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Austria – Euro 2024 Overview

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Austria are known as one of the most successful nations in Alpine skiing and ski jumping. However, football is also important to Austrians, especially in the bigger cities.

Ahead of the start of Euro 2024 in neighbouring Germany, there is anticipation ahead of the tournament, however, the mood is hope rather than expectation, given the quality of the oposition in Group D. Austria are up against France, the Netherlands and the play off winners from Path A, Poland.

Euri 2024 will be Austria’s fourth time in the finals of the European Championships. Their best performance was reaching the round of 16 in Euro 2020. In 2016 and 2008 they went out in the group stage. It will be a tall order for them to progress this time, given the calibre of their opposition in the group. Advancement from the group would be a great achivement for Ralf Rangnick’s side.

For further details on Euro 2024 as a whole check out our tournament preview.

How Austria qualified for Euro 2024

Austria made it to Euro 2024 by securing second place in EC qualifying group F at the expense of Sweden, who had to settle for third place. The Austrians lost only one match in the qualifiers and took a total of 19 points, which was one point less than group winners Belgium .

They started according to plan with two straight victories at home against Azerbaijan and Estonia before playing 1-1 away against Belgium in round 3. Then there were two wins against Sweden before their only loss, at home against Belgium.

In thequalifiers, they scored 17 goals and only conceded seven. Marcel Sabitzer scored the most goals for the Austrians, with four.

Austria’s Euro 2024 squad

It is a relatively strong and well-known squad that travels north to neighbouring Germany.  Several of the players in Rangnick’s squad play their club football in the German Bundesliga, including Marcel Sabitzer, Dortmund, Xaver Schlager, Leipzig and Konrad Laimer, Bayern Munich.

Spanish La Liga and Italian Serie A are also represented in Austria’s EC squad. From the big teams Real Madrid and Inter come David Alaba and Marko Arnautović, they two most experienced players in the squad. Both have over 100 caps and for Arnautović this could well be the last major championship. He will be 35 years old when the Euros start.

Austria boss Rangnick is known for his innovative and tactically advanced coaching philosophy, which focuses on high intensity, pressing play and quick transitions. He is an advocate of what is known as “Counter-Pressing”, which means that his team aggressively chases the ball when they lose it in order to recover it as quickly as possible.

The former Manchester United manager also places great importance on the players’ physical preparation and tactical discipline, and he aims to build a team that is flexible and able to adapt to different opponents and game situations. In addition to this, he is also known for developing young talent.

1EtcAlexander Schlager Red Bull Salzburg
13EtcPatrick Pentz Brøndby
12EtcTobias Lawal LASK Linz
8BDavid Alaba Real Madrid
5BStefan Posch Bologna
2BMaximilian Wöber Monchengladbach
15BPhilip Lienhart SC Freiburg
3BKevin Danso Lens
16BPhillip Mwene Mainz 05
9MFMarcel Sabitzer Borussia Dortmund
4MFXaver Schlager RB Leipzig
10MFFlorian Grillitsch 1899 Hoffenheim
19MFChristoph Baumgartner RB Leipzig
20MFKonrad Laimer Bayern Munich
17MFFlorian Kainz 1. FC Cologne
6MFNicolas Seiwald RB Leipzig
18MFRoman Schmidt Werder Bremen
22MFMatthias Seidl Rapid Vienna
7FWMarko Arnautovic Inter
11FWMichael Gregoritsch SC Freiburg
21FWSaša Kalajdžić Wolverhampton
14FWMaximilian Entrup TSV Hartberg
23FWManprit Sarkaria Sturm Graz

Key players

Here we have listed three of the key players in the Austrian Euro 2024 squad

  • David Alaba – Alaba is a versatile player who can play both at centreback and left back. He is known for his technical skill, distribution, defending and his ability to pop up with decisive goals. Alaba is a leading figure in Austria’s national team and has significant experience playing at the highest level in both national and club teams.
  • Marcel Sabitzer – Sabitzer is a dynamic midfielder with an impressive work ethic and game intelligence. A versatile player who can contribute both offensively and defensively, he is known for his ability to create chances and chip in with goals himself.
  • Marko Arnautovic – Coming off a strong season at Inter, Arnautovic is an experienced striker who can finish well and has a strong physical presence on the pitch, along with speed and skill.

Austria Odds at Euro 2024

Austria are seen as outsiders, in terms of progressing from the group and winning the group. They are even bigger outsiders whenit comes to winning the tournament. While Austria have some good players, it will be a tough ask for them to get to the knockout stages.

Austria Euro 2024 OddsOdds
To win tournament80/1 bet365
To win Group D15/2 bet365
To qualify from Group D5/4 BetUK
Odds correct at the time of writing, odds subject to change.

Austria Euro 2024 Fixtures

This is how Austria’s schedule looks like in the EC:

Date and timeMatchVenue
17/6, 15:00Austria – FranceDusseldorf
21/6, 18:00Poland – AustriaBerlin
25/6, 18:00Netherlands – AustriaBerlin

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Frequently Asked Questions

France, the Netherlands and the playoff winner from Path A are Austria's opponents in the Euro 2024 group stage.

Real Madrid star David Alaba is the player who will wear the captain's armband for Austria in the Euro 2024.

Austria have appeared in the UEFA Euro finals a total of three times, making the EC in Germany Austria's fourth appearance.


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