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Euro 2024 final stadium: Which city is host?

The clock is ticking fast toward Euros 2024. The draw is out and the date is set, so what's left now is for the players to earn a deserved break from club football and start showcasing their national football prowess at the European stage.  Germany is set to host the 17th edition of the UEFA European Championship, EURO 2024.

West Germany hosted the tournament in 1988, but this event marks the first time Germany has hosted the championship since reunification.

Kicking off on 14 June 2024, the opener will see hosts Germany play at the Munich Football Arena, known as the Allianz Arena.

Allianz Arena at night | The Allianz Arena lights come on for three hours after sunset every night
FC Bayern's iconic Allianz Arena will host the opening game of Euro 2024, but not the final | Photo by Icon Sport

When was the Euro 2024 draw, and where?

Before the action begins, though, there's an important date on the calendar for fans to circle: 2 December 2023. That's when the draw for EURO 2024 took place in Hamburg.

Much like the format of EURO 2020, the tournament structure will feature six groups, with the top two teams from each group, along with the four best third-placed teams, securing their place in the round of 16.

Euro 2024 Groups and Teams

There are a total of 6 groups in the Euro 2024. It means the tournament will feature a total of 24 teams, competing for the ultimate prize. The tables for the tournaments have been drawn and Group A features Germany, Hungary, Scotland and Switzerland.

In Group B, we have Albania, Croatia, Italy and Spain.

Group C of this year's Euros features teams like Denmark, England, Serbia and Slovenia. The Three Lions will play two friendlies against Bosnia and Icelad before their opening Euros match against Serbia on 16 June 2024, followed by a clash with Denmark on the 20th, and Slovenia on 25 June. This is arguably one of the easiest groups for the Three Lions in recent years but we can only wait to see how they perform on the big stage.

In Group D of the 2024 Euro, we have Austria, France, Netherlands and Poland. The first group D game will take place on 16 June 2024, a match in which Poland will face off against the Netherlands.  The latest time these teams met was on 22 September 2022 in the Nationals and the Dutch won it 2-0. Notably, the Netherlands never lost to Poland in recent 5 meetings with 4 wins and 1 draw.

In Group E of the Euros, we have Belgium, Romania, Slovakia, and Ukraine. The final group is F and there are teams like Turkiye, Czech Republic, Portugal and Georgia.

Which is the Euro 2024 final stadium?

Now, let's fast forward to the grand finale of the tournament. The EURO 2024 final will be held at the iconic Olympiastadion in Berlin on 14 July 2024.

The Berlin Olympiastadion | Euro 2024 final stadium and host city
The Euro 2024 final stadium: The Berlin Olympiastadion | Photo by Icon Sport

The Olympiastadion isn't just another football stadium; it's a place where history has been made across the sporting world. From Jesse Owens' legendary four gold medals during the 1936 Olympics, which boldly challenged Adolf Hitler's ideals, to Usain Bolt's lightning-fast 100m world record, this stadium has borne witness to incredible feats of athleticism.

And who could ever forget Zinedine Zidane's headbutt in the 2006 World Cup final?

What new history will follow in 2024?

With its towering two-story colonnades and 136 pillars, it promises an awe-inspiring backdrop for the EURO 2024 final. Even the bright blue running track, which encircles the pitch, won't be able to steal the show.

History of the Berlin Olympiastadion

The Olympiastadion was originally constructed for the 1936 Summer Olympics and was designed by the renowned architect Werner March. Its classic horseshoe shape and columns on the exterior exude an aura of timeless elegance.

During the Olympics, the stadium claimed a record attendance of over 100,000 spectators!

Over the years, the ground has undergone significant renovations to meet modern standards while preserving its historical charm. One of its most distinctive features is the blue running track surrounding the pitch, a testament to its multifaceted history but always a contentious topic for football fans…

The Euro 2024 final stadium hosted the 1936 Olympics
The Euro 2024 final stadium hosted the 1936 Olympics | Photo by Icon Sport

Since its renovation in 2004, the Olympiastadion has boasted a permanent seating capacity of 74,475 and stands as the largest stadium in Germany for international football matches.

