Euro 2024

Euro 2024 Review

The 2024 UEFA European Football Championship will take place between June and July with Germany hosting the tournament.

The tournament which will be the seventeenth edition of the European Championships will take place from the 14th of June through to the final on the 14th of July. It will be the second tournament that will use VAR (Video Assistant Referee).

Twenty-four teams make up six groups of four with each team playing three matches in the group, the top two will automatically advance to the knock-out stages as will the four best third-placed teams to make up the ‘Round of 16’, the first knock-out round.

Which teams are playing in Euro 2024?

There will be a total of twenty-four countries competing in the Euro 2024 with twenty-three teams qualifying whilst Germany is given the hosts automatic spot.

Here are the teams who have qualified:

TeamBase CampTraining Ground
AlbaniaKamenSport Centrum Kaiserau
AustriaBerlinMommsenstadion
BelgiumLudwigsburg Wasenstadion, SGV Freiberg am Neckar
CroatiaNeuruppinVolksparkstadion, MSV Neuruppin
Czech RepublicHamburgEdmund-Plambeck-Stadion, FC Eintracht Norderstedt 03
DenmarkFreudenstadtHermann-Saam-Stadion
EnglandBlankenhainGolfresort Weimarer Land
FranceBad LippspringeHome Deluxe Arena, SC Paderborn 07
GermanyHerzogenaurachAdidas Campus/HomeGround
HungaryWeiler-SimmerbergTannenhof Resort, Sport & Spa
ItalyIserlohn  
NetherlandsWolfsburgAOK Stadion, VfL Wolfsburg (women)
PortugalHarsewinkel  
RomaniaWürzburgAkon Arena, FC Würzburger Kickers
ScotlandGarmisch-PartenkirchenStadion am Gröben
SerbiaAugsburgRosenaustadion, FC Augsburg (Women)
SlovakiaMainzBruchwegstadion, 1. FSV Mainz 05
SloveniaWuppertalStadion am Zoo, Wuppertaler SV
SpainDonaueschingenDer Öschberghof
SwitzerlandStuttgartGazi-Stadion auf der Waldau
TurkeyBarsinghausenSporthotel Fuchsbachtal

Venues

Ten stadiums to be used during Euro 2024 of which nine were used during the 2006 FIFA World Cup with the stadium in Düsseldorf the additional one.

StadiumLocationCapacity
Olympiastadion            Berlin74,461
Allianz ArenaMunich70,076
WestfalenstadionDortmund65,849
Arena AufSchalkeGelsenkirchen54,740
Mercedes-Benz ArenaStuttgart54,697
VolksparkstadionHamburg52,245
Merkur Spiel-ArenaDüsseldorf51,031
RheinEnergieStadionCologne49,827
WaldstadionFrankfurt48,387
Red Bull ArenaLeipzig42,959

Groupings

GROUP A – Germany, Scotland, Hungary, Switzerland

Scotland will feel entitled to scent blood when they kick off the tournament against a Germany side under huge pressure to deliver. The start of Julian Nagelsmann’s tenure has been clouded by friendly defeats against Turkey and Austria; he is presiding over a team in transition and Scotland, a well-oiled machine under Steve Clarke, will feel capable of landing an early blow. It is not a stretch to suggest Hungary, who qualified commandingly, will fancy their chances of competing for top spot. They drew with Germany in Munich at Euro 2020 and only 18 months have passed since they outplayed England at Molineux in the Nations League. Switzerland complete the quartet but will need to garner some momentum. After storming through the early stages of the qualifiers, Murat Yakin’s side stumbled to draws against Belarus, Israel and Kosovo before losing to Romania. Their tournament expertise means, though, that they cannot be discounted.

GROUP B – Spain, Croatia, Italy, Albania

The Albania manager, Sylvinho, who made his name as a player with Arsenal, spoke before the draw of “creating dreams”. Progress through one of the toughest groups they could have imagined would seem the stuff of fantasy, although their performance in outdoing the Czech Republic and Poland during the qualifiers merits attention. Italy, marooned in pot four and a shadow of the team that triumphed at Wembley two and a half years ago, would surely have preferred to avoid Spain and Croatia, although the latter will need to squeeze out one last show of majesty from a 38-year-old Luka Modric if they are to progress far. On paper Spain should have too much for all three opponents, although they were dealt a severe blow last month when the Barcelona midfielder Gavi sustained a serious knee injury. He will almost certainly miss the tournament and Luis de la Fuente, the veteran coach who stepped in from the shadows last year, must find a viable contingency.

GROUP C – England, Denmark, Slovenia, Serbia

Gareth Southgate may have frowned inwardly when Denmark were drawn out first to join England; Slovenia and Serbia offer less stressful tests on paper although both are capable of carrying a sting. Serbia, packed with attacking talent but traditionally less than the sum of their parts, will aim at least to compete for second spot in their first European Championship. Their manager, Dragan Stojkovic must hope his talismanic striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has not been blunted since swapping the Premier League for a club career in Saudi Arabia. Denmark will relish the chance of revenge over England after feeling robbed at Wembley in the Euro 2020 semi-final, but the group’s shape may hinge on their meetings with a functional Slovenia. The sides faced each other in qualifying, Kasper Hjulmand’s team edging top spot in Group H thanks to a 2-1 win over Copenhagen. If England do stutter against Serbia or Denmark and require points, they may not feel unhappy about playing Slovenia on the final match day.

