|Date of birth||9 August 1979|
|Place of birth||Wels, Austria|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2000–2001||→ Kottingbrunn (loan)||26||(0)|
|*Club domestic league appearances and goals|
Helge Payer (born 9 August 1979) is an Austrian former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He played for the Austria national team.
Payer came through the youth ranks at Rapid Wien to make his professional debut in the 2001–02 season, taking over the first-choice spot from Czech veteran Ladislav Maier. In 2006, he was also named team captain. With Rapid, he won two league titles, also appearing five times in the 2005–06 UEFA Champions League group stage.
On 27 August 2009, he saved an Ashley Young penalty at Villa Park in the UEFA Europa League as Rapid Wien lost to Aston Villa 2–1. Rapid did, however, proceed to the next round via the away goals rule.
Payer made his debut for Austria in a Euro 2004 qualifier in June 2003, against Belarus, coming on as a late substitute for Thomas Mandl.
After becoming a regular starter for the Nationalmannschaft, Payer was included in the 23-man squad for in Euro 2008, but was forced to pull out due to an intestinal thrombosis.
- ^ "Austria's Payer signed off for six months". Archived from the original on 2 June 2008. Retrieved 31 May 2008.
- ^ Helge Payer at National-Football-Teams.com
- Official website (in German)
- Rapid Wien profile at the Wayback Machine (archived 14 September 2008) (in German)
- Rapid Wien stats (in German)
- Helge Payer at National-Football-Teams.com
- Austrian FA Website
- 1979 births
- Living people
- People from Wels
- Footballers from Upper Austria
- Austrian footballers
- Association football goalkeepers
- Austria international footballers
- Austria youth international footballers
- Austrian Football Bundesliga players
- SK Rapid Wien players
- AEL Kalloni F.C. players
- Austrian expatriate footballers
- Austrian expatriate sportspeople in Greece
- Expatriate footballers in Greece