Martin Friesel, who did not get a new contract with the German Bundesliga promoted to Schalke 04 after a strong season, is the goalkeeper for the first time in place of Watford’s Daniel Bachmann. “He is an exciting person and everyone wants to see him in training,” said Austrian Football Association sport director Peter Schoettle. Attacking player Hannes Wolff could also make his debut, as the 23-year-old scored twice and made three assists in 19 league games for Swansea City during his loan spell in England’s Second Division in the spring. His main club is Borussia Mönchengladbach.
The omission of Dragovic, who became champion for Serbia on Sunday with Red Star Belgrade, was certainly the biggest surprise. The 31-year-old is just three games away from Andreas Herzog’s record (103). Rangnick and Schoettle themselves contact Dragovic personally. “He was disappointed because he wished to be there, I understand his disappointment,” the 55-year-old said. “We all know and appreciate what we have at Drago. But in this position we also have above-average quality and quantity,” Schoettle said.
Linhart, Danso, and Weber are successors
Philippe Lenhart (25) has been performing for Bundesliga club SC Freiburg for years, appearing in 2022 with a cup final and sixth place in the league. Kevin Danso (23) was able to immediately succeed in Ligue 1 wearing his lens, and Salzburg’s Maximilian Weber (24) showed his skills at the level of the Champions League. “The time has come when the team boss wants to look at these players in training and matches, and that’s why the decision was made,” Schoettle said.
Unsurprising was the absence of Julian Baumgartlinger, who made just six short matches for Leverkusen due to knee surgery. “He is still our captain. He was very unlucky with injuries and only played an hour at the end. When you play against the world champions, runners-up and semi-finalists in the European Championship, it is the wrong time to call up players who cannot be 100% fit,” he said. Shuttle.
Ordinary appointments as standard
It remains to be seen if this will really be a change already initiated at ÖFB – with the 36-year-old missing from yet another veteran Olmez – or just a snapshot. “It’s too early to do that, the truth is the team boss has called up people who have played regularly as well,” Schoettle said. He has been in contact with Rangnick and his assistant coach Lars Kornetka in video sessions over the past few days due to the squad, as well as goalkeeper Robert Almer and match analyst Stefan Oesen. Finally, there was the new assistant coach, Peter Berchtold. Of course, the final decision was made by Rangnick.
However, in the past few weeks, he has been fully challenged in England due to his job as head coach at Manchester United. “We understand that when you are manager of Manchester United you have to do everything in your power until the last day. We ran it well, Lars Kornica played a key role, he was here in Vienna, he was very busy and I told him,” Schoettle said. From Sunday this will not be superfluous, as he will also be able to see Rangnick live for the first time in Austria at the training camp in Bad Tatzmannsdorf. “Things will be a lot easier after that,” said Schoettle, who is already looking forward to this day.
A little time to prepare for the League of Nations
There is not a lot of training time before debuting. On June 3 they will be away against Croatia, before the matches at home in Vienna against Denmark and France, and visit Denmark comes one after another. “It is the first cycle of a new coach. No matter what the team boss is called, it will be a huge challenge for everyone.”
The sports director said you don’t want to look too much at matches and results. “We are focused on making the start work. There is a lot of new stuff, every coach has a new approach. We want to start the course well and get the processes in as right as possible.”
ÖFB Nations League squad
Goal: Martin Friesel (Schalke 04/Gear), Heinz Lindner (Basel/Switzerland), Patrick Bentz (FK Austria Wien)
defense: David Alaba (Real Madrid / Spain), Kevin Danso (lens RC / France), Marco Friedel (SV Werder Bremen / Germany), Stefan Leiner (Borussia Mönchengladbach / Germany), Philipp Leinhart (SC Freiburg / Germany), Stefan Bosch (TSG) 1899 Hoffenheim/GER), Gernot Trauner (Fyenoord Rotterdam/Ned), Christopher Tremmel (1. FC Union Berlin/Germany), Maximilian Weber (FC Red Bull Salzburg)
Midline: Christoph Baumgartner (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim / GER), Konrad Laimer (RB Leipzig / GER), Valentino Lazaro (Benfica Lisbon / POR), Dejan Ljubicic (1. FC Cologne / GER), Marcel Sabitzer (FC Bayern Munich / GER), Xaver Schlager (Wolfsburg / Germany) Nicolas Seewald (Red Bull Salzburg) Hans Wolff (Swansea City / WAL)
attacks: Marko Arnautovic (FC Bologna/Italy), Michael Gregorich (FC Augsburg/Germany), Sasa Kalajdich (VFB Stuttgart/Germany), Andreas Wiemann (Bristol City/England), Karim Onisio (1.FSV Mainz 05) / gear)
On a call: Daniel Bachmann (Watford / England), Bavao Pervan (Wolfsburg / Germany), Alexander Schlager (LASK); Aleksandar Dragovic (Red Star Belgrade/SRB), Andreas Ulmer (Red Bull Salzburg); Julian Baumgartlinger (Bayer 04 Leverkusen / Germany), Stefan Ilsanker (Eintracht Frankfurt / Germany), Florian Kaenz (All FC Cologne / Germany), Louis Schaub (All FC Cologne / Germany), Romano Schmid (SV Werder Bremen / Germany) ), Alessandro Schöpf (Arminia Bielefeld/GER), Patrick Wimmer (Arminia Bielefeld/GER); Junior Adamo (Red Bull Salzburg), Marco Grol (SK Rapid), Ercan Kara (Orlando City / USA)