EURO 2024 Group Stage Guide

EURO 2024 Group Stage Guide

The EURO 2024 hosts, Germany, open against the Tartan Army, a tough Group B for Spain and Italy, a newcomer and a lot of quality around the table. Here is all you need to know about the Group Stage of the EURO 2024 in Germany.

The EURO 2024 is scheduled to take place from 14 June to 14 July 2024 across ten host cities in Germany. The hosts will open the tournament against Scotland in the Munich Football Arena. The format will be the same as for the last edition, 24 teams across 6 groups, with the top two and the four best third-placed teams proceeding to the Round of 16.

See the qualified teams for EURO 2024 below.

Who is in which Group at EURO 2024?

Group A

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Group B

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Group C

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Group D

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Group E

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Group F

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Who are the Favorites and Dark Horses?

With the host nation starting to find form and continuity, Germany suddenly emerges as one of the teams to watch. Two nations in particular are also predicted to go the furthest; England and France. The young squad of the Three Lions includes some of the brightest talents in world football, like Jude Bellingham and Bukayo Saka, and is led by their experienced record top scorer Harry Kane. Kylian Mbappé’s Les Bleus remain favorites in any tournament due to their exceptional talent in every position and squad depth.

If you want to learn more about Players To Watch at EURO 2024, read our special article in the IMAGO Blog.

Predicting the success of underdogs often ends in longshots, but at almost every tournament, one or two teams arise to upset the big teams and write their own stories. Croatia has been that standout team in the last few years, reaching the Top 4 at the last two FIFA World Cups. There is a debate about whether you can even count them as underdogs, but they are a hidden favorite at EURO 2024. 

Because a large number of descendants from Turkey and Albania are inhabiting Germany, the two nations are also expected to produce a few upsets in front of their many energetic supporters around the country. The Tartan Army from Scotland is another force to be reckoned with after playing a sensational European Qualifiers campaign.

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Words and Photo Selection by Johannes Häring.

The credit of the cover photo: IMAGO / Eibner / Michael Memmler