It’s not long to go before every participant of Euro 2024 will be known.
The arduous qualification process is winding down with the group stages almost complete and 20 names already in the hat. There are just four more to be decided with the final day of group stage action to come before we get to the play-offs.
Read on to find out which nations will be contesting UEFA’s most prestigious international tournament.
When is Euro 2024?
Germany won the right to host the 17th edition of the UEFA European Championship which gets underway on June 14 and concludes one month later.
- Group phase: June 14 to June 26
- Round of 16: June 29 to July 2
- Quarter-finals: July 5 to July 6
- Semi-finals: July 9 to July 10
- Final: July 14
Only eight teams were invited to play in 1988 now there are 24 split into six groups. From there group winners, runners-up and the best four third-placed teams will advance to the round of 16. UEFA have also confirmed that countries will only be able to name 23-man squads again, rather than the 26 players they we able to call up at Euro 2020 due to the COVID rules.
- Olympiastadion (Berlin)
- Allianz Arena (Munich)
- Signal Iduna Park (Dortmund)
- MHPArena (Stuttgart)
- Veltins-Arena (Gelsenkirchen)
- Deutsche Bank Park (Frankfurt)
- Volksparkstadion (Hamburg)
- Merkur Spiel-Arena (Düsseldorf)
- RheinEnergieStadion (Cologne)
- Red Bull Arena (Leipzig).
Of those aforementioned ten venues, nine were used for the 2006 FIFA World Cup with Merkur Spiel-Arena the exception though Düsseldorf was a host city for the 1974 FIFA World Cup and Euro 1988.
The 74,461-capacity Olympiastadion will host the final.
Which teams have already qualified for Euro 2024?
- Manager: Julian Nagelsmann
- Top scorer in qualifying: N/A
- Best Euros finish: Winners (1972, 1980, 1996)
It’s not been a great few years for Germany who celebrated their fourth world championship a decade ago. Jogi Low made way for Hansi Flick whose tenure was short and riddled with setbacks. Supporters were pessimistic before Julian Nagelsmann’s appointment with the former Bayern Munich head coach signing a contract that will expire once Germany’s campaign ends. There’s still work to be done but Nagelsmann can rely on experienced heads as well as some promising youngsters none more so than Jamal Musiala who is widely considered among Europe’s best in his age group.
- Manager: Didier Deschamps
- Top scorer in qualifying: Kylian Mbappé (9 goals)
- Best Euros finish: Winners (1984, 2000)
Les Bleus hold the distinction as Europe’s most recent world champion. Didier Deschamps’ men were unable to successfully defend their crown in Qatar last winter as Lionel Messi and company outlasted them on spot kicks. France’s issue prior to Deschamps being hired as head coach was a lack of harmony with too many cooks in the kitchen. He’s installed a new winning culture and has an embarrassment of riches at his disposal. Leading the charge is Kylian Mbappe but there’s an eclectic supporting cast with evergreen Olivier Giroud still available for selection.
- Manager: Roberto Martinez
- Top scorer in qualifying: Cristiano Ronaldo (9 goals)
- Best Euros finish: Winners (2016)
Speaking of evergreen Cristiano Ronaldo has no intention of winding down his illustrious career. The world record holder for international goals committed to representing Portugal in Germany next summer as soon as they booked their place. Ronaldo will be 39 once the festivities begin and chances are he’ll be leading out the 2016 winners. Roberto Martinez, who fell short with Belgium’s golden generation, isn’t exactly presiding over a one-man team. So many of Europe’s finest footballers are wearing red-and-green with some — Bruno Fernandes, Diogo Jota, Ruben Dias and Bernardo Silva — familiar to Premier League fans.
- Manager: Domenico Tedesco
- Top scorer in qualifying: Romelu Lukaku (9 goals)
- Best Euros finish: Runners-up (1980)
It hasn’t yet clicked for Belgium who saw quarter-final exits in 2016 and 2020 to go with a slew of disappointing results across three recent World Cup appearances. Domenico Tedesco will be expected to call upon veterans Jan Vertonghen, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku but there’s plenty of fresh blood with Johan Bakayoko, Loïs Openda and Jérémy Doku to keep an eye on going forward. Long gone are the days of De Rode Duivels struggling to qualify for tournaments or missing them outright, however it’s fair to say they are not among the heavy favourites but that could work in their favour.
- Manager: Luis de la Fuente
- Top scorer in qualifying: Álvaro Morata (4 goals)
- Best Euros finish: Winners (1964, 2008, 2012)
Spain’s dynasty felt everlasting but those Xavi-Iniesta days feel like a lifetime ago. They have fallen short following their 2012 success with a round of 16 exit in 2016 before a semi-final berth four years later. Luis Enrique’s panache for sterile domination was exposed in Qatar and he’s since been replaced by decorated youth international coach Luis de la Fuente who presides over a changing Spanish team. Barcelona teammates Gavi and Pedri represent the new wave but it’s Manchester City deep-lying midfielder Rodri who makes this La Roja tick.
