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EURO 2024: Germany Taking a Step in the Right Direction; Scotland Still Waiting

Germany is accelerating their preparations for EURO 2024 despite the several challenges while playing host to the title they last won in 1996. 

Germany is accelerating their preparations for EURO 2024 despite the several challenges while playing host to the title they last won in 1996. 

Although the side has an automatic qualification with them being hosts, the team understands the finals will be a challenging affair.

The Hansi Flick firing was inevitable after the Japan loss, and now the Germans are looking for a new manager. Flick was the first manager to get the axe from a German national coaching position, but the signs for an exit were out in the open.

A failed FIFA World Cup 2022 campaign was where it all started, as the team saw an untimely exit in the group stage. 

While Germany finds a permanent replacement, German legend Rudi Völler is a stand-in manager.

Contrary to his predecessor, he did a decent job in his first job in charge, with a 2-1 win against France. But the situation remains the same, with the team having a lot of work to do before the tournament. 

In contrast, Völler made a remarkable comeback in his first game in charge with a 2-1 win against France. But the situation remains the same, with much more work before the tournament in June next year.

A star from the 1980s, Rudi Völler achieved legendary status, helping Germany triumph in the 1990 World Cup. He came close to repeating this feat in 2002 as a manager but faced defeat to the mighty Brazilian team.

Whether he will take on the job permanently for the second time in two decades remains uncertain.

Hopes of Germany will rely on Joshua Kimmich, but he will need an established team behind him.

In his years at Bayern, he’s built a name around Europe to be one of the best midfielders. 

His versatility in playing as a defender is handy for any manager. With a series of trophies, including a Champions League, it will be Kimmich’s stage to perform.

As per UEFA guidelines, Germany will have the luxury of having 26 players, the standard for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

This expansion from the usual 23-man squads was initially introduced due to the COVID-19 pandemic and was also implemented for the 2021 European Championship.

The larger squads offer flexibility for national managers and help manage fixture congestion during major tournaments.

Regarding fixtures, Germany will tour America to play the USA and Mexico in October and then travel to Austria in November for another friendly. All options for these games are available on Seatsnet, a trusted ticketing and reseller platform. With vetted sellers at Seatsnet, the authenticity of reseller tickets are guaranteed. 

Scotland have a waiting game!

Scotland’s dream of securing an automatic qualifier berth for the Euro 2024 is temporarily delayed due to Erling Haaland. 

Haalanad’s and Martin Oedegaard’s goals against Georgia ensured that Norway is still in the contnetion of a EURO spot, leaving Scotland in jeopardy. 

Steve Clarke’s team began their qualifying campaign impressively with five consecutive wins, accumulating 15 points. However, Spain and Norway are still in contention to surpass Scotland’s point tally and claim one of the top two qualifying spots.

Scotland will play Spain in October in Seville. They make it through if they get away with a win or a draw in this match. 

Even with a defeat, Scotland will be through if Norway drops points in their match against Cyprus. 

In the scenario where Scotland loses and Norway wins, they can qualify by defeating Georgia in an away game on November 16th. More than a draw in Georgia would be required in this scenario, as the campaign concludes with a home game against Norway on November 19th.

Erling Halaand was brilliant against Georgia, scoring the opener midway through the first half, with Martin Odegaard doubling the lead eight minutes later. 

Although Georgia’s Budu Zivzivadze scored in stoppage time, Norway brought home the win. 

Spain also played a significant role in the group by thrashing Cyprus 6-0 in Granada, bringing them within six points of Scotland with a game in hand.

It has been an impressive run for Scotland, led by Scott McTimony, and they’ve been the team that has impressed the footballing world. 

They’ve accumulated six back-to-back group wins, with a notable 2-0 win against Spain. 

Scottish fans will be eager to book tickets for the Spain clash in Seville, and trusted reseller platforms have options listed already. With vetted sellers at Seatsnet, who ensure the tickets are authentic, fans need to worry less about the tickets. 

Scotland will have more action later with Norway and Georgia before the year ends. Vetted sellers on Seatsnet are planning ticket options for these matches to ensure every fan has a seamless, stress-free experience. 

If Scotland qualifies, this would be their second back-to-back appearance in the EURO after participating in 2021, which was their first in 23 years. 

Wales Keep Hopes Alive 

Wales are still within contention of an automatic spot in Euro 2024 with their 2-0 win over Latvia, with manager Rob Page breathing a sigh of relief. 

Aaron Ramsey marked his 100th career goal by confidently converting a 29th-minute penalty, his 21st goal for Wales. David Brooks, who came on as a substitute for the injured captain, sealed the win with a goal in the sixth minute of stoppage time.

This win was only Wales’ second in 14 attempts and revitalized their chances of securing a top-two spot in Group D.

Before kick-off, Wales had another stroke of luck as group leaders Croatia defeated Armenia 1-0, helping Wales in their pursuit of qualification. Croatia will be Wales’ next opponent in Cardiff next month.

For Croatia, it will be tough to be playing at Cardiff, but it will be less of a deal for fans with platforms such as Seatsnett providing vetted sellers at Seatsnet who can guarantee top-tier seating. 

Wales plays Gibraltar in October before facing Croatia on October 16th. Later, they will play Armenia and Turkey in the next qualifier match days. 

Two wins from the three games will keep their EURO 2024 dreams alive. 

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