Euro 2024: The Athletic's quick guide to teams, groups, kits, fixtures, predictions

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Euro 2024 is finally here and taking place across four weeks in Germany.

There are 24 teams split into six groups, which will then move on to a round of 16 (see details below), quarters, semis and the final in Berlin on July 14.

We have a wealth of content to accompany you on the journey. Whether your interest is in the players, the countries, the tactics, the data, the kits, or the history and politics of the tournament and Germany itself, we have it all here in one place.

For every match at the tournament, you can follow our live coverage in our app and on our website.

Shortly after each match, we’ll also publish The Briefing, a detailed breakdown of what happened (and why), brought to you by our team of writers on the ground in Germany.

So strap in and enjoy Euro 2024 with The Athletic.



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If you want some last-minute cheat sheets for how every nation is gearing up, then check out our detailed group and squad guides (and every confirmed squad here):

  • Group A (Germany, Scotland, Hungary, Switzerland)
  • Group B (Spain, Italy, Croatia, Albania)
  • Group C (England, Denmark, Serbia, Slovenia)
  • Group D (France, Netherlands, Austria, Poland)
  • Group E (Belgium, Ukraine, Romania, Slovakia)
  • Group F (Portugal, Turkey, Czech Republic, Georgia)

Our writers have also given their predictions for what will happen. Best player? Biggest disappointment? Who are the dark horses?

You will also need to know when and where the matches are taking place. So you can view the full schedule here from Matchday 1 through to the final at the Olympiastadion in Berlin on July 14 (a stadium with an interesting and complicated history that Adam Crafton has detailed here). Here is Tim Spiers’ guide to the host cities.

And while watching all these matches, you will probably want to know who the best players are to watch out for.

Well, we can help you there too, with our incredible in-depth scouting guide The Radar, which gives tactical profiles of 50 players to keep and eye on.



The Radar – The Athletic’s 50 players to watch at Euro 2024

Plus, if you’re wondering which nation has the oldest squad or which club has the most call-ups then we also have an ultimate data guide to the tournament.

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It’s not just the stars that can attract you to a certain team, the kits they are wearing could also be a big factor in who you follow (or who is your second team). And for that, we have ranked and rated all 24 home shirts from best to worst. And the away kits too.

For a historical context, we’ve looked back at the best and worst of all time (the Dutch in ’88 feature, as does David Seaman at Euro ’96 — guess which ranks higher…)

If those pique your interest in the previous editions of the Euros then we also have the following:

We also have a variety of other pieces for you:

As we get towards the end of the group stages, you may wonder who qualifies for the last 16 from six groups. Well, here it goes…

How does qualification for the knockout stage work?

The top two teams in each of the six groups qualify automatically for the knockout stage. Teams finishing first will face one of the group-stage runners-up or a third-place team in the last 16. Those finishing second will face one of the group winners or another of the runners-up in the last 16. As there will be six each of group winners and runners-up, it leaves four spots to be filled. And those will be taken by four of the six teams that finish third.

Of the six third-place teams, the four with the most points will advance to the last 16. In the event of a tie on points, the following factors will be used to determine which team advances:

  1. Goal difference
  2. Goals scored
  3. Amount of group-stage wins
  4. Lower disciplinary points total
  5. Overall ranking in Euro 2024 qualifying

On top of all this, we will be covering all the off-pitch news as it happens, bringing you details from the team camps, media conferences, and any other breaking news.

Away from the Euros, we will continue to cover the summer transfer window, with our weekly Transfer DealSheet coming out every Tuesday as well as The Athletic 500 Transfer Ratings, which you can read about here.



The Athletic 500: Our new transfer ratings explained

And then we will also have coverage of the Copa America and the Olympics coming up, but more on that later — enjoy!



This summer on The Athletic: Tournaments, transfers and tours

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