Hans Krankl

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Hans Krankl
Hans Krankl - Trainer LASK Linz (quer).jpg
Personal information
Full name Johann Krankl
Date of birth (1953-02-14) 14 February 1953 (age 61)
Place of birth Vienna, Austria
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1970–1978 Rapid Wien 205 (160)
1971–1972 Wiener Sport-Club (loan) 26 (27)
1978–1981 Barcelona 46 (34)
1979–1980 First Vienna (loan) 17 (13)
1981–1986 Rapid Wien 145 (107)
1986–1988 Wiener Sport-Club 60 (40)
1988 Kremser SC 5 (1)
1989 Austria Salzburg 14 (10)
Total 518 (392)
National team
1973–1985 Austria 69 (34)
Teams managed
1989–1992 Rapid WIen
1992–1994 Mödling
1994–1995 Tirol Innsbruck
1996 Mödling
1997 SV Gerasdorf
1998–1999 Austria Salzburg
2000 Fortuna Köln
2000–2001 Admira Wacker Mödling
2002–2005 Austria
2009 LASK Linz
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Johann "Hans" Krankl (born 14 February 1953 in Vienna) is a retired Austrian footballer. A prolific striker, Krankl is regarded by many as the greatest ever Austrian player.[1]

Club career[edit]

Krankl started his professional career at Rapid Wien and stayed there for 8 years, apart from a year at Wiener AC. He won the European Golden Boot at Rapid Wien in 1978, attracting the interest of Barcelona. His spell at Barcelona was successful, winning the Copa del Rey in his first season as well as the Cup Winners' Cup (scoring in the final itself), and picking up the top goalscorer's award in La Liga that season with 29 goals. He returned to Rapid Wien in 1981, captaining the side and again scoring over 100 goals for them over the next 5 years. He played a major part in the most successful of Rapid teams in the 1980s, claiming the League crown twice and most prominently losing the Cup Winners' Cup Final in 1985 against Everton. In 1986, he moved to become player-manager at Wiener Sport-Club.

Krankl was named Austrian Player of the Year a record five times,[1] and was voted the most popular Austrian player of the last 25 years.

International career[edit]

Krankl made his debut for Austria in a June 1973 friendly match against Brazil and was a participant at the 1978 and 1982 World Cups.[2] He earned 69 caps, scoring 34 goals.[3] His final international game was an April 1985 World Cup qualification match against Hungary. In the 1978–79 season of the Spanish Primera División, he was the top goalscorer with 29 goals for Barcelona and was awarded the Pichichi Trophy.

One of his major achievements was helping Austria qualify for the 1978 World Cup, the first time Austria had qualified for the World Cup in twenty years.[1] He then went on to score the winning goal against West Germany in a game dubbed The miracle of Córdoba, which the Austrians won 3–2 and which was Austria's first win against West Germany for 47 years, earning Krankl legendary status in his homeland.[1] Scored in the 88th minute, the live footage of the goal still regularly features on national television, and the audio commentary ("Tor Tor Tor Tor Tor Tor, I werd' narrisch" – "Goal goal goal goal goal goal, I'm going crazy") is immediately recognised by Austrian football fans.[4]

Managerial career[edit]

Since ending his playing career at Austria Salzburg in 1989, Krankl has worked as a football manager and coach. He was most recently employed by the Austrian national team. He was sacked on 28 September 2005 after Austria failed to qualify for the 2006 World Cup. He was also manager of LASK Linz.

He has also intermittently featured as a studio guest and co–commentator on Austrian public service broadcaster ORF.

Musical career[edit]

Krankl has also enjoyed domestic success with his music, with several releases entering the Austrian charts. His biggest musical success was the single "Lonely Boy", released in 1985 and peaking at number 2.[5]

Appearances[edit]

Krankl has also appeared on EA Sports Fifa sports games, as he is included as an unlockable in the Classic XI Team.

