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
Peter Stöger is a retired Austrian footballer and current football coach. On May 12, 2018, he stepped down as the head coach of Borussia Dortmund; as a player Stöger won the Austrian championship the cup 3 times. As a coach or sporting director Stöger won the Austrian championship 2 times and the cup 2 times won the promotion with 1. FC Köln, with 4 years his longest stint. Stöger started his career at Favoritner AC Wien, played six years for FK Austria Wien from 1988 through 1994, winning the league three years in a row, with players like Ralph Hasenhüttl. After a year at FC Tirol Innsbruck, he joined SK Rapid Wien in 1995 and won a league title with them, he played in the 1996 UEFA Cup Winners Cup Final against Paris St Germain in Brussels, which Rapid lost. He returned to Austria after a year at LASK Linz and finished his career at 38 years of age with SC Untersiebenbrunn, he made his debut for Austria in February 1988 against Switzerland, missed out on the 1990 FIFA World Cup, but was a participant at the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
He earned 65 caps, scoring 15 goals. His last international was a March 1999 friendly match against Switzerland. Stöger, along with Frank Schinkels, became coach of Austria Wien on 6 May 2005 and was scheduled to end his role at the end of the season. However, Stöger continued in the position until December 2005 became sporting director. After winning the championship in that season, the following season did not start well and both coach and manager were sacked before years end. Stöger moved for 3 years to First Vienna FC Grazer AK, SC Wiener Neustadt. Stöger returned to manage Austria Wien on 30 May 2012, stayed for one year and celebrated the Austrian championship with a record number of points, despite Red Bull Salzburg investing much more money in Schmidt as coach, Alan, Kampl as players. Stöger and his co-trainer Manfred Schmid were bought out of their contracts for 700,000 EUR and a friendly, thus started at 1. FC Köln on 11 June 2013. A couple of weeks Köln signed Jörg Schmadtke as co-CEO.
The Billy Goats continuously improved under their tenure, from 33 points in the first half in the 2. Bundesliga, to 35 points in the second half, followed by promotion; the next half in the German top-flight ended followed by 22 points. The first half of 2015/16 ended with 24 points. In January 2016, Stöger, along with his co-trainer Manfred Schmid, let his contract be extended to 2020, including a buy-out clause. During the second half of the season, Köln was not as good, with 19 points, but finished on a single-digit rank for the first time in 24 years. In the season 2016/17, Köln reached 26 and 23 points, was on the lucky end of the congestion for the places which brought international football back into the city after 25 years. Cologne finished qualified for the Europa League. In the 2017/18 season, Köln's poor start was the worst start to a Bundesliga season, with only three points from the opening 14 matches. In October, Schmadtke resigned. After a win against Arsenal in the Europa League, a loss against Hertha and a draw against Schalke in the league, Schmidt and Stöger were sacked on 3 December 2017.
Stöger was still supported by the team at the time. On 10 December 2017, Stöger was contracted as successor to Peter Bosz to coach Borussia Dortmund until end of the season. Taking on this challenge a couple of days after leaving Köln, some colleagues found it a little hard to do. With BVB sitting eighth in the league table, Stöger stabilized the team, his squad including young players such as Manuel Akanji and Jadon Sancho, as well as Sergio Gómez. At the end of the season, BVB finished fourth, qualifying for the UEFA Champions League on the final matchday, he left Dortmund on 12 May 2018. Scores and results list Austria's goal tally first; as of matches played on 2018-05-12 Austria WienAustrian Football Bundesliga: 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93 Austrian Cup: 1989–90, 1991–92, 1993–94 Austrian Supercup: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993Rapid WienAustrian Football Bundesliga: 1995–96 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: Runner–up 1995–96 Austrian Supercup: 1996 Austria WienAustrian Cup: 2004-05 Austrian Football Bundesliga: 2012–131.
FC Köln2. Liga: 2013-14 Player profile - Austria Archive Rapid stats - Rapid Archive Peter Stöger at National-Football-Teams.com
Franz Wohlfahrt (footballer)
Franz Bernhard Wohlfahrt is a retired Austrian footballer, who played as a goalkeeper. Wohlfahrt started his career at hometown outfit SV Sankt Veit, turned professional at FK Austria Wien, where he would spend spent 20 years in two spells, winning six league titles and four domestic cups. In 1996, aged 32, he moved abroad, joining Germany's VfB Stuttgart, being essential as the club reached the final of the 1997–98 Cup Winner's Cup, lost 0–1 to Chelsea FC. Subsequently, he returned to his first club, retiring a few years with amateurs SC Untersiebenbrunn. On 27 September 1989, Wohlfahrt made the sports headlines when he was hit and injured by a bar, thrown by a home supporter at an Ajax–Austria Wien UEFA Cup match. Ajax subsequently was banned from European competition for a year. In 1983, Wohlfahrt was selected by Austria U-20's to play at the 1983 FIFA World Youth Championship, he made his debut for the senior side in an August 1987 friendly match against Switzerland, was a participant at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, where he was a reserve behind Michael Konsel.
