Group B


Coach: Josef Hickersberger

Group B: AUSTRIA, Germany, Poland, Croatia

Kep Player: Andreas Ivanschitz (Midfield, Panathinaikos)

Despite playing in 7 FIFA World Cup final tournaments, Austria had never previously qualified for a European Championship tournament. Being one of the co-hosts will of course provide them with huge support and they will be relying on this to stand any chance of progressing from Group B.


Coach: Leo Beenhakker

Group B: Austria, Germany, POLAND, Croatia

Key Player: Ebi Smolarek (Midfield, Racing Santander)

The number 13 proved to be a luck one for Poland as they secured their first UEFA European Championship final round appearance at the 13th attempt in qualifying for UEFA EURO 2008. Prior to securing their first qualification this time around, Poland’s best campaign saw them come close to qualifying for the 1980 UEFA European Championship final round in Italy, finishing one point behind the Netherlands in their qualifying round group.


Coach: Joachim Low

Group B: Austria, GERMANY, Poland, Croatia

Key Player: Michael Ballack (Midfield, Chelsea)

Germany have not won a match in the final tournament of a UEFA European Championship since winning the competition in 1996. Since then, Germany have played six matches, drawing three and losing three with three goals scored and eight conceded. They lead the way with three tournament victories to date. In 1972 and 1980 they won the competition as West Germany, but their 1996 success came after reunification. France are the only other country to have won the competition more than once following successes in 1984 and 2000. One of the big favourites for this summers tournament.


Coach: Slaven Bilic

Group B: Austria, Germany, Poland, CROATIA

Key Player: Niko Kranjcar

After eliminating England in the qualifying stages Croatia gained the tag ‘tournament under-dogs’. They have missed only one UEFA European Championship final tournament since independence, missing out on a trip to UEFA EURO 2000. They reached the quater-final stages in the 1996 tournament, losing to eventual winners Germany.


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