Euro Qualifiers: What’s Happening in UEFA Championship Qualifiers Right Now?
If you’re a football fan, you surely shifted your attention from the World Cup to the UEFA Euro 2024 as soon as it finished. As you surely know, the tournament will take place from June 14 to July 14, 2024, in Germany. Ten host cities will welcome the 24 nations that qualify.
Let’s get into the details. First of all, only Germany and Turkey announced their intentions to be the hosts of the tournament. Germany was selected on September 27, 2018.Ten venues were chosen
for the event: Berlin’s Olympiastadion, Munich’s Allianz Arena, Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park, Stuttgart’s Mercedes-Benz Arena, Gelsenkirchen’s Veltins-Arena, Frankfurt’s Deutsche Bank Park, Hamburg’s Volksparkstadion, Düsseldorf’s Merkur Spielarena, Cologne’s RheinEnergieStadion, and Leipzig’s Red Bull Arena.
Going into the 17th edition of the tournament, the defending champion is Italy. Germany automatically qualifies as the host country, while the 23 remaining countries will be known after the qualifying tournament. There are ten groups that will decide 20 spots, while three will be decided by playoffs. Moreover, Russia was disqualified and not allowed to compete in the event.
With all that in mind, here is how the qualifying is turning out so far.
Groups and current standings
As mentioned, there are 10 groups. Groups A to G have five nations competing, while the remaining three have six. Let’s go over the groups and the current standings.
Group A: Scotland, Spain, Norway, Georgia, and Cyprus. Currently, some teams have only played one game while others have played two. After two matches, Scotland has 6 points with 2 wins. Spain is second with one win and one loss. Norway has one draw and one loss, Georgia one draw, and Cyprus one loss. It should be mentioned that Scotland, Spain, and Georgia can qualify through the playoffs if they don’t qualify directly.
Group B: France, Greece, the Netherlands, the Republic of Ireland, and Gibraltar. France is leading the group as the favorite, with two wins from two matches. Greece has one win, the Netherlands one win and one loss, the Republic of Ireland one loss, and Gibraltar two losses. Greece and the Netherlands can go into the playoffs.
Group C: England, Italy, North Macedonia, Ukraine, and Malta. England is at the top with two wins, with Italy second with a win and a loss. North Macedonia has a win while Ukraine has a loss. Currently last in the group is Malta, with two defeats. Italy can go to the playoffs.
Group D: Croatia, Wales, Turkey, Armenia, and Latvia. Both Croatia and Wales have a win and a draw, and Croatia is in the lead due to the goal difference. Turkey has one win and one loss, while both Armenia and Latvia have one defeat. Croatia and Turkey might go to the playoffs if they don’t qualify.
Group E: Czech Republic, Poland, Moldova, the Faroe Islands, and Albania. The Czech Republic has a win and a draw, which puts them in first place ahead of Poland, which has a win and a loss. Moldova drew twice, the Faroe Islands once, and Albania lost once. No one from this group can go to the playoffs.
Group F: Austria, Belgium, Sweden, Estonia, and Azerbaijan. Austria has two wins. In second place currently is Belgium with one win, while Sweden has a win and a loss, which also gives them three points. Estonia has one defeat, and Azerbaijan has two. No one from this group can go to the playoffs either.
Group G: Serbia, Hungary, Montenegro, Lithuania, and Bulgaria. With two wins, Serbia is leading the pack ahead of Hungary with one win and Montenegro with one win and one loss. Lithuania has one defeat while Bulgaria has two. Only Serbia has the possibility of qualifying through the playoffs.
Group H: Slovenia, Denmark, Kazakhstan, Finland, Northern Ireland, San Marino. This is the first of the three groups with six nations. Slovenia is in first place currently with two wins. Denmark, Kazakhstan, Finland, and Northern Ireland all have a win and a draw, and they are only separated by the goal difference. In last place, with two losses, is San Marino. Kazakhstan has the opportunity to go to the playoffs.
Group I: Switzerland, Romania, Kosovo, Andorra, Israel, and Belarus. Switzerland and Romania both have two wins, but Switzerland is ahead thanks to the goal difference. Kosovo has two draws, Andorra and Israel have a draw and a loss each, while Belarus has two defeats. Israel is the only country that can go to the playoffs.
