Football Eurocup 2024 Complete Guide

The Eurocup 2024 in Germany is just around the corner, the draw for the groups has been completed, and all that’s left is for the playoffs to run their course before we get the final suite of international teams ready to do the battle. 

Below, we examine all you need to know about the championships, the stadiums at play, the dates, the teams and their journey to the tournament, the favourites, the groups, and the schedule. 

Let’s dive in!

When Does Euro 2024 Start?

The Eurocup 2024 dates range from 14th June until 14th July 2024, with the first game and accompanying opening ceremony seeing Eurocup 2024 host country Germany face Scotland at the Allianz Arena.

It’s traditional for the hosts to put on a show on the opening evening of the tournament, and we can expect to see plenty of fantastic cultural displays of modern-day Germany. –

Where Is the 2024 Eurocup?

Germany has a rich footballing heritage, but in recent times they have been one of the most dominant international teams in world football, let alone on the European stage. 

It made sense, then, for them to be the hosts of the biggest continental football tournament in the world. From Munich to Berlin, the BVB Stadion to the Olympiastadion, some of the most awe-inspiring venues in the game will be up in lights. 

Here are the host cities and what you can expect if you take a trip:

Berlin 

  • City attractions: Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag Building, Checkpoint Charlie. 
  • Subway/Metro: Yes
  • Average temperature across June and July: 23 °C

Cologne

  • City attractions: Cologne Cathedral, Museum Ludwig, Lindt Chocolate Museum
  • Subway/Metro: Yes
  • Average temperature across June and July: 23 °C

Dortmund

  • City attractions: German Football Museum, Signal Iduna Park, Westfalenpark
  • Subway/Metro: Yes
  • Average temperature across June and July: 22 °C

Düsseldorf

  • City attractions: Rhine Tower, Schloss Benrath, Hofgarten
  • Subway/Metro: Yes
  • Average temperature across June and July: 22 °C

Frankfurt

  • City attractions: Städel Museum, Alte Oper, Palm Gardens
  • Subway/Metro: Yes
  • Average temperature across June and July: 24 °C

Gelsenkirchen

  • City attractions: Zoom Erlebniswelt Gelsenkirchen, Schloss Horst, Nordsternpark
  • Subway/Metro: Yes
  • Average temperature across June and July: 23 °C

Hamburg

  • City attractions: Miniatur Wunderland, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, St. Michael’s Church 
  • Subway/Metro: Yes
  • Average temperature across June and July: 21 °C

Leipzig

  • City attractions: Monument to the Battle of the Nations, Zoo Leipzig, St. Thomas Church.
  • Subway/Metro: Yes
  • Average temperature across June and July: 22 °C

Munich

  • City attractions: English Garden, Marienplatz, Nymphenburg Palace.
  • Subway/Metro: Yes
  • Average temperature across June and July: 23 °C

Stuttgart

  • City attractions: Mercedes-Benz Museum, Porsche Museum, Wilhelma.
  • Subway/Metro: Yes
  • Average temperature across June and July: 21 °C

Cities and Stadiums Football Eurocup 2024?

You have seen the cities, but what about the stadiums? There are going to be some magnificent grounds up in lights – here are some of the biggest

Olympiastadion

  • City: Berlin
  • Built in 1936
  • Capacity: 71,000
  • Number of games: Six (including the final)
  • Home club team – Hertha Berlin

RheinEnergieSTADION

  • City: Cologne
  • Built in 1923, demolished in 2001, re-opened in 2004.
  • Capacity: 43,000
  • Number of games: Five (including 1 x Round of 16 game)
  • Home club team: FC Köln

Westfalenstadion

  • City: Dortmund
  • Opened 1974.
  • Capacity: 62,000
  • Number of games: Six (including 1 x semi-final game)
  • Home club team: Borussia Dortmund.

Düsseldorf Arena

  • City: Dusseldorf
  • Opened 2004.
  • Capacity: 47,000
  • Number of games: Five (including 1 x quarter-final game)
  • Home club team: Fortuna Düsseldorf

Waldstadion

  • City: Frankfurt
  • Opened 1925.
  • Capacity: 62,000
  • Number of games: Five (including 1 x quarter-final game)
  • Home club team: Eintracht Frankfurt.

Munich Football Arena

  • City: Munich
  • Opened: 2005
  • Capacity: 75,000
  • Number of games: Six (including 1 x semi-final)
  • Home club team: Bayern Munich

Football Eurocup 2024 Qualifiers

The Eurocup 2024 qualifiers began  in March 2023 and ended in November of the same year. A total of 53 national teams battled over the course of the year to cement their spot in the tournament – Germany did not have to qualify for virtue of being the host nation. 

Finalists for Euro 2020 (held in 2021) Italy and England have both secured their passage, while the likes of likely tournament favourites France, Spain, Belgium, Holland, and 2018 World Cup finalists Croatia will all be there. 

Eurocup 2024 Groups

The Eurocup 2024 groups have been drawn and there are some mouthwatering ties to look forward to – including not one, but two obligatory ‘Groups of Death’. 

Let’s break them down:

Group A

Germany

Scotland

Hungary

Switzerland

The hosts are favourites to advance without much trouble, but they should be wary of some tricky teams – not least Hungary, who can count England and France on a list of big-hitters they have defeated in recent years. 

Group B

Spain 

Croatia

Italy

Albania

The first candidate for Group of Death sees Euro 2008 and Euro 2012 winners Spain, 2018 World Cup finalists Croatia, defending champions Italy, and a dangerous Albania side. 

One of three teams that will fancy their chances of glory is going to depart at the group stage – who it will be is anybody’s guess. 

