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Euro 2022: Everything you need to know about Austria


Austria Euro 2022 group stage fixtures

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How they qualified

Major tournament record

European Championship

Best European Championship performance: Semi-finals- 2017.

Most-recent European Championship performance: Semi-finals- 2017.

FIFA World Cup

Never previously qualified.

Austria at Euro 2022: Will Austria enjoy another memorable run?

Austria may only have qualified for one major tournament to date but, after a memorable run in 2017, they'll be hoping for more of the same this summer.

Five years ago, wins over Switzerland, Iceland and Spain saw them reach the European Championship semi-finals, against all odds and expectations.

Das Team then took Denmark to a penalty shootout, but missed all three spot-kicks and bowed out in Breda.

Since, they've failed to qualify for a first-ever World Cup, but did win six of eight Euro qualifiers, holding France to a goalless draw in Wiener Neustadt.

In World Cup 2023 qualifying, Irene Fuhrmann's side are almost certainly set for the play-offs coming up in October.

Before then, they'll kick off the European Championships against England, a side they faced just last November in those qualifiers.

Austria were outclassed in Sunderland, were eventually beaten 1-0 and, in truth, it probably should've been more.

In the context of Group A, England and Norway are overwhelming favourites to qualify with Northern Ireland as rank-outsiders.

Thus, Austria will just be hoping they're still in with a shot by the time their matchday three clash with Norway in Brighton comes around.

Having only conceded 16 goals in their last 31 competitive outings, this team will be reliant on their defensive resilience.

Although, this'll be sorely tested in their aforementioned opener against England at a sold-out Old Trafford.

Key players: Manuela Zinsberger

As mentioned, this team doesn't concede a lot of goals, and a large reason behind this is their goalkeeper Manuela Zinsberger.

To date, the 26 year old has won 79 caps, starting all five matches as Austria reached the semi-finals at their debut Euros five years ago.

At club level, she's won league titles both domestically and in Germany, before joining Arsenal in 2019.

Since moving to the WSL, Zinsberger has impressed, helping the Gunners finish third twice and then second last season.

Personally, she has conceded just 31 goals in 45 WSL appearances, keeping a clean sheet in 13 of 20 matches in the most recent campaign.

Zinsberger saved 80% of shots on target faced last season, the second-highest figure of any goalkeeper in the division.

If Austria are to cause another upset at a European Championships, Zinsberger is going to have to remain at her brilliant best.

Key players: Carina Wenninger

Sticking with the defensive section of Austria's team, Carina Wenninger is their rock at the back.

The captain has racked up 116 caps since making her debut in 2007, featuring in all 33 games for club and country this season.

At club level, Wenninger joined Bayern Munich as a 16 year old, making almost 300 appearances to date, winning three Frauen-Bundesliga titles.

Despite playing as a centre-back, she's scored six times for the national team and on 18 occasions for Bayern, so is a threat at the other end too.

In late June, it was announced that Wenninger will move clubs for the very first time, joining Serie A runners-up AS Roma on loan.

Key players: Sarah Zadrazil

Another Bayern Munich star Sarah Zadrazil will continue to be a key component in this Das Team machine.

Since unnoteworthy spells with Washington Spirit and Turbine Potsdam, she has really reached her full-potential since moving to Munich two years ago.

This saw Zadrazil feature in all but one of Bayern's 30 matches this season, starting 26 of these fixtures.

She scored the opener in Austria's recent friendly against Denmark, but isn't known for her goal-scoring exploits.

That was just the 29 year old's seventh international goal although, as a holding midfielder, this isn't what she is in the team to do.

Austria possible starting line-up for Euro 2022

Austria's full squad for Euro 2022

Goalkeepers

Defenders

Midfielders

Forwards

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Ben Gray

Ben Gray

Arsenal fan – follow them over land and sea (and Leicester); sofa Celtic supporter; a bit of a football '"encyclopedia".



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