Franz Wohlfahrt (footballer)

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Franz Wohlfahrt
Franz Wohlfahrt, Österreichische Fußballnationalmannschaft (01).jpg
Personal information
Full name Franz Bernhard Wohlfahrt
Date of birth (1964-07-01) 1 July 1964 (age 50)
Place of birth Sankt Veit an der Glan, Austria
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1972–1981 SV St.Veit
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1996 Austria Wien 351 (0)
1996–2000 VfB Stuttgart 118 (0)
2000–2002 Austria Wien 33 (0)
Total 502 (0)
National team
1987–2001 Austria 59 (0)
Teams managed
2008– ASV Baden
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Franz Bernhard Wohlfahrt (born 1 July 1964 in Sankt Veit an der Glan, Carinthia) is a retired Austrian footballer, who played as a goalkeeper.

Club career[edit]

Wohlfahrt started his career at hometown outfit SV Sankt Veit, and turned professional at FK Austria Wien, where he would spend almost spent 20 years in two spells, winning six league titles and four domestic cups.

In 1996, aged 32, he finally moved abroad, joining Germany's VfB Stuttgart, and being essential as the club reached the final of the 1997–98 Cup Winner's Cup, lost 0–1 to Chelsea FC.[1] Subsequently, he returned to his first club, retiring a few years later with amateurs SC Untersiebenbrunn.

In July 2006, Wohlfahrt began a coaching career, training goalkeepers at SK Schwadorf 1936, VfB Admira Wacker Mödling, and the national team. In 2008, he had his first head coach experience, with ASV Baden.

Incident at Ajax–Austria Wien[edit]

On 27 September 1989, Wohlfahrt made the sports headlines when he was hit and injured by a bar, thrown by a home supporter at an Ajax–Austria Wien UEFA Cup match. Ajax subsequently was banned from European competition for a year.[2]

International career[edit]

In 1983, Wohlfahrt was selected by Austria U-20's to play at the 1983 FIFA World Youth Championship.[3] He made his debut for the senior side in an August 1987 friendly match against Switzerland, and was a participant at the 1998 FIFA World Cup,[4] where he was a reserve behind Michael Konsel.

In total, Wohlfahrt earned 59 caps,[5] his final international being in November 2001, a 2002 World Cup qualification match against Turkey, which Austria lost 0–5. He also has the unfortunate distinction of having netted nine goals in a single match, a 9–0 loss to Spain at Valencia's Mestalla Stadium on 27 March 1999.



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