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Euro 2024: Confirmed teams, favourites and everything you need to know about this summer's tournament in Germany

Euro 2024: Confirmed teams, favourites and everything you need to know about this summer's tournament in Germany
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Sports Mole rounds up everything you need to know about Euro 2024, including all 24 teams, the favourites for glory, the star names set to appear, and a group-by-group guide.

The lineup for this summer's European Championship is now complete, with hosts Germany ready to welcome 23 other contenders to Euro 2024 in less than a month's time.

Most domestic league campaigns have now ended, and preliminary squads are being named, meaning that most players and fans across the continent have started looking ahead to this summer's Euros extravaganza.

The 17th edition of UEFA's continental championship takes place in June and July, when Italy will defend the title claimed at Wembley three years ago.

While West Germany hosted the 1988 event, it will be the first time Germany has staged the Euros since reunification, and the 2006 World Cup hosts are renowned for putting on a great show.

Here, Sports Mole explains how Europe's festival of football will work - and which nations are among the favourites to prevail on 14 July.



When will the tournament kick off?

Germany's Florian Wirtz celebrates scoring against France on March 23, 2024© Reuters

Friday, June 14 will see the first ball kicked in a month-long event, and as the host nation, Germany are seeded in Group A so play the opening match.

With the eyes of the world upon them, Scotland's Tartan Army will march on Munich for the opening game of Euro 2024, and the group stage then runs until 26 June.

Then, following two rest days, the 16-team knockout stage begins on 29 June, with that last-16 phase running until July 2.

The first fallow days of the tournament then follow, with no games scheduled on July 3 or fourth, before the quarter-finals take place on July 6 and 7.

The semi-finals are booked in for July 9 and 10, before the champions of Europe will be crowned in Berlin on July 14.



How will it work?

Germany head coach Julian Nagelsmann during a press conference on March 22, 2024© Reuters

As in the delayed 2020 finals, the top two in each of six groups will proceed to the knockout phase this summer, along with the four best third-placed finishers.

Specific match-ups in the last 16 will depend on which third-placed teams qualify, so mapping out a potential route to the final can prove tricky.

In the knockout rounds, games that are level at the end of 90 minutes go to extra time; if still tied after another 30 minutes, the match is then decided by a penalty shootout.

As with every championship since Euro 1984, there is to be no third-place playoff, so only two teams will be left standing after the semi-finals.


Group A

Euro 2024 Group A

Germany

Previous Euros: 13*, most recently Euro 2020
Best result: Winners (1972*, 1980*, 1996)
Euro 2020: Last 16
Qualification: Hosts
Manager: Julian Nagelsmann
Fixtures: Scotland (June 14), Hungary (June 19), Switzerland (June 23)

* = including as West Germany

Scotland

Previous Euros: Three, most recently Euro 2020
Best result: Group stage (1992, 1996, 2020)
Euro 2020: Group stage
Qualification: Group A runners-up
Manager: Steve Clarke
Fixtures: Germany (June 14), Switzerland (June 29), Hungary (June 23)

Hungary

Previous Euros: Four, most recently Euro 2020
Best result: Third (1964)
Euro 2020: Group stage
Qualification: Group G winners
Manager: Marco Rossi
Fixtures: Switzerland (June 15), Germany (June 19), Scotland (June 23)

Switzerland

Previous Euros: Five, most recently Euro 2020
Best result: Quarter-finals (2020)
Euro 2020: Quarter-finals
Qualification: Group I runners-up
Manager: Murat Yakin
Fixtures: Hungary (June 15), Scotland (June 19), Germany (June 23)


Group B

Euro 2024 Group B

Spain

Previous Euros: 11, most recently Euro 2020
Best result: Winners (1964, 2008, 2012)
Euro 2020: Semi-finals
Qualification: Group A winners
Manager: Luis de la Fuente
Fixtures: Croatia (June 15), Italy (June 20), Albania (June 24)

Croatia

Previous Euros: Six, most recently Euro 2020
Best result: Quarter-finals (1996, 2008)
Euro 2020: Last 16
Qualification: Group D runners-up
Manager: Zlatko Dalic
Fixtures: Spain (June 15), Albania (June 19), Italy (June 24)

Italy

Previous Euros: 10, most recently Euro 2020
Best result: Winners (1968, 2020)
Euro 2020: Winners
Qualification: Group C runners-up
Manager: Luciano Spalletti
Fixtures: Albania (June 15), Spain (June 20), Croatia (June 24)

