Football News: Euro 2024 Kicks Off, England and Scotland Aim High

The highly anticipated Euro 2024 football tournament has arrived, kicking off on Friday (20:00 BST) in Munich as hosts Germany take on Scotland. The BBC will be the 24/7 home for the tournament, with 27 matches broadcast live on BBC TV and full coverage on BBC Sounds.

All eyes in the UK will be on England and Scotland, the two home nations competing in the event. Scotland face a tough group with Germany, Switzerland, and Hungary, but after a strong qualifying campaign, they will hope to cause an upset. Meanwhile, Gareth Southgate’s England side, ranked fourth in the world, are one of the tournament favorites, having reached the final in the last edition.

Jude Bellingham, who recently helped Real Madrid win the Champions League, and England captain Harry Kane, who scored 44 goals for Bayern Munich, are among the stars set to shine. Opta’s supercomputer has England as the top favorites, followed by France and Germany.

The host nation, Germany, has a rich history of major tournament success, winning three European Championships. However, they have struggled in recent World Cups and Euros. Spain, Belgium, Portugal, the Netherlands, and Croatia also have the potential to challenge for the title.

With an estimated 2.7 million fans expected to attend the matches across 10 stadiums, the tournament is set to be a spectacle. Scotland fans have been determined not to miss the opportunity, with over 200,000 supporters expected to travel to Germany. England, meanwhile, are expected to be backed by around 300,000 fans throughout the tournament.

The BBC will provide comprehensive coverage, with presenters Gary Lineker, Gabby Logan, Mark Chapman, and Alex Scott leading the way from the studio in Berlin. Live match commentary will be available from all 10 host cities across Germany.

As the excitement builds, football fans around the world eagerly await the start of Euro 2024, hoping to witness their teams make a lasting impact on the international stage.

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