Euro '24 draw: France, Spain get tough groups

Published on: 02 December 2023

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The draw for next summer's Euro 2024 finals in Germany took place on Saturday which saw France and Spain handed difficult paths to the knockout stages.

A total of 21 teams have already qualified for the tournament, with three places still up for grabs through a playoff tournament to be played in March.

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France will play in Group D where they will face Netherlands, Austria and the winners of Playoff A. Didier Deschamps's side lifted the World Cup in 2018 and reached the final in 2022, but will hope to make amend from the last Euros where they succumbed to a disappointing exit in the round of 16.

Spain, who won this tournament in 2008 and 2012, were drawn in Group B, but will also face a tough test after being drawn against reigning champions Italy and World Cup semifinalists Croatia. Albania make up the final team in the group.

England are still seeking their first major men's title since 1966 -- they finished runners-up in after a penalty shootout defeat to Italy in the final of the tournament's previous edition in 2021 -- and Gareth Southgate's side were drawn in Group C alongside Denmark, Slovenia and Serbia.

Germany have been in poor form this year, but were drawn out of Pot 1 into Group A as hosts of the tournament. They will kickoff the tournament against Scotland, with further group matches against Hungary and Switzerland.

Euro 2024 will be hosted in Germany between June 14 and July 14. Kristian Skeie - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images

The tournament will begin on June 14, with the final scheduled to be staged at the Olympiastadion in Berlin on July 14.

Earlier on Saturday, UEFA announced the prize money for Euro 2024, in which the winner will collect an extra payout of €8 million ($8.70m) on top of their participation fee of €9.25m.

Teams will also receive a match bonus of €1m for wins and €500,000 for draws. There will be further rewards for teams that qualify for the round of 16, quarterfinals and semifinals.

"The amount for distribution to the participating teams is confirmed at the same level as for ... Euro 2020, i.e. a total of €331m," UEFA said.

"The maximum amount that the champion team may achieve, if they will have won all three of their group matches, is €28.25m."

Information from Reuters contributed to this report.