In total, Wohlfahrt earned 59 caps, his final international being in November 2001, a 2002 World Cup qualification match against Turkey, which Austria lost 0–5. He has the unfortunate distinction of having netted nine goals in a single match, a 9–0 loss to Spain at Valencia's Mestalla Stadium on 27 March 1999. In July 2006, Wohlfahrt began a coaching career, training goalkeepers at SK Schwadorf 1936, VfB Admira Wacker Mödling, the national team. In 2008, he had his first head coach experience, with ASV Baden, he has been goalkeeping coach for Austrian national team. On 9 January 2015, it was announced that Wohlfahrt would become the next Sporting Director of Austria Wien. Austrian League: 1983–84, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93 Austrian Cup: 1985–86, 1989–90, 1991–92, 1993–94 German Cup: 1996–97 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: Runner-up 1997–98 Austria Wien archives Franz Wohlfahrt at National-Football-Teams.com Franz Wohlfahrt at fussballdaten.de
Ivica Vastić is a retired Croatian-born Austrian football international midfielder a striker and current coach. He played, amongst others for FK Austria Wien, SK Sturm Graz and LASK Linz and the Austria national football team. Born in Split, SR Croatia still part of Yugoslavia, Vastić started to play for local club Jugovinil, before joining RNK Split at time playing in Yugoslav third level. In 1991, he moved to Austria and signed with First Vienna FC, he subsequently played for other Austrian clubs as VSE St. Pölten and Admira Wacker Mödling, had a half-season spell with Bundesliga side MSV Duisburg, where he made 10 league appearances without scoring a goal, his most notable spell was with Sturm Graz between 1994 and 2002, during which he helped the club winning the Austrian Bundesliga two consecutive times in 1998 and 1999, as well as winning the Austrian Cup in 1996, 1997 and 1999. With the club, he played in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League in the 1998/1999 and 1999/2000 seasons of the competition.
Vastić left Sturm for a one-season spell with Japanese club Nagoya Grampus Eight, after which he returned to Austria to spend two seasons with Austria Vienna before joining LASK Linz in the summer of 2005. He performed well for LASK in the Erste Liga, the Austrian second division, was the top goalscorer of the league in two consecutive seasons, scoring a total of 42 goals in 62 league appearances between 2005 and 2007. After helping LASK winning promotion to the Austrian Bundesliga in 2007, he went on to help the club finish sixth in the 2007/2008 Austrian Bundesliga season and himself finished the season as the club's top goalscorer in the league, having netted 13 goals in 32 appearances. Vastić announced his retirement on 18 May 2009, quitting professional football by 30 June 2009. Vastić became an Austrian national in 1996 and subsequently started to play for the Austrian national team. By 2005, Vastić scored 12 goals as an Austrian international, he disappeared from the team for a period before making a spectacular comeback in 2008, being a surprise selection in the Euro 2008 squad and scoring Austria's first goal in the European Championship becoming the oldest goalscorer in the history of the tournament.
Vastić's first appearance at a major tournament with Austria was at the 1998 FIFA World Cup finals in France, where he appeared in all of the team's three group matches and scored a last-minute equaliser in their second match at the tournament, a 1–1 draw against Chile. The Austrians were, eliminated from the tournament in the first round after recording two draws and one defeat. On 24 April 2008, Vastić was added to Austria's preliminary squad for the UEFA Euro 2008 finals co-hosted by Austria and Switzerland in June, his last appearance for the national team prior to the call-up had more than two and a half years before, on 17 August 2005 in their 2–2 draw in a friendly match against Scotland. He made his international comeback, winning his 47th cap, as a substitute in Austria's friendly match against Nigeria on 27 May 2008 and was added to their final 23-man squad for the Euro 2008 finals, where he was the oldest player. In Austria's next friendly match three days he scored the team's fourth goal in their 5–1 victory over Malta.
On 8 June, Vastić made his Euro 2008 bow in the 1–0 defeat to his native Croatia, replacing Jürgen Säumel in the 61st minute. On 12 June, Vastić appeared in Austria's second match of the tournament, a 1–1 draw with Poland, winning his 50th international cap as he replaced captain Andreas Ivanschitz in the 64th minute. In the match, he scored Austria's first goal in the final tournaments of the UEFA European Championship by netting an injury-time penalty to equalise becoming the oldest goalscorer of the European Championship finals at age 38 years, 257 days, over four years older than Nené who held the record since 1984. Vastic is the only Austrian player to score at a European Championship and World Cup. On 16 June 2009 was named as Head Coach of FC Waidhofen/Ybbs of the Regionalliga Ost coincidently the club began a cooperation with the former Vastic club LASK Linz, he started his coaching career well, winning the Regionalliga Ost in 2009/10. He changed to Austria Wien Amateurs in summer 2010 and was promoted to manager of the first team of Austria Wien in December 2011.
