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Euro 2024 group stages: Ten dates for your diary


The draw for UEFA Euro 2024 was made at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg on Saturday night.

Find the full draw here. Find the full fixtures list here.

Here’s the 10 outstanding fixtures not to be missed next summer

Germany vs Scotland: Friday 14 June

Kick off 8pm. Allianz Arena, Munich

Scotland are excited about next summer’s European Championships and, just to add to the anticipation, the Tartan Army will be involved in the tournament’s opening match.

On the first Friday night, Steve Clarke’s team will take on hosts Germany in Munich, so expect a raucous atmosphere from all in attendance.

Die Mannschaft have won each of their last three meetings with the Dark Blues, but Scotland supporters will believe they can spring a massive surprise on opening night.

Spain vs Croatia: Saturday 15 June

Kick off 5pm. Olympiastadion, Berlin

The following day, a very competitive Group B gets going at Olympiastadion, with both Spain and Croatia dreaming of return to Berlin for the final a month later.

Amazingly, this will actually be the fourth successive European Championships at which these two have met.

La Roja won 1-0 in Gdańsk in 2012, en route to retaining their title, the Blazers won 2-1 in Bordeaux four summers later before, in 2021, Spain prevailed in a thriller 5-3 in the round of 16 at Parken.

The duo also met in this summer’s UEFA Nations League Final in Rotterdam, with Luis de la Fuente picking up the trophy on penalties following a drab goalless draw.

This clash can only be better.

Serbia vs England: Sunday 16 June

Kick off 8pm. Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen

England bid for European Championships glory gets underway at Arena AufSchalke on the first Sunday of the tournament, facing Serbia in Gelsenkirchen.

Amazingly, this will be a first-ever meeting of the two, with the Eagles looking forward to their debut European Championships match as an independent nation.

The Three Lions have only ever won their opening match at a Euros once, defeating Croatia at Wembley in 2021, and Gareth Southgate’s team will have to work had to commence with three points next summer.

Portugal vs Czechia: Tuesday 18 June

Kick off 8pm. Red Bull Arena, Leipzig

Our first look at Portugal next summer will have to wait until day five with A Seleção das Quinas taking on Czechia in Leipzig.

Portugal have won each of their last four encounters with the Czechs, beating them at both Euro 2008 and Euro 2012, before winning home and away when the pair met during last year’s UEFA Nations League.

Cristiano Ronaldo netted in those fixture in Geneva and Warsaw 15 and 11 years ago respectively, with Roberto Martínez’s team, that will feature a certain number 7, likely to cruise through a generally weak group.

Germany vs Hungary: Wednesday 19 June

Kick off 5pm. Neckarstadion, Stuttgart

Germany’s second match of this tournament takes them to Stuttgart where they’ll face, on paper, their toughest test of the group phase, with Hungary their opponents.

Marco Rossi’s side will feature at a third successive Euros with the Magyars a rising force.

This duo met at the most-recent Euros in Munich, a match in which Hungary led twice, thereby on course to reach the knockout phase at Germany’s expense, only for Leon Goretzka to fire home a late equaliser.

Then, in last year’s UEFA Nations League, the pair drew 1-1 in Budapest, before Ádám Szalai’s header saw Hungary secure a famous 1-0 win in Leipzig, their first victory on German soil since 2004.

So, this could be a serious test for Julian Nagelsmann’s team, who are far from firing on all cylinders right now.

Spain vs Italy: Thursday 20 June

Kick of 8pm. Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen

The headline fixture from any section comes from Group B, which sees Spain and Italy go head-to-head in a repeat of the Euro 2012 Final, a match Spain won 4-0 in Kyiv, thereby retaining the Henri Delaunay Trophy.

Four summer’s later, Gli Azzurri got revenge in Paris, prevailing 2-0 as the duo met in the last 16.

They then met again a a fourth successive European Championships in 2021, going head-to-head in the semi-finals at Wembley, with Roberto Mancini’s team prevailing on penalties, en route to glory.

Even more recently than that, they’ve clashed not once but twice in the UEFA Nations League semi-finals, with Spain advancing in both 2021 at San Siro and then in Enschede last June, both times 2-1.

So, next summer’s clash at Arena AufSchalke will actually be their 15th meeting in just 16 years, 11 of which have been competitive, with this one of international football’s great rivalries.

Denmark vs England: Thursday 20 June

Kick off 5pm. Deutsche Bank Park, Frankfurt

England will take on familiar foes in their second group game, meeting Denmark in Frankfurt.

The Three Lions came from a goal down to beat de Rød-Hvide 2-1 after extra time in 2021′s European Championships semi-finals, with Harry Kane tucking home the rebound at Wembley.

They also met at Euro ‘92, a 1-1 draw, and World Cup 2002, a 3-0 England victory, with Kasper Hjulmand’s team likely to be the Three Lions’ toughest opponents in this group.

Netherlands vs France: Friday 21 June

Kick off 8pm. Red Bull Arena, Leipzig

Another heavyweight clash takes place on Friday night in Leipzig, as Euro ‘88 winners Netherlands face Euro ‘84 and 2000 champions France.

The pair actually clashed in qualifying for this tournament, with les Bleus prevailing both times, 4-0 in Paris and 2-1 at Johan Cruijff Arena.

Overall, the French have won seven of their last eight encounters with the Dutch, although Holland did prevail when they last met at a European Championship Finals, romping to a 4-1 win in 2008.

Scotland vs Hungary: Sunday 23 June

Kick off 8pm. Neckarstadion, Stuttgart

Scotland have never reached the knockout stages of any major tournament and, in a very competitive Group A, their fate next summer is likely to be decided in their final game.

The Tartan Army have met Hungary nine times, most-recently winning 1-0 in 2018, albeit all of these have been friendlies, so a first-ever competitive clash awaits.

Croatia vs Italy: Monday 24 June

Kick off 8pm. Red Bull Arena, Leipzig

Yes we’re looking at Group B again, it this is certainly the most intersting section; sorry Albania!

Croatia have never lost in eight meetings with Italy, winning 2-1 at the 2002 World Cup, before the pair drew at the 2012 Euros in Poznań, as Gli Azzurri got out of the group and the Blazers did not.

This clash at Red Bull Arena will be their first meeting for nine years and, as it’s the final game in the group, it could be crucial.

Ben Gray

Ben Gray

Arsenal fan – follow them over land and sea (and Leicester); sofa Celtic supporter; a bit of a football '"encyclopedia".