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Marko Arnautovic and David Alaba

Austrian Footballer of the Year winners, Marko Arnautovic and David Alaba.
Photo: Steindy / Wikimedia Commons

The Austrian Footballer of the Year Award (known in Austria as the APA-Fußballerwahl) is awarded annually by votes from the coaches of all the Austrian Bundesliga clubs. It can be awarded to either a footballer playing in the Austrian football leagues, or an Austrian playing abroad.

The award was only started in 1984, so unfortunately it misses out on some of Austria's greatest footballers, such as Austria Vienna's pre-war maestro, Matthias Sindelar, and the nation's main star of the 1970s and early 80s, Rapid Vienna legend Hans Krankl.

Recent years has seen David Alaba's fantastic form with Bayern Munich rewarded with six Austrian Footballer of the Year awards in a row. Behind Alaba comes Ivica Vastic. The Croatian-born midfielder's brilliant performances in the 1990s with Sturm Graz would lead to three Footballer of the Year awards as his form helped them become Austrian football league winners for the first time in 1998, quickly followed by a second title in 1999. Vastic would win the award for a fourth time in 2007 at the ripe old age of 38 after inspiring LASK to promotion from the Erste Liga to the Bundesliga.

AUSTRIAN FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR WINNERS

Year Winner Club Nationality Age
2019 Erling Haaland Red Bull Salzburg Norway 19
2018 Marko Arnautovic West Ham United Austria 29
2017 Marcel Sabitzer RB Leipzig Austria 24
2016 David Alaba Bayern Munich Austria 24
2015 David Alaba Bayern Munich Austria 23
2014 David Alaba Bayern Munich Austria 22
2013 David Alaba Bayern Munich Austria 21
2012 David Alaba Bayern Munich Austria 20
2011 David Alaba Bayern Munich / Hoffenheim Austria 19
2010 Zlatko Junuzovic Austria Wien Austria 23
2009 Steffen Hofmann Rapid Wien Germany 29
2008 Marc Janko Red Bull Salzburg Austria 25
2007 Ivica Vastic LASK Austria 38
2006 Alexander Zickler Red Bull Salzburg Germany 32
2005 Mario Bazina Grazer AK Croatia 30
2004 Steffen Hofmann Rapid Wien Germany 24
2003 Andreas Ivanschitz Rapid Wien Austria 20
2002 Vladimír Janocko Austria Wien Slovakia 26
2001 Ronald Brunmayr Grazer AK Austria 26
2000 Radoslaw Gilewicz Tirol Inssbruck Poland 29
1999 Ivica Vastic Sturm Graz Austria 30
1998 Ivica Vastic Sturm Graz Austria 29
1997 Toni Polster 1.FC Köln Austria 33
1996 Michael Konsel Rapid Wien Austria 34
1995 Ivica Vastic Sturm Graz Croatia 26
1994 Heimo Pfeifenberger Austria Salzburg Austria 28
1993 Franz Wohlfahrt Austria Wien Austria 29
1992 Andreas Herzog Rapid Wien / Werder Bremen Austria 24
1991 Néstor Gorosito Tirol Innsbruck Argentina 27
1990 Andreas Ogris Austria Wien / Espanyol Austria 26
1989 Gerhard Rodax Admira Wacker Austria 24
1988 Herbert Prohaska Austria Wien Austria 33
1987 Heribert Weber Rapid Wien Austria 32
1986 Toni Polster Austria Wien Austria 22
1985 Herbert Prohaska Austria Wien Austria 30
1984 Herbert Prohaska Austria Wien Austria 29

MOST AUSTRIAN FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR AWARDS

Award Wins Plyer Nationality Seasons
6 David Alaba Austria 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
4 Ivica Vastic Austria 1995 1998 1999 2007
3 Herbert Prohaska Austria 1984 1985 1988
2 Toni Polster Austria 1986 1997
2 Steffen Hofmann Germany 2004 2009