He was sacked on 21 May 2012 and his contract was not renewed when it finished at the end of May. Vastić became head coach on 20 December 2013, he is signed to the end of the season with an option for two more years. He subsequently had his option picked up. On 23 April 2016, Austria Wien defeated SV Mattersburg 9–0. Vastić is for more than 20 years married to his wife Anni. Together they have three children, his oldest son Toni became professional footballer and is signed to Austrian Bundesliga side SV Ried. As of 25 May 2017 Sturm Graz Austrian Football Bundesliga: 1997–98, 1998–99 Austrian Cup: 1996, 1997, 1999, 2005 Austrian Supercup: 1996, 1998, 1999LASK Linz Austrian Football First League: 2006–07 Austrian Footballer of the Year: 1995, 1998, 1999, 2007 Austrian Bundesliga Top Goalscorer: 1996, 2000 Austrian Football First League Top Goalscorer: 2006, 2007 FC Waidhofen/Ybbs Regionalliga Ost: 2009–10SV Mattersburg Austrian Football First League: 2014–15 Player profile – EURO2008 Profile – Austria Archive Profile at Weltfussball.de at the Wayback Machine Ivica Vastić at National-Football-Teams.com Ivica Vastić – FIFA competition record Ivica Vastić at J.
A midfielder is an association football position. Midfielders are positioned on the field between their team's defenders and forwards; some midfielders play a disciplined defensive role, breaking up attacks, are otherwise known as defensive midfielders. Others blur the boundaries, being more mobile and efficient in passing: they are referred to as deep-lying midfielders, play-makers, box-to-box, or holding midfielders; the number of midfielders on a team and their assigned roles depends on the team's formation. Most managers assign at least one midfielder to disrupt the opposing team's attacks, while others may be tasked with creating goals, or have equal responsibilities between attack and defence. Midfielders are the players who travel the greatest distance during a match; because midfielders arguably have the most possession during a game they are among the fittest players on the pitch. Central or centre midfielders are players whose role is divided equally between attack and defence and to dominate the play around the centre of the pitch.
These players will try to pass the ball to the team's attacking midfielders and forwards and may help their team's attacks by making runs into the opposition's penalty area and attempting shots on goal themselves. When the opposing team has the ball, a central midfielder may drop back to protect the goal or move forward and press the opposition ball-carrier to recover the ball. A centre midfielder defending their goal will move in front of their centre-backs in order to block long shots by the opposition and track opposition midfielders making runs towards the goal; the 4–3–3 and 4–5–1 formations each use three central midfielders. The 4−4−2 formation may use two central midfielders, in the 4–2–3–1 formation one of the two deeper midfielders may be a central midfielder; the term box-to-box midfielder refers to central midfielders who are hard-working and who have good all-round abilities, which makes them skilled at both defending and attacking. These players can therefore track back to their own box to make tackles and block shots and run to the opponents' box to try to score.
The change of trends and the deviation from the standard 4–4–2 formation to the 4–2–3–1 formation imposed restrictions on the typical box-to-box midfielders of the 80s, as teams' two midfield roles were now divided into "holders" or "creators". Notable examples of box-to-box midfielders are Bastian Schweinsteiger, Yaya Touré, Radja Nainggolan. Left and right midfielders have a role balanced between attack and defence, similar to that of central midfielders, but they are positioned closer to the touchlines of the pitch, they may be asked to cross the ball into the opponents' penalty area to make scoring chances for their teammates, when defending they may put pressure on opponents who are trying to cross. Common modern formations that include left and right midfielders are the 4−4−2, the 4−4−1−1, the 4–2–3–1 and the 4−5−1 formations. Jonathan Wilson describes the development of the 4−4−2 formation: "…the winger became a wide midfielder, a shuttler, somebody who might be expected to cross a ball but was meant to put in a defensive shift."
Notable examples of wide midfielders are Ryan Giggs. The historic position of wing-half was given to midfielders, it became obsolete as wide players with defensive duties have tended to become more a part of the defence as full-backs. Defensive midfielders are midfield players; these players may defend a zone in front of their team's defence, or man mark specific opposition attackers. Defensive midfielders may move to the full-back or centre-back positions if those players move forward to join in an attack. Sergio Busquets described his attitude: "The coach knows that I am an obedient player who likes to help out and if I have to run to the wing to cover someone's position, great." A good defensive midfielder needs good positional awareness, anticipation of opponent's play, tackling, interceptions and great stamina and strength. A holding or deep-lying midfielder stays close to their team's defence, while other midfielders may move forward to attack; the holding midfielder may have responsibilities when their team has the ball.
