Italy faces a difficult task in defending its title. The draw will take place in Group B, where they will face Spain, Croatia and Albania.

Hosts Germany will face Scotland in the opening game of Euro 2024 in Munich, while defending champions Italy will be drawn in the same group as Spain.

The Germans, three-time winners, open the month-long tournament on June 14th with the final on July 14th in Berlin’s Olympic Stadium.

The draw took place on Saturday at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, one of the ten venues for the tournament.

Germany will also face Hungary and Switzerland in Group A.

Italy face a difficult task in defending their title and face Spain, Croatia and Albania in Group B.

France and the Netherlands meet again after qualifying in the same group and will be drawn in Group D alongside Austria and the winner of Playoff A.

England, the losing Euro 2020 finalists, are in Group C alongside Denmark, Slovenia and Serbia.

In Group E, Belgium will face Romania, Slovakia and the winners of Playoffs B, while Group F will feature Portugal, Turkey, the Czech Republic and the winners of Playoffs C.

The hosts qualified automatically and 20 teams made it through European qualification. Three teams are still unknown and will reach the playoffs in March.

The top two in each of the six EM 2024 groups reach the round of 16 together with the four best third-placed teams.

In the semi-final playoffs on March 21st, Poland will face Estonia and Wales will face Finland in Path A.

In Path B, Israel plays Iceland, while Bosnia and Herzegovina takes on Ukraine.

In Path C, Georgia will face Luxembourg and Greece will play against Kazakhstan.

The playoff final will take place on March 26th.

The draw ceremony was marred by inexplicable noises vying for attention as the team names were read out on stage.

The interruption, which appeared to sound like sexual noises, was clearly audible for several minutes in the broadcast of the ceremony from a Hamburg concert hall.

UEFA competitions director Giorgio Marchetti noted the noise in his commentary before proceeding with the draw for the final six places for the lower-placed teams in the 24-nation tournament line-up. The noises continued sporadically until the draw was completed.

Similar noises disrupted a live BBC broadcast of an English soccer match between Wolves and Liverpool in January. It turned out to be a prank involving the use of a cell phone next to the studio.

The groups are as follows:

  • Group A: Germany, Scotland, Hungary, Switzerland
  • Group B: Spain, Croatia, Italy, Albania
  • Group C: England, Denmark, Slovenia, Serbia
  • Group D: France, Austria, Netherlands, playoff winner A
  • Group E: Belgium, Romania, Slovakia, playoff winner B
  • Group F: Portugal, Turkey, Czech Republic, playoff winner C

Source : www.aljazeera.com

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