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Josef Hickersberger

Josef Hickersberger has seen it all. As a player, he won the Austrian league title with both Austria Vienna (1969, 1970) and city rivals Rapid (1982), and as a manager, he has led Al Ahly (Bahrain, 1996), Al Ittihad (Qatar, 2002) and Rapid Vienna to domestic glory. His success with Rapid Vienna, who he also guided into the UEFA Champions League, paved the way for this son of Lower Austria to make a return to the Austrian hotseat, having already spent 29 games in charge of his country between 1987 and the autumn of 1990 when his team fell to a shock 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Faroe Islands. The highlight of his first spell in charge was leading Austria to the 1990 FIFA World Cup™ in Italy, even though they failed to make it past the group stage. Josef Hickersberger the player was almost as much of a go-getter as Josef Hickersberger the manager, gaining the reputation of a “globetrotter”. The midfielder was the first player to represent both Austria and Rapid Vienna and he also spent six years in the German Bundesliga with Kickers Offenbach and Fortuna Dusseldorf. Hickersberger was also a member of the legendary Austria team that claimed a 3-2 victory over West Germany at the 1978 FIFA World Cup™ in Argentina and he scored five goals in 39 international appearances. Hickersberger, who is now 60, is a passionate golfer and has often said that he will move back to the Arabian peninsula once his managerial career is over.