The path to glory for the Austrian national football team in Euro 2024 has been charted following the much-anticipated group stage draw in Hamburg. The Alpine nation has been pitted against football powerhouses France and the Netherlands, along with another team from a pool that includes Poland, Wales, Finland, or Estonia.
Preparations and Friendly Matches
As Austria counts down to the premier European football tournament, the team's coach, Ralf Rangnick, has his sights set on potential opponents for friendly matches that would serve as vital practice games. Turkey, Serbia, and Switzerland are being considered for these matches. The Austrian team plans to hold a training camp in Marbella in March, following which they hope to clash with Turkey on home turf. In early June, the team anticipates home matches against Serbia and an away game against Switzerland, all leading up to their first Euro match against France on June 17 in Düsseldorf.
Base Camp and Schedule
While the itinerary is taking shape, Bernhard Neuhold, CEO of the Austrian Football Federation's economic operations, has urged for patience regarding the confirmation of friendly match opponents. He disclosed that discussions are ongoing with several nations, and official announcements are expected by Christmas. Meanwhile, the team's Euro quarters announcement is anticipated soon, with a clear inclination towards the Berlin area. Austria is scheduled to play their last two group matches in Berlin, with the tournament's final match also planned for the city's Olympic Stadium, the largest Euro 2024 venue with a capacity of 71,000 seats.
Ticketing and Prize Money
The Austrian Football Federation is optimistic about fans securing tickets through the general allocation, particularly for matches held in larger stadiums. Ticket applications for the national contingent of 11,000 tickets per match are open on the UEFA website until December 12. However, there is an air of disappointment concerning the unchanged UEFA prize money compared to Euro 2021. The total distribution stands at 331 million euros, reflecting the financial cuts induced by the pandemic.