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Toni Polster: Austria’s All-Time Top Scorer

Toni Polster joined the History Of Soccer team for an exclusive interview to look back at his glittering career, and he still looked as confident and composed as he was in front of goal during his playing days.

In his long career as a goal scorer Toni, known to fans as ‘Twin Pack Toni’ because of his habit of scoring twice in games, endeared himself to fans in Austria, Italy, Spain, and Germany.

Austria Vienna’s Vienna-born attack made his football debut when he was nine years old with his hometown club, where he rose through the ranks until he became their star striker, firing them to three straight titles between 1984 and 1986.

After moving to Italy with Torino, the Austrian was on his way to Sevilla, where he became one of the most feared hitmen in the Primera Division after just one season. In 102 games for the Andalusian outfit, the Austrian scored 55 goals, a return he could only better in his early days in Austria, where he scored an impressive 119 goals in 147 games.

Before joining Cologne, he played for Logrones and Rayo Vallecano, scoring 79 goals in 150 games. In Germany, Toni Polster played two more seasons for Borussia Monchengladbach before ending his career with Austria Salzburg in 2000.

Unforgettable Moments

“My fans were absolutely fantastic in both Spain and Cologne. Unfortunately, I wasn’t as good as my teammates, but I always felt confident and appreciated their support,” Toni Polster told our editorial team.

“I think I did a lot of things correctly because, without my modesty and respect, I wouldn’t still be so popular with the fans today,” said the former Austria international, who scored 44 goals in 95 senior international appearances between 1982 and 2000 and participated and captained in two World Cups.

In Italia ’90, we were incapable of getting past the group stage due to our lack of quality, but in France ’98, it was different. A good team drew twice and lost against Italy in the first round, recalls the powerful front-runner. In addition to being fun, World Cups are also challenging. By the time the tournament began, players had already played 50 games, and there was only a short break in between. Also, players don’t see their families for a long time, so it’s difficult to prepare mentally.”

After Playing Soccer

Following his playing career, Toni Polster worked behind the scenes at several professional clubs, including Borussia Monchengladbach in marketing. In my three and a half years at Borussia Monchengladbach, I gained valuable experience and learned a lot. Now I’ve completed my coaching certifications, so I have the basis for a successful career.”

Despite this, the man who was voted Austrian Footballer of the Year in 1986 and 1997 has taken time to pursue other interests since his most recent role as General Manager at Austria Vienna. Toni Walk, his first musical venture, was released in 2006, and twelve master titles followed two years later. As of 19 June 2009, Polster had released his third album entitled “Die Dritte.”

People are amazed when they come to my concerts,” said the footballer turned recording artist. “I take music very seriously, and I think those who listen understand that. At first, people laughed at the idea, but now they are amazed,” he said.

“I brought out a line of shirts, with the proceeds from which we helped coaches at smaller clubs obtain their training licenses. We wanted to help Austrian soccer at the grass-roots level.” Polster has also been involved in several social projects.

Toni Polster is now in charge of the local side Weiner Viktoria equivalent of Division Three. “I’ll have to wait and see, but hopefully, one day, I’ll get the chance to manage in Bundesliga when I’ve proved myself as a successful manager. This is his sixth season in charge of Weiner Viktoria since joining the club back in 2015.

The name ‘Toni Polster’ will always be remembered for the 1990 and 1998 World Cups and the highest ever goalscorer for the Austrian National team.

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