Herbert Prohaska

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Herbert Prohaska
Personal information
Full name Herbert Prohaska
Date of birth (1955-08-08) 8 August 1955 (age 68)
Place of birth Vienna, Austria
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
Vorwärts XI
1970–1972 Ostbahn XI
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1980 Austria Vienna 259 (62)
1980–1982 Inter Milan 56 (8)
1982–1983 Roma 26 (3)
1983–1989 Austria Vienna 194 (35)
Total 535 (108)
National team
1974–1989 Austria 83 (10)
Teams managed
1990–1992 Austria Vienna
1993–1999 Austria
1999–2000 Austria Vienna
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Herbert Prohaska (born 8 August 1955 in Vienna, Austria) is a retired Austrian football player. He is among Austria's greatest football players of all time. His nickname "Schneckerl", Viennese dialect for curly hair, comes from his curly haircut in his younger years. He works as an analyst for Austrian television and writes for Austria's most popular newspaper.

Career[change | change source]

Prohaska was born into a working class family. His father was a worker and his mother cleaned rooms. His father was coach of a youth team of Vorwärts XI. Here Prohaska started his career at the age of 9, then he played for the minor league club SC Ostbahn XI in Vienna. Then he went on to FK Austria Wien and became a professional player. He played at the age of 16 for the first team of Austria Wien. Between 1972 and 1980 he won four Austrian league titles and three cups. In 1980 he went to Italy where he played for Inter Milan and later for AS Roma. In Italy he won the championship with Inter and the cup with Roma. From 1983 to 1989 he played for FK Austria Wien and won another three championships and one cup. He retired from playing football in 1989.

Shortly afterwards he became coach of Austria Wien an won the championship twice. 1993 he became coach of the football national team. His biggest success was the qualification for the FIFA World Cup in 1998 as winner of the group stage. 1999 he resigned after a 0:9 defeat versus Spain. But in his era the team was number 17 in the FIFA team ranking, a place which could not reach another team coach ever since. From 1999 till 2000 he was again coach of Austria Wien.

After the end of his football career he became an analyst for Austrian Television (ORF) and he wrote for the newspaper "Kronen-Zeitung". In 2011 he was elected "Austria Wien player of the century".

International career[change | change source]

From 1974 to 1989 he played 84 matches for Austria and scored 12 goals. One of his goals, against Turkey, helped Austria to qualify for the 1978 FIFA World Cup.

Honours[change | change source]


  • 7x Austrian Champion with FK Austria Wien: 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1986
  • 4x Austrian Cup with FK Austria Wien: 1974, 1977, 1980, 1986
  • 1x Champion Italy Seria A with AS Roma: 1983
  • 1x Italian Cup with Inter Mailand: 1982
  • FIFA World Cup:1978, 1982
  • 3x Austrian Footballer of the Year: 1984, 1985, 1988
  • FK Austria Wien:Team of the century


Reading[change | change source]

  • ballesterer fm Nr.68 January,February 2012-Prohaska, Austrianer, Held & Hawara (German language-main article about Herbert Prohaska)

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