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UEFA Euro 2024 Group A: Preview, players to watch, fixtures, squads & telecast info

Published at :June 12, 2024 at 7:49 PM
Modified at :June 12, 2024 at 7:49 PM
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Rajarshi Shukla


Germany will be looking to top their group

Without a doubt, Group A of Euro 2024 will have the eyes of the spectators. The host nation Germany are grouped together with the likes of Scotland, Hungary and Switzerland.

Germany and their recently appointed coach Julian Nagelsmann have good news, traditionally they have done well on home turf at the highest level.

Scotland are also in the group and have a strong chance of making it to the Round of 16. For the Scots, who are participating in their fourth European Championship, they are yet to advance past the group stages.

Hungary were unbeaten in 13 games before Tuesday’s late friendly loss to the Republic of Ireland, so Marco Rossi’s team enters the tournament in respectable shape. They played eight of those games of the undefeated streak in their Euro 2024 qualifiers (W5 D3).

Murat Yakin’s Switzerland team are competing in its third consecutive European Championship. They will hope to build on their triumphant Euro 2020 campaign which saw them eliminate France in a thrilling last-16 match on penalties.

Player to watch out for

Germany: Florian Wirtz

The No. 10 for Bayer Leverkusen is an excellent playmaker who regularly weaves dangerous passes behind opposing defences. Florian Wirtz’s incredible assist in Die Werkself’s 2-1 victory against Heidenheim in February perfectly captured it. The player’s deft reverse pass tricked the opponent’s defence and set up teammate Amine Adli for a goal.

Scotland: Billy Gilmour

Being one of Scotland’s most gifted young players, Billy Gilmour will undoubtedly play a major role in the Tartan Army’s success in Germany. The 23-year-old midfielder has been selected to play for his country in the European Championship for the second time because of his self-assurance and passing skills.

Hungary: Dominik Szoboszlai

If Dominik Szoboszlai captains Hungary in their first group encounter against Switzerland on June 15, he will become the youngest captain in the history of the UEFA European Championship. That honour will stand in stark contrast to his preparation for the previous Euro, where an injury kept him out of contention.

The 23-year-old Liverpool midfielder, who has experienced multiple domestic cup victories with Red Bull Salzburg and RB Leipzig, is anxious to avoid any undue pressure on himself before the finals. Instead, when Marco Rossi’s team faces Switzerland, Germany and Scotland in Group A, he will want to set an example by displaying his talent on the pitch.

Switzerland: Granit Xhaka

The 31-year-old Granit Xhaka, who assisted Bayer Leverkusen in winning their first Bundesliga title the previous season, will be crucial to Switzerland‘s ambitions when they play Hungary on June 15, to begin their Euro 2024 campaign.

Match fixtures

14 June: Germany vs Scotland

14 June Hungary vs Switzerland

19 June: Germany vs Hungary 

19 June: Scotland vs Switzerland

23 June: Switzerland vs Germany 

23 June: Scotland vs Hungary

All nations squad list

Germany

Goalkeepers: Oliver Baumann (Hoffenheim), Manuel Neuer (Bayern München), Marc-André ter Stegen (Barcelona)

Defenders: Waldemar Anton (Stuttgart), Benjamin Henrichs (Leipzig), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern München), Robin Koch (Frankfurt), Maximilian Mittelstädt (Stuttgart), David Raum (Leipzig), Antonio Rüdiger (Real Madrid), Nico Schlotterbeck (Dortmund), Jonathan Tah (Leverkusen)

Midfielders: Robert Andrich (Leverkusen), Chris Führich (Stuttgart), İlkay Gündoğan (Barcelona), Pascal Gross (Brighton), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Jamal Musiala (Bayern München), Aleksandar Pavlović (Bayern München), Leroy Sané (Bayern München), Florian Wirtz (Leverkusen)

Forwards: Maximilian Beier (Hoffenheim), Niclas Füllkrug (Dortmund), Kai Havertz (Arsenal), Thomas Müller (Bayern München), Deniz Undav (Stuttgart)

Scotland

Goalkeepers: Zander Clark (Hearts), Angus Gunn (Norwich), Liam Kelly (Motherwell)

Defenders: Liam Cooper (Leeds), Grant Hanley (Norwich), Jack Hendry (Al-Ettifaq), Ross McCrorie (Bristol City), Scott McKenna (Copenhagen), Ryan Porteous (Watford), Anthony Ralston (Celtic), Andrew Robertson (Liverpool), Greg Taylor (Celtic), Kieran Tierney (Real Sociedad)

Midfielders: Stuart Armstrong (Southampton), James Forrest (Celtic), Billy Gilmour (Brighton), Ryan Jack (Rangers), John McGinn (Aston Villa), Callum McGregor (Celtic), Kenny McLean (Norwich), Scott McTominay (Manchester United), Lewis Morgan (New York RB)

Forwards: Ché Adams (Southampton), Ryan Christie (Bournemouth), Tommy Conway (Bristol City), Lawrence Shankland (Hearts)

Hungary

Goalkeepers: Dénes Dibusz (Ferencváros), Péter Gulácsi (Leipzig), Péter Szappanos (Paks)

Defenders: Botond Balogh (Parma), Bendegúz Bolla (Servette), Endre Botka (Ferencváros), Márton Dárdai (Hertha Berlin), Attila Fiola (Fehérvár), Miloš Kerkez (Bournemouth), Ádám Lang (Omonoia), Zsolt Nagy (Puskás Akadémia), Loïc Négo (Le Havre), Willi Orbán (Leipzig), Attila Szalai (Freiburg)

Midfielders: Dániel Gazdag (Philadelphia Union), Mihály Kata (MTK Budapest), László Kleinheisler (Hajduk Split), Ádám Nagy (Spezia), András Schäfer (Union Berlin), Callum Styles (Sunderland), Dominik Szoboszlai (Liverpool)

Forwards: Martin Ádám (Ulsan HD), Kevin Csoboth (Újpest), Kristofer Horváth (Kecskemét), Roland Sallai (Freiburg), Barnabás Varga (Ferencváros)

Switzerland

Goalkeepers: Gregor Kobel (Dortmund), Yvon Mvogo (Lorient), Yann Sommer (Inter)

Defenders: Manuel Akanji (Manchester City), Nico Elvedi (Mönchengladbach), Ricardo Rodríguez (Torino), Fabian Schär (Newcastle), Leonidas Stergiou (Stuttgart), Silvan Widmer (Mainz), Cédric Zesiger (Wolfsburg)

Midfielders: Michel Aebischer (Bologna), Remo Freuler (Bologna), Ardon Jashari (Luzern), Fabian Rieder (Rennes), Xherdan Shaqiri (Chicago Fire), Vincent Sierro (Toulouse), Renato Steffen (Lugano), Ruben Vargas (Augsburg), Granit Xhaka (Leverkusen), Denis Zakaria (Monaco), Steven Zuber (AEK Athens)

Forwards: Zeki Amdouni (Burnley), Kwadwo Duah (Ludogorets), Breel Embolo (Monaco), Dan Ndoye (Bologna), Noah Okafor (AC Milan)

Euro 2024 Telecast

UK: BBC TV Sport, ITV UK

USA: Fox Sports USA English, fubo TV, VIX

Australia: Optus Australia

India: Sony Sports Network, SsonyLiv

Nigeria: SportyTV Nigeria, Supersport South Africa

Canada: Bell Media Canada, TVA Sports

Germany: Telekom Deutschland, ARD, RTL Germany, ZDF

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