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„Our goal are the European team finals!“

Starting today the U-19 squad of Austria´s Football Federation is fighting to reach the European team finals. Coach Rupert Marko and his lads look forward to this great opportunity.

In the home games of the elimination finals Austria´s U-19 is fighting to reach the European team finals.

On Thursday the U-19 national squad (March 24th, 6 p.m., Rohrbach/Lafnitz) starts into the final phase of this elimination tournament against Slovakia. The so-called “elite round” is carried out on East Styrian home ground. The further opponents trying to reach the European team finals are Slovakia, Romania and the Czech Republic.

“Our opponents in our group are very interesting. We look forward to having the elimination round for the team finals on home ground for the first time. Our goal is reaching the team finals. This is, however, also what the other teams want to achieve. We need to play three good matches”, team coach Rupert Marko says. Due to injury Marko has to do without Sturm Graz player Sandi Lovric. „I am absolutely enthusiastic about this elite round at home in Austria! I can hardly wait to run onto the pitch in front of a home crowd. I have confidence in our team”, the U-19 captain Marco Krainz says full of anticipation.

The play data for Austria´s U-19 squad:
Thursday, 24/03/2016, Austria vs. Slovakia, 6 p.m., Stadium of Rohrbach/Lafnitz
Saturday, 26/03/2016, Romania vs. Austria, 3:30 p.m., Thermal Stadium Bad Waltersdorf
Tuesday 29/03/2016, Austria vs. Czech Republic, 6 p.m., Solar Stadium Gleisdorf

The seven winners of the elimination finals will qualify (next to Germany as the host nation) for the European team finals to be played between July 11th and 24th.