The returning Robert Lewandowski could not prevent Poland's loss to Austria and subsequent elimination from Euro 2024. - © Imago
The returning Robert Lewandowski could not prevent Poland's loss to Austria and subsequent elimination from Euro 2024. - © Imago

UEFA Euro 2024: LIVE blog, team news and updates on the big tournament


We bring you all the latest updates on and off the pitch as the continent's finest compete to become European champions in Germany this summer.

Join throughout this summer's competition as we keep you up to speed on the big tournament in Germany.

Euro 2024 groups

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

LIVE blog!


21 June: Poland eliminated

Poland are the first team to be knocked out. They lost for the second time today, going down 3-1 to Austria, before France and the Netherlands drew. Even if they beat France and Austria lose to the Dutch on Matchday 3, Robert Lewandowski & Co. cannot advance due to their inferior head-to-head with Austria.

21 June: Tierney out of tourney

Some sad news for Scotland fans today, with defender Kieran Tierney out of the competition after picking up a hamstring injury against Switzerland in Germany's Group A.

21 June: Mbappe's mask up for debate

France's Kylian Mbappe debuted a tri-colour mask to protect his damaged beak in training yesterday but he may not be able to wear the same in matches. That's because, UEFA's protocols read as follows: "Medical equipment worn on the field of play must be a single colour and free of team and manufacturer identification." France can seek an exemption, though.

20 June: Spain qualify for knockout stages

La Roja are through to the last 16, and have also won Group B, after beating Italy 1-0 - defender Riccardo Calafiori's own goal was all that separated the two sides.

20 June: Denmark hold England

Bayern Munich's Harry Kane was one the scoresheet, but England missed out on the chance to book their place in the knockout stages with a 1-1 draw. They now face Slovenia, while Denmark, who had both of Wolfsburg's Joakim Mæhle and Jonas Wind in their side, play Serbia.

20 June: England vs Denmark to be played with roof closed

Heavy raining and lightning is expected in Frankfurt for the Group C clash between England and Denmark, so the Deutsche Bank Park's retractable roof will be closed.

20 June: Mbappé back in training

Despite breaking his nose in France's 1-0 victory over Austria, Kylian Mbappé is already back in training ahead of Les Bleus' clash with the Netherlands on Friday night.

19 June: Italy coach talks up Spain clash

Italy v Spain will kick off in Gelsenkirchen at 21:00 CEST on Thursday, and Italy coach Luciano Spalletti says the encounter "is one of the most important in my career."

19 June: England fans in Frankfurt

The fans of the Three Lions are hopeful their side can land a second win against Denmark in Group C on Thursday (18:00 CEST) to join Germany in the last 16.

19 June: Germany book knockout spot

A 2-0 win over Hungary with goals from Jamal Musiala and İlkay Gündoğan saw Germany become the first team to book their spot in the last 16.

Best of Kramarić

Watch the Croatia striker's highlights in a Hoffenheim shirt last season.

19 June: Philosophical Kramarić

Despite seeing his side held to a dramatic 2-2 draw against Albania, Hoffenheim striker Andrej Kramarić was gracious in his post-match assessment, saying: "That's football. We've seen so often that a team scores or concedes in the final minutes. That's why fans enjoy football."

19 June: Albania hold Croatia

In a tournament that has seen numerous plucky underdog showings, Albania served up another treat by netting a stoppage-time leveller against Croatia on Wednesday afternoon.

19 June: Spreading the workload

A fun fact from an eventful first round of action at Euro 2024: Francisco Conceicao's dramatic winner for Portugal last night was the 31st goal of the tournament so far and he became the 31st different scorer in the competition.

18 June: Kostić out

Former Frankfurt player Filip Kostić has been ruled out for the rest of Euro 2024 after sustaining knee ligament damage in Serbia's opening clash against England.

18 June: Weather warning

We're expecting some storms to pass through Germany today, affecting both the game in Dortmund and in Leipzig. The fans zones in the Ruhr have all been closed for the day.

Watch: Schick's 2023/24 goals

Injuries kept the striker out for most of the first half of the season, but the Euro 2020 joint-top scorer slowly rediscovered his form and struck seven Bundesliga goals for champions Leverkusen. They include a hat-trick and some crucial added-time strikes.

Watch: Schick returns to Leipzig

Patrik Schick spent the 2019/20 season at Leipzig - the venue for the Czech Republic's opener against Portugal - and scored 10 goals in 22 Bundesliga appearances. You can watch his best five from his year at the Red Bull Arena.

