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Austria’s forward Roland Linz has had to deny rumours of being distracted by affairs in his personal life, after misfiring against Croatia. After splitting with swimmer Fabienne Nadarajah, he has been linked with Miss Styria 2007. “I am not in love with her, I am single and I am angry.” Linz who was substituted mid way through the second half of the hosts opening defeat will have to hope he is given a second chance and keeps his starting berth as they look to improve on their 1-0 loss to Croatia.

Austria – Croatia 0:1 (0:1)
Ernst Happel stadium, Vienna
referee: Pieter Vink (Holland)
temperature: 21 °C
goalscorers: 0:1 Modrić (4′, penalty)
Austria: Macho, Prödl, Stranzl, Pogatetz, Aufhauser, Säumel (61′ Vastić), Standfest, Gercaliu (69′ Korkmaz), Ivanschitz (c), Linz (74′ Kienast), Harnik
Croatia: Pletikosa, Ćorluka, Å imunić, R. Kovač, Pranjić, Srna, N.Kovač (c), Modrić, Kranjčar (61′ Knežević), Olić (82′ Vukojević), Petrić (72′ Budan)
1′ – lasts the primary interrogation of opponent’s forces, but on the stands Croatians lead
3′ – the first corner kick for Croatia went through without danger for the host
4′ – from these minute even those Croatians who …

Croatia                                Austria
Stipe Pletikosa               …

THE HOME GROUND IS NOT ENOUGH
The fact that their results in the last few years aren’t the best and that this is their debut on European championships, automatically puts Austria with the outsiders of the tournaments. But, under the Alps are relying in the advantage of the home ground and already at the beginning they will try to surprise against Croatia. In the preparatory friendly matches they manage to win Ivory Coast, while the Germans overcame them with 3:0. The worrying (for Croatian fans) was Austrian game and 3:0 lead …

Head 2 Head
Played 3
Austria 1 win
Croatia 2 wins
Austria 3 goals for
Croatia 5 goals for
Austrias first Euro finals

When compiling that winning Fantasy Football team , you always have to look upon the smaller unfancied nations for a cheaper option, after all Torres, Toni and Ronaldo in one team takes up a huge proportion of your budget.
The Austrians may not be everyones hot tips, nor are they likely to be the darkhorses, but the hosts of these tournaments do often throw up a shock and they can most certainly offer you a couple of bargain buys to finish off that winning formula in your dream team.
 Expected to play …

“In the last matches Austrians were doodling a lot, but they won’t change their style of play – hard, with huge pressure. On Friday we’ll show the players all their advantages and lacks.”, says the coach.

As the start of the Euro and the first match of the Vatreni are closer and closer, the coach admits that among his players and headquarters raises positive nervous.
“The atmosphere is great and healthy, and a great collectiveness, together with the quality we posses, brought us here where we are today”, reminded Bilić Croatian players.
“We’ve …

Germany
Croatia
Austria
Poland
Austria v Croatia – Vienna, June 8 1700 BST

Germany v Poland  – Klagenfurt, June 8 1945 BST

Croatia v Germany – Klagenfurt, June 12 1700 BST

Austria v Poland  – Vienna, June 12 1945 BST

Austria v Germany – Vienna, June 16 1945 BST

Poland v Croatia  – Klagenfurt, June 16 1945 BST
 

The Co Hosts, but many have written them off already, we look at some of their more well known players who will have to perform if Austria are to succeed……
 1 Alex Manninger – ex Arsenal, was merely a back up[ but im sure endered himself to a number of Gunners fans. Had a stint in Italy for Fiorentina, and now plys his trade at Siena. Will be one of the busiest keepers in the group stages and will have to be at his best to see the co hosts get …

This is the official Euro 2008 Squad of Austria:
Austria
1 Alex Manninger
2 Joachim Standfest
3 Martin Stranzl
4 Emanuel Pogatetz
5 Christian Fuchs
6 René Aufhauser
7 Ivica Vastic
8 Christoph Leitgeb
9 Roland Linz
10 Andreas Ivanschitz
11 Ãœmit Korkmaz
12 Ronald Gercaliu
13 Markus Katzer
14 György Garics
15 Sebastian Prödl
16 Jürgen Patocka
17 Martin Hiden
18 Roman Kienast
19 Jürgen Säumel
20 Martin Harnik
21 Jürgen Macho
22 Erwin Hoffer
23 Ramazan Özcan
Coach: Josef Hickersberger
Andreas Ivanschitz – Austria’s key player