Robert Sara

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Robert Sara
Robert Sara.jpg
Personal information
Full name Robert Sara
Date of birth (1946-06-09) 9 June 1946 (age 70)
Place of birth Oberlainsitz, Austria
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1955–1964 SV Donau
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965–1984 Austria Wien 571 (23)
1985 Favoritner AC Wien 20 (0)
career totals 591 (23 )
National team
1965–1980 Austria 55 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Robert Sara (born 9 June 1946) is a former Austrian football player, born in Oberlainsitz, near St. Martin im Waldviertel.

His younger brother Josef was also a successful footballer.

Club career[edit]

Sara became a club legend at Austria Wien, after staying 20 years at the club and winning major silverware with them. He started his professional career at 19 and won 9 league titles, 6 domestic cups and played in the 1978 Cup Winner's Cup Final which they lost 4–0 against Anderlecht. His 571 games is a record for the most appearances by a player in the Austrian top flight.[1]

Sara was chosen in Austria's Team of the Century in 2001.

International career[edit]

He made his debut for Austria in a 3-2 win over England at Wembley in October 1965 and played in the 1978 FIFA World Cup finals.[2] Captain of the team, he played the decisive pass to Hans Krankl to score the winning goal against arch-rivals 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.

He earned 55 caps, scoring 3 goals.[3] His last international was a May 1980 friendly match against Argentina.


Austria Wien

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "List of League Appearances Records". Retrieved 7 Junen 2012.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ Record at FIFA Tournaments – FIFA
  3. ^ Appearances for Austrian National Team – RSSSF