2016 and finally that time has come: Austria's national team has qualified for the final stages of a major event and, as a result, has taken part in the European Championship in France in June (and also in July). On this occasion Austrian Post congratulates the national team and is celebrating Austria's participation in Euro 2016 with a commemorative stamp that has an interesting design.
StampNews.com encourages our readers to add this bright philatelic item to their collections.
Austria's road to Euro 2016 was a rocky one. In 2014 the team just failed to qualify for the final stages of the World Cup in Brazil. However, national trainer Marcel Koller – a Swiss national – managed to lead his team through the Euro 2016 qualifying rounds as group leaders. For the first time ever, the national team succeeded in qualifying for the final stages of the European Championship by virtue of their sporting achievements and not courtesy of the rules.
With nine wins and one draw, they even achieved the best match results of any group winner, with the exception of the footballing nation England. What is more, this match success catapulted the national team to 10th place in the FIFA world rankings, its best ever placing since this ranking was introduced. In the first round of the final stages of the European Championships in France, Austria will meet Hungary, Poland and Iceland. The top two teams from each group and the four best third placed teams will go forward into the last sixteen and continue with the knock-out system, with the losing team being dropped after every match.
The final has taken place on 10th July. Regardless of how far the Austrian players manage to progress, the fans watching on their televisions at home and those who have been lucky enough to get tickets for the matches will, without doubt, live through every nail-biting minute with them, and hopefully be celebrating with them too.