Die Mannschaft - no, that's not offensive - have lifted the continental title three times already, although a lot of improvement to the current team will be needed if they are to make that four. Interestingly, I think, this is the first time that a reunified Germany has hosted this event (the World Cup was here in 2006). In 1988 it was held in the West. SCOTTISH CUP'Is he pissed!? ' Rod Stewart's bizzare antics in Scottish Cup drawAs is now customary here, we can't mention other ball selectors for big draws without reflecting back on this absolute plucker, Rod Stewart.
The two Italians first, Albertini and Zambrotta, carrying on the Euro 2024 trophy. Beautifully buffed, and the trophy is shiny too. Hah! Just when you thought the ball picking action was getting going, we're treated to another distraction. I do suppose they need to make it worth their guests' time. On the big screen is a tribute to the Euros of the past, and a nod to Germany, our hosts. Some background on our performer, who says "we are looking for love".
German stadiums: vorsprung durch technik et alAs mentioned, the German's did a fabulous job with the World Cup in 2006 and, thanks to a thriving Bundesliga, have numerous very suitable host venues. Those being used: Berlin: Olympiastadion Berlin (current capacity: 70, 000) - this is where the final is scheduled to be playedCologne: Cologne Stadium (47, 000) Dortmund: BVB Stadion Dortmund (66, 000) Dusseldorf: Düsseldorf 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) Euro 2024: where it's atAs any budding Sherlock Holmes out there may have worked out after seeing where we are situated for the draw, the hosts of the UEFA European Championship in 2024 will be Germany.
Ouchie! At least there's plenty of wonderful beer in Germany to help them through it! Group C: England's Euro final repeatWe left the last European Championships with the final at Wembley, a home game for England but one they were unable to win, as Italy were crowned champions. And as you've seen, today's draw has thrown the two nations together again in the group stage, along with Ukraine, North Macedonia and Malta. English fans reacted:"Terrible" "Tougher than usual" and "We aren't qualifying" measured with "It looks alright" "We should qualify" and "Should at least finish second"One comment that is rather key is "Tough for a new manager" suggesting that the upcoming World Cup in Qatar could be Gareth Southgate's final involvement.
The games will run from March to November 2023, and then there will be the excitement of some play-offs which should take place in March 2024. Today's draw will put teams into ten groups of five (containing the four UEFA Nations League Finals participants) or six. Sides will play each other home and away in a round-robin format, with the group winners and runners-up advancing directly to the finals. The remaining three teams will be decided through the play-offs, featuring 12 teams selected based on their performance in the 2022/23 UEFA Nations League. All clear? Let's take a look at the seedings and associated pots.
Netherlands (B), Italy (C) and Croatia (D) follow. Poland (E), Belgium (F), Hungary (G), Denmark (H), Switzerland (I), Portugal (J) OK, we've had the explanation of the draw and we're ready to go. The UNL and Pot 1 teams will take their places first... Giorgio Marchetti is welcomed onto the stage. That must mean it's time for all the official draw details to be explained. Rather than me repeating them here, just scroll down this feed and you'll get pretty much everything he's saying. I'll add anything new or interesting... Meet Frankfurt and the rest of the German cities with host stadiums! That's our latest video. For anyone who is not sure about going in 2024, can I push you over to the 'yes' side of the fence? Germany is made for watching football and having a good time. I've done it several times myself and can't wait for my next visit.
Ireland, San Marino Group I: Switzerland, Israel, Romania, Kazakstan, Belarus, Andorra Group J: Portugal, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Iceland, Kosovo, Slovakia, Liechtenstein Group D: Armenian angleEduard Spertsyan gives his early thoughts on the draw and is feeling bullish about Armenia's chances of qualifying for the finals. Although he has brief opinions on the other teams in the group, he says that the most important thing is that his side play their own game. Group B: so SneijdAny excuse to enjoy this goal for Wesley Sneijder again, giving the keeper no chance at Euro 2008. Group B: unlucky IrelandSo, what's that saying about the luck of the Irish? Yeah, may have been missing today as those from the Republic were picked from Pot 3 into the awaiting group with Netherlands and France.
Euro 2024: the all important pots/seedingsAs you can see in the graphic below, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain and Italy form the UEFA Nations League pot after their performances over recent months. They, along with the teams in Pot 1 (namely, Denmark, Portugal, Belgium, Hungary, Switzerland and Poland) will be eyeing up potential tough challenges in the lower seeds. And there are a few... Looking at you France, England and, er, Scotland! Euro 2024: how qualifying worksAs the hosts, Germany have already secured their place in the finals, meaning we have 23 other slots to fill... and that's where the European Qualifiers come in.
