Gavi scored four minutes into the second half, leading Spain to a 1-0 victory over Norway in Oslo on Sunday. This win secured Spain’s spot in the Euro 2024 championship in Germany.
Spain, with two rounds to spare, qualified alongside Scotland from Group 1. Turkey also advanced to the finals today, beating Latvia 4-0. This ensured Turkey’s position in the top two of Group 4.
Both Spain and Scotland have secured the top two spots in Group 1, each with 15 points from six matches. Meanwhile, Norway sits in third with ten points from seven games.
The UEFA European Championship is one of the most prestigious tournaments in international football, held every four years. Here’s a brief background on Euro 2024:
Germany was selected as the host nation for the Euro 2024, beating out a bid from Turkey. This will be the second time Germany has hosted the tournament, with the first being in 1988 when it was West Germany.
The competition will see 24 teams competing, a format that was expanded from 16 teams and first introduced in Euro 2016.
Matches will be held in multiple cities across Germany, showcasing the country’s top-tier football stadiums. Some of the likely venues include the Allianz Arena in Munich, Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund, and the Olympiastadion in Berlin.
Teams from across Europe compete in qualification matches leading up to the main tournament. These matches determine which nations will get the chance to play in the finals.
Besides the honor and prestige of winning a major international tournament, the UEFA Euro also often serves as a precursor to the FIFA World Cup. Performance in the Euro can sometimes indicate which teams might be strong contenders in the subsequent World Cup.
The last tournament, Euro 2020 (which was delayed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic), was won by Italy, who defeated England in a penalty shootout in the final.
Germany’s rich football history and infrastructure make it an ideal host, promising an exciting and well-organized tournament in 2024.