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Which teams have qualified for Euro 2024? Draw, favourites, outright odds and most exciting teams

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 15:00, 27 March 2024

We now know the identities of every participant in Euro 2024.

We’ve known the Euro 2024 group stage draw since December, but the arduous qualification process is over, with the final three sides confirmed after the Playoff finals.

Read on to determine which nations will contest 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 begins on June 14 and concludes one month later.

Dates

  • 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, they 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 has also confirmed that countries will only be able to name 23-man squads again, rather than the 26 players they can call up at Euro 2020, due to the COVID rules.

Stadiums

  • 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 ten venues, nine were used for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, with Merkur Spiel-Arena being 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?

Germany (6/1)

  • 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 and some promising youngsters, none more so than Jamal Musiala, who is widely considered among Europe’s best in his age group.

France (7/2)

  • 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 could not successfully defend their crown in Qatar as Lionel Messi and company outlasted them on spot kicks. France’s issue before Deschamps was 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. Leading the charge is Kylian Mbappe, but an eclectic supporting cast with evergreen Olivier Giroud is still available for selection.

Portugal (8/1)

  • Manager: Roberto Martinez
  • Top scorer in qualifying: Cristiano Ronaldo (9 goals)
  • Best Euros finish: Winners (2016)

Speaking of evergreen, Cristiano Ronaldo does not intend to end 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; 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.

Belgium (16/1)

  • 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. Still, 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.

Spain (8/1)

  • 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 Manchester City’s deep-lying midfielder Rodri makes this La Roja tick.

Scotland (100/1)

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 has 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 talented people around him, with Billy Gilmour being the most promising of this crop.

Turkey (66/1)

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 third-place finish at Euro 2008 followed a bronze medal at the 2002 World Cup, but it’s been one disappointment after another since then. Even this present-day team has some doubts, but to qualify at least suggests progress. However, they were poor last time, 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.

England (3/1)

  • 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 a 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.

Austria (80/1)

  • Manager: Ralf Rangnick
  • Top scorer in qualifying: Michael Gregoritsch (4 goals)
  • Best Euros finish: Last-16 (2020)

Having failed to reach the first 12 European Championship finals, Austria has now qualified for each of the last three consecutive tournaments. They reached the knockout rounds at Euro 2020 for the first time, having been unable to get past the group stage in 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 hope to go even further in Germany and will once again be able to call on the experienced David Alaba, Marcel Sabitzer, and Marko Arnautovic.

Denmark (40/1)

  • 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 the 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. Man Utd star and the Dane’s top goalscorer in qualifying, Rasmus Højlund, will be hoping to fire the Danes to glory again in Germany.

Albania (250/1)

  • 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 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.

Slovakia (500/1)

  • 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 hasn’t looked back and has 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 much experience to take to Germany, including PSG centre-back Milan Skriniar, goalkeeper Martin Dúbravka and the legendary Marek Hamsík. But how will being Napoli’s manager affect Calzona’s preparations?

Hungary (80/1)

  • 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 successive finals. 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.

Netherlands (16/1)

  • Manager: Ronald Koeman
  • Top scorer in qualifying: Wout Weghorst (3 goals)
  • Best Euros finish: Winners (1988)

The Netherlands look to be back near their best. A couple of tournaments were missed in times of trouble, but the Netherlands have now reached three major tournaments in a row and back-to-back European Championships; last time out, the Netherlands reached the knockout stages, finishing perfect in their group, only to lose in the last 16 to the Czech Republic. Ronald Koeman is back in charge and has a lot of talent. Frenkie de Jong is a top-five midfielder, while Xavi Simons is fulfilling the promise once bestowed on him. There are many credible defenders to call on, including Liverpool skipper Virgil van Dijk.

Romania (200/1)

  • Manager: Edward Iordanescu
  • Top scorer in qualifying: Valentin Mihaila and Nicolae Stanciu (3 goals)
  • Best Euros finish: Quarter-finals (2000)

Romania is back at the European Championships after failing to qualify in 2020. It was an arduous failure for Romania as they would have had the chance to play in front of their fans as one of the co-hosts. But Romania brushed themselves off and secured their qualification for this summer’s tournament with one game left. It may not be the bleached-blond iconic squad of the late 90s, but they’ll be there.

