Euro 2024 Guide

The Euro 2024 is scheduled to be the 17th running of the UEFA European Championship, the international men’s football championship contested by the national teams of the member associations of the UEFA. It is scheduled to take place in Germany from 14 June to 14 July 2024. The reigning European Champions are Italy.

In this Euro 2024 guide, we will provide a preview of all the Euro 2024 Groups, Venues, Nations and Schedules.

The Euro 2024 host

Germany will host Euro 2024, having been chosen to stage the 17th edition of the UEFA European Championship at a UEFA Executive Committee meeting in Nyon on 27 September 2018. Turkey was the only other nation that bid to hold Euro 2024. West Germany hosted the 1988 edition, but this will be the first time Germany has staged the UEFA European Championship since reunification. The 2006 FIFA World Cup also took place in the country. Germany is renowned for its footballing culture and has a rich history in the sport, having won four World Cup titles and three European Championships. The tournament will take place across ten different cities in Germany, with Berlin hosting the final.

Group A

In the upcoming Euro 2024, Germany emerges as a formidable title contender, undeterred by recent challenges and fueled by the advantage of playing on home soil. Scotland, buoyed by a commendable qualifying campaign, enters Group A with optimism, eyeing a successful journey through the challenging foursome. However, the Scots are set for fierce competition against Hungary, a team with a commendable track record in its third consecutive Euro appearance. Switzerland is positioned higher in the FIFA rankings than both contenders. The dynamics of Group A promise an exciting and closely contested battle among these football powerhouses.

Group A of the 2024 Euros

Group B

Get ready for the ultimate showdown in the undisputed “Group of Death” at the Euro 2024, boasting three teams within FIFA’s Top 10 rankings. Spain and Croatia, who battled in the last UEFA Nations League final, are set for a rematch after La Roja’s triumph on penalties. Italy, the defending champion, enters with a proven ability to triumph in any major tournament it qualifies for. Meanwhile, Albania, having clinched victory in a challenging qualifying group featuring Poland led by Robert Lewandowski and former European runner-up Czechia, adds an unpredictable edge to the fierce competition.

Group B of the 2024 Euros

Group C

The Three Lions are already favored by many bookies to secure their first consecutive title next summer, a prediction further reinforced after Saturday’s draw placed England in Group C, considered one of the tournament’s weaker groups. While Denmark poses a significant challenge to Harry Kane & Co., realistically, the battle for second place appears to be a three-horse race. Serbia, boasting elite forwards in all-time top scorer Aleksandar Mitrović and Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic, adds a formidable dimension. However, their recent World Cup exits and a 20-year hiatus from the Euro introduce an element of uncertainty. On the other hand, Slovenia, the second-lowest-ranked nation to secure outright qualification, brings an underdog spirit to the mix. The dynamics of Group C promise an intriguing competition with unexpected twists.

Group C of the 2024 Euros

Group D

France stands as another odds-on favourite for the Euro 2024 title, and an early challenge from an improving Dutch team, defeated twice in Euro 2024 qualifying, sets the stage for Les Bleus as they head into the decisive knockout rounds. While it would be surprising if Austria managed to secure a top-two spot in Group D, they hold a genuine opportunity to advance as one of the best third-place finishers. The path won’t be a walk in the park, with Poland being victorious in the playoffs to qualify in this group. Group D promises thrilling encounters and a high-stakes battle for progression.

Group D - EURO 2024

Group E

Just like England in Group C, Belgium emerges as the clear favourite to lead the way in Group E. While acknowledging the efforts of Slovakia and Romania, both eliminated in the last Euro group stage, the Red Devils are poised to encounter minimal resistance en route to the second round. Ukraine showcased resilience in the final qualifying match against Italy. The Azzurri would likely have faced defeat had the referee and video assistant not controversially dismissed Ukraine’s late penalty appeals. Group E promises a smooth journey for Belgium and a compelling battle for the second spot.

Group E - EURO 2024

Group F

Portugal boasts a powerhouse roster, positioning them as strong contenders for their second continental title since 2016, especially in what is anticipated to be Cristiano Ronaldo’farewell at the international level. Their dominant performance in qualifying speaks volumes, emerging as the sole unbeaten and untied team with a flawless 10-0 record, scoring an impressive 36 goals and conceding only two. Czechia, having reached the quarterfinals in the last Euro, presents a challenge, while Turkey aims to progress further after two consecutive tournament appearances without advancing. Greece, the 2004 champions, faces the challenge of a tough qualifying group with France and the Netherlands but is poised to secure the top spot in Group F over a  relatively weak Georgia squad.

