ORF general manager Roland Weißmann confirmed at a press conference in Bad Tatzmannsdorf on Thursday that there is no longer a distinction between men’s and women’s football. The national team is in “exciting shape”. It already caused EM 2017 “summer fairy tale” to reach the semi-finals, which was also followed by an audience of millions on ORF – not least because ORF TV’s Director of Sports Hans Peter Trost was committed to promoting women’s football at the media company used .
“I’m sure this year there will be just as much fanfare as in 2017,” Weissmann said and announced that she wanted to continue supporting ORF’s team boss Erin Foreman as best as possible. Trost noted that the ORF here places a social and political label for gender equality.
Austrian Football Association chief Fuhrmann thanked the decision-makers for the “sign of appreciation”. “It is very important for us to be visible. Unfortunately, it is still unreasonable for girls to play football.” Captain Victoria Schnaderbeek was also motivated given the expected number of spectators: “Knowing that hundreds of thousands of fans will be there live at the next European Championship certainly gives us an extra boost.”
The first thing that stands out from an Austrian point of view is the opening match between England and Austria at the all-sold-out Old Trafford on July 6 (9:00pm CEST). Showdowns with Northern Ireland (July 11, 6pm) and Norway (July 15, 9pm) will follow later. All games, which can also be watched on TvThek live stream, are presented with live subtitles and audio commentary for the blind and visually impaired.
In addition to commentators Anna Teresa Lalic, Michael Roscher, Toni Oberndorfer and Erwin Hojeske, notable gaming experts such as record scorer Nina Berger and former team players Nadine Prohaska and Elisabeth Tepper were appointed. Kristina Inhoff, Caroline Rath-Zubrinig, Alina Zillhofer, and Roland Honig will guide you through EM studio broadcasts.
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Apart from TV reports, Ö3 keeps you up to date with live reports on site. In addition, the “FM4 EM-Quartier” will open at the Ottakringer brewery on July 6, where outdoor games can be viewed with free admission. From there there are reports and interviews with fans and experts.
As usual, it will also be easy to find EM 2022 on ORF.at and in the ORF teletext with background reports, live index and all results. Those who wish to follow the national team on their way to the European Championships also have the opportunity to do so on ORF. The preparatory matches can be seen on June 12 against Denmark and on June 26 against Belgium as well as a farewell to the team by Federal President Alexander van der Bellen on June 23.
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