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The current manager of the Austrian national football team is Mainz born Franco Foda. Born in 1966, Foda's playing career lasted 18 years. During this period he spent the majority of time in his native Germany but also had spells in Switzerland and Austria. He also had the privilege of being capped twice for his country, West Germany as it was known during Foda's years as a player.

Chiefly employed as a centre-half in a flat back four but also capable of playing as a full-back or holding midfielder, Foda spent his formative years with his local club Mainz 05 before signing his first professional contract with FC Kaisersalughten in 1983. Initially, he would struggle to make an impact on the first team, this would lead to him leaving for Arminia Bielefeld in 1984 in order to improve his game. He stayed for a season with the second division club before making the switch to FC Saarbrücken, again a side in the lower division of German football.

After almost 100 appearances in the lower tiers of the German footballing pyramid, Foda earned himself a move back to the Bundesliga and indeed back to FC Kaiserslautern. His second spell with the Bundesliga club was decidedly more successful, he appeared 87 times and scored five times over the course of three seasons. In his final campaign with the club, Foda achieved the first honour of his playing career as FC Kaiserslautern won the DFB-Pokal, beating Werder Bremen 3-2 in a thrilling final at the Olympiastadion.

Immediately after the climax to Kaiserlsautern's cup-winning season, Foda was the subject of intense interest from a multitude of German clubs. He opted to join Bayer Leverkusen, one of the most prestigious clubs in the country. Leverkusen would turn out to be the clubs that Foda would make the most appearances for, playing 113 times and scoring ten goals in four years. Again, Foda got a taste of silverware with the club - just two seasons after his triumph with Kaiserslautern, Foda lifted the DFB-Pokal again, this time in a more conservative affair in which Leverkusen beat Hertha Berlin by a single goal to nil.

He would stay with the club for a further season before deciding to seek pastures new. VfB Stuttgart was his preferred destination. He appeared 69 times in two seasons but didn't manage to score a goal in the same period. Stuttgart would transpire to be Foda's last German club; he decided to switch to Swiss club FC Basel in 1997. His time with the club was disappointing, however. Foda, who at this point was 33 found it increasingly difficult to keep with the pace of the game and could only make 13 appearances in his one and only season with the club.

Despite the decline in his physicality, Foda would continue to play football for four years. These four years would, in fact, turn out the be the happiest and most successful, in terms of silverware at least, in the whole of Foda's career. With Sturm Graz, a club based in Austria, Foda would win the league twice in successive seasons, the cup once and the Supercup once also. He was well-liked by the Sturm Graz fans, a factor which was influential in his eventual appointment as manager of the side.

Upon hanging up his boots, Foda was offered a position to stay with Sturm Graz as assistant coach. He held this position for two years during which he enjoyed his first brief taste of senior management as he was named interim manager. Following this, he coached the reserve side for three years from 2003 to 2006 before finally being made permanent Sturm Graz manager. This would be the first of his two stints in this role, the first of which was the more successful with the team winning the Austrian Cup in the 2009/10 season and then the league title the following year.

In 2013, he would return to another former club, Kaiserslautern, where he endured a torrid time. Kaiserslautern had recently been relegated from the top-flight and Foda was employed to get them back up at the first attempt. He was unsuccessful and was ultimately sacked just after the start of the 2013/14 season following a poor run of results.

In 2014, he would return to Sturm Graz. In his second spell, Foda stayed for three seasons. He left the position in 2017 having been unable to recreate his former glories as both player and manager with the club. At the start of 2018, Foda was appointed as manager of the Austrian national team where he remains to this day. Under his stewardship they have begun steadily in the European Championship qualifying campaign, winning two and losing two.


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