Albania

Previous Euros: One, Euro 2016
Best result: Group stage (2016)
Euro 2020: Did not qualify
Qualification: Group E winners
Manager: Sylvinho
Fixtures: Italy (June 15), Croatia (June 19), Spain (June 24)


Group C

Euro 2024 Group C

Slovenia

Previous Euros: One, Euro 2000
Best result: Group stage (2000)
Euro 2020: Did not qualify
Qualification: Group H runners-up
Manager: Matjaz Kek
Fixtures: Denmark (June 16), Serbia (June 20), England (June 25)

Denmark

Previous Euros: Nine, most recently Euro 2020
Best result: Winners (1992)
Euro 2020: Semi-finals
Qualification: Group H winners
Manager: Kasper Hjulmand
Fixtures: Slovenia (June 16), England (June 20), Serbia (June 25)

Serbia

Previous Euros: Five*, most recently Euro 2000
Best result: Runners-up (1960*, 1968*)
Euro 2020: Did not qualify
Qualification: Group G runners-up
Manager: Dragan Stojkovic
Fixtures: England (June 16), Slovenia (June 20), Denmark (June 25)

* = including as Yugoslavia

England

Previous Euros: 10, most recently Euro 2020
Best result: Runners-up (2020)
Euro 2020: Runners-up
Qualification: Group C winners
Manager: Gareth Southgate
Fixtures: Serbia (June 16), Denmark (June 20), Slovenia (June 25)


Group D

Euro 2024 Group D

Poland

Previous Euros: Four, most recently Euro 2020
Best result: Quarter-finals (2016)
Euro 2020: Group stage
Qualification: Playoff Path A winners
Manager: Michal Probierz
Fixtures: Netherlands (June 16), Austria (June 21), France (June 25)

Netherlands

Previous Euros: 10, most recently Euro 2020
Best result: Winners (1988)
Euro 2020: Last 16
Qualification: Group B runners-up
Manager: Ronald Koeman
Fixtures: Poland (June 16), France (June 21), Austria (June 25)

Austria

Previous Euros: Three, most recently Euro 2020
Best result: Last 16 (2020)
Euro 2020: Last 16
Qualification: Group F runners-up
Manager: Ralf Rangnick
Fixtures: France (June 17), Poland (June 21), Netherlands (June 25)

France

Previous Euros: 10, most recently Euro 2020
Best result: Winners (1984, 2000)
Euro 2020: Last 16
Qualification: Group B winners
Manager: Didier Deschamps
Fixtures: Austria (June 17), Netherlands (June 21), Poland (June 25)


Group E

Euro 2024 Group E

Belgium

Previous Euros: Six, most recently Euro 2020
Best result: Runners-up (1980)
Euro 2020: Quarter-finals
Qualification: Group F winners
Manager: Domenico Tedesco
Fixtures: Slovakia (June 17), Romania (June 22), Ukraine (June 26)

Slovakia

Previous Euros: Five*, most recently Euro 2020
Best result: Winners (1976*)
Euro 2020: Group stage
Qualification: Group J runners-up
Manager: Francesco Calzona
Fixtures: Belgium (June 17), Ukraine (June 21), Romania (June 26)

* = including as Czechoslovakia

Romania

Previous Euros: Five, most recently Euro 2016
Best result: Quarter-finals (2000)
Euro 2020: Did not qualify
Qualification: Group I winners
Manager: Edward Iordanescu
Fixtures: Ukraine (June 17), Belgium (June 22), Slovakia (June 26)

Ukraine

Previous Euros: Three, most recently Euro 2020
Best result: Quarter-finals (2020)
Euro 2020: Quarter-finals
Qualification: Playoff Path B winners
Manager: Serhiy Rebrov
Fixtures: Romania (June 17), Slovakia (June 21), Belgium (June 26)


Group F

Euro 2024 Group F

Turkey

Previous Euros: Five, most recently Euro 2020
Best result: Semi-finals (2008)
Euro 2020: Group stage
Qualification: Group D winners
Manager: Vincenzo Montella
Fixtures: Georgia (June 18), Portugal (June 22), Czech Republic (June 26)

Georgia

Previous Euros: None
Best result: N/A
Euro 2020: Did not qualify
Qualification: Playoff Path C winners
Manager: Willy Sagnol
Fixtures: Turkey (June 18), Czech Republic (June 22), Portugal (June 26)

Portugal

Previous Euros: Eight, most recently Euro 2020
Best result: Winners (2016)
Euro 2020: Last 16
Qualification: Group J winners
Manager: Roberto Martinez
Fixtures: Czech Republic (June 18), Turkey (June 22), Georgia (June 26)

Czech Republic

Previous Euros: 10*, most recently Euro 2020
Best result: Winners (1976*)
Euro 2020: Quarter-finals
Qualification: Group E runners-up
Manager: Ivan Hasek
Fixtures: Portugal (June 18), Georgia (June 22), Turkey (June 26)

*= including as Czechoslovakia


Who are the Euro 2024 favourites? Who might win the Golden Boot?

