Euro 2016 Group F

Austria

14 June – Hungary (5pm GMT, Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux)
18 June – Portugal (8pm GMT, Parc de Princes, Paris)
22 June – Iceland (6pm GMT, Stade de France, Saint-Denis)

Austria travel to France with a golden generation aiming to make their mark on the international stage after missing out in 2012. Samuel Bridges assesses the Austrians.

Paris is Burschen

Austria's abysmal record at international tournaments could be coming to an end with a young, vibrant squad with many players making names for themselves in Europe's most prestigious club tournaments. Despite drawing a potentially tricky group, finishing top is not impossible.

Coach: Marcel Koller — Koller may be inexperienced at the highest level, but remaining unbeaten through qualifying and claiming nine wins from ten in a group with Russia and Sweden prove he can mix it with the best.

Preferred XI: Almer; Fuchs, Prodl, Dragovic, Klein; Alaba, Junuzovic, Arnautovic, Harnik, Baumgart; Janko

Austria like to sit deep and catch opposition on the counter attack, almost in the mold of Atletico Madrid. David Alaba remains the nation's great hope despite an awful season on a personal level with Bayern Munich. Watch out for Stoke City's Marko Arnautovic at left wing.

Look out for: David Alaba and Zlatko Junuzovic's long balls from deep. Austria like to spring forward after absorbing pressure and the deep lying midfielders' cross field passing is what will take Koller's men through the group stage.

Did you know?

  • 15 of Austria's usual 23 man squad are sourced from Germany, with 12 coming from Bundesliga and three from Bundesliga 2.
  • The squad has an average age of 27, one of the oldest participating in the tournament.
  • Leicester City's Christian Fuchs is Austria's most capped active player with 74, 29 off Andreas Herzog's record.

Austria versus...

…Hungary: P 136 W 40 D 30 L 66 F 252 A 297
…Portugal: P 10 W 3 D 5 L 2 F 19 A 11
…Iceland: P 3 W 1 D 2 L 0 F 3 A 2

Stats:

Population: 8.5 million
Nickname: Wunderteam, Das Team, Burschen
Calcio fans might remember… Markus Schopp – Brescia (2001 – 05)
Top division: Austrian Football Bundesliga
FIFA World Ranking: 11th
International Honours: World Cup third place (1954)
Most capped player: Andreas Herzog (103)
Leading international scorer: Anton Polster (44)
Austria at the European Championships:

1960 – Did not qualify
1964- Did not qualify
1968 – Did not qualify
1972 - Did not qualify
1976 – Did not qualify
1980 – Did not qualify
1984 – Did not qualify
1988 – Did not qualify
1992 – Did not qualify
1996 – Did not qualify
2000 – Did not qualify
2004 – Did not qualify
2008 – Group stage
2012 – Did not qualify

How they got to Euro 2016: Won Group G, winning nine games and drawing one, being one of only four teams to finish qualifying uneaten.