Austria Euro 2024 squad review: Huge void to fill in David Alaba’s absence

Austria managed to avoid a dreaded play-off match to book their spot in Euro 2024, but still failed to top their group. A costly 3-2 defeat at home to winners Belgium dashed their hopes of that accolade, but they can take heart from their performances.

Under the stewardship of ex-Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick, expectations are high for the summer. This will be the fourth time Austria have participated in a European championship overall, and their third successive appearance at the Euro finals.

Austria are set to feature at Euro 2024
Austria are hoping to make it to back-to-back knockout stages at European Championships – Photo by Icon Sport

Austria – Key stats

Such has been their progress as a unit this century, ‘Das Team' managed to advance out of the group stages for the first time back at Euro 2020, but were knocked out by eventual winners Italy in extra time. So, with a star-studded squad and Rangnick's experience, at least emulating that run will be seen as a positive.

First professional fixture: 1902

Nickname: Das Team

Current FIFA ranking: 25

Highest FIFA ranking: 10

Best Euro performance: Round of 16 (2020)

Player to watch: Marcel Sabitzer

Konrad Laimer of Austria
Konrad Laimer is set to captain Austria at Euro 2024 – Photo by Icon Sport

Full Austria Euro 2024 squad

Rangnick has been handed a huge blow, with his captain and Real Madrid star David Alaba unable to recover from a knee injury, which he sustained at the back end of last year. The Austrian's impact will be missed on the pitch but intends to travel and be an ‘off-field captain' which should help them.

Das Team still have a load of quality players though, including one-time Premier League stars Marko Arnautovic and Marcel Sabitzer.

Goalkeeper

  • Niklas Hedl (Rapid Vienna)
  • Tobias Lawal (Linz)
  • Heinz Linder (Union Saint-Gilloise)
  • Patrick Pentz (Brondby)

Defence

  • Flavius Daniliuc (Red Bull Salzburg)
  • Kevin Danso (Lens)
  • Stefan Lainer (Borussia Monchengladbach)
  • Philipp Lienhart (Freiburg)
  • Philipp Mwene (Mainz)
  • Stefan Posch (Bologne)
  • Leopold Querfeld (Rapid Vienna)
  • Gernot Trauner (Feyenoord)
  • Maximilian Wober (Borussia Monchengladbach

Midfield

  • Thierno Ballo (Wolfsburg)
  • Christoph Baumgartner (RB Leipzig)
  • Florian Grillitsch (Hoffenheim)
  • Marco Grull (Rapid Vienna)
  • Florian Kainz (Cologne)
  • Konrad Laimer (Bayern Munich)
  • Alexander Prass (Sturm Graz)
  • Marcel Sabitzer (Borussia Dortmund)
  • Romano Schmid (Werder Bremen)
  • Matthias Seidl (Rapid Vienna)
  • Nicolas Seiwald (RB Leipzig)
  • Patrick Wimmer (Wolfsburg)

Attack

  • Marko Arnautovic (Inter Milan)
  • Maximilian Entrup (Hartberg)
  • Michael Gregoritsch (Freiburg)
  • Andreas Weimann (West Bromwich Albion)
Austria's Andreas Weimann
Andreas Weimann only got 17 minutes in his last seven games for West Brom – Photo by Icon Sport

Surprise inclusions in the Austria Euro 2024 squad

Andreas Weimann (West Bromwich Albion)

Andreas Weimann has been a mainstay in English football during the majority of his career, especially in the Championship, where he's racked up 338 appearances. However, he only featured for 17 minutes in the last seven games of West Brom's latest season and isn't a Rangnick favour either.

Weimann has been handed 29 minutes over the last 11 games for his country, and failed to make the squad for eight of those fixtures. So, the fact he's been called up at the ripe age of 32 is certainly a shock.

Matthias Seidl (Rapid Vienna)

A regular for Rapid Vienna in their attacking lineup, but you wouldn't recognise that from Matthias Seidl's five goals this term. He was only handed his debut for the national side last December, but that was only three minutes long.

Seidl looks like a left-wing shout for this squad and could well be one of the players cut off for the 26-man squad, given that he's got just 18 minutes under his belt for Austria and has been on the bench for the last two fixtures.

Marko Arnautovic of Austria
Marko Arnautovic is Austria's second top goalscorer – Photo by Icon Sport

In-form players for Austria

Marcel Sabitzer

It's been a sort of renaissance from Marcel Sabitzer this season, having been discarded by Bayern Munich and now also Man United, who didn't want to make his loan permanent. However, the Austrian attacker has found a home at Borussia Dortmund, helping his side reach their first Champions League final in 11 years.

Sabitzer is inside the top 50 for Austrian players with the most caps as well as 30 goal involvements during his time playing for Das Team, so he is going into the tournament in good form.

Marko Arnautovic

Austria's second-top goalscorer of all time is never far away from the action. Rangnick will be hoping he can spearhead his country into the knockout stages for just the second time, and with two in his last two starts for Das Team, it could become a reality.

Austria's Marcel Sabitzer
Marcel Sabitzer is likely to start every game at Euro 2024 for Austria – Photo by Icon Sport

Scotland predicted Euro 2024 XI

Austria vs France

(4-2-3-1) Pentz, Mwene, Wober, Danso, Posch, Seiwald, Baumgartner, Schmid, Sabitzer, Laimer, Arnautovic

This is arguably Austria's strongest lineup without David Alaba in their side, and they will need it against a France side favoured to go the whole way. Das Team will be looking to keep it tight at the back and rely on Arnautovic holding the ball up, so that he could make some magic out of the very little service he's expected to get.

Austria vs Poland

(4-2-3-1) Pentz, Mwene, Wober, Danso, Posch, Seiwald, Grillitsch, Schmid, Sabitzer, Laimer, Arnautovic

This will be a must-win game for Austria, given that their next match is against the Netherlands, but Poland will view it the exact same. So we believe Rangnick will be eyeing up this match as an opportunity to overload the wide areas, duly utilising Konrad Laimer's technical ability to create space in the middle.

Austria vs Netherlands

(4-2-3-1) Pentz, Mwene, Wober, Daniliuc, Posch, Seiwald, Baumgartner, Weimann, Sabitzer, Laimer, Entrup

We can certainly see this game meaning more for the Dutch side instead of Austria, because they could very likely be dumped out at this stage if all the games follow the projected odds. So, Rangnick could make some slight tweaks to give players a chance to experience the Euros with not much on the line.


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