17 June: Özcan talks 'home' Euros

Speaking at Turkey's pre-match press conference before they face Georgia in Dortmund, BVB midfielder Salih Özcan said: "Tomorrow's match will be a special one for us. We want to start well, but I think it will be a difficult match. We must play with discipline and we must not make simple mistakes. If we follow our own plan, we will most likely win the match. The fans are a really big advantage for us. It will be like a home game. We have to use the atmosphere and get the fans behind us. I was born and raised in Germany, but I feel Turkish. That's why I chose the Turkish national team, and I am very happy with this decision."

17 June: Mbappé concern

France battled their way to a 1-0 win over a very good Austria thanks to an unfortunate own goal from Gladbach's Maximilian Wöber, but there's now big concern over their captain Kylian Mbappé after the Real Madrid-bound forward broke his nose in a challenge with ex-Augsburg man Kevin Danso. The French Football Federation said a mask will be made for the 25-year-old, but it's not yet known if he will play against the Netherlands on Friday.

17 June: Porteous given ban

Scotland's Ryan Porteous will miss the rest of the group stage after he was given an extended two-game ban for his red card after giving away a penalty by fouling İlkay Gündoğan in last week's opening match against Germany. If the Scots fail to get out of Group A, then the defender's tournament is over.

17 June: First big shock

So far this tournament, things had gone pretty much as expected in terms of results. That was until Slovakia - ranked 48th in the world - took to the field in Frankfurt and stunned third-ranked Belgium. It's the biggest upset in Euros history in terms of disparity in FIFA world rankings. Hertha Berlin's 37-year-old right-back Peter Pekarík played the full 90 minutes for Slovakia, keeping the likes of Jérémy Doku, Leandro Trossard, Yannick Carrasco and Kevin De Bruyne mostly quiet.

Austrians take over Düsseldorf


Belgium fans descend on Frankfurt


Romania fever hits Munich

16 June: Concern for Kostić

The former Stuttgart, HSV and Frankfurt winger had to go off in the first half of the loss to England with a knee issue. His tournament could be over for Serbia, but we're still waiting on a full diagnosis.

16 June: Record for Kane

In what's already been a record-breaking first year in Germany for the Bayern man, Kane has now set another for his country by playing his 23rd game at a major tournament (Euros or World Cup), moving ahead of Ashley Cole to claim the English record.

16 June: Hamburg turns orange

Dutch fans have arrived in the port city of Hamburg in huge numbers as they prepare to kick off their campaign against Poland.

15 June: Albania set new record

It took Nedim Bajrami only 22 seconds to open the scoring for Albania against Italy, making it the fastest goal ever scored at the European Championships. However, it wasn't enough for the underdogs as the holders hit back to win 2-1.

15 June: Xhaka named Player of the Match

UEFA awarded Leverkusen's Granit Xhaka with the Player of the Match award for his display in Switzerland's 3-1 win over Hungary. "We want to be top of the group but know that Germany are favourites. But let's see if we can cause them some issues," the Nati captain said.

14 June: Kainz quietly confident

Cologne and Austria's Florian Kainz has spoken to the media ahead of Austria's clash with France on Monday, saying: "They are very strong opponents. We can't shy away from them though. We have a lot of confidence, a good squad and a strong sense of togetherness in the team. We have performed well against big opponents in the past."

14 June: Ronaldo in town

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 129th and 130th international goals as Portugal beat Ireland in a friendly on Tuesday evening. He arrived in Germany with the rest of the Portugal squad yesterday ahead of their opener against Czechia on Tuesday in Leipzig.

14 June: Scotland take over Munich

The colours of Bavaria are traditionally blue and white, but there's a different feel to that today as thousands of Scotland fans have descended on Munich ahead of tonight's opening game against Germany at the Allianz Arena.

14 June: Illness in French camp

Media reports are suggesting that some members of the France team have come down with illness three days before their opening game against Austria in Düsseldorf, including coach Didier Deschamps and Bayern's Kingsley Coman. However, it isn't suggested to be a big concern for one of the pre-tournament favourites.

13 June: Widmer speaks to the press

Mainz defender and Switzerland international Silvan Widmer spoke to the press ahead of his nation's match against Hungary on Saturday. He said: "Everyone is fired up. The team spirit is really great. We are all ready and can hardly wait. It’s a real unit again, hungry and wanting to give it their all."

13 June: Gulácsi talks Germany chances

RB Leipzig and Hungary goalkeeper Péter Gulácsi has spoke to the DFB's official website looking ahead to the Euros, with the Magyars facing Germany in the second group game in Stuttgart. "You can see that things are on the up and that he [Julian Nagelsmann] has put a very good team together. I always say that if you look at the individual quality of the Germans and then also with a top coach at the helm, then they are the absolute favourites for the title." However, the 34-year-old revealed that his outsider prediction is Belgium, coached by ex-Schalke and Leipzig man Domenico Tedesco.

