Which Teams Still Have Work to Do in Order to Reach UEFA Euro 2024
November 1, 2023
In the summer of 2021, Italy climbed to the summit of European football as they defeated England on penalties at Wembley to win the delayed UEFA Euro 2020. Next summer, the tournament returns as Germany will play host throughout June and July with the Berlin showpiece taking place on July 14th.
Nine nations have qualified for the tournament already, despite there still being two matchdays remaining in the qualification campaign. The aforementioned England, as well as recent World Cup finalists France, are two of them, and those two have been installed as the early favourites to go all the way at Euro 2024. Outside of them, hosts Germany are also guaranteed a place in the tournament, as well as 2016 champions Portugal, Belgium, Austria, Turkey, Spain and Scotland.
Players from these countries can finally kick back and relax, knowing that they have already punched their ticket to next summer’s tournament. But what to do for fans while they are waiting for the Euro 2024 if their supported team is between the beforementioned lucky ones? There are a few options to choose from.
You can watch some other teams and their struggle to participate in Euro 2024. With so many countries trying to secure their spot – you can spectate those games as well as learn about future competitors. Others may prefer to indulge in a different form of soccer-related entertainment: online pokies. There are sites that offer sports-themed online pokies to play. You can enjoy them while you are following of the countries progress that we will now review.
Greece Need a Miracle in Group B
France have already secured top spot in Group B after winning all their games thus far. The second qualifier in the group will be either the Netherlands or Greece, however, following victories home and away against the 2004 champions, it is the Oranj who are strong favourites to progress. The Greeks need their rivals to lose to the Republic of Ireland at home and also fail to beat lowly Gibraltar in order to have any hope of progression.
Ukraine and Italy Go Head-to-Head in Group C
Five wins from their first six games have secured England’s sport at Euro 2024. Ukraine currently looks like the favourites to progress as runners-up. they are three points ahead of reigning champions Italy however, the Azzurri do have a game in hand on their rivals. Should they win that contest at home to North Macedonia – the team that knocked them out in qualifying for the recent 2022 FIFA World Cup – that will set up a crunch clash against Ukraine (in Poland) on the final matchday, where the winner will progress.
Three-Way Scrap Awaits in Group D
Impressive victories home and away against Croatia have already secured Turkey’s spot at Euro 2024. There are three teams however all vying to claim the runners up spot. Wales and Croatia are currently locked on ten points however, with a win and a draw from their contests against their rivals, it is Wales who are currently in the driving seat. However, Armenia is also in with a shout of qualifying and are just three points further back.
For the Welsh, it is simple. They need to beat Armenia in Yerevan as well as already qualified Turkey in Cardiff in order to progress. Should they lose the former of those two matches then that opens the door for the Armenians to reach their first-ever major tournament. They will head to Croatia on the final matchday knowing that victory in Zagreb will secure their spot at Euro 2024. Croatia meanwhile must defeat Latvia in Riga as well as Armenia at home all while hoping Wales drop points in one of their two games.
All to Play for in Group E
So far, no team has qualified for the tournament from Group E. Albania are all but there. They need just one victory from their final two games, the second of which is at home to the Faroe Islands, to progress.
There are a further three teams that also have their eyes on Germany next summer. The Czech Republic are the favourites to secure that spot. They are a point clear of Poland – who have played a game more than them – and two points clear of Moldova. They face those two in their final two games and a victory in one or the other should be enough to see them through.
Should they lose the first of those games away in Poland and Moldova defeat Albania at home, then Moldova and the Czechs will clash in Prague with a spot in the Euros on the line.
Kazakhstan Maintain Slender Hopes of Progression from Group H
The stars of the show so far in qualifying have been Kazakhstan. A last-gasp winner away at Finland has maintained their slender hopes of progression. They are four points behind leaders Denmark and Slovenia however, with those two sets to go face-to-face and with the Kazakhs at home to San Marino, there is a great chance that that gap will be cut to just one point ahead of the final matchday.
They will face Slovenia away from home and if the Slovenians don’t beat Denmark in their penultimate game, victory will see Kazakhstan progress. If they do, then the Kazakhs will need Northern Ireland to do them a favour against Denmark in Belfast while simultaneously winning themselves in Ljubljana.