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

Published at :June 13, 2024 at 5:17 PM
Modified at :June 13, 2024 at 5:18 PM
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Ajay Gandhar


France and the Netherlands are favourites to advance from the group.

Group D at the upcoming UEFA Euro 2024 tournament in Germany features some of the top international teams in European football. France enter as the favourites, with a talented squad spearheaded by Kylian Mbappe. They will be motivated to add the European Championship to their trophy cabinet.

The Netherlands also boast quality players like Virgil van Dijk and Memphis Depay, but they have under-performed at recent major tournaments. Despite some key injury absences, the Dutch have the ability to challenge the best teams.

At the Euros, for Poland, the goalscoring prowess of veteran striker Robert Lewandowski will be crucial. The Eagles will need to be defensively disciplined to navigate through this tough group.

Austria should not be underestimated. Under experienced coach Ralf Rangnick, they have a well-rounded squad including Marcel Sabitzer and Marko Arnautovic. Even though they are underdogs, Austria are capable of springing upsets to reach the knockout rounds.

Players to Watch

Poland: Robert Lewandowski

Robert Lewandowski will be the focal point for Poland at Euro 2024. Despite his advancing age, the 35-year-old striker remains one of the most prolific goalscorers in world football. Lewandowski has scored over 600 career goals for club and country.

His 12-year stint in the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich makes him well-acquainted with the atmosphere in Germany, the host nation.

Netherlands: Memphis Depay

Memphis Depay will be a key player for the Netherlands at Euro 2024. The 30-year-old forward has been in excellent form for both club and country.

Depay has scored 45 goals in 92 appearances for the Dutch national team. His pace, dribbling ability and scoring prowess make him a handful for any defence.

Austria: Marcel Sabitzer

Marcel Sabitzer will be Austria‘s most important player at Euro 2024. The 30-year-old had an outstanding season for Borussia Dortmund, playing a vital role in their run to the Champions League final.

Sabitzer’s versatility to play in multiple positions in midfield and attack is a major asset for Austria. He enters the tournament in fine form after scoring crucial goals in the Champions League knockout rounds.

France: Kylian Mbappe

Kylian Mbappe will spearhead France‘s attack at Euro 2024. The 25-year-old striker comes into the tournament in blistering form after scoring 44 goals for Paris Saint-Germain last season.

Mbappe’s pace, dribbling ability and clinical finishing make him one of the most dangerous forwards in the world.

Fixtures

16 June: Poland vs Netherlands

18 June: Austria vs France

21 June: Poland vs Austria

22 June: Netherlands vs France

25 June: Netherlands vs Austria

25 June: France vs Poland

All nations squad list

Poland

Goalkeepers: Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus), Marcin Bulka (Nice), Oliwier Zych (Puszcza Niepolomice), Lukasz Skorupski (Bologna)

Defenders: Jan Bednarek (Southampton), Bartosz Bereszynski (Empoli), Pawel Bochniewicz (Heerenveen), Jakub Kiwior (Arsenal), Bartosz Salamon (Lech Poznan), Tymoteusz Puchacz (Kaiserslautern), Pawel Dawidowicz (Verona), Sebastian Walukiewicz (Empoli)

Midfielders: Przemyslaw Frankowski (Lens), Kamil Grosicki (Pogon Szczecin), Jakub Moder (Brighton and Hove Albion), Taras Romanczuk (Jagiellonia Bialystok), Damian Szymanski (AEK Athens), Michal Skoras (Club Brugge), Nicola Zalewski (Roma), Jakub Piotrowski (Ludogorets), Bartosz Slisz (Atlanta United), Sebastian Szymanski (Fenerbahce), Kacper Urbanski (Bologna), Piotr Zielinski (Napoli)

Forwards: Adam Buksa (Antalyaspor), Arkadiusz Milik (Juventus), Robert Lewandowski (Barcelona), Krzysztof Piatek (Istanbul Basaksehir), Karol Swiderski (Verona)

Netherlands

Goalkeepers: Bart Verbruggen (Brighton), Mark Flekken (Brentford), Justin Bijlow (Feyenoord)

Defenders: Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), Stefan de Vrij (Inter Milan), Mickey van de Ven (Tottenham Hotspur), Daley Blind (Girona), Matthijs de Ligt (Bayern Munich), Nathan Ake (Manchester City), Denzel Dumfries (Inter Milan), Lutsharel Geertruida (Feyenoord), Jeremie Frimpong (Bayer Leverkusen), Ian Maatsen (Borussia Dortmund)

Midfielders: Ryan Gravenberch (Liverpool), Tijjani Reijnders (AC Milan), Xavi Simons (RB Leipzig), Joey Veerman (PSV), Jerdy Schouten (PSV), Gini Wijnaldum (Al-Ettifaq)

Forwards: Steven Bergwijn (Ajax), Memphis Depay (Atletico Madrid), Brian Brobbey (Ajax), Wout Weghorst (Hoffenheim), Donyell Malen (Borussia Dortmund), Cody Gakpo (Liverpool)

Austria

Goalkeepers: Patrick Pentz (Brondby), Heinz Lindner (Union Saint-Gilloise), Niklas Hedl (Rapid Wien)

Defenders: Stefan Lainer (Borussia Monchengladbach), Stefan Posch (Bologna), Max Wober (Borussia Monchengladbach), Philipp Lienhart (Freiburg), Kevin Danso (Lens), Phillipp Mwene (Mainz), Flavius Daniliuc (Red Bull Salzburg), Leopold Querfeld (Rapid Wien)

Midfielders: Marcel Sabitzer (Borussia Dortmund), Florian Grillitsch (Hoffenheim), Christoph Baumgartner (RB Leipzig), Konrad Laimer (Bayern Munich), Florian Kainz (Cologne), Nicolas Seiwald (RB Leipzig), Romano Schmid (Werder Bremen), Alexander Prass (Sturm Graz), Matthias Seidl (Rapid Vienna)

Forwards: Mark Arnautovic (Inter Milan), Michael Gregoritsch (Freiburg), Andreas Weimann (West Brom), Patrick Wimmer (Wolfsburg), Marco Grull (Rapid Wien), Maximilian Entrup (TSV Hartberg)

France

Goalkeepers: Alphonse Areola (West Ham), Mike Maignan (AC Milan), Brice Samba (Lens).

Defenders: Jonathan Clauss (Marseille), Theo Hernandez (AC Milan), Ibrahima Konate (Liverpool), Jules Kounde (Barcelona), Ferland Mendy (Real Madrid), Benjamin Pavard (Inter Milan), William Saliba (Arsenal), Dayot Upamecano (Bayern Munich).

Midfielders: Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid), Youssouf Fofana (Monaco), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), N’Golo Kante (Al Ittihad), Adrien Rabiot (Juventus), Aurelien Tchouameni (Real Madrid), Warren Zaire-Emery (Paris Saint-Germain).

Forwards: Bradley Barcola (Paris Saint-Germain), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Ousmane Dembele (Paris Saint-Germain), Olivier Giroud (AC Milan), Randal Kolo Muani (Paris Saint-Germain), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Marcus Thuram (Inter 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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