Austria national football team
The Austria national football team is the association football team that represents the country of Austria in international competition and is controlled by the Austrian Football Association. Austria has qualified for seven World Cups, most recently in 1998, the country played in the European Championship for the first time in 2008 when it co-hosted the event with Switzerland and most recently qualified in 2016. The Austrian Football Association was founded on 18 March 1904 in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the team enjoyed success in the 1930s under coach Hugo Meisl becoming a dominant side in Europe and earning the nickname Wunderteam. The teams star was Matthias Sindelar, on 16 May 1931, they were the first continental European side to defeat Scotland. In the 1934 FIFA World Cup, Austria finished fourth after losing 1–0 to Italy in the semi-finals and they were runners-up in the 1936 Olympics, again losing to Italy 2–1, despite having been beaten in quarter-finals by Peru, following the Peruvians withdrawal.
However, according to an investigation, the victory by Peru was deliberately annulled by Adolf Hitler to favour the Austrians. The team qualified for the 1938 FIFA World Cup finals, on 28 March, FIFA was notified that the Austrian FA had been abolished, resulting in the nations withdrawal from the World Cup. Instead the German team would represent the former Austrian territory, in a rematch, the Germans took revenge, winning 9–1. As a result, five players from Austria Wien, Rapid Wien and Vienna Wien were part of the team only managed a 1–1 draw in Round 1 against Switzerland. With Rapid Wiens forward Pesser having been sent off, and not satisfied with two others, Herberger had to alter the line-up on six positions to fulfill the 6,5 quota again, after World War II, Austria was again separated from Germany. Austrias best result came in 1954 with a team starring midfielder Ernst Ocwirk and they lost in the semi-finals 6–1 to eventual champions Germany, but finished third after beating defending champions Uruguay 3–1.
This remains their best result ever, and unfortunately the last time for decades that Austria reached the end round of a major tournament, over the years, a strong yet mainly lopsided rivalry with Germany developed. At the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, the Austrian team was a disappointment, defeats to the eventual champions Brazil, the emerging Soviet Union and a draw against a weakened England prevented the team to reach the next round. Still holding to the popularity in the country, under new coach Decker again made an international sensation in the era. In front of a crowd of over 90,000 spectators, made possible by the expansion of the Prater Stadium. Due to lack of money, Austria decided not to participate at the 1962 World Cup in Chile, and the team fell apart. Abrupt end of Austria’s success in the postwar period eventually formed the clear 0–6 loss against Czechoslovakia in 1962, of many players. After the end of Decker era, the team was unable for a time to connect to the old successes
Captain (association football)
The team captain is usually identified by the wearing of an armband. The only official responsibility of a captain specified by the Laws of the Game is to participate in the toss prior to kick-off. Contrary to what is said, captains have no special authority under the Laws to challenge a decision by the referee. However, referees may talk to the captain of a side about the general behaviour when necessary. At an award-giving ceremony after a fixture like a cup competition final, any trophy won by a team will be received by the captain who will be the first one to hoist it. The captain generally leads the teams out of the room at the start of the match. The captain generally provides a point for the team, if morale is low. Captains may join the manager in deciding the first team for a certain game, in youth or recreational football, the captain often takes on duties, that would, at a higher level, be delegated to the manager. A club captain is usually appointed for a season, if he is unavailable or not selected for a particular game, the club vice-captain will be appointed to perform a similar role.
The match captain is the first player to lift a trophy should the team win one, a good example of this was in the 1999 UEFA Champions League Final when match captain Peter Schmeichel lifted the trophy for Manchester United as club captain Roy Keane was suspended. In the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final, match captain Frank Lampard jointly lifted the trophy for Chelsea with club captain John Terry, a club may appoint two distinct roles, a club captain to represent the players in a public relations role, and correspondent on the pitch. After Neville retired in 2011, regular starter Nemanja Vidić was named as club captain, são Paulos Rogério Ceni is the player who has worn the captains armband the most times. A vice-captain is a player that is expected to captain the side when the captain is not included in the starting eleven, or if, during a game. Examples include Manuel Neuer succeeding Philipp Lahm at Bayern Munich, Marcelo attaining from Sergio Ramos at Real Madrid C. F, gary Cahill being the understudy of John Terry at Chelsea FC and Lionel Messi taking over from Andrés Iniesta at FC Barcelona.
