Austria, more famous for Mozart, the Alps and its rich cultural history than its footballing prowess, has given the Premier League some talented players since the competitions birth in 1992. Not only have individuals shone in the limelight, but the national team has had a meteoric rise from 105th, in 2008 to 10th on the eve of the Euros last summer.
From players who have warmed the bench to a Premier League-winner, the Austrians have exported some serious footballing talent into the Premier League.
A total of 13 Austrians have graced the top flight of English football since its start in the early 90s and whilst some have gone on to make their mark, others have struggled to adapt to the game in England.
13. Christian Mayrieb
The Austrian striker only made three appearance for Sheffield Wed in 1998 without scoring once. Image Source: Twitter
The centre-back played 26 times for Leeds before moving back to his homeland after two years in the Premier League. Image Source: Twitter
Maierhofer only played nine times for Wolverhampton Wanderers in their time in the Premier League, scoring once. Image Source: Twitter
Macho played 22 times over four years in the Premier for Sunderland and Chelsea (2000-04). Image Source: Twitter
He made over 100 appearances for Middlesborough, but was largely criticised during his recent spell with West Ham. Image Source: Twitter
Yes, he's Austrian! Barnes declared himself for Austria through his grandfather. Not hit the heights in the Premier League yet. Image Source: Twitter
The Watford man was linked away with a move to Udinese last summer. Decent player for the Hornets. Image Source: Twitter
Current Liverpool 'keeper has seen his career take him to England, Spain and Italy amongst others. Image Source: Twitter
Scharner is popular amongst Wigan and West Brom fans for his personality, more than his footballing skill. Image Source: Twitter
Played for Villa for over five years before being deemed surplus to requirements. Image Source: Twitter
Hasn't featured regularly for Spurs because of the stiff centre-back competition. Would walk into most Premier League sides. Image Source: Twitter
Arguably the most technical of Austrian players, Arnautovic has made over 100 appearances scoring 22 times. Image Source: Twitter
Fuchs was instrumental to the title-winning Leicester side. Image Source: Twitter
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We can see that some talented Austrians have graced the Premier League. And with the Austrian national side slowing improving, and climbing the FIFA rankings, could we see a larger influx of Austrian players coming over from the continent to play in the English top flight?
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