The Euro 2024 ‘Group of Death’ is upon us and Croatia will be part of the madness!
The Vatreni will open up against Spain in a UEFA Nations League Final rematch on June 15th in Berlin. This will be a high-profile affair with Luka Modrić facing off against many of his Real Madrid teammates…maybe for the last time.
Then Croatia play Albania in Hamburg before wrapping up the group against reigning Euro champions, Italy. It’s nearly the same group Croatia played in Euro 2012; swapping Albania for Ireland this time around. Both Spain and Italy made the Final in 2012.
However, I would say both those sides are not nearly as good in 2024 as they were 12 years ago, especially Italy. More to come later on the group from the Croatiansports team, but all in all, a great group! All eyes will be on the Spain and Italy matches. We will finally see what this rising Albania side is all about. And remember, the best four 3rd-place nations will make the Round of 16. The good news, 2nd place from our group (Group B) will face the runner-up from Group A which is pretty watered down with Germany, Scotland, Hungary, Switzerland. Not the worst group to have to start facing off against in the knockout round. I know I’m getting ahead of myself but it’s always fun to look ahead a bit.
Every game will be exciting in Group B. 100% the Group of Death! It’s going to be a fun tournament the way the draw shaped things today.
Group B grade: A- (for entertainment value)