Group C

Slovenia 

Denmark

Serbia

England 

Is this the year for the Three Lions? The spine of John Stones, Declan Rice, and Harry Kane is world class, and they have real depth to their squad. They will fancy their chances of advancing in a group which includes Denmark, the team they beat in the semi-final of their Euro 2020 run.

Group D

Netherlands

Austria

France

TBC

The second Group of Death contender is yet to be completed, but any team that makes it will have to beat at least one of the favourites in France, a talented Dutch team, and an obdurate Austria that topped a qualifying group including Belgium and Sweden. 

Group E

Belgium

Slovakia

Romania 

TBC

One of the more sedate groups, Belgium should fancy their chances of advancing, with stars like Romelu Lukaku, and Man City duo Kevin de Bruyne, and Benjamin Doku in their ranks. 

Group F

Turkey

Portugal

Czech Republic

TBC

The top-ranked team in the competition, Portugal, should take some stopping, with the evergreen Cristiano Ronaldo spearheading a unit including Barnardo Silva, Bruno Fernandes, and Gonçalo Ramos. 

Eurocup 2024 Schedule

There are no fewer than 51 games across the tournament – let’s break down the Eurocup 2024 schedule:

Group Stage Schedule

14 June

  • Group A: Germany vs Scotland (Munich)

15 June

  • Group A: Hungary vs Switzerland (Cologne)
  • Group B: Spain vs Croatia (Berlin)
  • Group B: Italy vs Albania (Dortmund)

16 June

  • Group D: Play-off winner A vs Netherlands (Hamburg)
  • Group C: Slovenia vs Denmark (Stuttgart)
  • Group C: Serbia vs England (Gelsenkirchen)

17 June

  • E: Romania vs Play-off winner B (Munich)
  • E: Belgium vs Slovakia (Frankfurt)
  • D: Austria vs France (Düsseldorf)

18 June

  • F: Türkiye vs Play-off winner C (Dortmund)
  • F: Portugal vs Czechia (Leipzig)

19 June

  • B: Croatia vs Albania (Hamburg)
  • A: Germany vs Hungary (Stuttgart)
  • A: Scotland vs Switzerland (Cologne)

20 June

  • C: Slovenia vs Serbia (Munich)
  • C: Denmark vs England (Frankfurt)
  • B: Spain vs Italy (Gelsenkirchen)

21 June

  • Group E: Slovakia vs Play-off winner B (Düsseldorf)
  • Group D: Play-off winner A vs Austria (Berlin)
  • Group D: Netherlands vs France (Leipzig)

22 June

  • Group F: Play-off winner C vs Czechia (Hamburg)
  • Group F: Türkiye vs Portugal (Dortmund)
  • Group E: Belgium vs Romania (Cologne)

23 June

  • Group A: Switzerland vs Germany (Frankfurt)
  • Group A: Scotland vs Hungary (Stuttgart)

24 June

  • Group B: Croatia vs Italy (Leipzig)
  • Group B: Albania vs Spain (Düsseldorf)

25 June

  • Group D: Netherlands vs Austria (Berlin)
  • Group D: France vs Play-off winner A (Dortmund)
  • Group C: England vs Slovenia (Cologne)
  • Group C: Denmark vs Serbia (Munich)

26 June

  • Group E: Slovakia vs Romania (Frankfurt)
  • Group E: Play-off winner B vs Belgium (Stuttgart)
  • Group F: Czechia vs Türkiye (Hamburg)
  • Group F: Play-off winner C vs Portugal (Gelsenkirchen)

Round of 16 Schedule

29 June

  • Match 38: Group 2A vs Group 2B (Berlin)
  • Match 37: Group 1A vs Group 2C (Dortmund)

30 June

  • Match 40: Group 1C vs Group 3D/E/F (Gelsenkirchen))
  • Match 39: Group 1B vs Group 3A/D/E/F (Cologne)

1 July

  • Match 42: Group 2D vs Group 2E (Düsseldorf)
  • Match 41: Group 1F vs Group 3A/B/C (Frankfurt)

2 July

  • Match 43: Group 1E vs Group 3A/B/C/D (Munich)
  • Match 44: Group 1D vs Group 2F (Leipzig))

Quarter-finals Schedule

  • Match 45: Winner of Match 39 vs Winner of Match 37 (Stuttgart)
  • Match 46: Winner of Match 41 vs Winner of Match 42 (Hamburg)

6 July

  • Match 48: Winner of Match 40 vs Winner of Match 38 (Düsseldorf)
  • Match 47: Winner of Match 43 vs Winner of Match 44 (Berlin)

Semi-finals Schedule

9 July

  • Match 49: Winner of Match 45 vs Winner of Match 46 (Munich)

10 July

  • Match 50: Winner of Match 47 vs Winner of Match 48 (Dortmund)

Final

  • Winner of Match 49 vs Winner of Match 50 (Berlin)

Eurocup 2024 Predictions and Favourites to Win

The tournament feels like an open one, which means it will be tricky to land Eurocup 2024 predictions, but there are two at the top of the pile that will attract a lot of interest – France and England.

Les Bleus should attract marginal favouritism, given their exploits in the Qatar 2022 World Cup, where they lost 4-3 in the final to Argentina in one of the greatest games of football the world has ever seen. With Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, and Aurélien Tchouaméni to name just a few, they have the firepower to humiliate teams. 

However, England will also aim to end 58 years of hurt without a major international trophy. Harry Kane remains one of the best strikers in the world, while Bukayo Saka, Declan Rice, John Stones, and Jude Bellingham make up a formidable supporting cast. 

It’s a tough one to call – but England could shave it!

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