The eagles flew: 10 facts about the Austrian national team

Орлы прилетели: 10 фактов о сборной Австрии

Such an option many have considered the best that could come to us from the third basket. Whether so it actually, to understand “the waste Heap”…

Орлы прилетели: 10 фактов о сборной Австрии

After looking closely to the composition of the third basket, we will see that Austria is here – not so tasty morsel. In principle, with the exception of Portugal (and perhaps Turkey), all others (Denmark, Austria, Sweden and the Czech Republic) were roughly equal in class, although each with his “osobennoi”. In the current FIFA ranking, Austria (26-th place) – is not the weakest: the Czech Republic is much lower (45-I). Incidentally, in the FIFA rankings Austria inferior to the Ukraine quite a bit – only 2 positions. In General, a strong enough opponent. Although, of course, to lament the fate of Ukraine also seems to be not where: the draw could have been harsher to us.

Austria is one of the oldest in Europe. My first match she played with Hungary (and won 5:0) in 1902, when both these countries were not countries, as was the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Her story was the incredible rise in the early 30’s, when under the name “wunderteam” (“miracle team”) it was considered the best in the world. Twice she waited victory at the world Championships – but in 1934, and in 1938 received the “span”: first – because of the biased refereeing in the semi-finals, then because of the loss of independence and inclusion in Germany. The highest achievement of the Austrians was the 3rd place at the world Cup 1954.

In the European championship the Austrian national team boast of nothing. In history she only participated twice in the finals of the tournament. In 2008, she got there as the host country – and managed to score only one point in 3 matches (with a draw against Poland 1:1). A similar result, the Austrians showed at Euro 2016. Starting with the sensational (then) defeat of Iceland 1:2, they played a decent goalless draw with Portugal, but the match, which tackled all surely lost to eternal rivals Hungary 0:2. The game against Austria was getting some enthusiastic responses, but clearly, they looked not so “wooden” as native fields in 2008.

Most of the current team of Austrian players in the Bundesliga clubs. The most widely among the “basics” presented “RB Leipzig” – Midfielders Stefan Ilsanker and Konrad Laimer and palmforward Marcel Sabitzer. In addition, there are people from Leverkusen, Eintracht, Hoffenheim, Werder Bremen, “Union”. And, of course, David Alaba from Bayern Munich is the most decorated player on the team. Thanks to the school one of the best Championships of the European countries, the Austrians are well prepared physically, unable to withstand the high pace of the game and actively to put pressure throughout the match.

One of the most valuable qualities of the Austrian national team – teamwork. This team has clearly delineated the backbone, the players perfectly understand each other and act as a single body, even when not very successful. When they are in form, playing with them is very unpleasant: the Austrians like to “choke” the opponent, hoping in this way to advantage. The team is incredibly good at pressing, ranking it 6th in the selection Euros among all participants (according to Wyscout).

The most effective in the current Austria national team Marko Arnautovic, representing “Shanghai SIPG” (but even last year playing with Andriy Yarmolenko in the “West ham”). In the qualifying round of Euro 2020 he scored 6 goals (2 penalty kicks). But perhaps the most valuable player of the attack I must admit Marcel Sabitzer – he operates from deep, but extremely useful in the organization of team work, connecting lines and simultaneously threatening the opponent’s goal. In General, the actions of the Austrians in the attack is surprisingly diverse. The team scored in the selection of the 19 goals (the best index in the group), and they were distributed to 10 people, representing all lines and positions.

The selection of Austria was seamless, securing second place in the group one round before the end of the tournament. At the same time, special feats did not commit, and won first place the poles and failed to score (0:1, 0:0). Moreover, beginning is a failure, losing 2 games at launch (including, unexpectedly, Israel 2:4). But those of major competitors – Slovenia and Macedonia – has won all 4 meetings that decided the outcome of the case. In the last round, the Austrians could not afford to concede inveterate outsider Latvia 0:1.

The current coach of Austrian German Franco Foda works on this post from 1 January 2018. Under him, the team played 22 matches with a very good balance of 14 wins, 2 draws and 6 defeats. With him Austria without any Shine was the group Division of the League of Nations (2nd place in the group behind 3 points from Bosnia). 53-year-old Foda – famous Austrian people for many years worked with “Storm”, led this team to victory in the championship and the Austrian Cup.

Surprisingly, Austria is worth more than the Ukrainian team – at least if you believe the popular resource Transfermarkt (and who else to believe?). The total value of the Austrian national team – 276.5 million euros, the national team of Ukraine is 125 million euros. The lion’s share in Austria amounts to form three players – Alaba (55 million), Arnautovic (32 million), Sabitzer (30 million).

The history of the matches between Ukraine and Austria, frankly, not striking abundance of meetings. They have so far been only two, and both fit in six months. It was a friendly game before Euro 2012. At the end of November 2011 in Lviv, Ukraine won 2:1 in early June 2012 in Innsbruck, lost 2:3. In the second match of the double-signed our doors Marko Arnautovic, with whom we still have to deal with. Then our national coach Oleg Blokhin rated the opponent as a very strong team, but a special plaudit for her is not found, mostly focusing on the fact that for him, the result didn’t matter as much.

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