Euro 2024 kicks off this Friday in Germany (15 June , 00:30 am according to IST) , where Europe’s footballing giants will compete over the next month to dethrone reigning champions Italy. The tournament begins with Germany facing Scotland in the opening match in Munich.

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According to Football Scotland, more than 𝟮𝟬𝟬,𝟬𝟬𝟬 Scotland fans, the famous Tartan Army, are said to have made the journey to Germany for the Euro 2024

The host nation hopes their journey will culminate in the final in Berlin on July 14. This marks the first time Germany has hosted a major men’s international tournament since the 2006 World Cup, promising an exciting spectacle after the underwhelming experience of the last European Championship.

Euro 2020 was postponed by a year due to the pandemic, eventually taking place in 2021 with limited crowds. The tournament was held in various cities across the continent, from Seville to Baku, which diminished much of its usual charm.

This time, all supporters will gather in Germany, where matches will be played in 10 stadiums. Germans are hoping to rekindle the excitement of 2006, when the nation fell in love with their team again after a similar period of decline leading up to this competition.

Philipp Lahm, the captain of Germany’s 2014 World Cup-winning team and now the Euro 2024 tournament director, hopes the competition will unite people during a time of division across the continent.

“I hope at the very least the Euro will lead to a more united Germany again,” said Lahm. A strong performance by Germany would help, and the outlook is brighter for Julian Nagelsmann’s team now than it was a few months ago.

With a group that includes Hungary and Switzerland, Germany’s quality—from veteran playmaker Toni Kroos to young stars Florian Wirtz and Jamal Musiala—should see them through comfortably. “We have gone through difficult phases as a national team, but something big can happen here,” Musiala of Bayern Munich told Sportbild.

However, there are compelling reasons why France and England are heavily favored to lift the Henri Delaunay trophy on July 14. France, Europe’s top-ranked nation, has appeared in the last two World Cup finals. Kylian Mbappe, fresh off his move to Real Madrid, is eager to redeem himself after his penalty miss led to France’s shoot-out defeat to Switzerland in the last Euros’ round of 16. “Kylian is our captain and a great leader. We will need him to be at his best,” said France coach Didier Deschamps.

England, though never European champions, came close in 2021, losing the final on penalties to Italy. Optimism for their chances this time is high, with star players Harry Kane, now at Bayern Munich, and Jude Bellingham, formerly of Borussia Dortmund, familiar with German soil. “We want to make history,” England midfielder Declan Rice said this week. “We genuinely have a group and a manager who believes we can do something special.”

England begins their campaign against Serbia on Sunday in Gelsenkirchen, home of Schalke 04. If both France and England top their groups, they are on course to meet in the semi-finals. (With AFP inputs)

Euro Cup 2024 Groups

24 teams are divided in six groups with each having six teams. The hosts are in Group A while the defending champions Italy are in Group B, which is also regarded as group of death. Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal are place in Group F, along with Turkey, Georgia and Czechia, formerly known as Czech Republic.

Group A

  • Germany
  • Scotland
  • Hungary
  • Switzerland

Group B

  • Spain
  • Croatia
  • Italy
  • Albania

Group C

  • Slovenia
  • Denmark
  • Serbia
  • England

Group D

  • Poland
  • Netherlands
  • Austria
  • France

Group E

  • Belgium
  • Slovakia
  • Romania
  • Ukraine

Group F

  • Turkey
  • Georgia
  • Portugal
  • Czechia, also known Czech Republic

Euro Cup 2024 format

  • In the first round of Euro Cup 2024, the teams in each group with play one match each in a round-robin format.
  • The top two teams, on the basis points table, from each group will qualify for the round of 16, which is also know as pre-quarterfinals, a knockout round.
  • The remaining four teams for the pre-quarters will be filled by top third-ranked teams from six groups.
  • The winners of pre-quarterfinals will lock horns in round of 8, known as quarterfinals.
  • The winners of quarterfinals will qualify for the semifinals and the subsequently the semis winner clash in the grand finale.

