European Championship Group F gets under way when bitter rivals Austria and Hungary lock horns at the Stade de Bordeaux on Tuesday afternoon.
The Mighty Magyars, as Hungary are known, qualified for the continental spectacle via the play-offs to reach their first major tournament in 30 years.
They hold the edge in past encounters with an impressive record of 66 wins to the Austrians’ 40. The teams will meet for a 138th time having drawn 31.
Austria will look to bring their near perfect qualifying form into the tournament as they won nine and drew one out of their 10 games en route to France, under coach Marcel Koller.
The Austrians boast a wealth of talent including Premier League and Bundesliga champions in Christian Fuchs and David Alaba respectively.
“The coach places a lot of importance on discipline, attention to detail and focus,” Stoke City forward Marko Arnautovic said. “He also has other very good qualities such as attention to detail when preparing us for the opposition and with our tactical set up.”
Hungary goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly will become the oldest player to feature in a European Championship game at 40 years and 75 days old if he is chosen to start between the sticks on Tuesday. Krisztian Nemeth’s participation is in doubt over a muscle injury.
For Austria, their are concerns over Marc Janko’s fitness, but their leading scorer in qualifying is expected to recover from his neck injury in time.