England's Jude Bellingham in action with France's Kylian Mbappe on December 10, 2022© Reuters

After the identity of all 24 teams was confirmed following the playoffs, England are 10/3 favourites to go one better than in 2021, while most bookmakers have France at 7/2, and hosts Germany are generally 6/1.

Iberian rivals Spain and Portugal sit just behind that top trio, with reigning champions Italy joining Belgium and the Netherlands among the longer shots for continental glory.

En route to the finals, six teams stayed unbeaten through qualifying - France, England, Portugal, Belgium, Romania and Hungary - and the Portuguese squad of Roberto Martinez was the only one to have won every match.

The Selecao wrapped up their group having scored 36 goals and conceded just two, but the overall top scorer was Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku, who racked up 14 goals in just eight games.

Cristiano Ronaldo (10), Kylian Mbappe (nine), Harry Kane (eight) and Denmark's Rasmus Hojlund (seven) were left trailing in his wake, but all four could be in contention for the European Championship's Golden Boot in July.



What other notable names will be appearing?

Germany's Toni Kroos in action on March 26, 2024© Reuters

The goal-getters listed above will likely again steal most of the headlines throughout the tournament, with Cristiano Ronaldo already guaranteed to make history going into a sixth European Championship and Kylian Mbappe set to officially become a free agent while the tournament is going on, as things stand.

There are plenty of other legendary figures set to grace this summer's Euros, though, not least amongst the host nation, with Toni Kroos having confirmed that he will retire from football after the tournament.

It would not be a huge surprise to see fellow centurions Manuel Neuer and Thomas Muller also playing their last Euros, while Kroos's great midfield partner at club level Luka Modric will surely bid farewell to this stage too.

Forty-one-year-old Pepe will have surely his last dance on the international scene with Portugal too, although incredibly he is not even the oldest player due to appear at the finals, with Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon 57 days older still.

At the other end of the scale, France's 18-year-old forward Warren Zaire-Emery will look to become the latest in a long line of youngsters to truly announce themselves on the biggest stage.



The venues

General view of the Allianz Arena, home to Bayern Munich, from late 2018© Reuters

Nine of the stadiums used at Germany 2006 will see action this summer, in addition to the Dusseldorf Arena, with Bayern Munich's Allianz Arena having also played a part in hosting the continent-wide finals of Euro 2020.

Three years ago, the Bavarian venue could only welcome a reduced number of spectators due to COVID-19 restrictions, but it will surely be full to the brim this time around.

The atmospheric Signal Iduna Park, home of Borussia Dortmund's famed 'yellow wall', will also host several group games, plus a last-16 tie and one of the semi-finals.

Major cities such as Bremen and Monchengladbach were left out, but the 10 selected stadia are spread across all the main regions of Germany.

Full list of venues for Euro 2024:

Berlin: Olympiastadion (70,000 capacity)
Cologne: Cologne Stadium (47,000)
Dortmund: BVB Stadion Dortmund (66,000)
Dusseldorf: Dusseldorf Arena (47,000)
Frankfurt: Frankfurt Arena (48,000)
Gelsenkirchen: Arena AufSchalke (50,000)
Hamburg: Volksparkstadion Hamburg (50,000)
Leipzig: Leipzig Stadium (42,000)
Munich: Munich Football Arena (67,000)
Stuttgart: Stuttgart Arena (54,000)



The final

Bringing a month of relentless competition to its climax, Berlin's Olympiastadion plays host to the Euro 2024 final on Sunday, July 14.

The cavernous stadium has already hosted several significant matches in football hisory, including during the 1974 and 2006 World Cups - notably the latter's epic final, between Italy and France.

More recently, it served as a venue for the 2011 Women's World Cup and the 2015 Champions League final that pitted Barcelona against Juventus.

On this occasion, the Euro winners will not only lift the trophy and be crowned kings of the continent, but they will also go on to compete with the Copa America champions for the 2025 CONMEBOL-UEFA Cup of Champions, in a contest more commonly known as 'the Finalissima'.


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