The Austrian men’s national football team will meet Belgium, Sweden, Estonia and Azerbaijan in Group F in the qualifying rounds for the European Championship 2024.
That was the result of Sunday’s draw in Frankfurt. The top two from the group qualify for the finals in Germany. Three more tickets will be awarded for the March 2024 qualifiers, which teams can qualify for via the Nations League. Qualification will take place from March to November 2023.
All groups at a glance
“The set could have been easier for sure, but also more difficult,” Austrian Football Association chief Ralf Rangnick said on the sidelines of the draw ceremony in Frankfurt on the starting site in Paul F Austria drawn from the second pot.
Replay Final EM 2021
But in Group C, the 2021 European Championship final will be repeated, where defending champions Italy and second-placed England meet. Group B also features duels between two major teams. There, France faces world champion Holland. The first two of each of the ten groups will qualify for the final tournament, with three more tickets awarded for qualifying in March 2024, for which teams can qualify via the Nations League. Qualification will take place from March to November 2023.
As for Rangnick, the Belgians, second only to Brazil, are currently the best-ranked European country in the world rankings, and are the favorites in the Austrian group. “It will depend on who comes in second,” the German said about the third place in the 2018 World Cup, which reached the quarter-finals in the last editions of the European Championship. It is clear that the Belgian “golden generation” around Kevin De Bruyne has not yet been able to deliver on his promises. Fans are still waiting for the first international title since the Olympic victory in 1920.
Mandate victories over Estonia and Azerbaijan
“Our goal is to develop in such a way that we can beat every opponent, even in this group, and qualify immediately,” Rangnick said. So maybe you should leave your “old friend” Sweden behind. For the seventh time, the Austrians “Tre Kronors” were drawn into the European Championship or World Cup qualifiers, the last memories are good: in the qualification for the European Championship 2016, Red-White-Red Group G beat Russia and Sweden. There was a 1-1 draw in Vienna, and in September 2015 David Alaba and Co won the final round early with a 4-1 victory in Stockholm.
The alleged victories are against Estonia and Azerbaijan, worlds No. 109 and 123, respectively. Both are still waiting to qualify for the first major event. Rangnick cautioned that the two outsiders should not be taken lightly. “In Baku, it is not that you fly there quickly and take three points with you,” the 64-year-old emphasized. Austria’s record is clear with at least 3 wins and 1 draw in 4 matches against Azerbaijan and 2-0 against the Estonians.
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