Manager: Steve Clarke
Top scorer in qualifying: Scott McTominay (6 goals)
Best Euros finish: Group Stage (1992, 1996, 2020)
It wasn’t long ago when Scottish fans dreaded these qualification processes but now Scotland have made it back-to-back Euro appearances with Scott McTominay leading the charge. The often underutilised Manchester United midfielder turns into the second coming of Kenny Dalglish when donning Tartan Army blue. It also helps those around him are talented with Billy Gilmour the most promising of this current crop.
Manager: Vincenzo Montella
Top scorer in qualifying: Kerem Aktürkoğlu and Cenk Tosun (2 goals)
Best Euros finish: Semi-finals (2008)
The 2000s saw Turkey reach another level. A bronze medal at the 2002 World Cup was followed by a third-place finish at Euro 2008 but since then it’s been one disappointment after another. Even this present-day team has some doubts but to qualify at least suggests progress. However, they were poor last time out, finishing with the worst record at Euro 2020 after losing all three group stage matches while conceding eight times and scoring once. The likes of Hakan Çalhanoğlu and Cenk Tosun will be looking to make amends while Orkun Kökçü has developed into a midfield lynchpin.
- Manager: Gareth Southgate
- Top scorer in qualifying: Harry Kane (5 goals)
- Best Euros finish: Runners-up (2020)
The scars of 2008 have vanished with England all but confirming its place in Germany with how qualification is coming along. No one questions the calibre of footballers eligible to represent the Three Lions with question marks hanging over the boss Gareth Southgate who many felt would step down following last winter’s meek World Cup exit. He remains in charge and possesses ridiculous options in midfield and further up the field. Jude Bellingham has already broken through but the 20-year-old is nowhere close to reaching his full potential which is scary.
- Manager: Ralf Rangnick
- Top scorer in qualifying: Michael Gregoritsch (4 goals)
- Best Euros finish: Last-16 (2020)
Having failed to reach any of the first 12 European Championship finals, Austria have now qualified for each of the last three consecutive tournaments. They reached the knockout rounds at Euro 2020 for the first time, having failing to get past the group stage in both 2008 and 2016, being knocked out by eventual champions Italy in extra-time at Wembley. Now under the tutelage of former Manchester United interim head-coach Ralf Rangnick, the Austrians will be hoping to go even further in Germany and will once again be able to call on the experienced David Alaba, Marcel Sabitzer and Marko Arnautovic.
- Manager: Kasper Hjulmand
- Top scorer in qualifying: Rasmus Højlund (7 goals)
- Best Euros finish: Winners (1992)
Denmark made it to the semi-final stage at Euro 2020 for the first time since their triumphant campaign in 1992 when they took home the famous trophy for their first and only time. They made it past Wales and then Czechia just three years ago, but England at Wembley was one step too far, as Harry Kane broke the Dane’s hearts in extra-time after Mikkel Damsgaard had given them a first half lead. Champions League specialist and the Dane’s top goalscorer in qualifying Rasmus Højlund, will be hoping to fire the Danes to glory once more in Germany.
- Manager: Sylvinho
- Top scorer in qualifying: Nedim Bajrami (3 goals)
- Best Euros finish: Group Stage (2016)
After finishing third in their group in their only European Championship appearance to date in 2016, Albania are back again for another bite of the cherry as they look to make the knockout rounds for the very first time in their history. After an opening day defeat to Poland, things looked bleak for Albania, but they turned it around with four wins and two draws from their next six matches to book a place at Euro 2024, keeping a clean sheet in three of their four victories, including revenge on Poland with a 2-0 win.
- Manager: Francesco Calzona
- Top scorer in qualifying: Lukás Haraslín (3 goals)
- Best Euros finish: Last-16 (2016)
Since qualifying for their first tournament in 2016, Slovakia haven’t looked back and have now made it to the finals in each of the last three additions. They were knocked out in the round of 16 in their debut campaign at the hands of Germany seven years ago, before finishing behind Spain and Sweden in 2020, bowing out in the group stages. Finishing as runners-up to Portugal in qualifying, Francesco Calzona has a lot of experience to take with him to Germany, including PSG centre-back Milan Skriniar, goalkeeper Martin Dúbravka and the legendary Marek Hamsík.
- Manager: Marco Rossi
- Top scorer in qualifying: Barnabás Varga (4 goals)
- Best Euros finish: Third place (1964)
After finishing third in their European Championship debut in 1964 and then fourth eight years later (though the tournament was very different back then), Hungary suffered a 44-year absence before making their return. In 2016, Hungary ended the long wait and they have now qualified for three finals in a row. They were knocked out of the round of 16 in 2016, finishing top of their group unbeaten (one win, two draws) before being beaten by Belgium. Last time out, they were placed in a tough group alongside France, Germany and Portugal and finished bottom, despite only losing once.
