Helmut Senekowitsch
Personal information
Full name Helmut Senekowitsch
Date of birth (1933-10-22)22 October 1933
Place of birth Graz, Austria
Date of death 9 September 2007(2007-09-09) (aged 73)
Place of death Klosterneuburg, Austria
Position(s) Forward / midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1955–1958 Sturm Graz 72 (30)
1958–1961 First Vienna 75 (63)
1961–1964 Real Betis 47 (10)
1964–1971 Wacker Innsbruck 160 (16)
Total 354 (119)
National team
1957–1968 Austria 18 (5)
Teams managed
1971–1973 Grazer AK
1973–1975 SK VÖEST Linz
1975–1976 FC Admira/Wacker
1976–1978 Austria
1978–1979 Tecos UAG
1979–1980 Athletic Bilbao
1981 Panathinaikos
1982 Olympiacos
1982 Eintracht Frankfurt
1983 AEK Athens
1983–1984 AEK Athens
1984–1985 Grazer AK
1985–1988 Tecos UAG
1988 Cádiz CF
1989–1990 Panionios
1990–1991 AC Omonia
1991–1992 LASK Linz
1995–1996 Floridsdorfer AC
1997 First Vienna
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Austria national football team in 1958 with the following players – from left to right, standing; Walter Horak, Ernst Happel, Karl Koller, Alfred Körner, Paul Halla, Walter Schleger; crouched: Helmut Senekowitsch, Gerhard Hanappi, Rudolf Szanwald, Franz Swoboda and Johann Buzek.

Helmut Senekowitsch ([seˈnekovitʃ];[1] 22 October 1933 – 9 September 2007) was an Austrian football player and later a football manager.

Playing career

Club career

He played for several clubs, including SK Sturm Graz, Real Betis and FC Wacker Innsbruck.

International career

He played for the Austria national football team and was a participant at the 1958 FIFA World Cup.[2] He earned 18 caps, scoring 5 goals.

Coaching career

He later worked as a coach, one of his major achievements was helping Austria qualify for the 1978 FIFA World Cup, the first time Austria had qualified for the World Cup in twenty years. The Austrian team advanced to the second round in whose first match they fell 1–5 against Netherlands being coached by former international teammate Ernst Happel. Later he led them during the game dubbed The miracle of Córdoba, against arch-rivals West Germany, which the Austrians won 3–2 and which was Austria's first win against West Germany for 47 years,

He died in September 2007 after a long illness.[3][4]


  1. ^ "LASK Doku 1991 mit Trainer Helmut Senekowitsch". Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  2. ^ Record at FIFA Tournaments – FIFA
  3. ^ Austrian sports world pays tribute to late Helmut Senekowitsch – Federal Chancellery
  4. ^ Die österreichische Fußballfamilie trauert um Helmut Senekowitsch Archived 15 July 2014 at the Wayback Machine – ÖFB (in German)