David Alaba has been one of the stand-out players in the Bundesliga since his breakthrough into the Bayern Munich first team six years ago.
Since then, he has made 135 appearances, scoring 10 goals and assisting many more with his bursting runs down the left flank.
He has won five Bundesliga titles, three DFB-Pokal cups and a Champions League during his time in Bavaria so far.
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He is now one of the world's best left-backs and a key member of both the Bayern team as well as his Austrian national side.
However, Alaba plays a different role for his country than he normally does for his club. While there is no doubt he is an exceptional player, there are normally the likes of Thomas Muller, Robert Lewandowski, Douglas Costa and Arturo Vidal grabbing the headlines instead at Munich.
Austria play the 23-year-old in a key midfield role, which changes depending on whether the side are attacking or defending, as well as the quality of the opposition.
During periods of pressure or against top opposition, Alaba will play alongside Mainz's Julian Baumgartlinger and keep the defence well protected, with selfless blocking and strong tackling. His passing ability also gives the opportunity to play quick passes to the wingers and begin counter-attacks.
When Austria are attacking, however, Alaba becomes a no.10. He usually shares this role with Zlatko Junuzovic, taking it in turns to provide support to target man Marc Janko.
Alaba's technical ability means he is able to play incisive and direct passes in the final third, creating key chances for the side.
If the Champions League winner is on form this summer, then Austria have a good chance of getting out of their group, and possibly causing a real upset.
The second Group A game in Paris against Portugal (June 18) provides the toughest test, with relatively easier fixtures on paper against Hungary and the Republic of Ireland either side.
Austria fans have every reason to be optimistic about their side's chances next month.
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