UEFA EURO 2024: All you need to know

football21 May 2024 07:50
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Germany will host EURO 2024, having been chosen to stage the 17th edition of the UEFA European Championship at a UEFA Executive Committee meeting in Nyon on 27 September 2018. Türkiye was the only other nation that bid to hold UEFA EURO 2024. Catch all the action live on SuperSport.

West Germany hosted the 1988 edition, but this will be the first time Germany has staged the UEFA European Championship since reunification. The 2006 FIFA World Cup also took place in the country.

When is EURO 2024?

The UEFA EURO 2024 final tournament is scheduled to take place from 14 June to 14 July 2024. The group stage runs until 26 June, with the knockout stage beginning on 29 June.

As the host nation, Germany are seeded in Group A and will occupy position A1; they will therefore play in the opening match – against Scotland – at the Munich Football Arena on Friday 14 June. Germany/West Germany have featured at every EURO since 1972. West Germany won the 1972 and 1980 editions, while the reunited Germany triumphed at EURO '96.

Who has qualified for EURO?

The draw for the final tournament was held in Hamburg on Saturday 2 December.

Group A: Germany, Scotland, Hungary, Switzerland

Group B: Spain, Croatia, Italy, Albania

Group C: Slovenia, Denmark, Serbia, England

Group D: Poland*, Netherlands, Austria, France

Group E: Belgium, Slovakia, Romania, Ukraine*

Group F: Türkiye, Georgia*, Portugal, Czechia

*Qualified via play-offs

The format will be the same as for UEFA EURO 2020. The top two in each of the six final tournament groups will proceed to the round of 16 along with the four best third-placed finishers.

Where and when will the final of UEFA EURO 2024 be played?

Berlin's Olympiastadion will stage the final on Sunday 14 July 2024.

What are the EURO 2024 host cities?

The ten venues chosen to host games at the tournament include nine of the stadiums used at the 2006 World Cup plus the Düsseldorf Arena.

Uniquely, the Munich Football Arena will be staging matches for the second EURO in succession; Bayern München's home ground was one of 11 arenas that held games during UEFA EURO 2020.

Host venues are as follows:

- Berlin: Olympiastadion Berlin (current capacity: 71,000)
- Cologne: Cologne Stadium (43,000)
- Dortmund: BVB Stadion Dortmund (62,000)
- Dusseldorf: Düsseldorf Arena (47,000)
- Frankfurt: Frankfurt Arena (47,000)
- Gelsenkirchen: Arena AufSchalke (50,000)
- Hamburg: Volksparkstadion Hamburg (49,000)
- Leipzig: Leipzig Stadium (40,000)
- Munich: Munich Football Arena (66,000)
- Stuttgart: Stuttgart Arena (51,000)

EURO 2024 key dates

Final tournament
- 14 June 2024: UEFA EURO 2024 opening game, Munich Football Arena
- 14 July 2024: UEFA EURO 2024 final, Olympiastadion Berlin

What sustainability measures will be in place at EURO?

In line with increased societal expectations around football needing to accelerate action on social and environmental sustainability, the UEFA EURO 2024 tournament wants to lead by example through targeted measures and investments. The full Environmental, Social and Governance strategy can be found here.

Will there be Fan Zones in Germany?

Every host city will welcome supporters to dedicated fan zones with public viewing installations. Check out the event guide for each host city for further details on how to prepare for your EURO 2024 experience in Germany, whether you have a ticket or just want to soak up the atmosphere during the football festivities. More information will be released in the build-up to the tournament, so make sure you visit regularly for the latest updates.

What will be the best way to get around Germany?

Travelling by train and public transport will be the most convenient and sustainable option to travel during the tournament. EURO 2024 ticket holders will have access to discounted national and international train tickets, as well as a 36 Hour Travel Pass for public transport at no extra cost.

Is there an official match ball?

FUSSBALLLIEBE, the Official Match Ball of UEFA EURO 2024 that will be used during the final tournament, was unveiled in November 2023 by UEFA and adidas at a special event in front of the Olympiastadion in Berlin. German for "love of football", FUSSBALLLIEBE features adidas Connected Ball Technology for the first time at a UEFA EURO.

Who is the EURO 2024 mascot?

The official tournament mascot is named Albärt following a vote conducted among users and schoolchildren across Europe, through the UEFA Football in Schools programme. Albärt, a teddy bear, won 32% of the vote. The ursine mascot was first introduced to Germany fans in Gelsenkirchen in June 2023, ahead of the national team's friendly game against Colombia.

Who are the city ambassadors for EURO 2024?

Berlin: Kevin-Prince Boateng
Cologne: Harald Schumacher
Dortmund: Roman Weidenfeller, Annike Krahn
Düsseldorf: Martina Voss-Tecklenburg, Sandra Mikolaschek, Selin Oruz
Frankfurt: Alex Meier, Deborah Levi
Gelsenkirchen: Gerald Asamoah
Hamburg: Patrick Esume
Leipzig: Professor Dr Jörg Junhold, Anja Mittag, Jürgen Zielinski
Munich: Dr Felix Brych
Stuttgart: Cacau, Niko Kappel, Eli Seitz

Is there an official EURO 2024 song?

Italian producers Meduza, American pop-rock trailblazers OneRepublic and German singer-songrwriter Leony are EURO 2024's official music artists and will produce the official song of the tournament, which will be released in May.