Euro 2024 qualifying concluded on Tuesday. Twenty-one teams locked in their spot at the tournament in Germany in the summer of 2024. However, it was not smooth sailing for some of the European elites. Croatia needed a win on the final day to ensure its place in the tournament. Italy had to sweat out a result against Ukraine in its last match of qualifying to advance based on head-to-head record. The Netherlands survived against Greece in the penultimate international break after losing to France twice. Spain broke through a resilient Scotland side to finish at the top of its group.
Elsewhere, major teams showed their dominance. France, England, Belgium and Portugal were undefeated in Euro 2024 qualifying. Each finished at the top of their group with relative ease. They will be among the favorites to win Euro 2024 during next summer’s tournament.
In total, there will be 24 teams at Euro 2024. Germany already had a spot as host. Then, joining those 21 teams, three teams will advance from a playoff stage. Twelve teams are battling for those three spots. That includes nations like Wales, Poland, Iceland Ukraine and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The draw to see the four-team brackets is on Thursday, Nov. 23.
Examining the future Euro 2024 pots
It will be challenging to predict what teams will emerge from those playoff brackets. There are favorites, yes. But, playoff stages can be unpredictable. Look at Italy during a World Cup 2022 playoff when it lost to North Macedonia.
What is certain is where these teams will go in the Euro 2024 draw. Each will enter in Pot 4 of the draw, which could set up major challenges for those teams emerging from the playoff stage. Each group at Euro 2024 will have one team from each Pot. For instance, the aforementioned France, England, Belgium and Portugal occupy Pot 1. That holds the best teams throughout Euro 2024 qualifying. Pots 2, 3 and 4 still hold major teams.
Here is how the Pots shake out for the Euro 2024 draw…
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Author : Kyle Fansler
Publish date : 2023-11-21 22:16:02
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