By 1980 Herbert Prohaska, who began his football career in 1965, had helped professional club Austria Vienna become four times Austrian league champions and three times cup winners. In 1980 he, whose nickname was ‘Schneckerl’ because of his curly hair, moved to Inter Milan and then to AS Roma. Then he returned to Austria Vienna.
Prohaska’s achievements as part of the Austrian national team are unforgettable.
He brought Austria to the final game of the 1977 World Cup in Argentina with his ‘Spitz of Izmir’. The big ‘Miracle of Córdoba’ followed in 1978 with the legendary 3-2 goal over Germany.
He played for Austria again in the 1982 World Cup in Spain. Prohaska ended his active career as a football player in 1989.
Prohaska’s career progressed as he became coach for both Austria Vienna and Austria’s national team. He was elected Austrian Football Player of the 20th Century in 2004 and Player of the Century for Austria Vienna in 2011.
Born Herbert Prohaska on 8th August 1955 in Vienna, Austria
Sculpted from a sitting in March 2012
Portrayed from early 1980’s