Similarly, some clubs name a 3rd captain to take the role of captain when both the captain and vice-captain are unavailable, during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, Germany had three captains. Michael Ballack had skippered the team since 2004, including the successful qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup. Lahm ended up becoming the permanent captain of Germany, as Ballack was never called up for the national team
Wilhelm Kreuz, nicknamed Willy or Willi, is a former Austrian footballer. During his club career he played for Admira Energie, Sparta Rotterdam, Feyenoord Rotterdam and he is placed as 76th best Feyenoord player ever in the book De Top en Flop 100. He made his debut for Austria in an April 1969 World Cup qualification match against Cyprus and was a participant at the 1978 FIFA World Cup and he earned 56 caps, scoring 12 goals. His last international was a June 1981 World Cup qualification match against Finland, Austrian Bundesliga top goalscorer,1971 Austrian Cup,1991 Profile - SK VÖEST Profile - Feyenoord Fansite Wilhelm Kreuz at National-Football-Teams. com
Herbert Prohaska is a retired Austrian football player. He ranks among Austrias greatest football players of all time, Prohaska is currently working as a football pundit for the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation. His nickname Schneckerl, Viennese dialect for curly hair, derives from his curly haircut in his younger years, a talented, combative midfielder, Prohaska played as a deep-lying playmaker, known for his precision passing. Prohaska started his career in 1972 at the football club Austria Vienna. By 1980 he had helped his club to win four Austrian league titles, in 1980 he joined Inter Milan, and won the Italian Cup in his second season with the nerazzurri. In 1982 he moved to AS Roma, where he won the Italian championship in his first year and he returned to Austria Vienna in 1983 to finish his playing career. Prohaska made his debut for Austria in a November 1974 friendly match against Turkey and was a participant at the 1978 and 1982 FIFA World Cups and he earned 83 caps, scoring 10 goals.
His final international was a June 1989 World Cup qualification match against Iceland, in 1989 Prohaska retired from playing. Shortly after his retirement he worked as a coach at Austria Vienna, in 1993 he became manager of Austrias national soccer team, qualifying as group winners for the 1998 World Cup in France. In 1999 he resigned after a disastrous 9–0 defeat to Spain, from 1999 to 2000 he returned to managing Austria Vienna. In November 2003, Prohaska was selected as the Golden Player of Austria by the Austrian Football Association as their most outstanding player of the past 50 years. In August 2004, he was voted the Austrian Footballer of the Century as the Austrian Football Association celebrated its 100th anniversary. com
Football Association of Wales
The Football Association of Wales is the governing body of association football in Wales. It is a member of FIFA, UEFA and the IFAB, the FAW was founded at a meeting held on 2 February 1876 at the Wynnstay Arms Hotel in Wrexham, initially to formalise the arrangements for the forthcoming match against Scotland. In May 1876, a meeting was called, this time in the ballroom of the Wynnstay Arms Hotel in Ruabon where the name Football Association of Wales was agreed. The arguments and discussions continued so long that the local policeman came in to call time, the meeting ended with Llewelyn Kenrick appointed as the first chairman and honorary secretary with John Hawley Edwards as first treasurer. Kenrick continued to serve the FAW until 1884, when he left, in 1897, when the FAW secretary was charged with fraud, Kenrick returned to guide the association through the crisis. He made the break a few months over the minor issue of the allocation of gate money to Welsh Cup semi-finalists and finalists.
