The reason is that in 1978, the Ballon d'Or missed Austrian Hans Krankl by a hair's breadth. | Hans Krankl: How He Just Missed the 1978 Ballon d'Or

If entire countries feel like it is going to argue about whether Lionel Messi has actually been preserving the Ballot For 2021 or whether he should not have been going to Robert Lewandowski, Austria's football fans can kick back relaxed. Your (domestic) heroes have nothing to do with the outcome of the option for the very best footballer in Europe. That was not constantly so. When Sir Stanley Matthews was provided the Golden Ball in 1956 in the first election arranged by France Football, Europe's sports reporter (one from every country) had also with Ernst OC. thought of two Austrian stars. Harappa was still a regular in the following years and was able to anticipate his finest placement after three points in 1957, along with a counter 1958 and 1960, in 1961. In 1961, nevertheless, it was likewise not at some point, but the year of the Decker Wonder team, the one after the other England, Hungary, the Soviet Union and once again Hungary defeated Yugoslavia in the last video game of the year (probably after the election votes). For this, Austria, likewise voted France Football as the best team in Europe. In addition to captain Harappa, striker Horst Name (3 points), goalkeeper Ger not Fraud, Karl Killer and Karl Stott likewise appeared amongst the very best gamers in Europe. It should take until 1970 till Franz Hail made a point for the master cup win with Feyenoord (under coach Ernst Happen). In 1977 Europe had born in mind for the very first time from Hans Rank, who most likely received a point for his 6 objectives in 9-0 versus Malta.

Keegan 87-heal 81.

A year later, i.e. in the Córdoba year, the Hans I Were Parrish scored by simply 6 points by winning the Ballot For. Kevin Keegan 87, Hans Rank 81, Rob Rensenbrink 50, was completion result. And there are still few football professionals today that question Keegan's triumph at the time. With six objectives in 25 games, the former Liverpool favorite had by no indicates an impressive first HSV season (with 9th place), even in the very first half of the 1978/79 season in which he was to score and end up being champions. He only had three objectives in the account till the election. With England, for which he scored 3 objectives in six games, the Mighty Mouse was not even gotten approved for the World Cup in Argentina, where Hans Rank scored 4 goals and advised for FC Barcelona. He wasn't much better, however he was preferred, states Hans Rank today. In addition to its World Cup goals, the Toreador can likewise throw the golden shoe of the 1977/78 season with 41 objectives, as well as the first ten objectives on the method to the Pi chichi (prize for Spain's top scorer).

Lots of currently saw Keegan's triumph in 1978 as a compensation for the election in 1977, when he needed to give up 3 points as the outstanding guy of master cup winner Liverpool for Gladbacher Allan Simon sen.

The Austrian selected Rensenbrink.

Eventually, Kevin Keegan had actually been positioned in first location by the 26 voting journalists, including understandably by the representatives of his Home Countries England and Scotland, along with as a stated favorite of the Bundesliga, from Germany. Hans Rank was number 1. From Spain (!), Italy, the Soviet Union, Poland, Bulgaria, Ireland, Luxembourg and Switzerland, he had actually preferred his preference vote, however not from Austria. At Ferry Swimmer, who saw Rob Rensenbrink much better, it was only enough for 3rd location (Keegan was not considered).


Nobody was thrilled at the time. It needs to be mentioned fairly that a lot more patriotism would not have actually sufficed to snap away the golden ball on February 14th, like Hans Rank on February 14th (albeit by 2 years).

Otto, the last.

An Austrian footballer was never ever so close. Herbert Polska still reached 7th place in 1980, Bruno Pizza was represented four times in a row (from 1979 to 1982), Toni Poster shared 14th location with Ian Rush and Mark Gateway in 1987, And Herzog was found in 1993 after his first half-season in the. German Bundesliga together with Ronald Woman and Jar Linen in 18th place. Finally, Salzburg's cult goalkeeper Otto Konrad held up the red-white-red flag for one last time when he was rewarded with two points for his brave deeds in the UEFA Cup (Elector versus Frankfurt!). The last player from the domestic Bundesliga, who received votes in the Ballot For election, was Triton Ivanov in 1996. The ex-Rapidler, who had actually already died, was on par with Paolo Molding with 3 points. And even before Luis Fig and Zinedine Zidane.