For local football fans, the Olympiastadion is synonymous with one thing – Hertha BSC, affectionately known as the ‘Old Lady.' The club has called the Olympiastadion its home since 1963.

However, the stadium will play host to Hertha’s city rivals Union Berlin for their 2023/24 Champions League campaign after they secured fourth place in the Bundesliga. It is the first time in the club’s history they have been in the Champions League.

Notable matches and tournaments at the Olympiastadion

In addition to its role as Hertha BSC's home ground, the Olympiastadion has a storied history of hosting major football events. Since 1985, it has been the venue for the German Cup (DFB-Pokal) Final, making it a cherished location for football fans across Germany.

Notably, the Olympiastadion played a pivotal role in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, hosting six matches, including the historic final between Italy and France. This unforgettable match, remembered for its drama and intensity, ended 1-1 after extra time. Zinedine Zidane's panenka penalty initially put France ahead, but Marco Materazzi's equaliser sent the game to penalties. The defining moment came when Zidane, in his last professional game, headbutted Materazzi and was sent off. Italy eventually emerged victorious in the penalty shootout, clinching their fourth World Cup title.

The Euro 2024 final stadium was the host to Zidane's famous headbutt
Zidane was sent off for a headbutt in the 2006 World Cup final at the Olympiastadion | Photo by Icon Sport

The stadium also witnessed the 2015 UEFA Champions League Final, featuring Juventus against Barcelona. Barcelona secured a 3-1 victory, with goals from Rakitić, Suarez, and Neymar, while Morata scored for Juventus. This triumph marked Barcelona's fifth UEFA Champions League title and completed their second treble.

This historic ground's legacy and the significance of the occasion make it a fitting choice to be the Euro 2024 final stadium. Football fans can look forward to an exciting showdown at this iconic venue in Berlin.

Other host cities for Euro 2024

While the Olympiastadion in Berlin will be the EURO 2024 final stadium, other cities and their stadiums across Germany will also host matches:

Cologne: Cologne Stadium (47,000)
Dortmund: BVB Stadion Dortmund (66,000)
Dusseldorf: Düsseldorf Arena (47,000)
Frankfurt: Frankfurt Arena (48,000)
Gelsenkirchen: Arena AufSchalke (50,000)
Hamburg: Volksparkstadion Hamburg (50,000)
Leipzig: Leipzig Stadium (42,000)
Munich: Munich Football Arena (67,000)
Stuttgart: Stuttgart Arena (54,000)

FAQs about Euro 2024

When was the 2024 Euro draw?

The Euro 2024 draw took place on Saturday, 2 December 2024. The ceremony began at 19:00 CET.

How many groups are in the 2024 Euros?

There are a total of 6 groups in this year's Euros. Note that each group constitutes 4 teams.

Where was the 2020 Euros draw held?

The 2024 Euros draw was held in Hamburg, Germany. Remember that this year's tournament will take place in Germany and Hamburg is one of the host cities. There will be 4 games staged in Hamburg as well as one of the quarterfinals.

How will the Euros tournament work this year?

The format for Euros 2024 will be the same as that of 2020. The first two teams in each group will move to the round of 16. There will be an additional 4 teams, who make the third-best place from the groups added to the round of 16. The next round will be quarterfinals, semifinals and consequently, the biggest finals in the 2024 Euros between two sides that will manage to reach that far.

Which teams make up the EUFA Euro 2024 Group?

Group A of the 2024 Euros comprises Germany, Hungary, Scotland and Switzerland. The first game of the Euros this year will come from this group, in which case, Germany will lock horns with Scotland on 14 June 2024 in an epic battle. In recent five duels, Germany won 4 and one game ended in a draw.

Which are the teams in the Group B of 2024 Euros?

Group B teams are Albania, Croatia, Italy and Spain. We must say that Albania will have a difficult campaign in the group given the strong opposition it will be paired with. Spain vs Croatia will be the first game from the group and it will take place on 15 June 2024.

What is the allowed number of squad members in Euro 2026?

The latest information from EUFA is that the 2024 Euro squad will be expanded to 26, awaiting the signature of the EUFA executive. Several coaches, including Gareth Southgate, rejected a leaner squad of 23 during a meeting of the national competitions committee.

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