The official draw for UEFA Euro 2024 took place on Saturday. The tournament will take place in Germany later this summer. Keeping with tradition, the hosts will kick off the competition by playing the first match of the tournament. Germany learned that they will face Scotland in the opening game of Euro 2024.
Although typically a European powerhouse, Germany has struggled in recent competitions. In fact, the Germans are down to 16th in FIFA’s official rankings. This is currently below the USMNT, Mexico, and Morocco. Nevertheless, they have been drawn with Hungary and Switzerland, as well as Scotland, for the summer tournament.
Spain, France handed toughest paths in UEFA Euro 2024 group stage
While the hosts got to enjoy a fairly easy draw, Spain were not quite as lucky. The former three-time European champions sit alongside Croatia, Italy, and Albania in Group B. The first three teams in the group are all currently inside FIFA’s top 10 teams at the moment.
La Roja will first face Croatia, before playing Italy, and then Albania. The Italians previously triumphed at the Euro 2020 tournament by beating England on penalty kicks. Spain was semifinalists in the competition that year.
Along with Spain, France were also dealt a difficult draw. The 2016 Euro winners are set to play the Netherlands, Austria, and another nation that will be determined by a playoff. France is currently ranked number two in the world by FIFA, only behind Lionel Messi’s Argentina. The Netherlands are rated to be the sixth-best team in the world by the governing body of the sport.
France and the Netherlands will face off in the second match of Group D. This game will take place at Red Bull Arena in Leipzig on June 21st. The tough group will be complete with either Poland, Estonia, Wales, or Finland. They play in a playoff this spring.
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Author : Chris Moore
Publish date : 2023-12-02 20:51:09
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