Karl Koller (footballer)

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Karl Koller
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Koller in 1964
Personal information
Full nameKarl Koller
Date of birth(1929-02-09)9 February 1929
Place of birth Hölles, Austria
Date of death 24 January 2009(2009-01-24) (aged 79)
Place of death Baden, Austria
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1949–1966 First Vienna 836 (101)
National team
1952–1965 Austria 86 (5)
Teams managed
1967 1. Wiener Neustädter SC
1968 First Vienna
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Austria national football team in 1958 with the following players - from left to right, standing; Walter Horak, Ernst Happel, Karl Koller, Alfred Korner, Paul Halla, Walter Schleger; crouched: Helmut Senekowitsch, Gerhard Hanappi, Rudolf Szanwald, Franz Swoboda and Johann Buzek. Osterrike 1958.jpg
Austria national football team in 1958 with the following players – from left to right, standing; Walter Horak, Ernst Happel, Karl Koller, Alfred Körner, Paul Halla, Walter Schleger; crouched: Helmut Senekowitsch, Gerhard Hanappi, Rudolf Szanwald, Franz Swoboda and Johann Buzek.
Grave of Karl Koller in Blumau-Neurisshof Blumau-Neurisshof - Friedhof, Grab Karl Koller (02).jpg
Grave of Karl Koller in Blumau-Neurißhof

Karl Koller (9 February 1929 – 24 January 2009 [1] ) was an Austrian football player.

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Club career

Koller played most of his career for First Vienna FC (1949–1966). He is regarded, behind Ernst Ocwirk and Gerhard Hanappi, as one of the best Austrian midfielders of all time and was rated as one of the best 100 European footballers of the 20th century by the IFFHS. [2] Normally a center midfielder, Koller was capable in both in defense and attack and was well known for technique, strength and powerful shot from distance.

International career

He made his debut for Austria in a March 1952 friendly match against Belgium and was a participant at the 1954 FIFA World Cup in Switzerland, where they reached 3rd place and 1958 FIFA World Cup, where he scored a goal in a match against England.

He earned 86 caps, scoring 5 goals, which still makes him Austria's fourth most capped player of all time. [3] His last international was a September 1965 World Cup qualification match against Hungary.

He went on to coach 1. Wiener Neustädter SC. [4]

Honours

Club

International

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