Peter Schöttel is a retired Austrian footballer and manager. He works as a pundit for Sky Austria. In his playing career Schöttel played for Rapid Vienna, making him a cult hero with Rapid fans, he was Rapid's captain between 1997 and 2001. He won league and domestic cup titles with Rapid and played the full 90 minutes of the 1996 UEFA Cup Winners Cup Final against Paris St Germain in Brussels, which Rapid lost. In 1999, he was chosen as a member of Rapid's Team of the Century. After finishing his playing career, he began working as a coach for the Rapid amateurs, continuing his association with the club until 2006. On 11 November 2006, after sustaining criticism for negotiating TV punditry contracts while allowing his duties at Rapid to wane, he left the club. In the summer of 2007, he began work as a trainer with Wiener Sportclub with his contract running until the end of June 2008, his squad number, 5, was retired by Rapid Wien until the 2011 season as a mark of respect for Schöttel's playing career.
Schöttel made his international debut for Austria in a February 1988 friendly match against Switzerland and was a participant at the 1990 FIFA World Cup and 1998 FIFA World Cup. He scored no goals, his final international match was the embarrassing 0–9 demolition by Spain in a European Championship qualifying match in March 1999. In 2002, he just played for four minutes in a friendly match against Norway for his official retirement. In December 2009, Schöttel was appointed as manager to the Austrian Bundesliga club SC Wiener Neustadt. In 2011, he became manager of Rapid Wien, he was sacked on 17 April 2013. Schöttel was hired as Grödig head coach; as of 9 May 2012 Austrian Football Bundesliga: 1987, 1988, 1996 Austrian Cup: 1987, 1995 Peter Schöttel at National-Football-Teams.com Worldfootball.net profile
Association football, more known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport; the game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal. Association football is one of a family of football codes, which emerged from various ball games played worldwide since antiquity; the modern game traces its origins to 1863 when the Laws of the Game were codified in England by The Football Association. Players are not allowed to touch the ball with hands or arms while it is in play, except for the goalkeepers within the penalty area. Other players use their feet to strike or pass the ball, but may use any other part of their body except the hands and the arms; the team that scores most goals by the end of the match wins.
If the score is level at the end of the game, either a draw is declared or the game goes into extra time or a penalty shootout depending on the format of the competition. Association football is governed internationally by the International Federation of Association Football, which organises World Cups for both men and women every four years; the rules of association football were codified in England by the Football Association in 1863 and the name association football was coined to distinguish the game from the other forms of football played at the time rugby football. The first written "reference to the inflated ball used in the game" was in the mid-14th century: "Þe heued fro þe body went, Als it were a foteballe"; the Online Etymology Dictionary states that the "rules of the game" were made in 1848, before the "split off in 1863". The term soccer comes from a slang or jocular abbreviation of the word "association", with the suffix "-er" appended to it; the word soccer was first recorded in 1889 in the earlier form of socca.
Within the English-speaking world, association football is now called "football" in the United Kingdom and "soccer" in Canada and the United States. People in countries where other codes of football are prevalent may use either term, although national associations in Australia and New Zealand now use "football" for the formal name. According to FIFA, the Chinese competitive game cuju is the earliest form of football for which there is evidence. Cuju players could use any part of the body apart from hands and the intent was kicking a ball through an opening into a net, it was remarkably similar to modern football. During the Han Dynasty, cuju games were standardised and rules were established. Phaininda and episkyros were Greek ball games. An image of an episkyros player depicted in low relief on a vase at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens appears on the UEFA European Championship Cup. Athenaeus, writing in 228 AD, referenced the Roman ball game harpastum. Phaininda and harpastum were played involving hands and violence.
They all appear to have resembled rugby football and volleyball more than what is recognizable as modern football. As with pre-codified "mob football", the antecedent of all modern football codes, these three games involved more handling the ball than kicking. Other games included kemari in chuk-guk in Korea. Association football in itself does not have a classical history. Notwithstanding any similarities to other ball games played around the world FIFA has recognised that no historical connection exists with any game played in antiquity outside Europe; the modern rules of association football are based on the mid-19th century efforts to standardise the varying forms of football played in the public schools of England. The history of football in England dates back to at least the eighth century AD; the Cambridge Rules, first drawn up at Cambridge University in 1848, were influential in the development of subsequent codes, including association football. The Cambridge Rules were written at Trinity College, Cambridge, at a meeting attended by representatives from Eton, Rugby and Shrewsbury schools.