Group F - Euro 2024

The Euro 2024 Stadiums

Out of the ten venues selected to hold matches in the tournament, nine of them were previously used during the 2006 World Cup. Additionally, the Düsseldorf Arena has been included as a new venue. Notably, the Munich Football Arena has been chosen as a host venue for the second consecutive Euro tournament, as it was also one of the 11 stadiums used in the Euro 2020. Here’s the complete list of host venues:

Berlin: Olympiastadion Berlin (70,000)
The Olympiastadion Berlin holds the distinction of being both the oldest and the largest stadium among all the venues chosen for UEFA EURO 2024.

Originally constructed for the 1936 Olympic Games, the stadium has a rich history in German football culture and is currently home to Bundesliga team, Hertha Berlin. Its seating capacity was once an impressive 100,000, and it has been the host of every German Cup final since 1985.

Apart from being a top-tier football stadium, the Olympiastadion Berlin is also a world-renowned music venue and has played a significant role in track and field history. In 2009, Usain Bolt set the current 100m and 200m sprint records during the World Championships in Athletics held at the stadium.

Berlin previously hosted the FIFA World Cup final in 2006, where Italy and France faced off against each other. In 2015, the Olympiastadion Berlin witnessed Barcelona’s victory over Juventus in the UEFA Champions League final.

Cologne: Cologne Stadium (47,000)
Cologne Stadium is one of the smaller venues selected for UEFA EURO 2024, having been reconstructed specifically for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Between 2002 and 2004, the stadium underwent extensive renovations and was used to host games at the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup and the World Cup. Interestingly, the site has a much longer history, with the Sportpark Müngersdorf being the first stadium constructed there in 1923, followed by the Müngersdorfer Stadion in 1975, which hosted two matches during the 1988 UEFA European Championship.

While primarily known as the home stadium of 1. FC Köln, the venue has other unique selling points. Since 2010, it has been the regular venue for Germany’s Women’s Cup final and has also been used for American football, ice hockey, and concerts.

Dortmund: BVB Stadion Dortmund (66,000)
Famous for its iconic “Yellow Wall” stand, the BVB Stadion Dortmund is one of the most renowned football venues in the world and is among the largest arenas selected for Euro. 2024, with a seating capacity of over 60,000 for international matches.

Originally built for the 1974 FIFA World Cup, the stadium has undergone several renovations and expansions over the years. It was even used as a semi-final venue during the 2006 World Cup and has hosted numerous matches for the German national team.

In 2001, the BVB Stadion Dortmund was the stage for the unforgettable UEFA Cup final between Liverpool and Deportivo Alavés. It has also witnessed several high-profile UEFA Champions League games.

Many European football enthusiasts have visited a Bundesliga match in Dortmund on their bucket list. During domestic matches, the stadium’s standing areas increase its capacity to 81,365, with a significant proportion of that number seated in the famous Südtribüne or “Yellow Wall”.

Stuttgart: Stuttgart Arena (54,000)
The Stuttgart Arena, previously known as the Neckarstadion, was originally constructed in 1933, but it has been renovated and upgraded many times since then. It will be able to accommodate over 50,000 spectators for Euro 2024 matches.

The venue has hosted several major football tournaments in the past, including the 1974 and 2006 FIFA World Cups and the 1988 UEFA European Championship. It has also held two European Cup finals: Real Madrid’s 1959 triumph over Reims and PSV Eindhoven’s victory against Benfica in 1988.

After its recent renovation in 2011, the Stuttgart Arena became exclusively a football stadium, although it has also staged concerts featuring prominent acts. VfB Stuttgart, a five-time national champion, is the current resident club playing in the Bundesliga.


Gelsenkirchen: Arena AufSchalke (50,000)
Schalke, seven-time German champions and 1996/97 UEFA Cup winners, play at the Arena AufSchalke, a multi-purpose arena that opened in August 2001. The stadium is located in the 11th-biggest city in Germany, Gelsenkirchen, and has a capacity of 50,000 for Euro 2024, but it can hold 62,000 for domestic matches.