Switzerland (80/1)

  • Manager: Murat Yakin
  • Top scorer in qualifying: Zeki Amdouni (6 goals)
  • Best Euros finish: Quarter-finals (2020)

This current crop of Switzerland players has made history. For the first time, Switzerland has 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 reached 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 beat France on penalties eventually.

Serbia (100/1)

  • Manager: Dragan Stojkovic
  • Top scorer in qualifying: Aleksandar Mitrovic (5 goals)
  • Best Euros finish: Runners-up (1960, 1968)

Serbia has a 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: Ivan Hasek
  • Top scorer in qualifying: Vaclav Cerny, Tomas Soucek (2 goals)
  • Best Euros finish: Winners (1976)

Another team with history at the Euros under a different name, the Czech Republic, inherited the record of Czechoslovakia, who won the tournament in 1976. As the Czech Republic, the nation has 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? They have a new name at the helm, with Ivan Hasek replacing Jaroslav Silhavy, who resigned after qualification was secured amid criticism from fans.

Slovenia (200/1)

  • 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 as they won seven of their ten qualifying games in a tough group.

Italy (16/1)

  • 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. Following a goalless draw in their final game, they finished ahead of third-placed Ukraine in their group on a better head-to-head record. It’s been a tough few years for the Italians. Still, 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?

Croatia (40/1)

  • Manager: Zlatko Dalić
  • Top scorer in qualifying: Andrej Kramarić (4 goals)
  • Best Euros finish: Quarter-finals (1996, 2008)

Croatia has overachieved at the World Cup level, reaching the final in 2018 and winning bronze four years later. However, they’ve not gone beyond the round of 16 in their last Euros participation. Now that they have reached Germany, this will likely be the swansong of Luka Modric, who has been nothing short of an excellent servant.

Georgia (500/1)

  • Manager: Willy Sagnol
  • Top scorer in qualifying: Khvicha Kvaratskhelia (4 goals)
  • Best Euros finish: N/A

Willy Sagnol led his team to a fourth-place finish in a challenging five-team Group A. Georgia secured points against Scotland, Norway, and Cyprus but faced a crushing defeat of 7-1 against Spain in their home match. However, in the playoffs, the Crusaders made history by defeating Luxembourg and 2004 champions Greece, with the latter win coming through a penalty shootout. This victory helped them to qualify for their first-ever major tournament as an independent nation.

Ukraine (100/1)

  • Manager: Serhiy Rebrov
  • Top scorer in qualifying: Viktor Tsygankov (3 goals)
  • Best Euros finish: Quarter-finals (2020)

Serhiy Rebrov’s team narrowly missed out on finishing second to England in Group C after losing to the holders, Italy. However, they secured their place in the fourth consecutive EURO tournament through the play-offs. Their qualification was achieved through two impressive comebacks against Bosnia and Iceland.

Poland (100/1)

  • Manager: Michał Probierz
  • Top scorer in qualifying: Robert Lewandowski (3 goals)
  • Best Euros finish: Quarter-finals (2016)

Poland finished third in Group D, behind Albania and the Czech Republic. As a result, they had to go through the play-offs to qualify for their fifth consecutive European Championship. They beat Estonia and Wales in the play-offs and will now be led by their star player, Robert Lewandowski, in Germany.

Euro 2024 group stage draw

Group A

  1. Germany
  2. Hungary
  3. Scotland
  4. Switzerland

Group B

  1. Albania
  2. Croatia
  3. Italy
  4. Spain

Group C

  1. Denmark
  2. England
  3. Serbia
  4. Slovenia

Group D

  1. Austria
  2. France
  3. Netherlands
  4. Poland

Group E

  1. Belgium
  2. Romania
  3. Slovakia
  4. Ukraine

Group F

  1. Czech Republic
  2. Portugal
  3. Turkey
  4. Georgia

Who are the favourites for Euro 2024?

EURO 2024 OUTRIGHT
Squawka
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England
France
Germany
Portugal
Spain
Belgium
Italy
Netherlands

*Odds correct as of 15:00 on March 27. 18+ only. BeGambleAware.

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