The Euro 2024 Stage: Teams That Have Earned Their Spot
With 21 elite squads having already secured their coveted places, the spotlight now turns towards the heart-pounding playoffs, where three remaining slots await the teams eager to etch their names into footballing history. Let's delve into the unfolding drama, celebrating the triumphant qualifiers while eagerly anticipating the climax of the playoffs that will complete this illustrious ensemble. Among the exhilarating moments that football enthusiasts anticipate, the Euro tournament stands as a pinnacle, where the world witnesses the fusion of talent, strategy, and passion on the grandest stage. As the feverish anticipation builds for the upcoming Euro championship, the roster of qualified teams paints a captivating picture of skill and determination. With 21 elite squads having already secured their coveted places, the spotlight now turns towards the heart-pounding playoffs, where three remaining slots await the teams eager to etch their names into footballing history. Let's delve into the unfolding drama, celebrating the triumphant qualifiers while eagerly anticipating the climax of the playoffs that will complete this illustrious ensemble.
Germany, the host nation for Euro 2024, is preparing to welcome the continent's finest in a tournament they automatically qualify for. While their football history is rich, including three Euro championships in 1972, 1980, and 1996, their recent performances have raised questions. In the 2020 Euros, they reached the round of 16, but the team has encountered challenges since. Under the guidance of Julian Nagelsmann, who took the reins from Hansi Flick in September 2023, the team is striving for success. However, concerns loom as they face the aftermath of underwhelming international friendlies and a lacklustre World Cup showing where they failed to advance from their group. These concerns cast a shadow of uncertainty over Germany's prospects in Euro 2024, prompting the team to address them as they prepare for the upcoming tournament.
Albania's triumph in securing their spot for the 2024 Euros was nothing short of dramatic. With a nerve-racking 1-1 draw against Moldova in the final group stage game, they clinched their second-ever EURO finals participation. Their earlier stint in the 2016 Euros saw them fall short in the group stage, but this time, under the guidance of manager Sylvio Mendes, they are poised for redemption. It was Vladislav Baboglo's heroics in the 87th minute that sealed their fate, equalizing the score and securing the crucial point that propelled them to the top of their group, marking a historic moment for Albanian football.
Austria secured their Euro 2024 qualification with a resounding 1-0 victory over Azerbaijan on October 16. Competing in Group F, alongside Belgium, Sweden, Azerbaijan, and Estonia, Austria has showcased their strength. Their current 2nd place standing with 19 points, significantly ahead of 3rd-place Sweden with 10 points, ensures their presence in the upcoming tournament. Under the guidance of head coach Ralf Rangnick, the Austrian national team aims to make an impression. Their most successful Euro campaign was in the 2020 European Championship when they reached the round of 16. In Euro 2024, they are determined to exceed that accomplishment.
Belgium secured their ticket to Euro 2024 with a thrilling 3-2 victory over their primary Group F rivals, Austria, on October 13. Group F, featuring Belgium, Austria, Azerbaijan, Estonia, and Sweden, witnessed the Red Devils lead the group with 17 points, guaranteeing their presence in the tournament as well as finishing with 20 points at the end of the group stage. Led by head coach Domenico Tedesco, Belgium has been a force in international competitions, with recent quarter-final appearances in European Championships. However, their 2022 World Cup performance, where they faltered in the group stage, raises concerns among their passionate fans as they look forward to Euro 2024.
Croatia solidified their presence in the upcoming Euro 2024, marking their sixth consecutive EURO appearance and their second under the guidance of long-serving coach Zlatko Dalić. Securing their spot with a crucial 1-0 win over Armenia in the final qualifying match of Group D, Croatia aims to build on their prior successes in the championship. Their most notable Euro campaigns included quarter-final appearances in 1996 and 2008, and a recent advancement to the round of 16 in the 2020 Euros. Leading the charge is the venerable captain and linchpin, 38-year-old Luka Modrić, poised to potentially feature in his ninth major international tournament, continuing to be the driving force behind Croatia's ambitions on the grand stage.
