“Euro 2024” draw: England skips the big ones… and Spain are in “hard iron”
The draw for the finals of the European Football Championship (Euro 2024) in Germany took place on Saturday at the Elbe Philharmonic Concert Hall in Hamburg, resulting in home team Germany in a balanced group and second. Very solid. It includes Spain, defending champions Italy and Croatia, France and the Netherlands in a group.
The first group includes Germany, Scotland, Hungary and Switzerland.
The second group includes Spain, Croatia, Italy and Albania.
The third group includes Slovenia, Denmark, Serbia and England.
As for the fourth group, it includes the winner from the first stage of the playoff along with the Netherlands, Austria and France.
The Belgium national team plays in the fifth group, next to the Slovak and Romanian teams and the winner from the second track of the playoff.
Group Six will feature Turkey, the winner from the third playoff track, Portugal and the Czech Republic.
In the opening game, the German national team will take on Scotland on June 14 at the Allianz Arena in Munich.
The tournament will feature 24 teams, divided into 6 groups, and their matches will be held at 10 stadiums in 10 different cities.
Germany will host the tournament from June 14 to July 14, 2024, with the opening match at the Allianz Arena in Munich and the final at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin.
This edition of the European Nations Cup is the 17th since it was launched in 1960, and all its editions have been held regularly every 4 years, except for the last edition, which was postponed to 2021 due to “Corona”. pandemic, and the 17th edition is scheduled to take place in 2024, returning the tournament to its normal frequency.
Only the identity of the 21 teams was announced during the ceremony, while the identity of the last 3 teams to qualify for the tournament will be determined by a playoff in March 2024, less than 3 months before the tournament begins.
The German national team competes as the host nation’s representative, while qualifiers held in the past have led to the qualification of 20 teams divided into six groups.
The European Football Union (UEFA) revealed four tiers of qualified teams, with 6 teams in each tier. During the draw, one team from each level is selected to place in one of the six groups in the first round of the tournament.
The declared positions are as follows:
First stage: Germany – Portugal – France – Spain – Belgium – England
Second stage: Hungary – Turkey – Denmark – Albania – Romania – Austria
Third stage: Netherlands – Scotland – Croatia – Slovenia – Slovakia – Czech Republic
Fourth stage: Italy – Serbia – Switzerland – three teams qualified through playoffs
The teams were distributed in four stages according to the results of the qualifying rounds, except for the German team, which represented the host country, which was placed in the first stage teams, in addition to the first group.
Each of the three teams expected to qualify are referred to as qualified teams in the playoff tracks (1, 2, and 3), as the first includes teams from Poland, Wales, Finland, and Estonia, while the second includes teams. Israel, Bosnia, Iceland and Ukraine, while the third track consists of Georgia, Greece, Kazakhstan and Luxembourg.
Competitions for each track are held in a semi-final and final round format, with one team from each track qualifying and competing directly in the finals.
During the finals, the four teams in each group compete in a single-round league format, and the first and second-placed teams qualify directly for the Round of 16, and the top 4 teams in third place in their groups join the Round of 12. Teams.
The first round of matches (group stage) will be held from June 14 to 26, 2024, followed by the elimination rounds from June 29 to the end of the Round of 16 proceedings on July 2. The quarter finals will be held. The semi-finals will be held on the 5th and 6th of the same month, the semi-finals on the 9th and 10th of the same month and the final on 14 July.
Germany is hosting the continental championship for the second time in its history after hosting the 1988 edition won by the Netherlands.
Germany has previously won the continental title three times in 1972, 1980 and 1996, making it the most successful team on the same level with the Spanish national team who topped the podium in 1964, 2008 and 2012 editions.
Italy and France have won the title twice and once
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