Euro 2024: Date, favourite teams, venue… all you need to know

 Euro 2024: Date, favourite teams, venue… all you need to know

UEFA EURO 2024 is set to kick off on June 14, 2024, at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, with Scotland facing off against the hosts in the opening match.

The tournament will be the first to be hosted by Germany since the unification and will conclude on July 14, 2024, at the Olympiastadion in Berlin. The 1988 version was hosted by West Germany before the unification.

Currently, bookmakers have England as the favourites to take home the trophy with odds of 7/2, followed by France at 4/1 and hosts Germany at 5/1. Spain and Portugal trails closely behind at 8/1.

The tournament format is the same as that of Euro 2020, with the top two teams from each group advancing to the round of 16. Four best third-placed finishers also advance to the round of 16.

While the Allianz Arena in Munich and Olympiastadion in Berlin are prominent venues, the tournament will actually feature 8 more host cities making it 10 in total.

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Borussia Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park, renowned for its iconic ‘yellow wall’, has been chosen to host a range of matches, including those in Groups B, D, and F, as well as knockout stage matches in the round of 16 and semi-finals.

Below are the 10 host cities and name of the stadiums and capacity. 

– Berlin: Olympiastadion (70,000 capacity)

– Cologne: Cologne Stadium (47,000)

– Dortmund: BVB Stadion Dortmund (66,000)

– Dusseldorf: Dusseldorf Arena (47,000)

– Frankfurt: Frankfurt Arena (48,000)

– Gelsenkirchen: Arena AufSchalke (50,000)

– Hamburg: Volksparkstadion Hamburg (50,000)

– Leipzig: Leipzig Stadium (42,000)

– Munich: Munich Football Arena (67,000)

– Stuttgart: Stuttgart Arena (54,000)

Erling Haaland of Manchester City and Martin Odegaard of Arsenal will miss out on the tournament this summer, as their national team, Norway, did not succeed in qualifying for the competition.

Norway’s hopes of qualifying were dashed after they failed to earn enough points in a tough group featuring Spain and Scotland, and they also missed out on a playoff opportunity.

Paul Pogba also will not be going to Germany with les bleus as he is still serving ban.

Sweden is another notable absence in EURO 2024 as they failed to qualify for the first time in nearly three decades, ending a streak that dated back to 1996.

The tournament’s culmination will be the final match that will be held at Berlin’s iconic Olympiastadion on July 14, 2024, with a scheduled kickoff time of 20:00 (8:00 PM) in British Summer Time (BST).

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