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Daily Mail - 2021-06-11

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AUSTRIA

Euro 2020

■ THE BOSS FRANCO FODA FODA probably feared the worst after beginning qualification with defeats by Poland and Israel, but his players bounced back to make it to the competition proper. North Macedonia are their first opponents — and Austria beat them twice during qualifying. Foda is more of a defensive-minded coach but he will sense they can get off to a good start. ■ THE STAR DAVID ALABA MARKO ARNAUTOVIC, the former West Ham forward, now of Shanghai Port, will be fun to watch. But Alaba (above) is Austria’s most high-profile player. The versatile 28-year-old is leaving Bayern Munich for Real Madrid this summer and is used to winning. He’s the seven-time Austrian footballer of the year with elite experience. ■ MY VERDICT AUSTRIA were Euro 2008 co-hosts and qualified for Euro 2016 but are still waiting for their first win at the tournament. That could finally change this year. They’ve got some talented boys in their squad, such as RB Leipzig playmaker Marcel Sabitzer, and could be a surprise package.

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