Czechia confidently clinched their eighth consecutive Euro finals appearance after a 3-0 commanding victory over Moldova on the 20th November. This continues their strong presence in the tournament, having achieved notable feats such as quarter-final appearances twice, as well as making it to the semi-finals and final across the last seven editions. Their most triumphant campaign dates back to their 1976 championship win, while their recent performance in the 2020 Euros saw them reach the quarter-finals. However, despite their successful qualification for Euro 2024, concerns have surfaced among fans due to the resignation of Czech Republic coach Jaroslav Silhavy, leaving a shadow of uncertainty over their campaign despite the team's strong historical showing.
Denmark secured their consecutive EURO finals qualification with a crucial 2-1 victory against Slovenia on November 17th in Group H. This achievement marks their first back-to-back appearances since 2004. Under the seasoned guidance of Kasper Hjulmand, Denmark's seasoned squad is basking in recent success, having reached the semifinals at EURO 2020—a feat unmatched since their historic tournament victory in 1992. This latest qualification not only underscores their resilience but also sets the stage for Denmark's determined return to the Euro stage, fueling hopes of further remarkable performances in the upcoming tournament.
England secured their place in the EURO finals with a commanding 3-1 victory over Italy at Wembley on October 17. Drawn in Group C, alongside Italy, Ukraine, North Macedonia, and Malta, the Three Lions have been a dominant force in international football. The scars of their penalty shootout loss to Italy in the previous European Championship final provide added motivation. Under the leadership of head coach Gareth Southgate, England boasts a talented and youthful squad. They currently lead their group with 20 points, securing their Euro 2024 qualification. The victory over Italy at Wembley may serve as a form of redemption as they strive for a strong performance in the upcoming tournament.
France secured their qualification for Euro 2024 with a 2-1 victory over the Netherlands on October 13. Their EURO journey in recent years has been marked by reaching the final in the 2016 Euros, albeit with a loss to Portugal, and a round of 16 exit in the 2020 Euros. France's record in the European Championships is impressive, having not missed a Euro tournament since 1988. In Group B, featuring France, Netherlands, Greece, Ireland, and Gibraltar, they lead with 22 points. Head coach Didier Deschamps, at the helm since 2012, has been instrumental in their success. France's recent accomplishments also include being finalists in the 2022 World Cup, where they narrowly lost to Argentina in a penalty shootout. Keep an eye out for Kylian Mbappe, the 24-year-old striker who scored a World Cup final hat-trick, making him a formidable presence in Euro 2024.Another one of their most recent successes include a 14-0 win against Gibraltar on the 18th November. Whilst Gibraltar is not considered a traditionally strong team, it still demonstrates Les Bleus determination and skill that makes them a feared opponent in the tournament.
Hungary's football resurgence continues as they secure their third consecutive EURO finals appearance, breaking a 44-year drought from 1972 to 2016. Their ticket to Euro 2024 was sealed with a hard-fought 2-2 draw against Bulgaria on November 16th, marking a remarkable achievement for the team. Despite a challenging group featuring powerhouses like France, Germany, and Portugal, Hungary faced tough competition in EURO 2020, finishing at the group's bottom. Nonetheless, they displayed resilience, earning two points from three games. Hungary's most memorable Euro campaign dates back to 1964 when they clinched a remarkable third-place finish. Steering the team's endeavours is head coach Marco Rossi, leading the charge as Hungary sets their sights on a promising campaign in Euro 2024.
Italy's journey to Euro 2024 was nothing short of dramatic and resilient. Initially under Roberto Mancini's guidance, later transitioning to Luciano Spalletti, the defending champions showcased their strength. Despite facing defeats home and away against Group C winners England, the same team they triumphed over in a penalty shootout to claim the 2021 title, Italy's fate hung in the balance. Their pivotal moment arrived on November 20th against Ukraine, where they held on for a goalless draw. A defeat would have seen them drop to third in the group, eliminating their chance at the tournament. Their victory in the 2020 Euros firmly establishes Italy as a formidable force, making them strong contenders once more to claim the coveted championship.
