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Erich Probst (5 December 1927 – 16 March 1988) was an Austrian footballer.He played as striker for different teams in Vienna and also abroad.

Erich Probst
Personal information
Full name Erich Probst
Date of birth (1927-12-05)5 December 1927
Place of birth Vienna, Austria
Date of death 16 March 1988(1988-03-16) (aged 60)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1945–1949 Admira Wien
1950 First Vienna
1950–1956 Rapid Wien 112 (107)
1956–1958 Wuppertal
1958–1959 Zürich
1959–1960 Austria Salzburg
1961 ASK Salzburg
1962–1963 First Vienna
National team
1951–1960 Austria 19 (17)
Teams managed
1960 SV Austria Salzburg
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

CareerEdit

He started with Admira Wien being only 17 years old. After a year with Vienna he signed with SK Rapid Wien. In this time he won the Austrian Championship four times. In his first season with Rapid he scored 28 goals in 23 matches. Although he was always a top scorer he never shot the highest number of goals in the league.

After his time with Rapid he went to Wuppertaler SV in Germany. After the relegation of Wuppertal he went on to Switzerland playing for FC Zürich. In winter 1959 he came back to Austria to SV Austria Salzburg. The club paid 90 000 Austrian schillings, which was the highest till this time. He shot 15 goals and the team could stay in the top league. During his time with Salzburg he played his last match in the national football team. He was the first player of SV Austria Salzburg who ever played for the team.

In the 1960/61 season he was coach of SV Austria but not successful. So he went on to play as striker again. His last clubs were the SAK 1914 in Salzburg and First Vienna FC in Vienna. At all he scored 150 goals in Austrias top league.

InternationalEdit

He played 19 times for the Austrian national football team and scored 17 goals. His first match was on 27 May 1951 (4:0 versus Scotland) In the qualification match for the FIFA World Cup 1954 versus Portugal he scored 5 goals for the 9:1 win. He was member of the 1954 FIFA World Cup squad which reached the third place. During the tournament he scored six goals and was together with Max Morlock of Germany and Josef Hügi of Switzerland second in the scorer list. During his time abroad he was not player of the team. But in 1960 he played his last match versus France (2:4) where he also scored his last goal for the team. So he was the first national football team player coming from SV Austria Salzburg.

HonoursEdit

  • Austrian Football Bundesliga (4):
    • 1951, 1952, 1954, 1956
  • Mitropa Cup (1):
    • 1951
  • Member of the Austrian team for the 1954 FIFA World Cup