The Arena AufSchalke is equipped with a retractable roof and a slide-out pitch, and it has been used to stage major entertainment events and sports competitions such as the 2010 Ice Hockey World Championships and a biathlon competition at the end of each year. In 2004, Porto won the UEFA Champions League final against Monaco at the Arena AufSchalke, and the stadium was also used for four group stage games at the 2006 FIFA World Cup and Portugal’s quarter-final shoot-out success against England.

Hamburg: Volksparkstadion Hamburg (50,000)
Originally built in 1953, the Volksparkstadion Hamburg underwent significant renovation in 2000, to transform it into a more suitable football stadium. The venue has witnessed three major final tournaments: the 1974 and 2006 FIFA World Cups and the 1988 UEFA European Championship. Its current form has also hosted the 2010 UEFA Europa League final, where Atlético de Madrid defeated Fulham 2-1 in extra time.

In addition to being home to Hamburger SV, the arena hosts boxing events and concerts. Previously, the stadium boasted a clock that counted the number of years the club was in the top German division, but it has been stored away since the team suffered their first-ever relegation to the 2. Bundesliga in 2018.

Leipzig: Leipzig Stadium (42,000)
Leipzig Stadium, home to Bundesliga team RB Leipzig, was opened in 2004 after being reconstructed within the original framework of the former Zentralstadion, the largest stadium in East Germany.

The venue can accommodate more than 40,000 spectators for football matches, and was previously referred to as the Zentralstadion when it hosted games during the 2006 FIFA World Cup, where it held three group stage matches and a round-of-16 tie. The arena’s modern roof is designed to provide excellent acoustics, making it a sought-after venue for concerts.

Munich: Munich Football Arena (67,000)
Constructed by Bayern München and 1860 München, the Munich Football Arena was unveiled in 2005, but it is now fully owned by Bayern. It hosted the opening match of the 2006 FIFA World Cup where Germany faced Costa Rica, as well as three other group stage matches, a round of 16 game, and France’s triumph over Portugal in the semi-final.

The arena has witnessed many notable events since its inauguration, including the 2012 UEFA Champions League final when Chelsea overcame Bayern on penalties. The Munich Football Arena hosted three of Germany’s UEFA EURO 2020 group games and Italy’s 2-1 quarter-final victory over Belgium, and it will also be a venue for UEFA EURO 2024, making it the first stadium to hold matches in two consecutive UEFA European Championships.

Frankfurt: Frankfurt Arena (48,000)
With a rich history dating back to its construction in 1925, the Frankfurt Arena has been a prominent fixture in German sports. Situated near the German Football Association headquarters, the stadium has played host to various events, including ice hockey, American football, cycling, and even a heavyweight boxing match featuring Muhammad Ali and Karl Mildenberger in 1966.

Prior to the 1974 FIFA World Cup, the stadium underwent extensive renovations and hosted the opening ceremony. It also served as a venue for EURO ’88 and the 2006 World Cup. In addition, the Frankfurt Arena was the site of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup final and the 2002 UEFA Women’s Cup final, which saw local favourites 1. FFC Frankfurt emerged victorious. Eintracht Frankfurt has called the arena home for nearly a century.

Dusseldorf: Düsseldorf Arena (47,000)
The Düsseldorf Arena, which serves as the home ground of Fortuna Düsseldorf and last played in the Bundesliga during the 2019/20 season, was constructed between 2002 and 2004 on the former site of the Rheinstadion. The Rheinstadion hosted matches during the 1974 FIFA World Cup and the 1988 UEFA European Championship. The new stadium boasts a retractable roof and is heated, which maintains an internal temperature of up to 15C, even on the coldest days.

Apart from hosting Germany national team games and two Portugal friendlies – a 3-0 victory against Saudi Arabia in 2006 and a 2-1 loss to Greece in 2008, the Düsseldorf Arena has also been the venue for a range of events, such as American football games, concerts, boxing matches, and religious gatherings.

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Euro 2024 Qualification

In March 2023, the qualifying phase for Euro 2024 started across Europe, marking the beginning of the journey to the tournament. With the qualifying coming to a close, all groups and matches are scheduled and we’re up for an exciting tournament.

A total of 53 nations are in contention for a place at Euro 2024, and the teams that finish in the top two positions in each of the ten qualifying groups will qualify, accounting for 20 of the 23 open slots. You can find more information about the Euro 2024 Qualification on our dedicated page.

Qualification page