They were not universally adopted. During the 1850s, many clubs unconnected to schools or universities were formed throughout the English-speaking world, to play various forms of football; some came up with their own distinct codes of rules, most notably the Sheffield Football Club, formed by former public school pupils in 1857, which led to formation of a Sheffield FA in 1867. In 1862, John Charles Thring of Uppingham School devised an influential set of rules; these ongoing efforts contributed to the formation of The Football Association in 1863, which first met on the morning of 26 October 1863 at the Freemasons' Tavern in Great Queen Street, London. The only school to be represented on this occasion was Charterhouse; the Freemason's Tavern was the setting for five more meetings between October and December, which produced the first comprehensive set of rules. At the final meeting, the first FA treasurer, the representative from Blackheath, withdrew his club from the FA over the removal of two draft rules at the previous meeting: the first allowed for running with the ball in hand.
Other English rugby clubs followed this lead and did not join the FA and instead in 1871 formed the Rugby Football Union. The eleven remaining clubs, under
Eintracht Frankfurt e. V. is a German sports club based in Frankfurt, best known for its association football club playing in the Bundesliga, the top tier of the German football league system. The club have won one German championship, five DFB-Pokals and one UEFA Cup. Since 1925, their stadium has been the Waldstadion, renamed Commerzbank-Arena in 2005; the origins of the side go back to a pair of football clubs founded in 1899: Frankfurter Fußball-Club Viktoria von 1899 – regarded as the "original" football side in the club's history – and Frankfurter Fußball-Club Kickers von 1899. Both clubs were founding members of the new Nordkreis-Liga in 1909; these two teams merged in May 1911 to become Frankfurter Fußball Verein, an instant success, taking three league titles from 1912 to 1914 in the Nordkreis-Liga and qualifying for the Southern German championship in each of those seasons. In turn, Frankfurter FV joined the gymnastics club Frankfurter Turngemeinde von 1861 to form TuS Eintracht Frankfurt von 1861 in 1920.
At the time, sports in Germany was dominated by nationalistic gymnastics organizations, under pressure from that sport's governing authority, the gymnasts and footballers went their separate ways again in 1927, as Turngemeinde Eintracht Frankfurt von 1861 and Sportgemeinde Eintracht Frankfurt von 1899. Through the late 1920s and into the 1930s, Eintracht won a handful of local and regional championships, first in the Kreisliga Nordmain in the Bezirksliga Main and Bezirksliga Main-Hessen. After being eliminated from the national level playoffs after quarterfinal losses in 1930 and 1931, they won their way to the final in 1932 where they were beaten 0–2 by Bayern Munich, who claimed their first German championship. In 1933, German football was re-organized into sixteen Gauligen under the Third Reich and the club played first division football in the Gauliga Südwest finishing in the upper half of the table and winning their division in 1938. Eintracht picked up where they left off after World War II, playing as a solid side in the first division Oberliga Süd and capturing division titles in 1953 and 1959.
Their biggest success came on the heels of that second divisional title as they went on to a 5–3 victory over local rivals Kickers Offenbach to take the 1959 German national title and followed up with an outstanding run in the 1960 European Cup. Eintracht lost 3–7 to Real Madrid in an exciting final, regarded as one of the best football matches played, which included a hat-trick by Alfredo Di Stéfano and four goals by Ferenc Puskás; the side continued to play good football and earned themselves a place as one of the original 16 teams selected to play in the Bundesliga, Germany's new professional football league, formed in 1963. Eintracht played Bundesliga football for 33 seasons, finishing in the top half of the table for the majority of them, their best Bundesliga performances were five third-place finishes: they ended just two points back of champion VfB Stuttgart in 1991–92. The team narrowly avoided relegation on several occasions. In 1984, they defeated MSV Duisburg 6–1 on aggregate, in 1989 they beat 1.
