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Walter Schachner

Walter Schachner
Personal information
Full name Walter Schachner
Date of birth (1957-02-01) 1 February 1957
Place of birth Leoben, Austria
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1967–1975 St. Michael
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975–1978 Alpine Donawitz 72 (65)
1978–1981 Austria Wien 101 (72)
1981–1983 Cesena 58 (17)
1983–1986 Torino 85 (18)
1986 Pisa
1986–1988 Avellino 48 (13)
1988–1990 Sturm Graz 16 (3)
1990 FC Salzburg 20 (18)
1991 Grazer AK 8 (2)
1991 VSE St. Pölten 9 (1)
1991 SR Donaufeld
1992 Alpine Donawitz 6 (2)
1992–1993 DSV Leoben
1993–1994 Sturm Graz 11 (0)
1994–1996 DSV Leoben 50 (12)
1996–1997 FC Tirol Innsbruck 6 (0)
1997 ASK Kottingbrunn
1998 Eintracht Wels 12 (4)
National team
1976–1994  Austria 64 (23)
Teams managed
1999–2000 FC Zeltweg
2000–2002 FC Kärnten
2002 Austria Wien
2002–2006 Grazer AK
2006–2007 TSV 1860 München
2007 SK Kärnten
2008–2010 VfB Admira Wacker Mödling
2011– LASK Linz
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Walter "Schoko" Schachner (born 1 February 1957 in Leoben, Austria) is a football manager and former Austrian national player (forward).

As he always brought chocolate to the games when he was a boy, he got the nickname schoko. He was one of the most successful Austrian players in Italian football, as he played for 4 clubs over 7 years.


  • Playing career 1
    • Club career 1.1
    • International career 1.2
  • Managerial career 2
  • Honours 3
    • Playing 3.1
    • Coaching 3.2
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Playing career

Club career

Much-travelled Schachner started his professional career at local outfit Alpine Donawitz at 18 in the 1975/1976 season, earning a place in the national team after only one and a half season. He was duly picked up by Vienna giants Austria Wien but moved abroad to play in Italy for seven years, from 1981 to 1988, in A.C. Cesena (58 matches, 17 goals), Torino F.C. (85 matches, 18 goals) and U.S. Avellino (48 matches 13 goals). In 1981 when Cesena was promoted to Serie A, the ultras changed their title to Weisschwarz Brigaden (meaning “Black-and-white Brigades” in German language) to honor the Austrian forward. He returned to Austria in 1988, moving from one club to another and mostly in the second division before finally hanging up his boots at 41 years of age at Eintracht Wels.

International career

He made his debut for Austria in a December 1976 World Cup qualification match against Malta and was a participant at the 1978 and 1982 FIFA World Cups.[1] He earned 64 caps, scoring 23 goals.[2] His final international game was an August 1994 friendly match against Russia which was his farewell match since he was replaced by Harald Cerny early in the game and he had played his previous international over 4 years earlier.

On 21 June 1978 at the World Cup held in Argentina he was among starting 11 of the Austrian team that beat the reigning champions, West Germany 3:2 and eliminated them from the competition,[3] a historic match named “The Miracle of Cordoba”.

Managerial career

He started his career as a coach in the season 1999/2000 in FC Zeltweg and led them to promotion from 4th to 3rd division.[4]

In seasons 2000/2001 and 2001/2002 he coached FC Kärnten in the Austrian Football First League. Under his leadership the team got promoted to the Austrian Bundesliga[5] and won the National Cup[6] in the first year and the National Supercup in the second.[7]

In the season 2002/2003 Schachner trained Austria Wien in Austrian Bundesliga until he was replaced by Christoph Daum in early October despite an excellent start of the season.[8] At the time of his dismissal the team lead the championship with seven points ahead of second place[9] and just defeated Ukrainian Champions Shakhtar Donetsk 5:2 in the UEFA Cup.[10] A few days after his dismissal he was hired by Grazer AK, which held the penultimate place in the Austrian Bundesliga. The team finished the season in second place behind Austria Vienna.[11]

In the season 2003/2004 Schachner led Grazer AK to win their first and so far the only national champions title. In the same season they also won the Austrian Cup.[12] In season 2004/2005 the Grazer AK were runners-up in the Bundesliga[13] and faced Liverpool of Rafael Benitez, the future winners of the title, in the third qualification round of Champions League, managing to win the return leg at Anfield 1:0, after the home defeat of 0:2.[14]

In January 2006 he was sacked by the club, officially to reduce costs, in real because he was in talks with several other clubs. He moved to TSV 1860 München who were in the 2nd Bundesliga at the time and avoided relegation only in the penultimate round. The club was going through difficult period in those years and faced economic problems. On 9 March 2007, he and TSV 1860 München agreed to terminate his contract at the end of the 2006–2007 season on 30 June. His successor was Marco Kurz. Schachner signed a new contract at SK Austria Kärnten in April 2007. He did not achieve the desired results with the newly formed team and was fired by the management in December of that year.

In August 2008, Schachner replaced the coach of VfB Admira Wacker Mödling (Austrian First League), Heinz Peischl,[15] who was fired for acquiring only 1 point in 5 games which left the team on the bottom of the ranking.[16] With Schachner the team finished the season in the third place.[17] Moreover, after 13 years Admira Wacker reached the National Cup final where they were defeated by Austria Wien 1:3.[18] He remained as a coach in VfB Admira Wacker Mödling for the season 2009/10 before being replaced by their youth team coach on 26 April 2010,[19] leaving the team in third place with 4 points behind the leader, struggling for promotion 6 rounds before the end of the season.[20]





  1. ^ Record at FIFA Tournaments – FIFA
  2. ^ Appearances for Austrian National Team – RSSSF
  3. ^ "1978 FIFA World Cup Argentina ™". 
  4. ^
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ [3]
  8. ^ zuletzt aktualisiert: 05.10.2002 – 10:56 (14 January 2013). "Der Deutsche beerbt Walter Schachner: Christoph Daum neuer Trainer bei Austria Wien". 
  9. ^ [4]
  10. ^ "UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup 2002–03". 
  11. ^ [5]
  12. ^ [6]
  13. ^ [7]
  14. ^ "UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup 2004–05". 10 August 2007. 
  15. ^ "Schachner statt Peischl – Erste Liga – › Sport". 
  16. ^ [8]
  17. ^ [9]
  18. ^ [10]
  19. ^ "FC Admira Wacker – News-Center – Vereins-News – Admira erhält LAZ-Status!". 
  20. ^ [11]
  21. ^ "Österreichs Torschützenkönige". Retrieved 19 August 2008. 
  22. ^ "Italy – Coppa Italia Top Scorers". 17 July 2012. 

External links

  • Profile – Austria Archive
  • Walter Schachner at
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