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World Cup qualifying preview: Austria v Germany

11 September 2012 08:34

Austria will kick off their FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign when they host Germany in Vienna on Tuesday.

Marcel Koller's men are aiming to reach the finals for the first time since France hosted the event in 1998, and they have a tough opening to their Group C campaign against Joachim Loew's primed outfit.

The Germans warmed up for the clash with a 3-0 win over the Faroe Islands, although they were expected to dismantle the minnow by a larger margin.

Austria are unbeaten in their past four matches, including wins over Finland, Ukraine and Turkey.

Conversely, the Germans' procession against the Islanders was their first win in three after their Euro 2012 loss to Italy and a friendly defeat at the hands of Argentina.

Both Loew and assistant coach Hansi Flick have said Germany's qualifying opener was not good enough for a nation of their standing in world football, meaning they will not be resting on their laurels despite a first-up win.

And Loew said the Germans will be up against it, with a fired-up Austrian crowd at the Ernst Happel Stadium.

"We need to play with more consistency and authority than we did against the Faroe Islands," Loew said.

"The Austrians sense their chance to reach the 2014 World Cup, they are highly motivated.

"You can always feel in Vienna that they always want to beat the Germans, it is a heated atmosphere."

But despite a few below-par performances of late, Germany hold all the aces in terms of head-to-head clashes of late, winning their past seven matches against their European neighbours, and never losing to them in their history.

Twice since May 2002, Germany have beaten Austria by a 6-2 scoreline, with their most recent meeting in a Euro 2012 qualifier ending that way, as Mesut Oezil scoring a brace in the clash last September.

With Sweden likely to get past Kazakhstan and the Faroe Islands in their opening two Group C games, it is imperative for Koller's men to start the group stage well to keep pace with the top two.

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Loew wary of organised Austria

10 September 2012 18:44

Germany manager Joachim Loew expects Austria to provide a stern challenge in Tuesday's World Cup qualifier in Vienna.

Neighbours Germany and Austria enjoy a strong rivalry, having last met in qualifying for Euro 2012.

Austria were outplayed in a 6-2 defeat in Germany, but were desperately unlucky to lose 2-1 on home soil as Germany forward Mario Gomez struck at the death.

"At home we've always beaten them fairly comfortably but here (in Vienna) we've always had some problems," Loew said.

"Austria is a team which has learned a lot in the last years regarding their organisation, their structure. They play very brave and attacking football.

"You really do have the feeling before this match against us that the Austrians have become more self-confident over the last few months and they'll go out there with a lot of motivation."

Germany beat the Faroe Islands 3-0 in their Group C opener in Hannover on Friday.

"This tournament now, the qualification for the World Cup, there are 30 points maximum up for grabs," Loew said.

"It's a marathon not a sprint, and it has just has started for us. We've won the first match as we should have done.

"Now we have to take it up a level in Vienna."

Group C also includes the Republic of Ireland, Sweden and Kazakhstan.

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Flick wary of Koller´s Austria

9 September 2012 18:59

Germany assistant coach Hans-Dieter Flick is anticipating a tricky 2014 World Cup qualifier against Austria on Tuesday.

Euro 2012 and 2010 World Cup semi-finalists Germany began their qualification campaign with a comfortable 3-0 win at home to the Faroe Island on Friday.

But neighbours Austria are likely to prove a tougher challenge for Joachim Loew's team, with Flick impressed by the work of their Swiss coach Marcel Koller.

"They have some players from the Bundesliga and those players are important in their teams," Flick said.

"Since last year they have a coach, with Marcel Koller, that installed a system into the team.

"They defend very well and we know from the last match in Vienna, they switch well after losing the ball. With (Martin) Harnik and (Marko) Arnautovic, they have players with high quality.

"So it will be an interesting clash for us. We need to be concentrated from the beginning against them."

Veteran striker Miroslav Klose is hopeful of a chance to impress against Austria, although Bayern Munich's Mario Gomez is likely to start ahead of his former club colleague.

"Loew knows me, he knows that I always try to help the team," Klose said.

"If that's through goals the better it is, but Austria is not an easy adversary.

"They have eight or nine players from the Bundesliga in their team and we know that's a good league. Everybody can beat everybody there, so I think Austria has a good team. And with Marcel Koller also an excellent coach."