The Austrian national soccer team got into an extremely difficult group at the 2024 European Championships in Germany. The Austrians will face top favorites France, the Netherlands and the play-off winner from Path A. This will be determined by Poland, Estonia, Wales and Finland in March. The opening opponents of the ÖFB team in European Championship Group D are the French on June 17th in Düsseldorf.

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European Championship draw

Austria’s big chance to prove itself

Afterwards, the selection of ÖFB team boss Ralf Rangnick will go to Berlin against the play-off winner (June 21st) and the Netherlands (June 25th). This was the result of the tournament draw on Saturday in Hamburg. The top two teams in each group and the four best of six third-place teams advance to the round of 16.

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“You can never influence which opponents you face anyway,” said ÖFB team player Konrad Laimer on ServusTV. “We have seen in the past that it suits us to play against nations that are bigger on paper. We take it as it comes, we don’t have to hide from anyone and we’re happy when it gets started.” Sports director Peter Schöttel said: “We’ve got a very, very strong group. Nevertheless, we are confident, will prepare well and will go into the finals in good spirits.”

ÖFB President Klaus Mitterdorfer also speaks of “certainly not an easy group, but you have to take what comes. I think we have a great team that sticks together. That’s why I’m confident that we can hold our own against tough opponents like France and Holland. A lot always depends on the day and with the support of our great fans – why shouldn’t we manage it too? In any case, it’s a big challenge.”