"It's really a historic event, almost a moment of glory," said the chairman of the OFB, Leo Winder, on Tuesday after the final whistle in Saint Polen. "This is not happening every day or every year," said Vindner, who congratulated the team on the restoration of the leg on Tuesday in St. Paulen. "It was not an easy game. They played with heart, brains and full power," the president said.
Even the team manager Werner Gregorich did not spare his praise. "My team is remarkable, it has been achieved from the first to the last minute, and my team has shown that they are a team that has quality and now deserves to celebrate something historic. I am really happy for this success," said 60-year old Stirian, who in 2016 there was still strong progress in the play-off against Spain in order to digest. "Many have tried. What we have done now is sensational and shows that we have continued to work continuously."
The U21 national team creates qualifications for the European Championship
The Austrian U21 team celebrated on Tuesday a historic success. For the first time, the team qualified for the European Championship.
Doubles with high profile opponents
As a reward, the duels with the opponents are now waiting. In a draw on Friday (18.00) in Bologna will be hosting Italy, which will defend the title Germany and England in the pot. In the pot two is next to Denmark and France, also Spain. Austria, like other countries, Serbia, Croatia, Belgium, Poland and Romania, is in the third container. These six teams fill four groups. "For our players, it's important to be close to the top in Europe. The European Championship is a huge opportunity," said Vindner.
At the European Championship, the three winners of the group and the second best position will make it to the semifinals. The games will be held in the five Italian cities of Bologna (Stadio Renato Dall "Ara"), Reggio Emilia (Chita del Trikolor Stadium), Cesena (Dino Manouzi Stadium), Trieste (Stadium Nereo Rocco) and Udine (Stadium Friuli). The sixth place is the Serravalle (San Marino Stadium) in San Marino.
"Great ad for football in Austria"
A dream came true for the players. "The team struggled for two years in the qualifications, never gave up and always believed in themselves, we gained more and more from play to game and gained more confidence. Everyone is happy, the whole of Austria is proud of us," said Captain Philip Lienhart.
The famous player of Leipzig, Konrad Lajmer, also knew that: "We were the first to reach the European Championship in Europe, we made a great ad for Austrian football, we really hope to do that." For Maximilian Webber, the EM ticket is "really good". "It's very cool, we are very happy," said Ajax defender, who also has experience in the A-team.
Finally in the spotlight
Gregoric was very proud of his corpse. It's also right. ÖFB-Eleven after the narrow 1-0 win in Greece in their own audience only in the initial phase of the trouble. The second half was not overcome in sovereignty, the rise was not really at stake. After Stefan Posh (84th) in the first game this time Adrian Grbic became the winner of the direct free kick (51's).
"It's so nice that players are rewarded for being in the spotlight. The U21 has now reached the status it deserves," Gregoric said. "It's nice to win 1-0 and a result, but I always say that the team is in the foreground. What we have done in the last few months was incredible." We have a fairly rewarded participation with the EM, "Grbic said.
EM is not in the hands of Gregoric
2019 is now preparing for the European Championship in focus. Which players are used there, it is still open. The A team will play in qualifying matches before the tournament in June, and there is also no obligation for the clubs to stand for the European U21 Championship. "I think you can make a surprise with the team. If you prepare and get the players you want, then you can do a lot," said Gregoric, who looks positively toward the future.
He does not have to have stings in his hand. "You have to agree with ÖFB, what you want." It's a time when the clubs have a break so you can actually play with the strongest team. It's for me a sports director, a presidium, a team leader, "said Gregoric. He expects a good result: "I am convinced that we will make a very strong U21 for the European Championship." The tournament will be held from 16 to 30 June in Italy and San Marino.