Category: UEFA

What Is The EURO 2024 Tournament

Also known as EURO 2024, UEFA Euro 2024 is the 17th edition of the UEFA European Football Championship to be scheduled on the 14th of June and will end on the 14th of July. Organized by UEFA, this quadrennial international football tournament is highly anticipated by men’s national teams of member associations. Also, it brings together top teams from across Europe to compete for the coveted championship title.

Important EURO 2024 Dates

Group stage will commend on June 14 and will end on the 26th of the same month. The battle for the last sixteen spots of the tournament will be on June 29 to July 2, 2024. The quarter finals will be on the 5th and 6th of July, with July 9 and 10 is scheduled for semi-finals. The finals is scheduled on the 14th of July. Make sure to keep an eye of these significant dates, so you won’t miss the thrill.

Play-Offs Explained

Announced as the host country in EURO 2024 tournament, Germany after winning their bid to Turkey by 12 votes in a ballot among UEFA’s Executive Committee. Although the full lineup is to be known until next year after the playoffs, 21 of the 24 teams have made it already to the tournament.

These include Belgium, France, Portugal, Spain, Scotland, Turkey, Austria, England, Hungary, Slovakia, Albania, Denmark, Netherlands, Romania, Serbia, Czech Republic, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, and  Germany.

Play-offs in March will determine the nations to grab the three remaining spots. The 12 best-performing teams who failed to qualify from the groups will go into three play-off paths. Which will take place on March 21-to 26, 2024.

Official Match Ball for EURO 2024

Using a Connected Ball technology, Adidas manufactures Fussballliebe (meaning love of football). This is the official match ball for EURO 2024.

It has a sensor in its inside that acts as a video assistant referee (VAR), aiding in semi-automated offside decisions. Since the sensor provides 500 pieces of a data per second, it is easier to detect when the ball is touched or not.

Talking about the ball’s design, Adidas design it with a striking design as an exact representation of its movement and the energy of the game. The ball’s has colourful edges, dots, and curves that accentuate its prominent black wing shapes.

How to Watch Euro 2024?

In both UK and the US, EURO 2024 will be shown in non-subscription and free-to-air channels after securing the necessary license. In addition, paid broadcasts of the tournament will also be made available via TVA Sports in Canada at $17.99 per month. In Australia and New Zealand, all games of the most-awaited international game competition will be shown Optus Sport (Australia) and TVNZ or Spark Sport (New Zealand).

Who Are The Biggest Football Stars Who Will Play In EURO 2024?

So who are the biggest EURO 2024 stars or the top new picks who’ll play in EURO Football 2024? Let’s find out. These EURO 2024 player should be 21 years old or under at the beginning of the year to qualify.

They’re the ones projected to make a big splash in the European league when push comes to shove. The ones who’ve made the cut include the following. They’re the cream of the crop of EURO 2024 stars so far known for their maturing skills and abilities.

The Young Superstars of EURO 2024

The best EURO 2024 stars include the following.

  • Arnau Martinez: Arnau belongs as one of the top superstars of EURO 2024 because he’s Barcelona La Masia Academy’s own star player and Girono’s ever-dependable No. 20 right-back. He can carry the ball forward at a fast place while delivering the fastest passes. This has made him Girona’s irreplaceable rookie superstar.
  • Antonio Silva: Antonio belongs in Portugal. He’s also Benfica No. 20 specifically. He originally broke into Benfica at 18 years old at the beginning of 2022 to 2023. He’s also a center-back that’s been a first pick ever since he’s been around.

This one of many top EURO 2024 stars is a tough defensive player who’s known for accurate passes across multiple distances. He’s also the youngest football player to become a Portugal representative at the age of 19 years old and 33 days old.

  • Noah Atunolu: As for Germany’s Freiburg No. 21, he’s an Under 21 goalkeeper who has drawn comparisons with Manuel Neuer in his youth. He came along after Mark Flekken has left the team. He faced the challenge of being the new gatekeeper of Freiburg’s goal, displaying seemingly supernatural reactions when it comes to goal defense.
  • Johan Bakayoko: As Belgium’s PSV Eindhoven No. 20, Johan made a splash for his team back in early 2023. His breakout season ended with him doing 5 assists and 7 goals all throughout his time on the field. He’s the traditional right-winger with a decent game pace and running speed.

He has proven himself to be a constant threat to his defenders with his multifaceted offensive options. In March, he made his international debut and he passed his test in flying colors when push came to shove. He has proven himself and then some.

All the superstars available here are under 21 or 21 years of age. They also emulate previous superstar picks who made a huge impact on the Euro League in the previous years, such as Gavi in 2022, Jude Bellingham in 2021, Rafael Leao in 2020, and Erling Haaland in 2019.