In our Austria: Euro 2016 team preview, we look ahead to this summer’s tournament where we have the team’s roster and schedule, as well as which players to keep an eye out for and a prediction on how far they’ll advance in the competition.
Austria: Euro 2016 team preview
Manager: Marcel Koller
Captain: Christian Fuchs
Tuesday, June 14
Saturday, June 18
Wednesday, June 22
Austria: Euro 2016 team preview: Squad:
Goalkeepers: Robert Almer (Austria Vienna), Heinz Lindner (Eintracht Frankfurt), Ramazan Ozcan (Ingolstadt).
Defenders: Aleksandar Dragovic (Dinamo Kiev), Christian Fuchs (Leicester City), Gyorgy Garics (Darmstadt), Martin Hinteregger (Borussia Monchengladbach), Florian Klein (Stuttgart), Sebastian Prodl (Watford), Markus Suttner (Ingolstadt), Kevin Wimmer (Tottenham Hotspur).
Midfielders : David Alaba (Bayern Munich), Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City), Julian Baumgartlinger (Mainz), Martin Harnik (Stuttgart), Stefan Ilsanker (Leipzig), Jakob Jantscher (Luzern), Zlatko Junuzovic (Werder Bremen), Marcel Sabitzer (Leipzig), Alessandro Schopf (Schalke)
Forwards: Lukas Hinterseer (Ingolstadt), Rubin Okotie (1860 Munich), Marc Janko (Basel).
Austria: Euro 2016 team preview: Overview:
Although they featured in Euro 2008 as joint hosts, this is the first time ever Austria have made it to the European Championships through a prolonged qualifying process. You wouldn’t have believed so watching them in Group G.
After a 1-1 draw at home to Sweden in their first match, the Burschen went on a tremendous run, winning nine games on the spin to secure their spot in the finals with panache. The sequence included impressive wins over Russia and an emphatic 4-1 win over Sweden in Gothenburg late on in the campaign, a fitting sign of the stellar progress this side made throughout qualifying.
A look at the squad and it’s easy to see why so many are tipping Koller’s side as a possible surprise package this summer. At the back Aleksandar Dragovic is an imposing defender, while skipper Fuchs, fresh from his remarkable title-winning season with Leicester City, raids with intent down the left.
Going forward they possess multiple threats too, with Marko Arnautovic and Martin Harnik both dazzling on the flanks, especially with the burly presence of Marc Janko to pick out in the penalty area. And, of course, the team is pieced together wonderfully by the multifaceted Bayern Munich man David Alaba.