GROUP D – France, Austria, Netherlands, Playoff winner A (potentially Wales)

France will be expected to cruise towards the final stages but may face complications in one of the trickier groups. They were run close by an improving Netherlands in Amsterdam during qualifying in October and a contest for first place may yet materialise if Ronald Koeman can harness the best from a bright new generation. Nobody should discount Austria, who appear formidable under Ralf Rangnick, from springing a surprise: they overcame Germany convincingly in Vienna last month and went toe to toe with Belgium in qualifying. Should Wales make it through the playoffs, a far from unlikely scenario, they will face an uphill task to regain some face after flopping at last year’s World Cup. France will hope to have done the hard work by the time they face Rob Page’s side, or whoever arrives in their place, in Dortmund on 25 June.

GROUP E – Belgium, Slovakia, Romania, Playoff winner B

The level of interest in an outwardly underwhelming set may hinge on whether Ukraine – who need to outdo Israel, Iceland and Bosnia and Herzegovina in the playoffs – qualify and provide a good news story. Serhiy Rebrov’s team might even be fancied to win a group that Belgium, still managing a transition between generations, are not guaranteed to rip apart. There will be plenty of eyes on Domenico Tedesco’s Diables Rouges, who qualified without fuss and hope to have cast off the disappointment of an early World Cup exit. A resurgent Romania, who showed rare consistency to top Group I in comfort, are in fine form under Edward Iordanescu and may be capable of causing a surprise, although a lack of experience at the top level may prove harmful. Slovakia, who gave Portugal two close games during the qualifiers, will hope a core of Milan Skriniar, Stanislav Lobotka and Ondrej Duda keeps them in the mix.

GROUP F – Portugal, Turkey, Czech Republic, Play-off winner C

Roberto Martínez and Portugal, who qualified with a perfect 10 wins from 10, should be able to ease through without alarm. Should Greece join them through the playoff route the group would prompt memories of Euro 2004, when both Portugal – twice, including the final – and the Czech Republic were shocked by Otto Rehhagel’s team. This time the biggest threat may come from Turkey, who made fools of everyone who tipped them as dark horses in 2021 but might just justify their billing this time under the smart management of Vincenzo Montella. Away wins in Germany and Croatia over the past two months offer tantalising promise. The Czech Republic, captained by Tomas Soucek but containing little other stardust, made heavy qualifying at times and may have to scrap for third spot.

Dark Horses

Euro 2024 looks set to be one of the most hotly anticipated tournaments in years, and there is little doubt it will throw up a shock or two. While bookmakers are already speaking of the favourites, we take a look at the teams that might shock people.

Croatia

Yes, we understand they are in the Group of Death, and many people tuned into Euro 2024’s Group B fixtures will no doubt be doing so to check out the Spain vs. Italy clash, and understandably so. But Croatia should not be ruled out, and there is every chance they could qualify from the group. Finishing runners-up in the 2018 World Cup, and securing 3rd place in the 2022 World Cup, Croatia are no stranger to upsetting the apple cart on the biggest stage.

Austria

Incredibly, we believe there is a very real chance Austria could emerge as the dark horse of Euro 2024. Ralf Rangnick’s side has a clear tactical identity, an experienced coach, and a pool of very talented players to choose from, including an excellent recent form. They finished second in their qualifying group behind world-ranked #4 Belgium.

Favourites

The 2018 World Cup winners came within a penalty shootout of going back-to-back in Qatar. While their Euro 2020 campaign was compromised by disharmony, Didier Deschamps, like Southgate, now has a squad that simply loves playing with one another. France stormed through qualifying and look like a nation on a mission to claim their first European title since 2000 this summer.

Portugal

Portugal qualified with a 100% record of 10 wins from 10 under manager Roberto Martinez, and will be hoping to repeat their unexpected Euro 2020 win this time around. Always the outsiders, Portugal thrives on digging deep, performing above themselves, and being very hard to beat in tournament football.

England

The Three Lions have re-emerged as a legitimate force following years of underachievement, with Gareth Southgate’s caution ensuring they’re well-built to win tournament matches. This is an England side that’s now so familiar with one another and the group Southgate’s cultivated is more than capable of going all the way in Germany.

Underdogs

Denmark’s success at Euro 92 and Greece’s triumph at Euro 2004 both serve as a reminder that unfancied underdogs can go all the way and get their hands on the iconic Henri Delaunay Cup. So who are the underdogs in this summer’s showpiece?

Ukraine

The war has meant Ukraine has not been able to play national-team games at home for more than two years. All 18 games of Chelsea forward Mudryk’s burgeoning international career have been played either away or at neutral venues. That doesn’t mean Ukraine lacks fans. The war means many Ukrainians are living both in Poland — where Mudryk scored the winning goal against Iceland. But Poland are in the Euros too and Ukraine might find themselves lonely in a showpiece that needs proper fans backing.

Georgia

They are the biggest underdog when the country making its debut at a major tournament after qualifying through the playoffs. It gives star forward Khvicha Kvaratskhelia an even bigger stage to sell himself to potential suitors. Georgia has been an independent nation since 1991 but has only recently started to emerge on the soccer scene. It now became the latest country to benefit from UEFA’s decision to expand the Euros to 24 teams since 2016 and opening a path for a low-ranked team to rise to the big stage through results in the Nations League.

Other underdogs to watch out for are Albania, appearing in only its second major tournament, and Scotland, whose tartan-wearing fans will be noticeable and whose team’s run of impressive results under Steve Clarke has included a win over Spain.

Past 10 Winners

  • 2020   Italy
  • 2016   Portugal
  • 2012   Spain
  • 2008   Spain
  • 2004   Greece
  • 2000   France
  • 1996   Germany
  • 1992   Denmark
  • 1988   Netherlands
  • 1984   France
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