The FAW is responsible for all actions against players in teams associated with the FAW. This includes Welsh teams playing in the English football pyramid, superseding the English FA disciplinary system with the exception of Cardiff City, the FAW is based at Neptune Court, Vanguard Way, Cardiff. It is governed by a council including nineteen councillors who are either elected, in 2012, chief executive Jonathan Ford claimed the FAW had an income of £14 million, funded from FIFA, UEFA, sponsorship and TV revenue. All finances were spent on the development of the game. In 2013, Dragon Park, the Wales National Football Development Centre, Wales national football team List of football clubs in Wales Official website Wales at FIFA site Wales at UEFA site A Bibliography of Association Football in Wales
Enrique Castro González, known as Quini, is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a striker. A Spain international for 12 years, Quini represented the nation in two World Cups and one European Championship, born in Oviedo, Quini joined local Real Oviedos neighbours Sporting de Gijón in 1968, from amateurs CD Ensidesa. In the 1980 summer, Quini signed with FC Barcelona, which had tried to sign the player after Sportings relegation. In his first two years combined he scored 47 league goals, good enough for two more scoring accolades. On 1 March 1981, after scoring twice for Barcelona in a 6–0 home win against Hércules CF and it was subsequently speculated that Quini developed Stockholm syndrome, since he decided not to press charges against his kidnappers and never claimed his personal damages award of 5 million pesetas. Quini made his debut for Spain on 28 October 1970, in a friendly in Zaragoza with Greece, having played the second half, he scored in a 2–1 win. With a total of 35 caps and eight goals, Quini participated in two FIFA World Cups,1978 and 1982, as well as UEFA Euro 1980.
In all those competitions combined, he could find the net once. Quinis younger brother, Jesús, was a footballer, a goalkeeper, he too spent several years with Sporting. On 29 April 2016, the Town Hall of Gijón named Quini adoptive son of the city. com Quini – FIFA competition record Spain stats at Eu-Football
Robert Sara is a former Austrian football player, born in Oberlainsitz, near St. Martin im Waldviertel. His younger brother Josef was a successful footballer, Sara became a club legend at Austria Wien, after staying 20 years at the club and winning major silverware with them. He started his career at 19 and won 9 league titles,6 domestic cups. His 571 games is a record for the most appearances by a player in the Austrian top flight, Sara was chosen in Austrias Team of the Century in 2001. He made his debut for Austria in a 3-2 win over England at Wembley in October 1965 and he earned 55 caps, scoring 3 goals. His last international was a May 1980 friendly match against Argentina. com
Mar del Plata
Mar del Plata is an Argentine city in the southeast part of Buenos Aires Province located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. It is the head of General Pueyrredón Partido, Mar del Plata is the second largest city in Buenos Aires Province. The name Mar del Plata has the meaning of sea of the Silver region or adjoining sea to the Silver region, Mar del Plata is one of the major fishing ports and the biggest seaside beach resort in Argentina. With a population of 614,350 as per the 2010 census, as part of the Argentine recreational coast, tourism is Mar del Platas main economic activity with seven million tourists visiting the city in 2006. Mar del Plata has a sophisticated tourist infrastructure with hotels, casinos, theatres. Mar del Plata is an important sports centre with a multi-purpose Olympic style stadium, five golf courses, as an important fishing port, industry concentrates on fish processing and at least two large shipyards. The area is host to other industry, such as textile, food manufacturing.
There is a well-developed packaging machines industry, its quality being recognized in international markets, one of these companies was one of the pioneers in the automatic packaging of tea bags, exporting its original machine-designs abroad. Another company exports its products and has sold royalties to other countries, by the 2010s, a local technology company, PCBOX, was manufacturing and developing personal computers, tablet computers and action-cams. Also during the decade of 2010, the development of the industry resulted in the formation of 92 companies and 440 microbusiness. One of these companies, Making Sense, opened offices at San Antonio and Boston, since the 2000s, a local company builds and develops oil industry equipment, with customers in the United States, Russia and Egypt. Located southwest of the city there are quartzite quarries, the stone is traditionally used in construction. There is an area of farms in the rural areas surrounding the city. Since then, the local winery turned into a tourist attraction, microbeweries flourished during the 2010s, amounting by 2016 to one third of the national production.
The 2008 Davis Cup Final was held in Mar del Plata and, after being shut for a decade the Gran Hotel Provincial was reopened by the Madrid-based NH Hotels, in 2009. Mar del Plata continues to lead Argentinas room availability, of 440,000 registered hotel rooms nationwide in early 2009, highway 2 connects Mar del Plata with Buenos Aires and Route 11 connects it through the coastline, ending at Miramar,40 km south of Mar del Plata. Route 88 connects to Necochea and Route 226 to Balcarce, the city has a bus and train station serving most cities in Argentina. There are two trains to Buenos Aires Constitución station using new trains operated by Trenes Argentinos