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Euro 2024: calendar, opening match, format, stadiums, mascot… Everything you need to know about the tournament in Germany

This Saturday, the Euro 2024 draw brought us a little closer to this new major competition, which Kylian Mbappé, Antoine Griezmann and others are already impatiently awaiting. Placed in Group D with the Netherlands, Austria and a play-off, the Blues will have a lot to do from the group stage. We take stock of everything we know about this Euro 2024.

When does it start?

The draw has barely been made, and the excitement is already at its peak. But we will have to wait before being able to attend the various meetings. The opening match is scheduled for June 14 in Munich. The group stage will last until June 26, before the knockout phase begins. The final is scheduled for July 14 at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin.

Which cities will host matches?

Ten stadiums were chosen. In the north of Germany, Hamburg and Berlin will host several matches, including the final for the capital. In the west, Gelsenkirchen, Dortmund, Cologne and Düsseldorf will also be host cities, as will Munich, Stuttgart and Frankfurt in the south of the country. Finally, Leipzig will also host several group matches and a round of 16.

What is the opening match?

Automatically qualified thanks to its status as host country, Germany was waiting to know its opponent for the launch match of this Euro, played at the Munich Football Arena on June 14 at 9 p.m. The draw revealed the name of the other player in this meeting: Scotland. Eliminated in the first round in 2021, the Scots brilliantly qualified for this tournament with Spain, notably eliminating Erling Haaland’s Norway.

Who are France’s adversaries?

The Blues were placed in Group D, alongside Austria and the Netherlands. The last country in this group will be known next March, at the end of the Path A play-off, which will see Wales, Finland, Poland and Estonia compete. A “dense and difficult” group according to Didier Deschamps, who believes that “it will not be possible to gain strength. »

When will the Blues play?

Kylian Mbappé and his teammates will enter the fray on June 17, the fourth day of the competition. They will first face Austria, in Düsseldorf, before challenging the other big piece of the group, the Netherlands, on June 21 in Leipzig. Finally, the French will end this group stage against the winner of the play-offs, on June 25 in Dortmund, in the usual lair of Borussia.

What are the other groups?

Group B is clearly the most complicated of the six drawn. Top seed, Spain will still have to get rid of Croatia, Italy and Albania to continue the adventure. In Group A, apart from Scotland, Germany will face Hungary and Switzerland. Group C will feature a duel between England and Denmark, with Serbia and Slovenia as spoilsport. Finally, Belgium (Slovakia, Romania and a dam operator) and Portugal (Turkey, Czech Republic and a dam operator) were luckier.

When will the last three nations be known?

We will have to wait until March 26 to know the complete casting for this Euro 2024. Twelve teams are still in the running to win one of its last three qualifying tickets via the play-offs. In Path A, Wales, Finland, Poland and Estonia will compete for a place in France’s group. In Group E, Belgium, it will be played between Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ukraine, Israel and Iceland. Finally, the winner of Path C with Georgia, Luxembourg, Greece and Kazakhstan will advance to Group F with Portugal, Turkey and the Czech Republic.

How do you qualify for the round of 16?

As in all major competitions, the first two nations in each group will qualify for the round of 16. But given the 24-team format, that’s not all. The four best third-place finishers will also advance to the knockout stage. In the event of a tie between two teams, they will be decided based on the result of their direct confrontation. If this match is a draw, it is the goal difference that will count. The 16 qualified teams will then play a classic knockout tournament.

What is the competition mascot?

During the draw, the organizers revealed the name and face of their mascot who will roam the lawns this summer. The animal, which looks like a bear, is called Albärt. Created to pay homage to the image of “the faithful German teddy bear”, this mascot succeeds Skillzy, muse of Euro 2021, who represented a character inspired by freestyle culture.

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