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Rangnick revolution could yield positive results

Group D preview: Austria

2024/06/11 12:50
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The Austrian national team has undergone a full-scale revolution since the arrival of German mastermind Ralf Rangnick in 2022.

Although derided for his lack of impact at crisis-hit Manchester United back in 2022, Rangnick has left no stone unturned since taking the reins of Das Team two years ago. With a new style, new names, new key stars, and fresh strategical decisions at the federation, Austria could surprise a few at these Euros.

Keep an eye out for Playmaker's definitive guide to the Euros, complete with profiles on all 24 nations competing, in the latest issue of 'The Mighty Delta'


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Star man

With David Alaba only at the tournament as a nonplaying captain and Marko Arnautovic prepping for his own 'Last Dance', all eyes will turn to Marcel Sabitzer, who has been groomed to take centre stage under Rangnick.

Or not truly central: as Sabitzer's current role for Austria is off the left flank. Still only 30, Sabitzer has been outstanding all season in central midfield at Borussia Dortmund, his stellar performances helping 'Der BvB' reach the Champions League final.


Austria's Euro 2024 squad

PositionNameTeam
Goalkeeper
Austria
Rapid Wien
Goalkeeper
Denmark
Brondby IF
Goalkeeper
Belgium
Union St. Gilloise
Defender
Germany
SC Freiburg
Defender
Netherlands
Feyenoord
Defender
Austria
Red Bull Salzburg
Defender
France
Lens
Defender
Austria
Rapid Wien
Defender
Italy
Bologna
Defender
Germany
Borussia M´gladbach
Defender
Germany
Mainz
Midfielder
Germany
Werder Bremen
Midfielder
Austria
Rapid Wien
Midfielder
Germany
Bayern München
Midfielder
Germany
RB Leipzig
Midfielder
Germany
FC Köln
Midfielder
Germany
RB Leipzig
Midfielder
Germany
Borussia Dortmund
Midfielder
Germany
TSG Hoffenheim
Forward
Austria
Sturm Graz
Forward
Germany
Wolfsburg
Forward
Austria
Rapid Wien
Forward
Italy
Internazionale
Forward
Germany
SC Freiburg
Forward
England
West Bromwich
Forward
Austria
TSV Hartberg
[G=Games, M=Minutes, GS=Goals Scored, YC=Yellow cards, 2Y=Double Yellows, RC=Red cards]


Young gun

Austria's current crop is packed full of exciting young players ready to replace the old guard. Two prospects certain to feature heavily are RB Leipzig pair Nicolas Seiwald and Christoph Baumgartner.

The former is a tireless midfielder, while Baumgartner is a versatile attacker who embodies Rangnick’s attacking style: industrious, quick in transition and with a great football IQ. He’s the perfect link between the lines, and his silky touch offers Austria genuine incision in attack.


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Wildcard

With 36 goals in 111 internationals, it does Marko Arnautovic a disservice to describe him as a wild card...but he fits the category so well! A colourful character who dances to the beat of his own drum, the Bologna winger enters the Euros after winning Serie A on loan at Inter - and he is a proven matchwinner.

Set to retire from international duty after the tournament, Arnautovic will want to go out on a high.


Opinion

The transformation of Das Team under Rangnick has been startling and the feeling in Austria is that the national team has been revitalised after years of Franco Foda's cautious tactics.

Many of the team graduated from the Red Bull school founded by Rangnick, so a lot of change has been possible in a short space of time. The counterpressing, verticality, aggression and fast transitions favoured by Rangnick run through the veins of this Austria side.

The loss of David Alaba and Xaver Schlager is a blow, but Austria could well emerge as dark horses.


Preferred formation: 4-2-3-1


 



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2024-06-11 14h34m by jgibsonson
Alright, I am a football fan and I am disappointed by the lack of recognition for Ralf Rangnick's impact on the Austrian national team. He has completely transformed the team since taking charge in 2022 and has brought in a new style, players and strategic decisions. I have high hopes for Austria in the Euros and I can't wait to see Marcel Sabitzer shine under Rangnick's guidance.
2024-06-11 14h17m by ocollinsworth
Nevertheless, the 26-year-old Red Bull Leipzig star acts as the key creator for the side.

As a football fan reading an article on Twitter, I have to say I'm excited to see how Austria will perform at the Euros with Rangnick at the helm. His impact on the team has been evident and I can't wait to see how players like Sabitzer will shine under his guidance. Also looking forward to some great insights in Playmaker's guide.
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2024-06-11 14h03m by omitchellsonjones
But the adaptable 27-year-old, used to playing in various midfield positions in his career, has shone in Rangnick&
JW
2024-06-11 13h31m by jwhiteheadbarnes
The former Rapid Wien starlet has played there for some time, even if he has become more of a creative force for club over past year

Wow, I can't believe how much the Austrian national team has transformed since Rangnick took over in 2022! Despite his past struggles at Man U, he's really turned things around and now Austria could surprise us at the Euros. Excited to see how Sabitzer performs as their new star man, especially in his new role on the left
2024-06-11 13h24m by l_10_brownfield
Wow, Ralf Rangnick has truly transformed the Austrian national team! Excited to see what new tactics and fresh faces he brings to the Euros. Marcel Sabitzer is definitely one to watch, can't wait to see him on the left flank.

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