EURO 2024 qualifiers to get underway Thursday
Baku, March 23, AZERTAC
The UEFA EURO 2024 qualifying stage will start Thursday as Kazakhstan will host Slovenia in an opening match in Group H in Astana, according to Anadolu Agency.
The match at Astana Arena will kick off at 1500GMT.
On Thursday, defending European champions Italy will face EURO 2020 runners-up England in a Group C match at Naples' Diego Armando Maradona Stadium.
The Italy vs. England showdown will begin at 1945GMT.
Italy, who beat England on penalties in the EURO 2020 final, will fight England, Ukraine, North Macedonia, and Malta in Group C.
On Saturday, Türkiye will visit Armenia in a Group D match in Yerevan at 1700GMT.
Türkiye are in the same group with Croatia, Wales, Armenia, and Latvia.
The EURO 2024 finals in Germany will feature 24 teams.
Germany have already qualified as hosts, while Russia have been suspended for the war on Ukraine.
There are 53 teams split into 10 groups (A-J) in the EURO 2024 quals, seven groups of five teams and three groups of six teams.
Twenty nations in the groups will book their places in the EURO 2024 finals. The best two teams in each group will qualify for the tournament.
The rest three teams will join the EURO 2024 through the playoffs linked to the 2022-23 UEFA Nations League.
The matchday one in the EURO 2024 qualifiers will start Thursday and will go through Saturday.
It will be followed by the matchday two that will be held from Sunday to Tuesday, March 28.
The EURO 2024 quals will have a break for several months following the matchday two as the third week will begin June 16.
Matchday one fixtures:
Kazakhstan vs. Slovenia
Italy vs. England
North Macedonia vs. Malta
Denmark vs. Finland
San Marino vs. Northern Ireland
Portugal vs. Liechtenstein
Slovakia vs. Luxembourg
Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Iceland
Bulgaria vs. Montenegro
France vs. Netherlands
Gibraltar vs. Greece
Czech Republic vs. Poland
Moldova vs. Faroe Islands
Sweden vs. Belgium
Austria vs. Azerbaijan
Serbia vs. Lithuania
Scotland vs. Greek Cypriot administration
Armenia vs. Türkiye
Belarus vs. Switzerland
Israel vs. Kosovo
Spain vs. Norway
Croatia vs. Wales
Andorra vs. Romania
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