FC Saarbrücken 4–1 on aggregate, in two-game playoffs. Eintracht slipped and were relegated to 2. Bundesliga for the 1996–97 season. At the time that they were sent down alongside 1. FC Kaiserslautern, these teams were two of only four sides, in the Bundesliga since the league's inaugural season, it looked as though they would be out again in 1998–99, but they pulled through by beating defending champions Kaiserslautern 5–1, while 1. FC Nürnberg unexpectedly lost at home to give Eintracht the break; the following year, in another struggle to avoid relegation, the club was "fined" two points by the German Football Association for financial misdeeds, but pulled through with a win by a late goal over SSV Ulm on the last day of the season. The club was plagued by financial difficulties again in 2004 before once more being relegated. Between 1997 and 2005, Eintracht bounced between the top two divisions; the 2010–11 season ended with the club's fourth Bundesliga relegation. After setting a new record for most points in the first half of the season, the club struggled after the winter break, going seven games without scoring a goal.
Despite winning the next game, Frankfurt sacked coach Michael Skibbe, replacing him with Christoph Daum. The change in coaches did little to improve Eintracht's fortunes. Frankfurt achieved only three draws from the last seven games of the season and were relegated on the 34th matchday. One year Eintracht defeated Alemannia Aachen 3–0 on the 32nd match day of the 2011–12 season, thus qualifying for the Bundesliga. In 2017–18, Eintracht had the 20th highest attendance in Europe, ahead of such prominent clubs as Atlético de Madrid, Inter Milano and Paris Saint-Germain; the club has enjoyed considerable success in competition outside the Bundesliga. Eintracht famously lost the European Cup final to Real Madrid on 18 May 1960 at Hampden Park 7–3 in front of 127,621 spectators. In the match, Alfredo Di Stéfano scored three and Ferenc Puskás scored the other four in Madrid's victory. In 1967, Eintracht won the Intertoto Cup after beating Inter Bratislava in the final. Eintracht won the DFB-Pokal in 1974, 1975, 1981, 1988 and in 2018, took the UEFA Cup over another German team, Borussia Mönchengladbach, in 1980.
Eintracht were the losing finalists in the 2005–06 DFB-Pokal. Their opponents in the final, that year's Bundesliga champions Bayern Muni
Belarus national football team
Belarus national football team represents Belarus in association football and is controlled by the Football Federation of Belarus, the governing body for football in Belarus. Belarus' home ground is Borisov Arena in Borisov. Belarus has not yet qualified for UEFA European Championship. Since March 2017 the team is coached by Igor Kriushenko. After the split of the Soviet Union, Belarus played their first match against Lithuania on 20 July 1992. Before that, several Belarusian players played for the Soviet Union national team; the first FIFA-recognized international was a friendly against Ukraine on 28 October 1992, their first win came in a match against Luxembourg on 12 October 1994. Belarus have never qualified for either the UEFA European Championship. Despite the lack of any significant success during the 1990s, some notable results were still achieved, like a home win against the Netherlands in the qualifiers for Euro 1996, two draws against Italy during Euro 2000 qualifiers. Under coach Eduard Malofeyev, the team came close to playing Germany in a play-off round to qualify for the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea, but were defeated by Wales in the last group stage match, missing the chance to overtake Ukraine, who drew their last game, finishing the group second behind Poland.
Their Euro 2004 qualifying campaign was unsuccessful as Belarus lost seven of their eight games. Around the same time, a generational change occurred and a number of players from the U-21 team joined the senior national team. With each subsequent head coach the team improved their attacking skills; as a result, in each subsequent qualifying tournament starting with the 2006 World Cup, Belarus scored more goals than in previous campaigns. However, problems in defense and a lot of missed goals prevented them from finishing higher than fourth in the group; some notable results during this period, included a high-scoring 3–4 away loss to Italy in the 2006 World Cup qualifiers, another home victory against the Netherlands during the Euro 2008 qualifiers as well as an away win and a home draw against France in the Euro 2012 qualifiers. Belarusians achieved some success in minor tournaments. In 2002, the team beat out Ukraine to win the LG Cup. In 2004 and 2008, they won the 12th and 14th editions of the Malta International Tournament respectively.
