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Josef Hickersberger

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Josef Hickersberger
Hickersberger in 2015
Personal information
Date of birth (1948-04-27) 27 April 1948 (age 76)
Place of birth Amstetten, Austria
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
1960–1966 ASK Amstetten
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1966–1972 Austria Wien 112 (28)
1972–1976 Kickers Offenbach 118 (28)
1976–1978 Fortuna Düsseldorf 59 (5)
1978–1980 SSW Innsbruck 35 (6)
1980–1982 Rapid Wien 48 (4)
Total 372 (71)
National team
1968–1978 Austria 39 (5)
Teams managed
1988–1990 Austria
1991–1992 Fortuna Düsseldorf
1993–1994 Austria Wien
1995–1997 Al Ahli
1996 Bahrain
1997–1999 El Mokawloon SC
1999–2000 Al-Shaab CSC
2000–2001 Al Wasl FC
2001–2002 Al-Ittihad (QAT)
2002–2005 Rapid Wien
2006–2008 Austria
2008–2010 Al-Wahda FC (Abu Dhabi)
2010 Bahrain
2010–2012 Al-Wahda FC (Abu Dhabi)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Josef Hickersberger (born 27 April 1948 in Amstetten, Austria) is a former Austrian footballer. He played as a midfielder. He is now a football manager. He was twice coach of the Austrian national football team.

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Player[change | change source]

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 a 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 against Romania. His last match was the 3–2 win versus Germany during the 1978 FIFA World Cup.

Manager[change | change source]

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. In 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. In 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.

Honours[change | change source]

As a player[change | change source]

As a manager[change | change source]