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Josef Hickersberger

Austrian footballer and manager

Josef Hickersberger(born 27 April 1948 in Amstetten, Austria) is a former Austrian football midfielder. He is now football manager. He was two times coach of the Austrian national footballteam.

Josef Hickersberger
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Personal information
Full name Josef Hickersberger
Date of birth (1948-04-27)27 April 1948
Place of birth Amstetten, Austria
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position midfielder (retired)
Youth career
1960-1966 ASK Amstetten
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1966–1972
1972–1976
1976–1978
1978–1980
1980–1982
Austria Wien
Kickers Offenbach
Fortuna Düsseldorf
SSW Innsbruck
Rapid Wien
National team
1968-1978 Austria
Teams managed
1988–1990
1991–1992
1993–1994
1995–1997
1996
1997–1999
1999–2000
2000–2001
2001–2002
2002–2005
2006–2008
2008–2010
2010
2010-
Austria
Fortuna Düsseldorf
Austria Wien
Al Ahli
Bahrain
Arab Contractors
Al-Shaab
Al Wasl FC
Al-Ittihad (QAT)
Rapid Wien
Austria
Al-Wahda FC (Abu Dhabi)
Bahrain
Al-Wahda FC (Abu Dhabi)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

CareerEdit

PlayerEdit

He started playing professional football in 1966 for FK Austria Wien. After six seasons he went to Germany playing for Kickers Offenbach and Fortuna Düsseldorf. Coming back to Austria he played for Wacker Innsbruck and later for SK Rapid Wien. After finishing as professional he played for the amateur squads of Badener AC, UFC Pama, SV Forchtenstein and WSV Traisen. In Traisen he had his first time as coach. He played 372 matches in the leagues of Austria and Germany scoring 71 goals.

He played 39 matches for the Austrian national football team and scored five goals. His first match was versus Romania. His last match was the 3:2 win versus Germany during the 1978 FIFA World Cup.

ManagerEdit

He was the coach of the Austrian national football team during the 1990 FIFA World Cup and the 2008 UEFA European Championship. After losing a qualifying match versus the Faroe Islands he resigned and coached Fortuna Düsseldorf and Austria Wien. The years between 1994 and 2004 he spent in the Arabian region coaching various club teams and national teams. 2002 he went back to Austria and became coach of SK Rapid Wien. In this time Rapid won the first championship since 1995. The team also qualified for the UEFA Champions league. 2006 he became again coach of the Austrian soccer team and played in the EURO 2008. After the event he resigned and went back to Arabia.

HonoursEdit

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