On Wednesday, November 16 at 6:00 p.m., the ÖFB selection will meet Andorra in Malaga. The home game against European champions Italy in Vienna’s Ernst Happel Stadium follows on Sunday, November 20th. Kick-off is at 8:45 p.m.
With the Upper Austrian Alexander Prass there is a new face in the ÖFB squad. Born in Linz, he played for LASK and Pasching as a junior, and in 2012 he joined Salzburg, where he went through the Bulls Academy and was able to gain initial experience in adult football at Liefering. The move to Sturm Graz followed in the summer of 2021 – despite being only 21 years old, Prass is one of the pillars in the midfield of the team coached by Christian Ilzer.
In addition to Prass, four other Upper Austrians were nominated: goalkeepers Heinz Lindner (Sion) and Alexander Schlager (LASK), defender Gernot Trauner (Feyenoord) and center back player Xaver Schlager (RB Leipzig). Ried goalie Samuel Sahin-Radlinger is “on call”.
Robert Ljubicic decided to compete for Croatia. According to reports from Croatia, the ÖFB confirmed that the professional from Dinamo Zagreb told Rangnick in a telephone call that he saw his future in the team jersey of the vice world champion. The 23-year-old ex-Rapidler Ljubicic has been playing for Dinamo since the summer, and the former youth team player (for Austria and Croatia) also impressed in the Champions League as a left-back. Exactly in this position he would be a sought-after reinforcement in Austria’s national selection.
The ÖFB team line-up:
TOR: Daniel Bachmann (FC Watford/ENG; 13 international matches), Heinz Lindner (FC Sion/SUI; 33), Alexander Schlager (LASK; 6)
DEFENSE: David Alaba (Real Madrid CF/ESP; 96/14 goals), Kevin Danso (RC Lens/FRA; 11/0), Philipp Lienhart (SC Freiburg/GER; 10/0), Stefan Posch (FC Bologna/ITA ; 18/1), Gernot Trauner (Feyenoord Rotterdam/NED; 8/1), Maximilian Woeber (FC Red Bull Salzburg; 11/0)
MIDFIELD: Junior Adamu (FC Red Bull Salzburg; 1/0), Christoph Baumgartner (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim/GER; 23/7), Florian Grillitsch (Ajax Amsterdam/NED; 33/1), Florian Kainz (1. FC Köln/ GER; 20/0), Phillipp Mwene (PSV Eindhoven/NED; 1/0), Alexander Prass (SK Puntigamer Sturm Graz; 0), Marcel Sabitzer (FC Bayern Munich/GER; 66/12), Xaver Schlager (RB Leipzig /GER; 31/2), Romano Schmid (SV Werder Bremen/GER; 2/0), Nicolas Seiwald (FC Red Bull Salzburg; 9/0), Patrick Wimmer (VfL Wolfsburg/GER; 1/0), Andreas Weimann (Bristol City/ENG; 20/1)
STORM: Marko Arnautovic (FC Bologna/ITA; 104/33), Michael Gregoritsch (SC Freiburg/GER; 41/7), Karim Onisiwo (1. FSV Mainz 05/GER; 20/1)
ON DEMAND: Martin Fraisl (Arminia Bielefeld/GER; 0), Niklas Hedl (SK Rapid; 0), Samuel Sahin-Radlinger (SV Guntamatic Ried; 0); Marco Friedl (SV Werder Bremen/GER; 5/0), Stefan Lainer (Borussia Mönchengladbach/GER; 38/2), Christopher Trimmel (1. FC Union Berlin/GER; 25/1), Andreas Ulmer (FC Red Bull Salzburg ; 31/0); Julian Baumgartlinger (FC Augsburg/GER; 84/1), Muhammed Cham (Clermont Foot/FRA; 1/0), Valentino Lazaro (FC Torino/ITA; 36/3)