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LASK duo in preliminary Euro squad

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Two LASK players have secured their preliminary tickets for the 2024 European Championship finals in Germany. Goalkeeper Tobias Lawal made it into the squad for the Austrian national team, while Maksym Talovierov was nominated for the Ukraine squad.

With Marin Ljubičić also potentially representing Croatia in the European Championship in Germany, there could be three Athletiker players at the tournament. Lawal has been called up for the third time by Austrian national team coach Ralf Rangnick and is one of four goalkeepers in the squad for the finals. The final squad, with a maximum of 26 players, must be finalized by June 7th. Lawal, who celebrates his 24th birthday a week before the EURO opening game on June 14th, would be the second LASK player after Ivica Vastic in 2008 to be part of an Austrian EURO squad and the fifth overall at a major tournament.

The goalkeeper performed at the highest level throughout his first season as Linz's number one, keeping 14 clean sheets in the Bundesliga with the Black and Whites. In the group stage, he and his teammates would face France on June 17th, Poland on June 21st, and the Netherlands on June 25th.

Talovierov made his debut for the Ukrainian senior national team in the qualification playoff matches against Bosnia and Iceland in March. Previously, the defensive specialist had made 21 appearances for the U21 national team. Now, the 23-year-old, who has played 34 competitive matches for LASK this year, will embark on the European Championship finals with Ukraine, facing Belgium, Slovakia, and Romania in the group stage.

Maksym Talovierov (left) played his way into the spotlight and earned his spot at the European Championship finals with strong performances.

Additional players called up

Valon Berisha has rejoined the Kosovo national team. Kosovo, where former Austrian national team coach Franco Foda has been in charge since February, has a friendly match against Norway on June 5th.

Andrés Andrade, our number 16, has a busy schedule ahead. He will be playing with Panama in the second round of World Cup qualifiers against Guyana and Montserrat. In between, there will be a friendly match against Paraguay, followed by the Copa America in the USA, where Panama will face Uruguay, the host nation, and Bolivia in Group C.