- Manager: Ronald Koeman
- Top scorer in qualifying: Wout Weghorst (3 goals)
- Best Euros finish: Winners (1988)
Netherlands look to be back near their best. There were a couple of tournaments missed in times of troubles, but Netherlands have now reached three major tournaments in a row and back-to-back European Championships. Last time out Netherlands reached the knockout stages finishing perfect in their group, only to lose in the last 16 to Czech Republic. Ronald Koeman is back in charge and has a lot of talent on his hands. Frenkie de Jong is a top-five midfielder while Xavi Simons is fulfilling the promise once bestowed on him. There’s a plethora of credible defenders to call on including Liverpool skipper Virgil van Dijk.
- Manager: Edward Iordanescu
- Top scorer in qualifying: Valentin Mihaila and Nicolae Stanciu (3 goals)
- Best Euros finish: Quarter-finals (2000)
Romania are back at the European Championships having failed to qualify in 2020. It was a tough failure to take for Romania as they would have had the chance to play in front of their own fans as one of the co-hosts. But Romania brushed themselves off and secured their qualification to next summer’s tournament with one game left to play. It may not be the bleached-blond iconic squad of the late 90s, but they’ll be there.
- Manager: Murat Yakin
- Top scorer in qualifying: Zeki Amdouni (6 goals)
- Best Euros finish: Quarter-finals (2020)
This current crop of Switzerland players have made history. For the first time ever, Switzerland have qualified for three consecutive European Championships. After making their debut in 1996, Switzerland had to sit out in 2000. There were two tournaments in a row in 2004 and 2008, though they automatically qualified for the latter as co-hosts. Another absence followed before Switzerland made it to 2016, 2020 and now 2024. Euro 2020 brought Switzerland’s best run at a European Championships so far, as they reached the quarter-finals, only losing to Spain on penalties. They were also involved in one of the great matches of the tournament, coming from 3-1 to eventually beat France on penalties.
- Manager: Dragan Stojkovic
- Top scorer in qualifying: Aleksandar Mitrovic (5 goals)
- Best Euros finish: Runners-up (1960, 1968)
Serbia do have history at the European Championships. As part of Yugoslavia they were runners-up in 1960 and 1968, while also making the quarter-finals as FR Yugoslavia in 2000 (before becoming Serbia and Montenegro). But now they will be making their debut on their own as Serbia, a historic moment for the nation. They finished as group G runners-up behind Hungary, finishing three points clear of, funnily enough, Montenegro.
Czech Republic (100/1)
- Manager: Jaroslav Silhavy
- Top scorer in qualifying: Vaclav Cerny, Tomas Soucek (2 goals)
- Best Euros finish: Winners (1976)
Another team with history at the Euros under a difference name, the Czech Republic inherited the record of Czechoslovakia, who won the tournament in 1976. As Czech Republic, the nation have now qualified for eight consecutive European Championships, finishing as runners-up in 1996 and semi-finalists in 2004. But they have a strange habit of following up knockout stage runs with group stage exits. Last time out it was a quarter-final finish, so does that mean we’re in for another loss in the group stage?
- Manager: Matjaz Kek
- Top scorer in qualifying: Benjamin Sesko (5 goals)
- Best Euros finish: Group stage (2000)
Slovenia will play at the European Championships for just the second time, 24 years on from their tournament debut. At Euro 2000, Slovenia bowed out winless at the group stage with two draws and a defeat, and they have also suffered two group stage exits at the World Cup since. But there will be a different feeling this time around as they won seven of their 10 qualifying games in a tough group.
- Manager: Luciano Spalletti
- Top scorer in qualifying: Zeki Amdouni (6 goals)
- Best Euros finish: Winners (1968, 2020)
The defending champions, Italy just about scraped through qualifying, finished ahead of third-placed Ukraine in their group on a better head-to-head record following a goalless draw in their final game. It’s been a tough few years for the Italians but their struggles were eased two years ago by the penalty shootout victory over England at Wembley to claim a second European Championship. Can they retain their crown?
- Manager: Zlatko Dalić
- Top scorer in qualifying: Andrej Kramarić (4 goals)
- Best Euros finish: Quarter-finals (1996, 2008)
Croatia have overachieved at the World Cup level having reached the final in 2018 and winning bronze four years later. They’ve not gone beyond the round of 16 across their last Euros participation. Now they have reached Germany then it’s likely this will be the swansong of Luka Modric who has been nothing short of an excellent servant.
Who are the favourites for Euro 2024?
*Odds correct as of 20:00 on November 26