Euro 2024 – The Contenders

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The 17th UEFA European Championship will take place this summer, and the tournament, widely known as ‘Euro 2024’, will be held across 10 spectacular venues across Germany.

The event kicks off on June 14th, with hosts Germany taking on Scotland in the opening game. A total of 51 matches will be played, with the final taking place on July 14th at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.

The last tournament was held in 2021. Italy defeats hosts England They won on penalties in a memorable final at Wembley Stadium.

How does the tournament work?


The 24 qualifying teams will be divided into six groups of four teams each, and each group will compete once in three matches. The group winners and runners-up will advance to the next round, and the top four third-place teams will advance to the knockout stage.

In the knockout stage, teams play a one-off match, with extra time and penalties determining the winner if the score is tied. The finals will continue until the last two teams remain, and these teams will battle to become European champions.

Who are the candidates?

Using data from a wide range of UK bookmakers (Please see here for the detail), five countries are considered the real favorites to win Euro 2024.


England are the favorites according to sports betting odds, and the Three Lions will be hoping to do one better than they lost to Italy last time out. The relatively young squad has improved over the last few years, with captain Harry Kane continuing his goal-scoring exploits, while Jude Bellingham’s emergence as one of the world’s top players has made them even stronger.


France at EURO 2024

The most likely challenger is France, which is ranked second as the favorite to win. The team missed out on winning the World Cup in 2022 and will aim for revenge by winning Euro 2024.

The star of Les Bleus is, of course, Kylian Mbappé, one of the most famous players on the planet and a star for PSG, but an impressive support case of Antoine Griezmann and Eduardo Camavinga leaves a strong impression on the French side. It will only make them stronger and it will be a tough battle. To defeat.


Germany at EURO 2024

Next up is the host country, Germany. ‘Die Mannschaft’ has had the luxury of not having to qualify thanks to its commitment as an organizer, but it has not been in ideal form over the past year, during which time it has played hostages such as Colombia, Japan, Austria and , a stunning defeat to Turkey.

The team is going through a period of transition as older players retire and new stars emerge, but players like Ilkay Gündogan and Leon Goretzka have energized the hosts and led the nation to the top. is expected to lead to victory.


Spain is also a team that is expected to perform well in the tournament, and like Germany, La Furia Roja is gradually gaining momentum after a number of national team players have retired in recent years.

Despite losing away to Scotland, Luis de la Fuente’s side still have room for improvement as they finished top of the table in qualifying. But if the team has the talented Gabi and Rodri in midfield, he will definitely be in that team.


The last of the “Big 5” is Portugal, with the “Seleção das Quinas” still dominated by Cristiano Ronaldo. The legendary star may be only 39 years old, but his influence and abilities know no limits.

It would be unfair to call this Ronaldo’s team, as Roberto Martinez also has Bernardo Silva, Bruno Fernandes and Ruben Dias at his disposal, but if CR7 can perform, Portugal should take a big step forward. is.

dark horse

A “dark horse” is someone with amazing abilities or skills that have previously been hidden or unrecognized/respected. A famous dark horse in the history of football is Greece, who surprisingly won the 2004 UEFA European Championship by defeating the hosts Portugal.

Could there be another surprise at Euro 2024?

For now, I don’t particularly believe that we’ll see a monumental surprise like the one in 2004, but there have been some countries that have indulged in deception in recent years, and I think that’s exactly what might happen in Germany. not.

Belgium have arguably been one of their biggest disappointments in recent years, with their ‘golden generation’ of players failing to live up to their responsibilities.a 3rd place in 2018 World Cup That’s all the team has to show so far, but will this year be any different?

Neighboring Netherlands is a team that carries the weight of history and high expectations, but they have struggled since finishing third at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. With a very strong backline led by Virgil van Dijk, the team has the potential to go far, but a lack of firepower going forward could be their undoing.

And finally we come to Italy, the current champions. It’s a bit unfair to call them dark horses, given that they hold the Henri Delaunay Trophy heading into the competition, but after the 2021 championship, many of the Azzurri players will retire from international football and have plenty to fill. A big hole was left behind. Coach Luciano Spalletti has a big task to maintain the title, but will he be able to lift the famous trophy again?

Possible surprises at EURO 2024

Will Euro 2024 be shown on TV?

Live football is big business now, with many competitions selling exclusive broadcast rights to individual matches, such as UEFA Champions League and Premier League matches, but will Euro 2024 be available to watch on regular TV channels? ?

The answer is yes! Thankfully, Euro 2024, like its predecessor, will be broadcast on most national free-to-air channels around the world, so fans will be able to watch the star players and watch the matches unfold.

The last European Championship had an estimated audience of 328 million viewers in 2021, but that number could be surpassed this summer.

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