Walter Nausch

Walter Nausch (5 February 1907 – 11 July 1957) was an Austrian footballer, who later became a football manager.[1] The captain of legendary Austrian "Wunderteam", Nausch was a very versatile player who played in almost all positions on the pitch but was mainly a left wing half. He was known for his great physical condition, versatility, and tactical awareness.

Walter Nausch
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Walter Nausch(right) Austria-England Eddie Hapgood (left) (1936)
Personal information
Date of birth (1907-02-05)5 February 1907
Place of birth Vienna, Austria
Date of death 11 July 1957(1957-07-11) (aged 50)
Place of death Obertraun, Austria
Playing position(s) left-half
Youth career
Josefstädter FC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1923–1925 SV Amateure Wien
1925–1929 Wiener Athletiksport Club
1929–1938 Austria Wien
National team
1929–1937 Austria 39 (1)
Teams managed
1940–1948 Young Fellows Zürich
1948–1954 Austria
1954–1955 Austria Wien
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

Club careerEdit

Nausch played for FK Austria Wien between 1923–25 and 1929–38, interspersed with a spell at Wiener AC.[1]

Nausch was chosen in Austria's Team of the Century in 2001.

International careerEdit

He made his debut for Austria in October 1929 against Switzerland but missed out on the 1934 FIFA World Cup. He earned 39 caps, scoring one goal.

Coaching careerEdit

He worked later as a football coach with Young Fellows Zürich (1940–1948),[2] the Austria national football team (1948-1954) and Austria Wien.[3]


Nausch died of a heart attack in the morning on 11 July 1957 in Obertraun (Upper Austria), where he did spend in the so-called "Sportschule" (a training centre for football).[3] See also "Arbeiterzeitung Wien/Vienna" from July 12, 1957, page 8).


  1. ^ a b Stats at
  2. ^ Erik Garin (20 June 2007). "SC YF Juventus". Switzerland - Trainers of First and Second Division Clubs. RSSSF. Retrieved 21 April 2012.
  3. ^ a b Walter Nausch at Austria-archiv