The Netherlands solidified their spot in the finals with a decisive 1-0 victory over the Republic of Ireland on November 18th. Under the seasoned leadership of Ronald Koeman, in his second tenure as coach, the team has been making strides. Koeman, who previously won the tournament as a player in 1988, has steered the Oranje to commendable achievements, including reaching the 2019 UEFA Nations League final and securing third place in the same competition during summer 2023. Reflecting on their recent Euro campaign in 2020, the Dutch team advanced to the round of 16, aiming to capitalize on their strong form as they gear up for the upcoming Euro 2024 tournament.
Portugal clinched their Euro 2024 qualification with a thrilling 3-2 win against Slovakia on October 13. Their best EUROs performance came in 2016 when they lifted the trophy, defeating France in the final. In the 2020 Euros, they reached the round of 16. In Euro 2024, they find themselves in Group J, featuring Slovakia, Luxembourg, Iceland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Liechtenstein. Portugal stands atop the group with a perfect record of 30 points, not having lost a game in the qualification stage. A notable contributor to their success is Cristiano Ronaldo, who recently played a pivotal role by scoring two goals against Slovakia, securing their qualification. Ronaldo, with 205 caps and 128 goals for Portugal, remains a footballing legend.
Romania's return to the EURO stage is marked by their qualification for Euro 2024 after a compelling 2-1 victory against Israel in Hungary on November 18th. Their absence in the previous edition highlights their determination to reclaim a spot among Europe's elite. While their most notable campaign dates back to 2000, when they reached the quarter-finals, Romania, under the guidance of head coach Edward Iordănescu, aims to revive that spirit and make an impact in the upcoming tournament. This qualification marks a significant step for Romanian football as they strive to rekindle the magic of their past successes on the Euro stage.
Scotland secured their qualification for Euro 2024 when Norway failed to secure three points at home against Spain on October 15. At the 2020 Euros, Scotland's campaign ended in the group stage, but they are determined to shine in the upcoming tournament. Drawn in Group A with Spain, Norway, Georgia, and Cyprus, Scotland is currently in 2nd place with 17 points. Their robust performance in the group guarantees their presence in the tournament. Head coach Steve Clarke's tactical acumen has contributed to their recent success. The form of key player Scott McTominay is notable, as he's been in good form for both club and country, making him a key figure to watch in Euro 2024.
Serbia marked their return to the EURO finals with a thrilling 2-2 draw against Bulgaria on November 19th after a considerable absence. Bolstered by a formidable squad featuring talents like Juventus' Dušan Vlahović, Fenerbahçe's Dušan Tadić, and AC Milan's forward Luka Jović, Serbia holds lofty ambitions for the upcoming tournament. With these impressive names in their ranks, the team aims to make a resounding impact at Euro 2024. Under the guidance of head coach Dragan Stojković, Serbia enters the competition with renewed vigour, eager to showcase their potential and leave an indelible mark on the European stage.
Slovakia secured their third consecutive EURO finals appearance following a commanding 4-2 victory against Iceland on November 16th. Their earlier showing in the 2020 edition saw them finish third in Group E. While their most significant achievement dates back to their joint Czechoslovakia win in 1976, Slovakia's independent efforts peaked in 2016, reaching the round of 16 before bowing out against Germany. Guided by head coach Francesco Calzona, Slovakia eyes the upcoming Euro 2024 with a blend of experience and determination, aiming to replicate or even surpass their past performances on the European stage.
Slovenia's compelling journey to Euro 2024 reached its climax on November 20th with a pivotal 2-1 victory against Kazakhstan, securing their long-awaited qualification. This triumph over their contenders for the runners-up spot propelled them to a major international tournament for only the fourth time and notably their first since the 2010 World Cup. The win marked a defining moment in their campaign, highlighting Slovenia's resilience and determination. Finishing second in their group with 22 points, neck-and-neck with Denmark, yet separated by goal difference, Slovenia's hard-fought qualification sets the stage for their resurgence on the European footballing scene in the upcoming Euro 2024 tournament.
