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  6. ^ Gaetano Imparato (9 September 1999). "Antonioli adesso e' piu' sereno" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  7. ^ Andrea Galdi (16 September 1997). "NONNO KONSEL UNA PANTERA IN GIALLOROSSO" (in Italian). La Repubblica. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  8. ^ "Konsel, uscita a valanga In porta fino al 2001" (in Italian). La Repubblica. 23 May 1999. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  9. ^ Maurizio Crosetti (16 September 1997). "PERUZZI E KONSEL, VITA DA DIMENTICATI" (in Italian). La Repubblica. Retrieved 28 October 2017.