Austria threatens to miss the World Cup – and everyone is calling for Foda’s dismissal

Austria threatens to miss the World Cup – and everyone is calling for Foda’s dismissal
Austria threatens to miss the World Cup – and everyone is calling for Foda’s dismissal
Franco Foda has to tremble for his job as Austria coach.


After the 0-1 defeat in Denmark, the Austrians only have a small chance of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup. It is clear to the media that Franco Foda is no longer the right coach.

Only ten points from eight games – two game days before the end of the World Cup qualification it is clear that Austria will no longer be able to achieve any of the top two places in its group. Denmark confidently secured the ticket to Qatar with eight wins and a goal difference of 27: 0, followed by Scotland should move into the playoffs as second.

Nevertheless, the Austrians still have a chance to be in Qatar in 2022. Thanks to their group victory in the Nations League, they should be one of the twelve teams that will fight for the last three World Cup tickets at the playoff tournament in March.

However, our eastern neighbors will be drawn as an unset team and will probably face a big chunk in the semifinals. Possible opponents include Spain, Portugal, Italy and Switzerland. If Austria wins, it will have to repeat the feat in the final.

In Austria, they hardly trust the team at the moment, after Franco Foda’s team has only won against the football gnomes Moldova and Faroe Islands in the five games since the European Championship. There were defeats against Israel, Scotland and now Denmark.

The media and fans are calling for Foda’s dismissal

So it is not surprising that the Austrian press wants a new impetus before the playoff tournament. “ÖFB team boss Franco Foda can no longer be held,” headlines the “Salzburger Nachrichten”.

The “Krone” says: “Two goals were clearly missed – that is embarrassing. (…) A descent that has to be stopped. ” The result was the best in the 0: 1 bankruptcy against the Danes. “The performance showed that Franco Foda’s troops are currently far removed from Europe’s top teams and that the momentum of the EM could not be used at all in the autumn.”

From ORF expert Herbert Prohaska there is also no good report for Foda and Co.: “We had no chance. There was nothing more in it than what was today. We didn’t have a chance to score at all. It was way too bad in the build-up game and then nothing happens up front. ”

Foda firmly believes in participating in the World Cup

A change of leadership is imminent at the Austrian Football Association. Gerhard Milletich will be elected as the new ÖFB President on Sunday. He had already stated in September that alternatives for the team boss position would also be considered. “Now the step should be taken sooner rather than later – so that the newcomer can prepare for the playoffs in November”, one speculates at “”.

Austria’s last two (insignificant) qualifying games against Israel and Moldova follow in November. After the failed qualification, most fans also hope that a new coach will be on the sidelines, although the 55-year-old’s contract will run until the end of the qualification phase. In a survey on «», more than 80 percent vote for no when asked whether Foda should stay coach.

And what does Franco Foda think himself? The team boss, who took over from Marcel Koller in October 2017, doesn’t even think about the end of it: “I am convinced that we will qualify for the World Cup via the playoff tournament in March.”

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