The first with its Olympic Squad, the with the first team. The team played. Other venues are used: Molodechno City Stadium in May 1996, Vitebsky Central Sport Complex in Vitebsk in November 2005, Central Stadium in Gomel in October 2007, Neman Stadium in Grodno June 2009, Borisov City Stadium just a few days and Regional Sport Complex Brestskiy in Brest in October 2009. In late 2012 Dinamo Stadium was closed for renovation and the team started alternating between different home venues: Central Stadium in Gomel, Borisov City Stadium and Torpedo Stadium in Zhodino. From 2014 till 2017 Belarus played at Borisov Arena. In 2018 they returned to Dinamo Stadium, re-opened after major renovation. Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s Belarus played home games in all white changing shorts to green. All green uniform or green jerseys/white shorts were used as away kits. Since qualifying campaign for UEFA Euro 2004 Belarus changed their primary colors to red jerseys and green shorts, away kits to all white.
In 2011 home colors were changed to all red. All-White became the home colour a short time and now appears with the pattern on the Belarus flag, with the away kit being in Black in 2016 using an adidas template and placing the flag pattern on it. In August 2016, the Football Association announced that the team's nickname would be the "White Wings"; the name was influenced by the book The Land Beneath White Wings by famous Belarusian writer Uladzimir Karatkevich. The BFF’s new marketing and communications director, Uladzimir Berezhkov, said: "We are looking at various ways of establishing links with our literary heritage and cultural traditions", commenting that "If the Belarusian people opt to associate the team with Karatkevich every phrase in the book can be used as a hashtag!" Friendly match Friendly match 2018–19 UEFA Nations League D 2018–19 UEFA Nations League D 2018–19 UEFA Nations League D 2018–19 UEFA Nations League D 2018–19 UEFA Nations League D 2018–19 UEFA Nations League D UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Friendly match UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying The following players were called up for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying matches against Netherlands and Northern Ireland on 21 and 24 March 2019.
Caps and goals are correct as of 24 March 2019, after the game against Netherlands. The following players have been called up to the Belarus squad during last 12 months. INJ Withdrew due to an injury PRE Preliminary squad RET Retired from national team Belarus B national team has been assembled a number of times throughout the hist
Heimo Pfeifenberger is an Austrian former professional footballer and now manager. On club level Pfeifenberger played for USV Zederhaus, Austria Salzburg, Werder Bremen, Rapid Wien, SV Seekirchen 1945 and SV Grödig, he celebrated most success at Austria Salzburg. In 1994 and 1995, he won the Austrian Supercup with Salzburg, he played in the first leg of the 1994 UEFA Cup Final. In the Austrian 1993–94 season, he became Bundesliga top scorer with 14 goals. In total he scored 74 goals for Salzburg and 43 for Rapid, making him one of the best goalscorers in the Austrian league. Pfeifenberger made his debut for Austria in an August 1989 World Cup qualification match against Iceland and was a participant at the 1990 FIFA World Cup and the 1998 FIFA World Cup, he earned 40 caps. His last international was an August 1998 friendly match against France. Pfeifenberger was hired as the new coach of Wiener Neustadt on 30 May 2012, he left the club on 12 November 2014. On 25 November 2015, Pfeifenberger was unveiled as the new manager of Wolfsberger AC, replacing Dietmar Kühbauer.
As of 17 December 2016 Austrian Football Bundesliga: 1993–94, 1994–95 Austrian Bundesliga Top Goalscorer: 1993–94 Heimo Pfeifenberger at Rapid archive Heimo Pfeifenberger at National-Football-Teams.com
Luxembourg national football team
The Luxembourg national football team is the national football team of Luxembourg, is controlled by the Luxembourg Football Federation. The team plays. Luxembourg has participated in every FIFA World Cup qualifiers since those for the 1934 World Cup and in UEFA European Championship qualifiers since those for Euro 1964; as of 2018, they never qualified for any of these major tournaments. Luxembourg is the nation with the most qualifying campaigns in both of these competitions without making it to the finals; the national side of Luxembourg did compete in six Olympic football events between 1920 and 1952. Luxembourg played their first international match on 29 October 1911, in a friendly match against France, their first victory came on 8 February 1914 in a match against France, which they won 5–4. The national side of Luxembourg competed in six Olympic football events between 1920 and 1952, survived the preliminary round twice. In between, Luxembourg started participating at qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup, but as of 2018 they still never qualified.