Euro Cup 2024 full schedule, match timings (IST)

European Championship (Euro 2024) schedule
Match venue Date (Indian Time) Time (IST)
Group stage
Germany vs Scotland Munich 15 June 2024 12:30 am
Hungary vs Switzerland Cologne 15 June 2024 6:30 pm
Spain vs Croatia Berlin 15 June 2024 9:30 pm
Italy vs Albania Dortmund 16 June 2024 12:30 am
Poland vs Netherlands Hamburg 16 June 2024 6:30 pm
Slovenia vs Denmark Stuttgart 16 June 2024 9:30 pm
Serbia vs England Gelsenkirchen 17 June 2024 12:30 am
Romania vs Ukraine Munich 17 June 2024 6:30 pm
Belgium vs Slovakia Frankfurt 17 June 2024 9:30 pm
Austria vs France Dusseldorf 18 June 2024 12:30 am
Turkey vs Georgia Dortmund 18 June 2024 9:30 pm
Portugal vs Czech Republic Leipzig 19 June 2024 12:30 am
Croatia vs Albania Hamburg 19 June 2024 6:30 pm
Germany vs Hungary Stuttgart 19 June 2024 9:30 pm
Scotland vs Switzerland Cologne 20 June 2024 12:30 am
Slovenia vs Serbia Munich 20 June 2024 6:30 pm
Denmark vs England Frankfurt 20 June 2024 9:30 pm
Spain vs Italy Gelsenkirchen 21 June 2024 12:30 am
Slovakia vs Ukraine Dusseldorf 21 June 2024 6:30 pm
Poland vs Austria Berlin 21 June 2024 9:30 pm
Netherlands vs France Leipzig 22 June 2024 12:30 am
Georgia vs Czech Republic Hamburg 22 June 2024 6:30 pm
Turkey vs Portugal Dortmund 22 June 2024 9:30 pm
Belgium vs Romania Cologne 23 June 2024 12:30 am
Switzerland vs Germany Frankfurt 24 June 2024 12:30 am
Scotland vs Hungary Stuttgart 24 June 2024 12:30 am
Albania vs Spain Dusseldorf 25 June 2024 12:30 am
Croatia vs Italy Leipzig 25 June 2024 12:30 am
France vs Poland Dortmund 25 June 2024 9:30 pm
Netherlands vs Austria Berlin 25 June 2024 9:30 pm
Denmark vs Serbia Munich 26 June 2024 12:30 am
England vs Slovenia Cologne 26 June 2024 12:30 am
Slovakia vs Romania Frankfurt 26 June 2024 9:30 pm
Ukraine vs Belgium Stuttgart 26 June 2024 9:30 pm
Georgia vs Portugal Gelsenkirchen 27 June 2024 12:30 am
Czech Republic vs Turkey Hamburg) 27 June 2024 12:30 am
Round of 16 (Pre-quarterfinals)
38. 2A vs 2B Berlin 29 June 2024 9:30 pm
37. 1A vs 2C Dortmund 30 June 2024 12:30 am
40. 1C vs 3D Gelsenkirchen 30 June 2024 9:30 pm
39. 1B vs 3A Cologne 1 July 2024 12:30 am
42. 2D vs 2E Dusseldorf 1 July 2024 9:30 pm
41. 1F vs 3A Frankfurt 2 July 2024 12:30 am
43. 1E vs 3A Munich 2 July 2024 9:30 pm
44. 1D vs 2F Leipzig 3 July 2024 12:30 am
Quarter Finals
45. W39 vs W37 Stuttgart 5 July 2024 9:30 pm
46. W41 vs W42 Hamburg 6 July 2024 12:30 am
47. W40 vs W38 Dusseldorf 6 July 2024 9:30 pm
48. W43 vs W44 Berlin 7 July 2024 12:30 am
49. W45 vs W46 Munich 10 July 2024 12:30 am
50. W47 vs W48 Dortmund 11 July 2024 12:30 am
W49 vs W50 Berlin 15 July 2024 12:30 am

European Championship (Euro Cup) 2024 start date, match timings (IST) live streaming and telecast

When will Euro Cup 2024 begin, according to Indian Standard Time (IST)?
The Euro Cup 2024 will begin on June 15, according to Indians Standard Time.
At what time will Euro Cup 2024 opening match kick-start?
Germany vs Scotland match in Euro Cup 2024 will begin at 12:30 AM IST on June 15.
What will be match timings of Euro Cup 2024 as per India time?
In the first round, on some days three matches are schedule. On those days, the first match of the day will begin at 6:30 PM IST, second at 9:30 PM IST and third at 12:30 AM IST.
Which TV Channels will live telecast Euro Cup 2024 matches in India?
Sony Sports has the broadcast rights for Euro Cup 2024 in India. Sony Ten 1 HD/SD will live telecast the matches in English commentary while Hindi commentary of Euro Cup 2024 matches will be available on Sony Ten 3 HD/SD.
How to watch the live streaming of Euro Cup 2024 in India?
The live streaming of Euro Cup 2024 matches will be available on Sony LIV app.

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