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Euro 2024: A Comprehensive Guide

The UEFA European Championship (the Euros) is one of the top soccer (football) competitions worldwide. It’s a highly anticipated football tournament featuring 24 national teams from Europe. Euro 2024 will be the 17th time the tournament has been held, from 14 June to 14 July, 2024.

German Euro Boot German Euro Boot

After Italy’s victory over England last time, both sides want to overcome some of the top countries, including the Netherlands, Spain, and Germany (the host), in the upcoming event.

Anticipation is mounting, and football enthusiasts everywhere eagerly await the beginning of the European Championships of 2024. This guide will give you the information you need to enjoy the games.

Stadiums Hosting Euro 2024

There are 10 stadiums chosen to host matches, all in Germany, which include:

  1. Allianz Arena (Munich) – This stadium holds 66,000 people.
  2. Olympiastodion (Berlin) – The stadium’s capacity is 71,000.
  3. Stuttgart Arena – This arena can hold 51,000 people and was built in 1993.
  4. BVB Stadion Dortmund – Dortmund has evolved into a large tech hub and features a rich sporting heritage. Its stadium holds 62,000 people.
  5. Arena AufSchalke (Gelsenkirchen) – The Gelsenkirchen stadium holds 50,000 people.
  6. Volksparkstadion (Hamburg) – Though built in 1953, the Volksparkstadion in Hamburg was upgraded in 2000 and holds 49,000 people.
  7. Frankfurt Arena – Frankfurt is the fifth-largest city in Germany, and its stadium holds 47,000 people. The arena was built in 1925; it has since hosted many major tournaments.
  8. Leipzig Stadium – The Leipzig Stadium opened in 2004 after being rebuilt inside the Zentralstadion, the largest stadium in East Germany. It holds 40,000 people.
  9. Cologne Stadium – The Cologne stadium’s capacity is 43,000.
  10. Dusseldorf Arena – Dusseldorf has over 250 restaurants and beer houses in the Old Town; people call it the longest bar in the world. Its arena holds 47,000 people, and the home team is Fortuna Dusseldorf.
Allianz Stadium Allianz Arena will host matches at Euro 2024

Group Stages

The format of group stages is similar to the UEFA from Euro 2020. Ultimately, the group stage decided 20 out of 23 teams to advance to the last tournament. Each of the 53 UEFA associations was primarily divided into 10 groups. Seven groups feature five teams, while three others contain six.

A specific team selection process uses a set of criteria to determine which teams advance to the knockout stages. Ultimately, it’s based on the overall rankings from the Nations League.

There don’t seem to be any new rules or formats used for the Euro 2024 games. The play-offs (finals) use single-leg knockout matches. If the scores are level after the normal time finishes, teams get 30 minutes of extra playtime and a penalty shoot-out at the end.

Qualified Countries

As hosts, Germany have automatically qualified.

These 20 teams have also qualified: Belgium, France, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Turkey, Austria, England, Hungary, Slovakia, Albania, Denmark, Netherlands, Romania, Switzerland, Serbia, Czech Republic, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia.

Play-offs will be held in March 2024 to decide the last three places.

Russia was banned from qualifying.

Tickets To The Tournament

The Euro 2024 tournament is set to happen from June 14 to July 14. Initial sales started in October 2024, but fans can begin ordering tickets for the finals in March and April 2024. 

Qualified federations and the UEFA itself oversee both sales phases. Tickets are expected to sell out very fast, so it’s wise to act quickly. 

Ultimately, it’s best to visit the UEFA’s ticket portal frequently to keep tabs on the options. If you want to buy tickets in the secondary market, you can try websites like StubHub, Viagogo and EventsCompare. However, you must read the terms and conditions for purchases to be well informed.

Typically, tickets start at €50 for semi-final matches. Expect to pay upwards of €1,000 for the finals.


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