Hans Krankl

Written by Sebastien on 12 April 2013. Posted in World Cup Legends

Hans Krankl, also known as Johann Krankl. He was born on14 February 1953 in Vienna, and was a professional and now retired Austrian footballer. He also took part in different managerial levels, the most notable one being manager of LASK Linz. He has had the opportunity to represent the country in a number of different occasions and this made him one of the best players in the history of Austrian football. He wass a striker, and he aided the National team to take part in two World Cup tournaments.

His professional career began at Rapid Wien where he played for 8 years, apart from one year when he was loaned at Wiener AC. He had the privilege of winning the European Golden Boot with Rapid Wien in 1978. This gave him the chance to play for Barcelona. In Spain, his tactical game and skills were developed more and in three seasons, he scored 34 goals in 46 matches that he took part in.

One of this most notable and recognized achievements of all times was when he assisted Austria to qualify for the 1978 World Cup. This was the first time that Austria took part in the World Cup tournament after a period of twenty years. He is still remembered for scoring the winning goal against West Germany. This game was dubbed the miracle of Córdoba. This is because the Austrians won 3–2, making it the first win against West Germany for a record of 47 years.

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