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Hans Krankl
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Personal information
Full name Johann Krankl
Date of birth 14 February 1953 (1953-02-14) (age 56)
Place of birth    Vienna, Austria
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Rapid Wien
Wiener AC
Rapid Wien
First Vienna
Rapid Wien
Wiener AC
Kremser SC
Austria Salzburg
Career totals
004 00(0)
026 0(27)
201 (160)
039 0(31)
017 0(13)
007 00(3)
145 (107)
060 0(40)
005 00(1)
014 0(10)
518 (392)   
National team
1973-1985 Austria 69 (34)
Teams managed
Rapid WIen
Tirol Innsbruck
SV Gerasdorf
Austria Salzburg
Fortuna Köln
Admira Wacker Mödling

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Johann "Hans" Krankl (born 14 February 1953 in Vienna) is a former professional football player and was last head coach of the Linzer ASK LASK Linz .


Club career

A prolific striker, Krankl is regarded by many as the greatest ever Austrian player.[1] He started his professional career at Rapid Wien and stayed there for 8 years, apart from a year at Wiener AC. He won the Golden Boot at Rapid Vienna in 1978, attracting the interest of Spanish giants FC Barcelona. He then helped Barcelona win the Spanish Cup 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. He returned to Rapid in 1981, captaining the side and again hammering in the goals for them over the next 5 years. He played a major part in the most successful of Rapid teams in the 1980-s, claiming the League crown twice and most prominently losing the UEFA Cup Winners Cup Final in 1985 against Everton. In 1986 he moved to become player/coach at Wiener Sportclub.

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

Krankl made his debut for Austria in a June 1973 friendly match against Brazil and was a participant at the 1978 and 1982 FIFA 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 FC Barcelona and was awarded the Pichichi Trophy.

One of his major achievements was helping Austria qualify for the Football World Cup 1978, the first time Austria had qualified for the World Cup in twenty years.[1] He then went on 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, 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]

Career statistics

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
1971-72 Wiener 26 27
1972-73 Rapid Wien Bundesliga 30 14
1973-74 32 36
1974-75 33 17
1975-76 35 20
1976-77 35 32
1977-78 36 41
Spain League Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga Europe Total
1978-79 Barcelona La Liga 30 29
1979-80 9 2
Austria League Austrian Cup League Cup Europe Total
1979-80 First Vienna Bundesliga 17 12
Spain League Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga Europe Total
1980-81 Barcelona La Liga 7 3
Austria League Austrian Cup League Cup Europe Total
1980-81 Rapid Wien Bundesliga 18 16
1981-82 32 19
1982-83 26 23
1983-84 27 17
1984-85 25 14
1985-86 17 18
1986-87 Wiener Sportclub 27 20
1987-88 33 20
1988-89 Kremser SC First League 5 1
1988-89 Austria Salzburg First League 14 10
Total Austria 432 321
Spain 46 34
Career Total 478 355


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

Later life

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 September 28, 2005 after Austria failed to qualify for the 2006 World Cup.

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

Music career

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].





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