David Alaba: Rising to New Heights

Austria's David Alaba thanks a higher power after scoring against the Republic of Ireland.

Austria have snuck under the radar to make it to only their second ever European Championship. they do however have a host of reasons to be optimistic.

One reason is David Alaba, the versatile, defender come midfielder. The Panenka looks at the Bayern Munich man’s career while assessing Austria’s chances at Euro 2016 in France this summer.

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Euro 2016 Team Preview: Austria

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A squad built around the U-20s World Cup side that made it to the Semi-finals has given Austria ever reason to be optimistic after clearing qualification at a canter. They did not qualify for either World Cup 2014 or Euro 2012 but this generation of players who play across The Bundesliga, The English Premier League and more look set to be more than just also rans.

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