This player will make short and simple passes to more attacking members of their team but may try some more difficult passes depending on the team's strategy. Marcelo Bielsa is considered as a pioneer for the use of a holding midfielder in defence; this position may be seen in the 4 -- 2 -- 3 -- 4 -- 4 -- 2 diamond formations. A defensive midfielder, or "destroyer", a playmaker, or "creator", were fielded alongside each other as a team's two holding central midfielders; the destroyer was responsible for making tackles, regaining possession, distributing the ball to the creator, while the creator was responsible for retaining possession and keeping the ball moving with long passes out to the flanks, in the manner of a more old-fashioned deep-lying playmaker or "regista". Early examples of a destroyer are Nobby Stiles, Herbert Wimmer, Marco Tardelli, while examples include Claude Makélélé and Javier Mascherano, although several of these players possessed qualities of other types of midfielders, were therefore not confined to a single role.
Early examples of a creator would be Gérson, Glenn Hoddle, Sunday Oliseh, while more recent examples Xabi Alonso, Michael Carrick. The latest and third type of holding midfielder developed as a box-to-box midfielder, or "carrier", neither destructive nor creative, capable of winning b
Andreas Heraf is an Austrian football manager and former player. He was the technical director for New Zealand Football and head coach for the New Zealand women's national football team A defensive midfielder, Heraf started his professional playing career at Rapid Wien and moved to city rivals First Vienna in 1988, he had half a season at Austria Salzburg, before joining Vorwärts Steyr. After another half season at German Second division side Hannover 96, he returned to Rapid Wien. In his first season back, the longhaired Heraf played in the 1995–96 UEFA Cup Winners Cup Final against Paris St Germain in Brussels, which Rapid lost, he finished his career at FC Kärnten. He made his debut for Austria in an April 1996 friendly match against Hungary and was a participant at the 1998 FIFA World Cup but he did not play, he earned 11 caps. His first and only goal he scored versus Latvia 1997. Herafs last international was an October 1998 World Cup qualification match against San Marino. Austrian Football Bundesliga: 1987, 1988, 1996 Austrian Cup: 1987, 1995, 2001 After retiring, he became a manager.
His clubs to date are SC Schwanenstadt, FC Superfund and SC Schwanenstadt again. After a few months at SC-ESV Parndorf 1919, he joined the Austrian U-20 set-up. On April 24 2017, Heraf was announced as the New Zealand Football technical director; that same year, he become the coach for the New Zealand women's national football team. After the Football Ferns lost to Japan in June 2018, there was calls for Heraf to resign following his comments in the post match press conference, including that the team would never have the quality to compete with other teams and the size of New Zealand meant they could not compete, he stated he was misunderstood and that he would not resign. On 19 June, a letter of complaint signed by at least ten players was sent to New Zealand Football, collated by the New Zealand Professional Footballers' Association; that day, it was announced that New Zealand Football were deliberately flouting a FIFA directive that Heraf should not be in charge of both roles at the same organisation.
On 20 June, it emerged that the Players' Union had sent a worded letter to New Zealand Football, instructing them to discontinue all communications with players, after Heraf and other New Zealand Football staff members were contacting players and encouraging them not to write letters or issue any formal complaints. That afternoon, it was announced that Heraf would be placed on special leave while an independent investigation was conducted into the allegations around bullying, intimidation and a culture of fear. On 31 July, it was announced that Heraf and New Zealand Football parted ways and that he would leave by the end of the week, after thirteen players refused to play and complained about him. Player profile and stats – Rapid Archive 2. Bundesliga stats – Fussballportal Andreas Heraf at National-Football-Teams.com
Mario Haas is a former Austrian footballer who played as a forward. He is known for his career as an Austrian national team and SK Sturm Graz player. Born in Graz, Haas has played most of his career for local side Sturm, except for a short stint at French side Racing Strasbourg. In 2005 he joined JEF United Chiba of Japan's J1 League and enjoyed a reasonably successful first season, helping them lift the Yamazaki Nabisco Cup, the club's first trophy, he made his debut for Austria in an April 1998 friendly match against the United States and was a participant at the 1998 FIFA World Cup. He earned scoring 7 goals, his last international was a May 2007 friendly match against Scotland. He was asked to play in Austria's squad in a friendly match against Turkey in November 2008, by Austria's coach Karel Brückner, but refused, saying that he wanted to concentrate on his job at Sturm Graz. Sturm GrazAustrian Football Bundesliga: 1997–98, 1998–99, 2010–11 Austrian Cup: 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 2009–10 Austrian Supercup: 1996, 1997JEF United ChibaJ.
League Cup: 2005, 2006 Official website Mario Haas at J. League