Euro 2024: hopes for a unified Europe

Euro 2024 logo
Euro 2024 logo

The Guardian newspaper argues that Euro 2024 host, Germany, is dreaming of reestablishing itself as an international powerhouse politically and in soccer, with its on and off-the-field performance at this summer’s tournament. While Al Jazeera takes a stab at the Germans from the news outlet’s unique view on sportswashing. And ESPN’s Gabriel Marcotti takes us in a completely different direction with his take.

The 2024 Euro is upon us. Twenty-four teams will compete to win the 2024 European Championship. The tourney runs from June 14 to July 14 and will be broadcast in the USA by Fox Sports, Univision (Televisa), and FuboTV.

The six groups of four contesting teams each are listed below. Wikipedia, as always, has the most straightforward and accessible single-source pages on the tournament. 

DatesUSA BroadcastersGroup AGroup BGroup CGroup DGroup EGroup F
Jun 14FoxGermanyCroatiaEnglandFranceBelgiumPortugal
ToUnivisionScotlandSpainDenmarkNetherlandsUkraineTurkey
July 14FuboTVHungaryItalySerbiaPolandRomaniaCzechia
  SwitzerlandAlbaniaSloveniaAustriaSlovakiaGeorgia

There are any number of Euro 2024 subplots to enjoy this summer, aside from also enjoying Copa America which will run from June 20 to July 14 (the games will be played all day long so as not to have the competitions conflict, and the finals, though played on the same day will also not conflict). Chief among the storylines are: will Germany manage to reclaim its rightful pedigree? Will England finally win a tournament? Will France be able to assert its dominance? Can Portugal finally showcase its true potential? Will there be last hurrahs for the golden generations of Croatia and Belgium? Will Spain continue to play above its weight? Who will survive the Group of Death (B)?

Some additional intriguing queries would be, can continental B-powers Netherlands and Denmark make a splash this time around? Will dark horses Scotland, Hungary, Ukraine, Turkey, or Czechia play spoilers? Amid the chaos in Ukraine and Gaza, can Europe focus on sports for a month-long break from reality? How will those superstars likely to make this their last international showcase fare (Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos)? How will the recently or newly in-charge coaches—Luis de la Fuente at Spain, Roberto Martinez at Portugal, and Domenico Tedesco at Belgium–do at the helm?

The top five teams with chances to win it all, according to the oddsmakers, are, in order, England, France, Germany, Spain, and Portugal. The rank-ordered second tier five are Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, and Croatia.

Here is hoping we will have a sporting event worthy of the sport and fans.

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