Euro 2024 Kickoff: Germany to Face Scotland in Opening Match

The German team will play on home turf at Bayern Munich's Allianz Arena, which has a capacity of about 75,000 spectators.
The UEFA European Football Championship (Euro 2024). (Photo: AP)
The UEFA European Football Championship (Euro 2024). (Photo: AP)

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The UEFA European Football Championship (Euro 2024) will begin tonight at ten o'clock, Friday, June 14, 2024, in Germany, with the host nation taking on Scotland in the opening match.

The German team will play on home turf at Bayern Munich's Allianz Arena, which has a capacity of about 75,000 spectators.

As three-time European champions, Germany enters Euro 2024 with the ambitions of their young coach, Julian Nagelsmann, who aims to restore the national team's prestige following early exits in the last two World Cups (Russia 2018 and Qatar 2022) and elimination in the round of 16 at Euro 2020.

Nagelsmann took over last September with a contract running until the end of Euro 2024. Following improved results under his leadership, the German Federation extended his contract through the 2026 World Cup.

Nagelsmann's early tenure saw fluctuating results, including a draw with Mexico last October and consecutive losses to Turkey and Austria in November.

However, he rebounded with significant wins against France and the Netherlands in a friendly match last March. Recently, Germany tied with Ukraine (0-0) in a friendly and narrowly beat Greece (2-1) just days before Euro 2024.

Germany is bolstered by experienced players such as Manuel Neuer, the goalkeeper and team captain, along with his Bayern Munich teammates Thomas Muller and Joshua Kimmich.

The team also features Real Madrid duo Antonio Rudiger and Toni Kroos, who postponed his retirement from international football to compete in Euro 2024.

On the other side, the Scotland national team, led by coach Steve Clarke, is eager to surprise in the tournament opener or at least secure a positive result to aid their quest for a historic advancement to the second round.

Scotland will face Switzerland and Hungary in the second and third rounds of Group A.

Clarke's squad includes prominent players like team captain Andrew Robertson (Liverpool left-back), Scott McTominay (Manchester United midfielder), Kieran Tierney (Real Sociedad defender), and John McGinn (Aston Villa star), who finished fourth in the English Premier League last season.