Heimo Pfeifenberger

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Heimo Pfeifenberger
Pfeifenberger as Wiener Neustadt manager in August 2014
Personal information
Full name Heimo Pfeifenberger
Date of birth (1966-12-29) 29 December 1966 (age 57)
Place of birth Zederhaus, Austria
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Position(s) Striker, winger
Youth career
1971–1987 USV Zederhaus
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1988 Austria Salzburg 30 (13)
1988–1992 Rapid Wien 117 (42)
1992–1996 SV Wüstenrot Salzburg 122 (58)
1996–1998 Werder Bremen 43 (5)
1998–2005 Austria Salzburg 91 (15)
2007 SV Seekirchen 1945 4 (4)
2007 SV Grödig 2 (1)
1987–2007 Total 409 (138)
National team
1989–1998 Austria 40 (9)
Teams managed
2005–2007 Red Bull Salzburg (youth)
2007–2009 SV Grödig
2009–2010 Austria U-21 (assistant)
2010 SPG Axams-Götzens
2010–2012 SV Grödig
2012–2014 SC Wiener Neustadt
2015–2018 Wolfsberger AC
2020 FK Sūduva
2020- 2022 SV Grödig
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Heimo Pfeifenberger (born 29 December 1966 in Zederhaus, Salzburg) is a former professional footballer from Austria. He played mainly for SV Austria Salzburg and also in the Austrian national football team. With 74 goals for Salzburg and 43 for Rapid he is one of the best scorers in Austrian football history.

Career[change | change source]

He started playing football in the youth teams of his local club USV Zederhaus. After scoring 56 goals for Zederhaus in the 1987 season he was transferred to Austria Salzburg. Later he played for SK Rapid Wien and Werder Bremen in the German Bundesliga. He spent the most successful time of his career with Austria Salzburg in the mid 90s. He became an Austrian Champion for two times (1994 and 1995) and in 1994, he was Austria's top scorer. He was also awarded the Footballer of the year award. After playing for Bremen, he returned to Austria and played again for Salzburg. In 2004, he ended his active career as a professional footballer. Afterwards, he started his managerial career and in 2007, he became the coach for SV Seekirchen in the Regionalliga West(3rd level) and afterwards did also manage SV Grödig. Overall, Both of his careers (as a footballer and as a manager) were successful and he became one of the most influential Austrian player ever.

Manager career[change | change source]

He started as a youth coach for FC Red Bull Salzburg in 2005. After two years, in 2007, he became the coach of SV Grödig in the Reginalliga West and helped the team getting promoted to Erste Liga(2nd level). In the next season, he got replaced as the coach of the team so Andreas Herzog offered him the job of an assistant coach in Austria's under 21 team . After a short time with SPG Axams-Götzens, he became the coach of SV Grödig again in 2010.

Honours[change | change source]

National[change | change source]

  • Austrian Football Bundesliga (2): 1994, 1995
  • Austrian Bundesliga Top Goalscorer (1): 1994
  • Austrian Footballer of the Year(1): 1994

International[change | change source]

  • Member of the Austrian Team: FIFA World Cup 1990 and 1998
  • UEFA Cup final with Austria Salzburg: 1994
  • Champions League 1994/95

Manager[change | change source]

  • Champion Regionalliga West with SV Grödig: 2007/08, 2009/10