The Greatest Austrian footballers of all-time
No.8 Friedrich Koncilia
No.7 Michael Konsel
No.6 Walter Schachner
Forward from the late 1970s right through to the late 1990s, a career spanning 24 years that would see him playing until he was 41, an incredible achievement for an outfield player. Walter Schachner made his name with an incredible three years at Austria Vienna, his prolific strike rate being rewarded with a move to Italy that would see him play in Serie A and Serie B for seven years before returning back to Austria.
No.5 Bruno Pezzey
One of Austria's greatest ever defenders, Pezzey made his name in the 1970s at Wacker Innsbruck, his performances helping the club to two Austrian league titles and persuading German side Eintracht Frankfurt to make a move for him. Pezzey would have nine great years in Germany, split between Eintracht Frankfurt and Werder Bremen. Tragically, Pezzey died on New Year's Eve 1994, aged only 39.
No.4 Toni Polster
No.3 Gerhard Hanappi
Gerhard Hannappi was a talented and respected footballer who left an indelible mark on football in Austria in the 1950s. His success with Rapid Wien and the Austrian national team have made him a legend in Austrian football, and his technical ability, vision, and intelligence on the field mark him down as one of the greatest Austrian players of all-time. Hannapi was a key part of the Austrian team that finished third at the 1954 World Cup, the highest finish that the national team has achieved.
No.2 Matthias Sindelar
Despite his short career, Sindelar's legacy as one of the greatest players in Austrian football history continues to inspire fans and players alike. His skill and creativity on the field, combined with his courage and independence off the field, have made him a hero to many, and his influence on the sport is still felt today.
No.1 Hans Krankl
Talented and prolific striker who left an indelible mark on the sport in Austria. HAns Krankl's success with Rapid Wien and Barcelona in the 1970s and 1980s have made him a legend in Austrian football, and his speed, skill, and goalscoring ability have made him a hero to many and his legacy continues to inspire fans and players alike in Austria.