ÖFB squad for World Cup qualification with 29 players and all legionnaires
Austria’s soccer team boss Franco Foda can definitely fall back on all fit legionnaires in the opening match of the World Cup qualification on Thursday in Scotland. All 19 German legionnaires and French guest workers Adrian Grbic appear in the squad nominated on Sunday morning. These 20 players also have the travel permit for the Glasgow trip.
Originally, the legionaries would only have been available in the Vienna games against the Faroe Islands (March 28th) and Denmark (March 31st). On Friday evening, the Robert Koch Institute Great Britain struck off the list of virus variant areas, which means that the quarantine obligation in Germany is no longer required after returning from the island and the clubs now have to turn off their players. Grbic benefited from the fact that the French league recently moved away from its regulation not to deploy professionals for international matches outside the EU / EEA area.
The provisional 43-man roster released on Tuesday has been reduced to 29 players. The two riders Ercan Kara and Yusuf Demir remained in the squad. The ÖFB team will start preparing on Monday, Martin Hinteregger (thigh problems) and Stefan Posch (training deficit after corona infection) will only join the team at a later point in time. Your condition will be clarified in the coming days, both should not be an issue, at least for Glasgow.
Team boss Franco Foda was pleased to be able to fall back on his legionnaires. De Deutsche also felt with the 14 players he had to move from the provisional grand squad to the list. “Unfortunately, I had to cancel some of the players who were really looking forward to this course. That’s why it was very important to me to talk to each individual player personally. Everyone is an important part of our team and I know that I can count on everyone “, Foda was quoted in an ÖFB broadcast.
Now concentrate fully on the upcoming games. “Our big goal is the 2022 World Cup, which we all have to work on together. After the turbulent week, we now want to focus on the athletic preparation,” said Foda.
ÖFB managing director Bernhard Neuhold was also happy about the latest developments. “In the last few days and weeks, the ÖFB has had countless discussions, made arrangements for various scenarios and had to weigh up many variables when making decisions. Now these considerations have all worked out. This includes in this difficult and often unpredictable situation – the biggest health crisis of the last 100 Years – naturally also the necessary luck, “explained the Lower Austrian.
The basis of all relevant ÖFB decisions was not the short-term advantage, but a long-term, sustainable view of the entire ten games of the World Cup qualification. “For the ÖFB, a dialogue based on partnership and trust with all of our players’ clubs is very important. This is the only way to deal with the current situation in football as best as possible,” said Neuhold.
The week before, the ÖFB had refused a place swap offered by Scotland, this poker should finally pay off.