Spain, a footballing powerhouse, has secured their place in Euro 2024 with an impressive 1-0 victory over Norway in Oslo on October 15. With a rich history of European Championships success, including their triumph in the 2012 Euros, Spain consistently shines in international competitions. In the 2020 Euros, they demonstrated their quality by reaching the semi-finals, falling just short of the ultimate prize. Spain currently sits atop the group with 21 points. Their stellar performance and unwavering consistency in the group stage not only guaranteed their qualification but also reaffirmed their status as a formidable contender in Euro 2024. Under the expert guidance of their esteemed head coach, Luis de la Fuente, Spain has continued to showcase their tactical brilliance and ability to adapt to different challenges.As one of the few nations with a consistent history of thriving in international football, Spain's presence in the tournament adds prestige and promises to deliver enthralling football. Their approach to matches often epitomises the beautiful side of the sport, emphasising technique, teamwork, and an unwavering commitment to attacking play. Fans worldwide eagerly await Spain's journey in Euro 2024, curious to see if they can reclaim the European throne.
Switzerland secured their fifth appearance in the last six editions of the tournament with a crucial 1-1 draw against Kosovo on November 18th. Their most notable showing was in the 2020 edition, where they made an impressive run by advancing through the group stage and notably stunning France in a thrilling round of 16 encounter decided by penalties. However, their journey met its end in the quarter-finals against Spain, once again in a heart-wrenching penalty shootout. Under the guidance of head coach Murat Yakin, Switzerland enters Euro 2024 with a blend of experience and ambition, aiming to build on past successes and strive for a memorable performance in the upcoming tournament.
Turkey secured their qualification for Euro 2024 with an emphatic 4-0 victory at home against Latvia on October 15. Their most notable Euro campaign was in 2008 when they reached the semi-finals. However, their 2020 Euros performance was underwhelming as they failed to progress past the group stage. In Euro 2024, Turkey finds itself in Group D, alongside Wales, Croatia, Armenia, and Latvia. The Turkish team currently leads the group with 17 points, demonstrating their strong performance in the qualification stage. Under the guidance of their head coach, Vincenzo Montella, Turkey has been meticulously preparing for the upcoming tournament.
Euro Knockout Playoffs
Each path in the Euro qualifiers playoffs presents an exciting format comprising two gripping semi-final clashes. The winners from these high-stakes encounters will progress to a head-to-head battle for a coveted place in the Euro 2024 knockouts. In Path A Poland will face Estonia, while Wales is poised to clash against Finland. In the Path B playoffsThe stakes are high as Israel takes on Iceland while Bosnia and Herzegovina face off against Ukraine in these crucial encounters. Path C of the Euro qualifiers playoffs sets the stage for a thrilling series of upcoming clashes featuring Georgia facing Luxembourg and Greece taking on Kazakhstan. These pivotal showdowns promise intense footballing action as the teams vie relentlessly for a chance to secure their spot in the upcoming tournament, ensuring every minute of these clashes will be fraught with tension and determination. The ultimate faceoff to determine the triumphant team securing a spot in the Euro 2024 will be an electrifying spectacle, setting the stage for an exhilarating journey through the competition's knockout stages.
As Euro 2024's qualification phase draws to a close, anticipation surges for a tournament teeming with talent and fervour. With 21 teams securing spots and playoffs looming, the stage is primed for an intense showdown. The impending semi-finals in Paths A, B, and C heighten the thrill, with teams fiercely competing for the last three spots. Each side seeks to etch its name in football lore, paving the way for an exhilarating journey through Euro 2024's knockout stages. Expect gripping battles, tactical manoeuvres, and moments of brilliance as fans brace for an unforgettable spectacle. The countdown commences for a tournament poised to mesmerise the world.