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Ernst Ocwirk

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Full nameErnst Ocwirk
Date of birth7 March 1926
Place of birthVienna, Austria
Date of death23 January 1980(age 53)
Place of deathKlein-Pöchlarn, Austria
Playing positionMidfielder

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Ernst Ocwirk (7 March 1926 - 23 January 1980) was an Austrian football player and coach. He is considered one of the greatest Austrian footballers of all time.

He spent the majority of his playing and coaching years between Austria and Italy, being both player and manager for the clubs FK Austria Vienna and Serie As UC Sampdoria. He also went on to become a member of the Austria national team, which he led to a third place finish at the 1954 World Cup as its captain.

Nicknamed Clockwork by the British for his midfield consistency, he is often cited as the last of the old-fashioned attacking centre-halves; he was known for his aesthetic and technical style of playing, his heading ability and his passing range. The fans loved him for his modest and fair personality. The international media of the era saw Ocwirk as "the best centerhalf in the world".

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