The Great World Cup Goals, #18: Hans Krankl (Austria) vs West Germany, 1978 (Video)

Chris Wright

30th, May 2014


By Chris Wright


With the game itself still referred to by Austrian football fans of a certain vintage as “The Miracle of Cordoba”, it was striker Hans Krankl’s stunning volley that gave Austria their first international victory over rivals West Germany for 47 years – and it just so happened to come in the second round of the 1978 World Cup in Argentina.

With Austria having lost their previous two games in the second stage (including an embarrassing 5-1 panning by eventual finalists Holland), Austria came from a goal down to go 2-1 up over West Germany on the hour-mark before a 72nd-minute equaliser from Bernd Hölzenbein deflated them once again by restoring parity with quarter-of-an-hour or so left to play.

Then, in the 88th minute, Frankl – who had just joined Barcelona after winning the European Golden Boot with Rapid Vienna – painted his masterpiece, which was accompanied by a side-clump of equally legendary commentary…

“Tor! Tor! Tor! I wer’ narrisch!” – “Goal! Goal! Goal! I’m going crazy!”

Krankl was and is widely regarded as the very finest player Austria have ever produced, ending his first season at Barca as La Liga’s top goalscorer before returning to Rapid in 1981 and winning two further league titles before finally retiring, only to return to the Gerhard Hanappi Stadion once again as manager in 1989.

More in the series…

#1 – Maxi Rodriguez (Argentina) vs Mexico, 2006
#2 – Saeed Al-Owairan (Saudi Arabia) vs Belgium, 1994

#3 – Giovanni Van Bronckhorst (Holland) vs Uruguay, 2010
#4 – Pierre Njanka-Beyaka, (Cameroon) vs Austria, 1998
#5 – Nelinho (Brazil) vs Italy, 1978
#6 – David Platt (England) vs Belgium, 1990
#7 – Alessandro Del Piero (Italy) vs Germany, 2006
#8 – Javier Zanetti (Argentina) vs England, 1998
#9 – Manuel Negrete (Mexico) vs Bulgaria, 1986
#10 – Emmanuel Sanon (Haiti) vs Italy, 1974
#11 – Josimar (Brazil) vs Northern Ireland, 1986

#12 – Maicon (Brazil) vs North Korea, 2010
#13 – Dennis Bergkamp (Holland) vs Argentina, 1998
#14 – Dragan Stojkovic (Yugoslavia) vs Spain, 1990
#15 – Chiqui Arce (Paraguay) vs South Africa, 2002
#16 – Esteban Cambiasso (Argentina) vs Serbia & Montenegro, 2006

#17 – Gheorghe Hagi (Romania) vs Colombia, 1994

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  1. Geraldo says:

    “Oh, Krankl! OH, KRANKL!!” – Barry Davies.

  2. Jarren says:

    Aye not bad Austria, but do you remember this?


  3. Steven says:

    Actually wrong…

    the footage doesn’t match the article… this goal shown in the video gave Austria the 2-1 lead, the commentator didn’t shout *I wer narrisch*.

    The actual goal was the winner, 3-2 for Austria

  4. Enrichetta says:

    “; most blame should go to FIFA as in spite of the obvious lessons from the previous World Cup in Argentina, where the hosts had known the exact number of goals to score against Peru in order to reach the final because Brazil’s match against Poland had already finished before they started, FIFA had not enforced the final group matches to be played simultaneously; because of this, Algeria, who had earlier beaten West Germany 2-1 in one of the all-time World Cup upsets, and had beaten Chile 3-2 (after a 3-0 lead at half-time which would have all but mathematically ensured their passage had they managed to hold on to it) just prior to this match, became the victims of the arrangement struck after West Germany took an early lead (after 11 minutes); because a victory by the West Germans by 1 or 2 goals guaranteed both teams a place in the next round, the twenty-two actors took very great care not to create any real scoring opportunities after about half an hour of play (only Schachner claims not to have understood during the match what was going on – he must have been the only one on the planet) Total Record GP GW GD GL GF GA Pts Percentage 69 32 16 21 100- 78 80 57.98 34 Goals in 69 Matches (0.49 per match) Types of Matches and Goals Goals Matches Friendlies 10 29 World Cup Qualifier 10 14 World Cup 5 10 European Champ. Qual. 9 16 Total 34 69

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