Romania, Slovakia and the winner of play-off B: Red Devils get a viable card in the European Championship 2024 group stage

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The draw for the group stage of the 2024 European Football Championship was held in Hamburg, Germany, on Saturday evening. The Red Devils – who entered the draw as the seed – must pass Romania, Slovakia and an as yet unknown country in the group stage next year. That could be Israel, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Ukraine or Iceland.

As group winners of the European Championship qualifying campaign, the Red Devils were divided into pot 1 for the draw. As a result, the Belgians avoided top players such as Germany (host country), Portugal, France, Spain and England in the group stage. But the other three pots contained plenty of other strong countries. For example, the Devils were able to draw Denmark (pot 2), the Netherlands (pot 3) and Italy (pot 4).

Naturally, host country Germany was the first to be drawn in pot A, but after that the draw could really begin. Icons such as Gianlugi Buffon and Wesley Sneijder and David Silva were allowed to play the game.

Belgium was drawn fifth in pot 1 and was assigned place ‘E1’. As a result, it was determined that the Red Devils will play their group matches in Frankfurt, Cologne and Stuttgart. The first match is in Frankfurt on June 17. The other group matches are in Cologne (June 22) and in Stuttgart (June 26).

As the penultimate country from pot 2, Romania was drawn in group E. They therefore enter the group of the Red Devils. Quite a feasible card, as France (with Austria) and England (with Denmark) were drawn a tougher opponent on paper.

And the Belgians were spared in the draw, because pots three and four also had a favorable outcome. From pot 3, Belgium will face Slovakia, from pot 4 the Red Devils will face the winner of play-off B. The possible opponents for Belgium are Israel, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Ukraine or Iceland. The semi-finals and final will be played in March: then the Red Devils will know who their final opponent will be.

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The Devils’ schedule:

– June 17: Belgium – Slovakia (in Frankfurt)

– June 22: Belgium – Romania (in Cologne)

– June 26: X – Belgium (in Stuttgart)

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