Team analysis

Austria

Austria

Austria squad
No.PlayerBornPos.HUNISRPORGERGSClub
1Ivan Lucic23/03/1995Goalkeeper9090 90 FC Bayern München (GER)
3Daniel Rosenbichler10/07/1995Defender9090 81* FC Admira Wacker Mödling (AUT)
4Lukas Gugganig14/02/1995Defender9045* FC Liefering (AUT)
5Patrick Puchegger04/05/1995Defender2+ 45+ FC Bayern München (GER)
6Francesco Lovric05/10/1995Defender9090 90 VfB Stuttgart (GER)
7Sascha Horvath22/08/1996Midfield88*9016+46* FK Austria Wien (AUT)
8Peter Michorl09/05/1995Midfield9084* 66*1 FK Austria Wien (AUT)
9Valentin Grubeck26/02/1995Forward78*18+74*44+1 SV Horn (AUT)
10Markus Blutsch01/06/1995Midfield9072*90901 LASK Linz (AUT)
11Sinan Bytyqi15/01/1995Forward90*9045+902 Manchester City FC (ENG)
13Michael Brandner13/02/1995Midfield909090 FC Liefering (AUT)
15Philipp Lienhart11/07/1996Defender901+9090 SK Rapid Wien (AUT)
16Alexander Joppich19/01/1995Defender90 909+ FC Liefering (AUT)
17Konrad Laimer27/05/1997Midfield12+6+9024+ FC Salzburg (AUT)
18Martin Rasner18/05/1995Midfield9089*9090 FC Liefering (AUT)
19Daniel Maderner12/10/1995Forward1+ 45* SC Magna Wr. Neustadt (AUT)
20Florian Grillitsch07/08/1995Forward9090902 SV Werder Bremen (GER)
21Tino Casali14/11/1995Goalkeeper 90 FK Austria Wien (AUT)
Pos. = Position; GS = Goals scored; * = Started; + = Substitute
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Andreas Heraf
10/09/1967
"Many nations are stronger than us in terms of quality and size. So we have to focus on the areas where we feel we can be better than our opponents. We have to accept that we are not necessarily going to be the best footballing team and that we cannot expect to dominate games. But we had good players and we knew that we could be a nuisance to our opponents. We had the players to do that and we were hard to beat. It was a success to reach the semi-finals and the World Cup."

Austria team analysis

Austria team analysis

• 4-2-3-1 with quick transitions to 4-4-2 in defence, 4-2-4 in attack

• Disciplined deep defending; good counterattacking, distribution by keeper

• Mix of combination play with direct supply to target striker Grillitsch

• Attacking combinations through middle, using shadow striker Bytyqi

• Good athletic qualities, team ethic; energetic pressing as from midfield

• Set plays: well-organised in defence, dangerous in attack

• Tactical flexibility; comfort under pressure; changes of pace, direction