Lena takes over... with dancers and big screen backdrop. Euro 2024: it's time for the drawOK, exactly on time -- I'll ignore the obvious German efficiency stereotype comment, oops -- we are go. The audience members are very nicely turned out as our presenters take to the stage: Laura Wontorra and Pedro Pinto. Pot 3 threat: Haaland and OdegaardAnother nation that many of the so-called top dogs will be wanting to avoid will be Norway. With goal-greedy Erling Haaland being overfed by silver-platter assist-maker Martin Odegaard, who knows what damage they can cause to opposition defences.
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Bloody politics! Pot 5 into the mixGroup A: Spain, Scotland, Norway, Georgia, Cyprus Group H: Denmark, Finland, Slovenia, Luxembourg, N. Ireland Group I: Switzerland, Israel, Romania, Kazakstan, Belarus Group J: Portugal, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Iceland, Kosovo, Slovakia I trust you're enjoying this. Some tasty groups building... Time for Pot 4 to get involvedGroup A: Spain, Scotland, Norway, Georgia Group B: Netherlands, France, Rep Ireland, Greece Group C: Italy, England, Ukraine, N Macedonia Group D: Croatia, Wales, Armenia, Turkey Group E: Poland, Czechs, Albania, Faroe Islands Group F: Belgium, Austria, Sweden, Azerbaijan Group G: Hungary, Serbia, Montenegro, Bulgaria Group H: Denmark, Finland, Slovenia, Luxembourg Group I: Switzerland, Israel, Romania, Kazakstan Group J: Portugal, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Iceland, Kosovo Pot 3 joins the partyGroup A: Spain, Scotland, Norway Group B: Netherlands, France, Rep Ireland Group C: Italy, England, Ukraine Group D: Croatia, Wales, Armenia Group E: Poland, Czechs, Albania Group F: Belgium, Austria, Sweden Group G: Hungary, Serbia, Montenegro Group H: Denmark, Finland, Slovenia Group I: Switzerland, Israel, Romania Group J: Portugal, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland Pots 2 addedGroup A: Spain get Scotland Group B: Netherlands get France Group C: Italy gets England Group D: Croatia gets Wales Group E: Poland gets Czechs Group F: Belgium gets Austria Group G: Hungary gets Serbia Group H: Denmark gets Finland Group I: Switzerland gets Israel Group J: Portugal gets Bosnia and Herzegovina Klinsmann gets to pick first, and he drops Spain into Group A.
Euro 2024: key dates to knowAlthough the actual dates for each of the fixtures will take a little time to agree, below you'll find a guide to when you can expect the fixtures to fall. Qualifying match dates: 23-25 March 2023 Matchday 1 26-28 March 2023 Matchday 2 16-17 June 2023 Matchday 3 19-20 June 2023 Matchday 4 07-09 September 2023 Matchday 5 10-12 September 2023 Matchday 6 12-14 October 2023 Matchday 7 15-17 October 2023 Matchday 8 16-18 November 2023 Matchday 9 19-21 November 2023 Matchday 10 Play-off match dates: 21 March 2024 Play-off semi-finals 26 March 2024 Play-off finals Final tournament dates: 14 June 2024 UEFA EURO 2024 finals opener 14 July 2024 UEFA EURO 2024 final Group I: Israel chancesAlthough there are some obstacles to get over in the group, Israel will be feeling confident of progressing.
They must have looked at the flag for the top seed in the group and thought to themselves that it was a big plus. Euro 2024 early betting: outright winnerSo who's winning this? As hosts, qualification is in the bag so helps when it comes to the odds at this stage. Here's one offering: Germany - 11/2 France - 6/1 England - 13/2 Spain - 7/1 Italy - 9/1 Republic of Ireland - 200/1 Wales - 200/1 Scotland - 250/1 Northern Ireland - 750/1 Group AWhen you have a bogey team, it sometimes feels worse than facing the best striker in the world. Poor Scotland! Let's get some reactions to the draw... Dreaming of the titleNow that you know the groups, which of your favourite players can you see lifting the trophy come the summer of '24? In case you didn't realise, the draw is now complete with the last three teams going into Groups H, I and J, giving them six instead of five competitors. Pot 6: just the threeGroup A: Spain, Scotland, Norway, Georgia, Cyprus Note: Gibraltar were the first out of Pot 5 but are restricted from playing against Spain.