The official draw for UEFA Euro 2024 occurred on Saturday. The event will happen in Germany later this summer time. Protecting with custom, the hosts will kick off the competitors by enjoying the primary match of the event. Germany realized that they are going to face Scotland within the opening recreation of Euro 2024.
Though usually a European powerhouse, Germany has struggled in latest competitions. In reality, the Germans are right down to sixteenth in FIFA’s official rankings. That is at present beneath the USMNT, Mexico, and Morocco. Nonetheless, they’ve been drawn with Hungary and Switzerland, in addition to Scotland, for the summer time event.
Spain, France handed hardest paths in UEFA Euro 2024 group stage
Whereas the hosts obtained to get pleasure from a reasonably straightforward draw, Spain weren’t fairly as fortunate. The previous three-time European champions sit alongside Croatia, Italy, and Albania in Group B. The primary three groups within the group are all at present inside FIFA’s prime 10 groups in the meanwhile.
La Roja will first face Croatia, earlier than enjoying Italy, after which Albania. The Italians beforehand triumphed on the Euro 2020 event by beating England on penalty kicks. Spain was semifinalists within the competitors that 12 months.
Together with Spain, France have been additionally dealt a troublesome draw. The 2016 Euro winners are set to play the Netherlands, Austria, and one other nation that will likely be decided by a playoff. France is at present ranked quantity two on this planet by FIFA, solely behind Lionel Messi’s Argentina. The Netherlands are rated to be the sixth-best staff on this planet by the governing physique of the game.
France and the Netherlands will face off within the second match of Group D. This recreation will happen at Crimson Bull Enviornment in Leipzig on June twenty first. The robust group will likely be full with both Poland, Estonia, Wales, or Finland. They play in a playoff this spring.
Playoffs to find out remaining teams
Talking of playoffs, three locations in Euro 2024 are but to be set. Together with Group D, Group E and Group F even have but to be stuffed out simply but. Both Israel, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ukraine, or Iceland will end out Group E. This group at present consists of Belgium, Slovakia, and Romania.
In the meantime, Georgia, Greece, Kazakhstan, or Luxembourg is about to finish Group F. Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal staff is at present on this group alongside Turkey and the Czech Republic.
These playoff matches will all start on March twenty first. The profitable groups from the primary spherical of video games are then set to face off 5 days later for a spot within the precise event.
UEFA introduced on Saturday that the profitable Euro 2024 staff will obtain an additional bonus of about $8.7 million. Each collaborating staff within the competitors is about to additionally obtain a flat charge of round $10 million. Groups can accumulate additional bonuses for every win or draw they earn as effectively.
Full Euro 2024 draw outcomes:
A – Germany, Scotland, Hungary, Switzerland
B – Spain, Croatia, Italy, Albania
C – Slovenia, Denmark, Serbia, England
D – Playoff winner A*, Netherlands, Austria, France
E – Belgium, Slovakia, Romania, Playoff winner B**
F – Turkey, Playoff winner C***, Portugal, Czech Republic
*Poland, Estonia, Wales, Finland, Estonia
**Israel, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ukraine, Iceland
***Georgia, Greece, Kazakhstan, Luxembourg
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