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All you need to know about Euro 2024 draw

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Following is a guide to the Euro 2024 finals draw which takes place in Hamburg on Saturday.

TEAMS

* Twenty one of the 24 final places have been filled.

* Hosts Germany qualified automatically and 20 teams qualified through the European qualifiers, the top two in each group.

* Three teams are unknown at the time of the draw, they will come through the playoffs in March. Teams qualified for the playoffs based on their performance in the Nations League.

SEEDING

* Teams have been seeded in accordance with the overall European qualifiers rankings, and there are six teams in each of the four pots.

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* Germany, as hosts, are automatically seeded in Pot 1 and will not be drawn as they have been allocated to Group A.

* The three playoff winners are placed in Pot 4.

THE POTS

Pot 1:

Germany

Portugal

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France

Spain

Belgium

England

Pot 2:

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Hungary

Turkey

Romania

Denmark

Albania

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Austria

Pot 3:

Netherlands

Scotland

Croatia

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Slovenia

Slovakia

Czech Republic

Pot 4:

Italy

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Serbia

Switzerland

Playoff winner A (Poland/Wales/Finland/Estonia)

Playoff winner B (Israel/Bosnia/Ukraine/Iceland)

Playoff winner C (Georgia/Greece/Kazakhstan/Luxembourg)

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DRAW PROCEDURE

* The draw will place teams into six groups, with four teams in each group.

* The draw begins with Pot 1, with the first team drawn assigned to the first-available group in alphabetical order (Group B in this case as Germany are in Group A).

* A further six pots (A, B, C, D, E, F) are required to draw the respective team’s position in each group, which will decide the fixture order within the group.

* Once Pot 1 has been emptied, the draw continues with Pot 2 in the same way, then Pot 3 and ends with Pot 4.

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* Teams within each group play each other once, and the group winners and runners-up will advance to the round of 16, along with the four best third-placed teams.

POSSIBLE OUTCOMES

* With teams seeded according to their performance in the qualifiers and not their FIFA ranking, defending champions Italy are likely to face a tough group as they find themselves in Pot 4.

* One possible outcome could see them face France, Hungary and the Netherlands. They could also play England who they defeated on penalties in the final of Euro 2020 and played in the same qualifying group for Euro 2024.

* England and Scotland could be drawn in the same group, as they were at Euro 2020.

* World Cup 2022 semi-finalists Croatia are in Pot 3.

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FINALS

* In the opening match of the tournament, hosts Germany take on the team drawn as A2, in Munich on June 14.

* The Euro 2024 final will take place on July 14 in Berlin.

* Ten cities have been chosen as venues across Germany – Berlin, Cologne, Dortmund, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Gelsenkirchen, Hamburg, Leipzig, Munich and Stuttgart.

-Reuters

 

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Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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