Austria’s national soccer team has been virtually non-existent on the international stage over the last 30 years — qualifying for just three major tournaments since 1990 and being knocked out of the group stage in all of them. But the tables have turned for Austria, which advanced to Euro 2016 after finishing first in its qualifying group. This marks Austria’s second European Championship appearance, having hosted the tournament in 2008 when it failed to make it out of group play.
Austria made its debut on the world stage in 1902 when it earned a 5-0 victory over Hungary in an international friendly. The national team has enjoyed seven World Cup appearances and finished third at the tournament in 1954. Once seeded 105th in the world, Austria vaulted up the FIFA rankings in 2015 where the team sat as high as 10th overall.
The country has seen it’s fair share of star-studded players compete for the Austrian national team, including former striker Anton Polster, who remains at the top of the club’s all-time goals list with a total of 44. Retired midfielder Andreas Herzog, who played internationally from 1988 to 2003, is the highest capped Austrian player at 103.
Austria’s current team features world-class talents Christian Fuchs, the club’s captain and left-back, as well as Bayern Munich star David Alaba.
Austria Soccer Team Betting Lines Today
Whether it's at home or on the road, it's crucial to keep track of Austria's next opponent before placing your bet.
Despite going undefeated in Euro 2016 qualifying, it's been a long time since Austria could be mentioned with the world's best teams.
You can view the Austria's complete schedule for the tournament along with odds for each match in the table provided below.
Austria opens Euro 2016 with a match against Hungary on June 16. Anything less than a draw or victory will be a disappointment for the Austrians, who are favoured to win their opening match at the European Championship. The Austrians will have a much tougher opponent in their second game when they face Portugal on June 18.
Austria Soccer Team Standings Right Now
Only England had a better record in Euro 2016 qualifying as the Austria breezed through the preliminary stages. However, it's usually rare to find Austria at the top of any table, regardless if it's during the qualifying stages or during the knockout rounds of a major competition.
How To Bet On Austria Soccer Team Betting
Austria cruised through Euro 2016 qualifying with nine victories, one draw and zero defeats as they easily won their group to advance to the tournament. The Austrians made a strong statement by scoring 22 goals and giving up just five in qualifying. The question now is, can they carry over that same success into the European Championship?
Making it out of Group F — which includes Hungary, Iceland and Portugal — seems highly likely. In fact, Bovada has Austria at +200 odds of advancing to the knockout stage. Where they go from there will be the bigger question, as you have to remember, the Austrians have not made it out of a group stage at any major competition in more than 30 years.
Even Bet365.com doesn’t give the Austrians much of a chance to win the tournament at +4000.
Many critics doubted manager Marcel Koller could get the job done since taking over Austria’s national team in 2011. There aren’t many doubters now as Koller brought the team to a top 10 world ranking in a short period of time.
Koller will once again have an array of options up front and on defence, which makes them contenders to possibly reach the final eight at Euro 2016.
Striker Marc Janko was magnificent in the qualifying stages, scoring a team-leading seven goals while adding two assists. He’ll be the go-to-guy when Austria opens the tournament on June 14 against Hungary. Alaba, who netted four goals in qualifying, will create much of the offence with his world-class playmaking skills.
Fuchs helped Leicester City win the Premier League title during their magical run this year and will be a threat on the flank for Austria.
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