Four new players in Austria squad for qualifier

Austria coach Dietmar Constantini has called up four new players
for the team’s opening 2012 European Championship qualifier against
Kazakhstan in Salzburg on Sept. 7.

Midfielders David Alaba, Veli Kavlak and Christoph Leitgeb and
forward Stefan Maierhofer were added to the 23-man squad announced
Tuesday by Constantini.

Zlatko Junuzovic, Daniel Beichler and Andreas Hoelzl, who played
in Austria’s 1-0 loss to Switzerland in a friendly two weeks ago,
are missing with injuries while Patrick Wolf has been dropped.

The squad contained 12 players from foreign clubs, including
eight from the German Bundesliga.

Austria and Kazakhstan are in qualifying group A with Germany,
Turkey, Belgium and Azerbaijan. The finals tournament will take
place in Poland and Ukraine in June 2012.

Austria has never qualified for the finals of a European
Championship, though it took part in the 2008 event as a co-host
with Switzerland.

Roster:

Goalkeepers: Christian Gratzei (Sturm Graz), Michael Gspurning
(Xanthi), Juergen Macho (Panionios).

Defenders: Ekrem Dag (Besiktas), Aleksandar Dragovic (Austria
Vienna), Christian Fuchs (Mainz), Florian Klein (Austria Vienna),
Manuel Ortlechner (Austria Vienna), Emanuel Pogatetz (Hannover),
Sebastian Proedl (Werder Bremen).

Midfielders: David Alaba (Bayern Munich), Julian Baumgartlinger
(Austria Vienna), Jakob Jantscher (Red Bull Salzburg), Veli Kavlak
(Rapid Vienna), Umit Korkmaz (Eintracht Frankfurt), Christoph
Leitgeb (Red Bull Salzburg), Franz Schiemer (Red Bull
Salzburg).

Forwards: Martin Harnik (Stuttgart), Erwin Hoffer
(Kaiserslautern), Marc Janko (Twente), Roland Linz (Austria
Vienna), Stefan Maierhofer (Duisburg), Roman Wallner (Red Bull
Salzburg).