Here we go! My favorite time of the year: DRAW TIME! The Euro 2024 draw will take place December 2nd.
Croatia have been placed in Pot 3 because they finished 2nd in group behind Turkey in qualifying with 16 points. UEFA is no longer using FIFA rankings to conduct the draw; rather total points earned in qualifying. I personally like this moving forward as it will keep teams fighting for points even if they have qualified already. A good example is Turkey today vs. Wales. If Turkey would have lost in Cardiff, they would have moved down to Pot 3 on the final qualifying day.
Looking at the draw, Pot 2 looks weak compared to years past. This would normally be a Pot 3/4 in most years. Absolutely no one scares me in the grouping and all are more or less the same quality. I suppose Denmark and Hungary are just a bit better than the rest, but not by much. The name of the game will be to draw a playoff side from Pot 4. If not, playing sides like Italy, Serbia, and Switzerland in group stage; to pair that along with a Pot 1 nation, could be a recipe for disaster.
Group I am rooting for: Germany on opening night (we haven’t played them in awhile), Albania, and finally, give me Serbia! Imagine Modrić scoring the winner on the final day of group stage to send the Serbs home. That would make me so happy. 🙂
Toughest group: France, Denmark, Italy
Easiest group: Belgium, Albania, League C playoff winner (Georgia, Greece, Kazakhstan Luxembourg)