EURO 2024: Germany to face Scotland in event opener

Germany will open their Euro 2024 marketing campaign in opposition to Scotland on the Allianz Arena in Munich on June 14.

The hosts had been additionally positioned in the identical group as Hungary and Switzerland through the draw, which befell in Hamburg.

Julian Nagelsmann’s aspect will play Hungary on June 19 in Stuttgart earlier than going through Switzerland of their closing group match on June 23 in Frankfurt.

‘We need to prevail’ — Nagelsmann

Following the draw, Nagelsmann stated: “It’s a very interesting group in which we want to prevail. It will be a great start against Scotland in Munich.”

Speaking of the opposite group encounters Nagelsmann stated: “The other games will also be exciting duels. It’s not a group of death, but a very good one. The opening game will be a tough one.”

“I’ve trained a few players from Hungary,” Nagelsmann stated. “I know what they can do. Hungary play very interesting soccer. Against Switzerland, it will be a little derby against a direct neighbor.” 

Meanwhile, German Football Federation (DFB) Sporting Director Rudi Völler added: “We respect every opponent. I’m looking forward to the Scots. It’ll be a great fight, they’ll bring a lot of fans with them, there’ll be a great atmosphere — and of course, it’ll be demanding.”

“Our focus has to be on getting off to a good start. I’m optimistic that we’ll play a good European Championship if we change a few things,” stated Völler.

Tough exams in Group B

European champions Italy had been drawn in a gaggle in opposition to 2008 and 2012 winners Spain, World Cup semifinalists Croatia and Albania.

Meanwhile, Group D additionally appeared difficult with World Cup runners-up France positioned alongside Louis Van Gaal’s Netherlands, Austria and one in every of 4 potential playoff winners between Wales, Finland, Poland and Estonia.

“This is a very challenging group for us,” Austrian head coach Ralf Rangnick admitted. “We know what to expect from the first game. We want to progress, but the group isn’t that bad.”

The event might be performed from June 14 by way of July 14 throughout 10 cities and might be Germany’s first time internet hosting the event since reunification in 1990.

Edited by: Kieran Burke