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The workforce continues to be centred round David Alaba, although the Bayern Munich defender does not at all times carry his membership type to the nationwide workforce, the place he’s primarily used as an attacking midfielder.

File picture of Austria’s David Alaba. AP

Vienna: In six matches at previous European Championships, Austria have zero wins, two attracts, and just one objective scored from common play.

The nation’s file on the continental event definitely may do with some sprucing after they play North Macedonia, the Netherlands and Ukraine in Group C at Euro 2020.

Austria first performed on the event when it co-hosted the 2008 version with Switzerland. The workforce misplaced to each Croatia and Germany 1-0 whereas incomes a 1-1 draw with Poland with a stoppage-time penalty from Ivica Vastić.

Eight years later, Austria entered the highest 10 within the FIFA rankings following a qualifying marketing campaign with 9 wins from 10 video games. Coach Marcel Koller had applied a fast-paced enjoying fashion, which included urgent within the opponent’s half and backs who additionally served as wingers.

The workforce arrived with excessive hopes at Euro 2016 in France, however the final result was equally disappointing with losses to Hungary (2-0) and Iceland (2-1), and a 0-0 draw towards eventual champion Portugal. On a constructive word, midfielder Alessandro Schöpf scored from open play within the loss to Iceland.

Koller’s six-year tenure resulted in late 2017 when the Swiss coach was changed by Franco Foda after Austria did not qualify for the World Cup in Russia.

Defender Christian Fuchs and striker Marc Janko are the one two notable gamers from the 2016 squad to have retired. Nonetheless, Austria have turn into a special workforce in recent times underneath Foda. Opposite to Koller, the German coach prefers a much less adventurous enjoying fashion. His defence-first strategy has led to much less enticing video games — however to improved outcomes, as nicely.

Austria completed runner-up to Poland in Euro 2020 qualifying in a gaggle that additionally included upcoming opponent North Macedonia.

And Austria beat Norway and Romania on the way in which to profitable their Nations League group final yr whereas growing a behavior of scoring late: 4 of their 9 targets within the competitors got here within the final 10 minutes of video games.

It is exhausting to guage the place Austria stands forward of Euro 2020 following the workforce’s shaky begin to its World Cup qualifying marketing campaign in March, which included a draw towards Scotland and a 4-0 house loss towards Denmark.

The workforce continues to be centred round David Alaba, although the Bayern Munich defender does not at all times carry his membership type to the nationwide workforce, the place he’s primarily used as an attacking midfielder.

Austria’s strongest weapon is arguably their entrance line with two strikers of Serbian descent.

With 26 targets, winger Marko Arnautović is the workforce’s high scorer since Janko’s retirement. He has been joined these days in Austria’s assault by Saša Kalajdžić, who netted thrice in his first 5 matches for the nationwide workforce.

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Updated: June 6, 2021 — 6:45 am

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