The stage is set for Euro 2024 as the draw on Saturday unveiled exciting group matchups, including the host nation Germany facing Scotland in the tournament’s opening match in Munich. Defending champions Italy find themselves in a challenging Group B alongside Spain, Croatia, and Albania.
Germany, three-time Euro winners, will kick off the one-month tournament on June 14 in Munich, with the final slated for July 14 at Berlin’s Olympic stadium. In Group A, Germany will also contend with Hungary and Switzerland, making it a formidable yet promising group.
“It’s no group of death but a very strong group, and we are looking forward to it,” commented Germany manager Julian Nagelsmann.
Italy, who triumphed in Euro 2020, faces a daunting task in Group B, clashing with Spain, Croatia, and Albania. Italy Manager Luciano Spalletti acknowledged the difficulty of the group but emphasized the strength of the Italian team.
Spain’s manager, Luis de la Fuente, echoed the sentiment, acknowledging the toughness of Group B. Spain’s opening game is against Croatia, followed by a showdown with Italy.
In Group D, France and the Netherlands will renew their rivalry, drawn alongside Austria and the winners of playoff A. France coach Didier Deschamps acknowledged the challenges posed by the group but expressed confidence in his team’s abilities.
Runners-up at Euro 2020, England, find themselves in Group C alongside Denmark, Slovenia, and Serbia. England manager Gareth Southgate emphasized the need for caution against assuming anything based on the draw, recognizing the capability of all the teams in their group.
Belgium, in Group E, will contend with Romania, Slovakia, and the winners of playoff B, which includes Israel, Bosnia, Ukraine, or Iceland. Portugal, in Group F, faces Turkey, Czech Republic, and the winners of playoff C, consisting of Georgia, Greece, Kazakhstan, or Luxembourg.
The Euro 2024 draw ceremony took place at the Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg, one of the tournament’s host cities. With intriguing matchups and strong groups, football enthusiasts eagerly await the kickoff of Euro 2024 for a month of intense and captivating competition.