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Austria League Austrian Cup League Cup Europe Total
1970–71 Rapid Wien Bundesliga 4 0 2 0 - - - - 6 0
1971–72 Wiener 26 27 ? ? - - - - 26+ 27+
1972–73 Rapid Wien Bundesliga 30 14 8 6 - - 4 1 42 21
1973–74 32 36 6 5 - - 4 1 42 42
1974–75 33 17 3 0 - - 4 1 40 18
1975–76 35 20 6 6 - - 2 1 43 27
1976–77 35 32 1 2 - - 2 1 38 35
1977–78 36 41 3 1 - - 2 0 41 42
Spain League Copa del Rey Supercopa de España Europe Total
1978–79 Barcelona La Liga 30 29 1 1 - - 9 5 40 36
1979–80 9 2 0 0 - - 3 4 12 6
Austria League Austrian Cup League Cup Europe Total
1979–80 First Vienna Bundesliga 17 12 ? ? - - - - 17+ 12+
Spain League Copa del Rey Supercopa de España Europe Total
1980–81 Barcelona La Liga 7 3 0 0 - - 1 0 8 3
Austria League Austrian Cup League Cup Europe Total
1980–81 Rapid Wien Bundesliga 18 16 1 0 - - - - 19 16
1981–82 32 19 2 1 - - 6 3 40 23
1982–83 26 23 7 9 - - 4 4 37 36
1983–84 27 17 7 8 - - 6 1 40 26
1984–85 25 14 7 12 - - 8 4 40 30
1985–86 17 18 1 1 - - 3 1 21 20
1986–87 Wiener Sport-Club 27 20 ? ? - - - - 27+ 20+
1987–88 33 20 ? ? - - - - 33+ 20+
1988–89 Kremser First League 5 1 ? ? - - - - 5+ 1+
1988–89 Austria Salzburg First League 14 10 ? ? - - - - 14+ 10+
Total Austria 427 320 54+ 51+ - - 45 18 526+ 426+
Spain 46 34 1 1 - - 13 9 60 45
Career total 473 354 55+ 52+ - - 58 27 586+ 434+

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Austria's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 27 March 1974 De Kuip, Rotterdam  Netherlands 1–0 1–1 Friendly
2. 4 September 1974 Praterstadion, Vienna  Wales 2–1 2–1 Euro 1976 qualifier
3. 28 September 1974 Praterstadion, Vienna  Hungary 1–0 1–0 Friendly
4. 16 March 1975 Stade Municipal, Luxembourg  Luxembourg 2–1 2–1 Euro 1976 qualifier
5. 24 September 1975 Népstadion, Budapest  Hungary 1–2 1–2 Euro 1976 qualifier
6. 15 October 1975 Praterstadion, Vienna  Luxembourg 2–2 6–2 Euro 1976 qualifier
7. 5–2
8. 22 September 1976 Linzer Stadion, Linz  Switzerland 1–0 3–1 Friendly
9. 13 October 1976 Praterstadion, Vienna  Hungary 1–2 4–2 Friendly
10. 2–2
11. 10 November 1976 Anthi Karagianni Stadium, Kavala  Greece 2–0 3–0 Friendly
12. 5 December 1976 Empire Stadium, Gżira  Malta 1–0 1–0 1978 World Cup qualifier
13. 15 December 1976 National Stadium, Ramat Gan  Israel 3–1 3–1 Friendly
14. 30 April 1977 Stadion Lehen, Salzburg  Malta 1–0 9–0 1978 World Cup qualifier
15. 2–0
16. 3–0
17. 4–0
18. 6–0
19. 8–0
20. 24 August 1977 Praterstadion, Vienna  Poland 2–0 2–1 Friendly
21. 15 February 1978 Nea Filadelfeia Stadium, Athens  Greece 1–1 1–1 Friendly
22. 3 June 1978 Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires  Spain 2–1 2–1 1978 World Cup
23. 7 June 1978 Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires  Sweden 1–0 1–0 1978 World Cup
24. 21 June 1978 Estadio Chateau Carreras, Córdoba  West Germany 2–1 3–2 1978 World Cup
25. 3–2
26. 30 August 1978 Ullevaal Stadium, Oslo  Norway 2–0 2–0 Euro 1980 qualifier
27. 28 March 1979 Parc Astrid, Brussels  Belgium 1–1 1–1 Euro 1980 qualifier
28. 29 August 1979 Praterstadion, Vienna  Norway 4–0 4–0 Euro 1980 qualifier
29. 17 October 1979 Hampden Park, Glasgow  Scotland 1–0 1–1 Euro 1980 qualifier
30. 15 November 1980 Praterstadion, Vienna  Albania 5–0 5–0 1982 World Cup qualifier
31 28 May 1981 Praterstadion, Vienna  Bulgaria 1–0 2–0 1982 World Cup qualifier
32. 17 June 1981 Linzer Stadion, Linz  Finland 3–0 3–0 1982 World Cup qualifier
33. 24 March 1982 Népstadion, Budapest  Hungary 1–0 3–2 Friendly
34. 21 June 1982 Estadio Carlos Tartiere, Oviedo  Algeria 2–0 2–0 1982 World Cup

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Rapid Wien
1982, 1983
1976, 1983, 1984, 1985
1985 runners-up
Barcelona
1979
1981

Individual[edit]

  • Austrian Player of the Year: 5
1973, 1974, 1977, 1982, 1988[6]
  • Austrian Bundesliga Top Goalscorer: 4
1974, 1977, 1978, 1983[7]
1979
1978
  • Austrian Manager of the Year: 1
1999[8]

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