The world of football is abuzz with anticipation as EURO 2024, the next edition of the UEFA European Championship, draws near. The teams are already on the warpath, fighting for a place in the tournament that begins next summer. This eagerly awaited tournament promises thrilling matches, fan excitement, and a deeper dive into the rich history of European football. Let’s explore all you need to know about EURO 2024.
Who is hosting the tournament?
The 17th edition of the UEFA European Championship will be hosted by Germany. Teams from all over Europe will play some of the most exciting matches of next summer at some of the top Bundesliga stadiums in the country, including the Allianz Arena (Bayern), Red Bull Arena (Leipzig), Deutsche Bank Park (Frankfurt) and many others.
When does the EURO 2024 start?
The first match of the tournament will be played at the Allianz Arena, home of Bayern Munich, by the German national football team against an opponent yet to be determined, on the 14th of June, 2024, at 21:00 local time.
What teams are qualified for the 2024 European Championship?
So far, the only team that’s qualified for the 2024 UEFA European Championship is the German national team. As the host, Germany is automatically qualified.
The other teams are still competing for a place in the tournament. At the time of writing, none of them are qualified yet. There are, in turn, quite a few of them that have every chance to advance to the next stage of the competition:
- Scotland and Spain are in the lead in Group A
- France and the Netherlands are ahead in Group B, with Greece not far behind
- England tops Group C, way ahead of runner-up Italy
- Croatia and Turkey have the same score in Group D
- Group E is topped by Albania and Czechia
- In Group F, Belgium leads Austria by goal difference
- Group G is dominated by Hungary and Serbia
- In Group H, Denmark is close behind Slovenia, with Finland and Kazakhstan coming up strong
- In Group I, Switzerland is in the lead, but Romania has two easy matches ahead
- Group J is dominated by Portugal, with Slovakia pretty far behind
The top two teams from each group qualify for the tournament, along with three more teams that will advance as a result of a playoff. The playoffs will be played in March 2024.
Which teams have the best chance to win the EURO 2024?
While it’s a bit early to speculate on the winner of the tournament, bookmakers already have their predictions on which national team is the likeliest to take home the title. Betway, the provider of the best online gambling South Africa has to offer, expects the French national team to be victorious – and other bookmakers agree. No wonder, considering Les Bleus have top-notch players like Griezmann, Mbappé, and Dembelé in their squad. England is another strong contender, with Kane, Maguire, and Bellingham. Germany, even with the advantage of the home turf, is only expected to finish on the podium. Other contenders include Spain and Portugal.
By the end of the year, the list of teams qualified for the 2024 UEFA European Championship will be almost complete. And after a short playoff session in March, we’ll only have three months to wait for the most exciting football tournament of the year.
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