Starting in 1921, the Luxembourg national A-selection would play 239 unofficial international matches until 1981 against other country's B-teams like those of Belgium, France and West Germany, as well as a team representing South-Netherlands. After their last Olympic tournament in 1952, the national team started playing in qualifying groups for UEFA European Championships, but could not reach the major European tournament end stages; the only time that the team was close to qualify was for a European or World Championship was for the Euro 1964. In the first qualification round they defeated the Netherlands with a score of 3–2 on aggregate after two matches. A Dutch newspaper commented this stunt after the second match with "David Luxembourg won with 2–1 ". In the round of eight and Denmark fought for a spot in the final tournament; the winner was decided after three matches. When the national team does win a competitive match, they are celebrated by national media and fans, as was the case after a 2–1 win against Switzerland in 2008.
On 3 September 2017, Luxembourg held France to a 0 -- 0 draw at Stadium Municipal in France. It was the first time France had failed to win against Luxembourg since 1914, when Luxembourg won 5–4. On 10 November 2017, Luxembourg pulled off an upset by defeating Hungary 2–1 in a friendly. Traditionally, the badge on Luxembourg's team outfit displays a shield similar to Luxembourg's lesser coat of arms, a red lion on a white-blue striped background – hence the team's nickname Red Lions. In modern times, the team played home games in red strips, in accordance with their nickname, wore white as away colour; the Luxembourg national team plays its home matches at the Stade Josy Barthel in Luxembourg City, the national stadium of Luxembourg. At this location, the national team played 235 games including unofficial games, it is used for rugby union and athletics. Called Stade Municipal after its construction in 1928–1931, it was rebuilt in 1990. Since July 1993, it has carried the name of Josy Barthel, the 1500m gold medalist at the 1952 Olympics and Luxembourg's only Olympic gold medal winner.
The stadium is home to the biggest athletics club in the country, CAL Spora Luxembourg. The spectator capacity is 8,000; the following managers have been in charge of Luxembourg's national squad: The crew that guides the Luxembourg national team includes following members: In 2004, the Luxembourg Football Federation selected Louis Pilot as their Golden Player, Luxembourg's greatest player of the past 50 years. The following players were called up for the Euro 2020 qualifying matches against Lithuania on 22 March and Ukraine on 25 March 2019; the following players have been called up to the Luxembourg squad during last 12 months. At the Summer Olympics: 1920 · 1924 · 1928 · 1936 · 1948 · 1952 As of 25 March 2019 after the match against Ukraine; as of 25 March 2019 after the match against Ukraine. *Two of these seven matches, played against the Indonesian clubs Pardedetex and NIAC Mitra are not regarded as full internationals by the Luxembourg Football Federation. As of 25 March 2019 after the match against Ukraine, the Luxembourg national team playing record is as follows: Recent results and fixtures are as follows: As of 25 March 2019 after the match against Ukraine.
RSSSF archive of results 1911– RSSSF archive of results from unofficial games 1921– Luxembourg's football federation website Luxembourg at FIFA.com
Greece national football team
The Greece national football team represents Greece in association football and is controlled by the Hellenic Football Federation, the governing body for football in Greece. Greece's main home grounds are located in the capital-city Athens at the Olympic Stadium in Maroussi and in the port of Piraeus at the Karaiskakis Stadium. Greece is one of only ten national teams to have been crowned UEFA European Champions. At the UEFA Euro 1980 Greece made their first appearance in a major tournament and although they did not make it through the group stage, their qualification to the eight-team tournament gave them a position in the top eight European football nations that year. Greece had to wait until 1994 to experience their first FIFA World Cup participation, but after an undefeated qualifying run they produced a poor performance in the final tournament, losing all three group matches without scoring; the UEFA Euro 2004 marked a high point in Greece's football history when they were crowned European champions, in only their second participation in the tournament, against all the odds.