Watch: The best of birthday boy Coman

Bayern's winger turns 28 today as he and France - one of the favourites for this tournament - prepare to kick off their Euros campaign against Austria in Düsseldorf next Monday.

13 June: Zirkzee set to arrive in Wolfsburg

Not a bit of summer transfer news, but another change to the Netherlands squad as former Bayern youth striker Joshua Zirkzee has been called up by Ronald Koeman. After Ian Maatsen's inclusion earlier in the week, the Dutch squad is now back at 26 players following injuries to Frenkie de Jong and Teun Koopmeiners, while Brian Brobbey also had to quit training on Wednesday.

12 June: Kane wins Goal of the Season

While he was out training with his England national team-mates on Wednesday lunchtime, Harry Kane was crowned the winner of Bundesliga Goal of the Season for this stunning lob...

Watch: All of Šeško's Bundesliga goals

12 June: Šeško commits to Leipzig

Slovenia striker Benjamin Šeško will be seeking to make his mark on EURO 2024 this Sunday as his national side face Denmark in their opening Group C encounter. He has clarified his club future ahead of the tournament by extending his contract with RB Leipzig until 2029.

11 June: Xavi off the mark for the Netherlands

Dutch playmaker Xavi Simons, who posted eight goals and 11 assists in 32 Bundesliga matches while on loan at RB Leipzig in 2023/24, scored his first senior international goal in a 4-0 friendly win over Iceland. The 21-year-old struck the opener for his side, in a game in which Hoffenheim's Wout Weghorst and Borussia Dortmund's Donyell Malen were also on target.

11 June: Lewandowski update

After Monday's immediate reaction to a potential injury to Lewandowski, Poland have now confirmed that their captain will definitely miss the opening game against the Netherlands with a muscle strain. "We'll do all we can do Robert can play the second game against Austria," said team doctor Jacek Jaroszew.

Who will present the trophy?

The final in Berlin is on 14 July, but the European Championship trophy - the Henri Delaunay Cup - will be on display at the opening game between Germany and Scotland in Munich. It will be brought out onto the pitch ahead of the match on 14 June by Jürgen Klinsmann (captain of Germany's 1996 European champions), Bernard Dietz (captain of the 1980 victors) and Franz Beckenbauer's widow Heidi. Der Kaiser captained Germany to their first continental crown in 1972.

11 June: Lewandowski clear to feature?

Former Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski went off at half-time in Poland's 2-1 friendly win over Turkey on Tuesday night, but coach Michal Probierz has since silenced any doubts of his captain's involvement in the tournament. "Robert has just a slight injury and we hope there won't be any problems," he said. Poland face the Netherlands in Hamburg, Austria in Berlin and then France in Dortmund - Lewandowski's former home. You can watch all 312 goals he scored during his time in the Bundesliga to sit second on the all-time scoring chart in Germany.

10 June: Maatsen added to Dutch squad

Borussia Dortmund left-back Ian Maatsen, on loan from Chelsea, has been added to the Netherlands' final squad after Frenkie de Jong and Teun Koopmeiners both had to pull out due to injury. The 22-year-old had been named in Ronald Koeman's provisional squad before being cut. He will join up with the team at their camp in Wolfsburg on Tuesday. The Dutch open their campaign against Poland in Hamburg on Saturday.

10 June: Swiss arrive in Stuttgart

Switzerland have made the relatively short cross-border journey to their base camp in Stuttgart. Led by captain Granit Xhaka, they play their opening two games in Cologne - just a stone's throw from Xhaka's home ground in Leverkusen - against Hungary and Scotland. 'Die Nati' then close out Group A in Frankfurt against Germany.

Watch: Kane under the tactical microscope

Take a closer look at just what makes the Bayern Munich forward so good.

10 June: England's all-time leading scorer

Bayern Munich's Harry Kane has been presented with a special commemorative package by Prince William, honouring his record 63 goals for his country, ahead of jetting back out to Germany with the rest of the England squad. The 2023/24 Bundesliga campaign's 36-goal top scorer will be key to the Three Lions' prospects of going one better than at the rescheduled 2020 competition, when they lost to Italy on penalties in the final. Kane & Co. kick off against Serbia in Gelsenkirchen on Sunday.

10 June: Croatia arrive

Bundesliga trio Josip Stanišić (Bayer Leverkusen), Andrej Kramarić (Hoffenheim), Josip Juranovic (Union Berlin) and Lovro Majer (Wolfsburg) are on familiar soil with Croatia. They kick off Group B against Spain on Saturday.

9 June: We have touchdown

Teams are starting to arrive in Germany ahead of EURO 2024. Germany's opponents in the opening match, Scotland, arrived on Sunday and wasted no time in getting to know local customs in a reception held by the mayor of their base in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.