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EURO 2024: All you need to know

When was it? Where was it? Who qualified? How did it work? All your UEFA EURO 2024 questions answered.

The UEFA EURO 2024 closing ceremony took place at Olympiastadion Berlin prior to the final between Spain and England
The UEFA EURO 2024 closing ceremony took place at Olympiastadion Berlin prior to the final between Spain and England PA Images via Getty Images

Where was EURO 2024 held? 

Germany hosted EURO 2024, having been chosen to stage the 17th edition of the UEFA European Championship at a UEFA Executive Committee meeting in Nyon on 27 September 2018. Türkiye was the only other nation that bid to hold UEFA EURO 2024. West Germany hosted the 1988 edition, but this was the first time Germany staged the UEFA European Championship since reunification. The 2006 FIFA World Cup also took place in the country.

What were the dates for EURO 2024?

The UEFA EURO 2024 final tournament began on 14 June and ran until 14 July 2024. The group stage concluded on 26 June, while the knockout stage began on 29 June.

As the host nation, Germany were seeded in Group A and occupied position A1; they therefore played the opening match – a 5-1 win against Scotland – at the Munich Football Arena on Friday 14 June. Germany/West Germany have featured at every EURO since 1972. West Germany won the 1972 and 1980 editions, while the reunited Germany triumphed at EURO '96.

Who qualified for EURO 2024?

The draw for the final tournament was held in Hamburg on Saturday 2 December 2023.

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: Türkiye, Georgia*, Portugal, Czechia

*Qualified via play-offs

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What was the tournament format? 

The format was the same as it was for UEFA EURO 2020. The top two in each of the six final tournament groups proceeded to the round of 16 along with the four best third-placed finishers.

Where and when was the final of EURO 2024 played?

Berlin's Olympiastadion staged the final on Sunday 14 July 2024, Spain beating England 2-1 to become the first team to claim four EURO titles.

What were the EURO 2024 host cities?

The ten venues chosen to host games at the tournament included nine of the stadiums used at the 2006 World Cup, plus the Düsseldorf Arena.

Uniquely, the Munich Football Arena staged matches for the second EURO in succession; Bayern's home ground was one of 11 arenas that held games during UEFA EURO 2020.

EURO 2024: The host cities

Host venues were as follows:

Berlin: Olympiastadion Berlin (current capacity: 71,000)
Cologne: Cologne Stadium (43,000)
Dortmund: BVB Stadion Dortmund (62,000)
Dusseldorf: Düsseldorf Arena (47,000)
Frankfurt: Frankfurt Arena (47,000)
Gelsenkirchen: Arena AufSchalke (50,000)
Hamburg: Volksparkstadion Hamburg (49,000)
Leipzig: Leipzig Stadium (40,000)
Munich: Munich Football Arena (66,000)
Stuttgart: Stuttgart Arena (51,000)

The ten UEFA EURO 2024 host cities
The ten UEFA EURO 2024 host cities

What sustainability measures were in place at EURO 2024?

In line with increased societal expectations around football needing to accelerate action on social and environmental sustainability, the UEFA EURO 2024 tournament wanted to lead by example through targeted measures and investments. The full Environmental, Social and Governance strategy can be found here.

Were there EURO 2024 fan zones in Germany?

Every host city welcomed supporters to dedicated fan zones with public viewing installations.

Berlin's Fan Zone was at Platz der Republik, Berlin-Tiergarten (in front of the Reichstag)
Berlin's Fan Zone was at Platz der Republik, Berlin-Tiergarten (in front of the Reichstag)AFP via Getty Images

Was there an official EURO 2024 match ball?

FUSSBALLLIEBE, the Official Match Ball of UEFA EURO 2024, was used during the final tournament. It was unveiled in November 2023 by UEFA and adidas at a special event in front of the Olympiastadion in Berlin. German for "love of football", FUSSBALLLIEBE featured adidas Connected Ball Technology for the first time at a UEFA EURO.

Who was the EURO 2024 mascot?

The official tournament mascot was named Albärt following a vote conducted among UEFA.com users and schoolchildren across Europe, through the UEFA Football in Schools programme. Albärt, a teddy bear, won 32% of the vote. The ursine mascot was first introduced to Germany fans in Gelsenkirchen in June 2023, ahead of the national team's friendly game against Colombia.

Albärt, the official UEFA EURO 2024 mascot
Albärt, the official UEFA EURO 2024 mascotUEFA via Getty Images

Who were the city ambassadors for EURO 2024?

Berlin: Kevin-Prince Boateng
Cologne: Harald Schumacher
Dortmund: Roman Weidenfeller, Annike Krahn
Düsseldorf: Martina Voss-Tecklenburg, Sandra Mikolaschek, Selin Oruz
Frankfurt: Alex Meier, Deborah Levi
Gelsenkirchen: Gerald Asamoah
Hamburg: Patrick Esume
Leipzig: Professor Dr Jörg Junhold, Anja Mittag, Jürgen Zielinski
Munich: Dr Felix Brych
Stuttgart: Cacau, Niko Kappel, Eli Seitz

Was there a EURO 2024 volunteer programme?

Over 146,000 football enthusiasts submitted their applications to become a volunteer at EURO 2024, with 16,000 volunteers from 124 nations subsequently selected.

The volunteers represented Germany in the ten host cities and stadiums during the event, welcoming guests from all over the world, as well as playing a central role in making the tournament a EURO for all, bringing to life the motto 'United by football. Vereint im Herzen Europas.'

There were 16,000 volunteers at EURO 2024
There were 16,000 volunteers at EURO 2024

Was there an official EURO 2024 song?

FIRE – from Italian producers Meduza, American pop-rock trailblazers OneRepublic and German singer-songwriter Leony – was released on all streaming platforms. The song, written by Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic and produced by Meduza, merges the Italian group's much-loved anthemic house production, OneRepublic's compelling soundscapes and Leony's pop expertise into a track that embodies the fervour and spirit of football and music fans alike.

Was there an eEURO?

UEFA eEURO 2024 began with the online qualifiers in March 2024 and concluded with the final in Germany this summer. EA SPORTS FC™ 24 was the official platform for UEFA eEURO 2024.

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