The Greeks, dismissed as rank outsiders before the tournament, defeated some of the favourites in the competition including hosts Portugal and defending European champions France, with Greece beating the former in both the opening game of the tournament and again in the final. Their triumph gave them a qualification for the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup. In the decade after the 2004 victory, Greece qualified for the final tournaments of all but one major competitions entered, reaching the quarter-finals at the UEFA Euro 2012 and the round of 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Moreover, they occupied a place in the top 20 of the FIFA World Rankings for all but four months during that period, reached an all-time high of eighth in the world from April to June 2008, as well as in October 2011; the first appearance of a Greek national football team was at the 1906 Intercalated Games in Athens. The Greek team participated in the Inter-Allied Games in Paris, following the end of World War I, in the 1920 Summer Olympics of Antwerp.
A notable figure during these years was Giorgos Kalafatis and manager of the team. During the next decades, the Greek team did not manage to have any success, despite the passion of the Greek people for football; the country's economical and social problems and after World War II, did not allow successful preparation of the national team. At its best moment, Greece narrowly missed qualifying for the 1970 FIFA World Cup, despite a good quality team, including some of the greatest-ever Greek players, such as Mimis Domazos, Giorgos Sideris, Giorgos Koudas and Mimis Papaioannou. Greece, under the guidance of Alketas Panagoulias, made its first appearance in a major tournament at the Euro 1980 in Italy, after qualifying top of a group that included the Soviet Union and Hungary, both world football powers. In the final tournament, Greece was drawn into group A with West Germany, the Netherlands, Czechoslovakia. In their first game, Greece held the Dutch until the only goal of the game was scored with a penalty kick by Kist, in the 65th minute.
Three days Greece played Czechoslovakia in Rome. After holding the Czechoslovakians 1–1 at the end the first half, Greece lost 3–1. In their last game, Greece earned a 0–0 draw against eventual winners West Germany, concluding what was considered a decent overall performance in the team's maiden presence in a final phase of any football competition; the team's success in qualifying for the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States, marked the first time they had made it to the FIFA World Cup finals. Greece finished undefeated in their qualifying group, surpassing Russia in the final game. In the final tournament Greece were drawn into Group D with Nigeria and Argentina. After the successful qualifying campaign, expectations back in Greece were high as no one could imagine the oncoming astounding failure. Most notable reason for this complete failure was the fact that legendary coach Alketas Panagoulias opted to take a squad full of those players – though most of them aging and out of form – that helped the team in the qualifying instead of new emerging talents seeing it as a reward for their unprecedented success.
Furthermore, they had the disadvantage of being drawn into a "group of death", with runners-up at the 1990 FIFA World Cup Argentina semifinalists Bulgaria, Nigeria, one of the strongest African teams. It is worth mentioning that all players of the squad, including the three goalkeepers, took part in those three games, something rare; this tournament was humiliating for the Greek squad. In their first game against Argentina at Foxboro Stadium just outside Boston, they lost 4–0. Four days Greece suffered another 4–0 blow from Bulgaria at Soldier Field in Chicago, in what would be their final game, they lost to Nigeria 2–0 at Foxboro Stadium again. In the end, Greece were eliminated in the first round by losing all three games, scoring no goals and conceding ten. Greece failed to qualify for the Euro 1996 finishing third in the group behind Scotland. In their 1998 World Cup qualifying tournament the team finished only one point shy of second-placed Croatia after a 0–0 draw by the eventual Group winners, the Danish.
In their Euro 2000 qualifying group, Greece finished again in third place, two points behind second-placed Slovenia in a disappointing campaign that saw the team lose at home to Latvia. In the 2002 World Cup qualifying Greece finished a disappointing fourth in their group behind England and Finland, which led to the sacking of coach Vasilis Daniil, replaced by Otto Rehhagel. Highlights of the campaign included a 5–1 de