Group J: Portugal, Slovakia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein. Portugal is leading with two wins, with Slovakia in second with one win and one draw. Bosnia and Herzegovina and Iceland have one win and one loss, Luxembourg has a draw and a loss, and Liechtenstein has two losses. Bosnia and Herzegovina could go to the playoffs if they don’t qualify directly.
Theplayoffs might seem a bit confusing
, especially if those that have a chance to play qualify directly. If that happens, they will be replaced by the team that was next best-ranked during the Nations League. These matches will be played in March 2024, to determine who the last nations to join the UEFA Championship will be.
Before we move on to upcoming matches, let’s go over some interesting ones that have already taken place.
In Group A, we saw 3-0 victories by Scotland and Spain over Cyprus and Norway, respectively. However, there was also the surprising 2-0 Scotland vs. Spain match. Georgia and Norway drew 1-1.
In Group B, France’s 4-0 win over the Netherlands team was rather surprising. On the other hand, Gibraltar had two 3-0 losses.
In Group C, there were some interesting matches. North Macedonia won against Malta 2-1, while England won the away match against Italy 2-1. The Lions also defeated Ukraine 2-0 while the Italian team got a win against Malta.
In Group D, we have some other fun matchups. Croatia and Wales drew 1-1 while Croatia beat Turkey and Wales beat Latvia. Türkiye defeated Armenia 2-1.
In Group E, the Czech Republic won against Poland 3-1 and drew against Moldova 0-0. Furthermore, Moldova drew with the Faroe Islands 1-1 and Poland beat Albania 1-0.
In Group F, Belgium is seen as the favorite, but they have only played one match (a 0-3 win over Sweden), so they’re not the leaders on the board. Instead, we have Austria, which defeated both Azerbaijan and Estonia. Sweden also had a big win over Azerbaijan (5-0).
In Group G, Serbia is currently in the top spot with 2-0 wins against Lithuania and Montenegro. Hungary also had a good match against Bulgaria, which lost both of its matches.
In Group H, everyone except San Marino has at least one win, which makes the group very attractive to fans and casual viewers. Slovenia is currently in the lead with two wins, but it’s anyone’s game.
In Group I, Switzerland is the favorite, but Romania is keeping up with the pace.
In Group J, there were some big scores like Liechtenstein vs. Iceland 0-7, Portugal vs. Lichtenstein 4-0, and Luxembourg vs. Portugal 0-6. Only Slovakia vs. Luxembourg did not see any goals.
There are, of course, some fun matches to look forward to. As they will be taking place in June, September, October, and November, it’s a good idea to start preparing on time. Punters canget ready for betting on UEFA
matches by looking up relevant tips and finding a reliable sportsbook that offers great odds. They can also get in the mood by following the Champions League and seeing which players are in great form.
In Group A, perhaps the most exciting upcoming match is the rematch between Spain and Scotland. It will be interesting to see whether Spain is stronger at home.
In Group B, the rematch between the Netherlands and France will take place on October 13, so fans should keep an eye out.
In Group C, while there might be some surprisingly interesting matches, the one to pay attention to is surely England vs. Italy.
In Group D, there is potential for many interesting matches, meaning that international fans might enjoy any game they can catch.
In Group E, no country is seen as an explicit favorite, which is why there can be many intriguing matchups.
In Group F, the leaders, Austria, will face off against Belgium on June 17 and October 13, so that will surely be thrilling to watch.
In Group G, it will be compelling to see how Serbia fares against Hungary and Bulgaria, the two opponents it has yet to play, and whether it can hold onto first place.
In Group H, it will be interesting no matter what because all the teams look equally strong.
In Group I, while Switzerland and Romania are in the lead, there are many more matches to be played, so it will be fun to see who else can join in the battle for the EURO 2024.
In Group J, there is a big potential for many more goals, as every game so far has been explosive.
There are plenty of matches to be played during the rest of the qualification stage. It’s best to stay tuned to see who will get the chance to play on the big stage in Germany in 2024.
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