|Full name||Johann Krankl|
|Date of birth||14 February 1953|
|Place of birth||Vienna, Austria|
|Height||1.82 m (5 ft 11+1⁄2 in)|
|1971–1972||→ Wiener AC (loan)||26||(27)|
|1979–1980||→ First Vienna (loan)||17||(13)|
|1987||Wiener Sport-Club (caretaker)|
|2000–2001||Admira Wacker Mödling|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
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, in 1982 and 1983, and three consecutive Austrian cup titles. He scored Rapid's only goal in the 3-1 loss in 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, and was voted the most popular Austrian player of the last 25 years.
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. He earned 69 caps, scoring 34 goals. 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. 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 in 47 years, earning Krankl legendary status in his homeland. 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.
Since ending his playing career at Austria Salzburg in 1989, Krankl has worked as a football manager and coach. He was 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.
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.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Rapid Wien||1970–71||Austrian Bundesliga||4||0||2||0||–||–||6||0|
|Wiener AC (loan)||1971–72||26||27||–||–||26||27|
|First Vienna (loan)||1979–80||Austrian Bundesliga||17||12||–||–||17+||12+|
|Rapid Wien||1980–81||Austrian Bundesliga||18||16||1||0||–||–||19||16|
|Kremser||1988–89||Austrian First League||5||1||–||–||5+||1+|
|Austria Salzburg||1988–89||Austrian First League||14||10||–||–||14+||10+|
- Scores and results list Austria's goal tally first.
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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||José Amalfitani Stadium, Buenos Aires||Spain||2–1||2–1||1978 World Cup|
|23.||7 June 1978||José Amalfitani Stadium, 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|
|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|
- Ballon d'Or Silver Ball: 1978
- IOC European Footballer of the Season: 1978–79
- Austrian Player of the Year: 1973, 1974, 1977, 1982, 1988
- Austrian Bundesliga Top Goalscorer: 1973–74, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1982–83
- Pichichi Trophy: 1978–79
- European Golden Shoe: 1978
- Austrian Manager of the Year: 1999
- Alsos, Jan. "Planet World Cup - Legends - Hans Krankl". www.planetworldcup.com.
- Record at FIFA Tournaments – FIFA
- Hans Krankl – Goals in International Matches – RSSSF
- Connelly 2002, 146
- "APA - Austria Presse Agentur / 55-85 apa historisch". www.historisch.apa.at. Archived from the original on 20 August 2011. Retrieved 20 April 2007.
- Johann K. – Lonely Boy – austriancharts.at
- Anatolii Skorobahatko (25 August 2015). "Best European footballers by season" (PDF). Ukrainian Football. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 August 2017. Retrieved 2 June 2017. (ukr.)
- "Österreichs Torschützenkönige". www.oberliga-a.at. Archived from the original on 15 September 2007. Retrieved 20 July 2008.
- Connelly, Charlie (2002) Stamping Grounds: Exploring Liechtenstein and Its World Cup Dreams. Abacus.
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