The tournament kicks off on June 14 with hosts Germany taking on Scotland. Here is a look at the favorites to win this highly-anticipated tournament.

Euro 2024 is nearly here.

The beloved tournament commences in a week as 24 countries prepare to fight for the coveted European Championship crown. The event kicks off on June 14 with hosts Germany taking on Scotland in the opening game before culminating in the final at Olympiastadion Berlin on July 14.

Some of the best nations in world football will be present, ranging from France to Germany in an attempt to dethrone Italy as the champions of Europe.

But which nation stands the best chance of winning the competition? In this piece, we take a look at the five favorites to win Euro 2024.

Before that, here's a quick reminder on how to catch Euro 2024 matches live.

Where can I watch the UEFA EURO 2024 competition live on TV?

For viewers based in the United States, the UEFA EURO 2024 competition will be available on TV via FOX. Thanks to a six year deal signed with the network that includes both the UEFA EURO 2024 and 2028 competitions fans will be able to watch games on the network's family of channels, including Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2. Spanish-speakers also have options as well, including TUDN USA and Univision.

Where can I live stream the UEFA EURO 2024 competition?

There are also plenty of options to tune into the tournament if you are based in the United States and are looking to live stream UEFA EURO 2024 matches live from your computer, mobile, tablet, smart TV, or other device. Viewers can live stream games via Foxsports.comFox Sports App, while fuboTV also provides options to watch games online. Spanish-speakers can check out Univision NOW, and ViX.

Live elsewhere? Click here for the official worldwide broadcast listings for Euro 2024. 

With that out of the way, here are our top five favorites for the Euro 2024 title.


Kylian Mbappe, France, Luxembourg, UEFA Euro 2024

FIFA world ranking: 2nd

Last European Championship title: 2000

Grouped with: Poland, the Netherlands, and Austria in Group D

Opening game: vs. Austria on June 17

The 2022 FIFA World Cup runners-up are our favorites for Euro 2024. While France did not finish the qualifying campaign with a perfect record, the two-time world champions beat the Netherlands home and away to remind everyone of their quality. With Kylian Mbappe leading the line and highly-rated N'Golo Kante back in the mix, Didier Deschamps' side should be confident of going all the way. Additionally, the presence of Coman, Kolo Muani, Thuram, Dembele, Barcola, Fofana, Camavinga, Mendy, and many others shows why France are arguably the most stacked team in world football.

The concerns: France have one of the most star-studded and deepest squads in Europe. However, there are still a few concerns. While Kante was instrumental in their 2018 FIFA World Cup win, the former Chelsea ace has struggled for fitness over the past few years and currently plays in the less intense Saudi Pro League. Furthermore, Mike Maignan is battling with a thigh injury while Les Bleus will be without the influential center-back Raphael Varane, who retired after Qatar 2022, leaving one of Ibrahima Konate or William Saliba to fill that void — both are talented but can they replicate Varane's achievements?

Here is France's Euro 2024 squad:

  • Goalkeepers: Alphonse Areola (West Ham), Mike Maignan (AC Milan), Brice Samba (Lens)

  • Defenders: Jonathan Clauss (Marseille), Theo Hernandez (AC Milan), Ibrahima Konate (Liverpool), Jules Kounde (Barcelona), Ferland Mendy (Real Madrid), Benjamin Pavard (Inter Milan), William Saliba (Arsenal), Dayot Upamecano (Bayern Munich)

  • Midfielders: Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid), Youssouf Fofana (Monaco), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), N'Golo Kante (Al-Ittihad), Adrien Rabiot (Juventus ), Aurlien Tchouameni (Real Madrid), Warren Zare-Emery (PSG)

  • Forwards: Bradley Barcola (PSG), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Ousmane Dembele (PSG), Olivier Giroud (AC Milan), Randal Kolo Muani (PSG), Kylian Mbappe (PSG), Marcus Thuram (Inter Milan)


Harry Kane, Trent Alexander-Arnold, England, Bosnia and Herzegovina, UEFA Euro 2024

FIFA world ranking: 4th

Last European Championship title: Never won

Grouped with: Slovenia, Denmark, and Serbia in Group C

Opening game: vs. Serbia on June 16

England have never won a European Championship, with Euro 2020 being the closest they have ever gotten to lifting the title. Unfortunately, the Three Lions lost on penalties to Italy in the final at Wembley, thus extending their extensive trophy drought.

However, Southgate has one of the most exciting teams in world football at his disposal, with European Golden Boot winner Harry Kane leading the line. And that's not all as England boast some of the hottest young talent in the globe, including UEFA Champions League winner Jude Bellingham, Premier League Player of the Season Phil Foden, Arsenal sensation Bukayo Saka, and Chelsea starlet Cole Palmer.  As a result, the 1966 FIFA World Cup winners enter Euro 2024 with an expectation to win.

The concerns: The biggest worry for England fans is whether Gareth Southgate is the man to lead them to victory after coming up short in three consecutive major tournaments — the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups and Euro 2020. Does the former Middlesbrough boss have what it takes to get the Three Lions over the line? Additionally, there are concerns over the defense. Reece James was not called up due to fitness concerns while Luke Shaw, their only natural left-back, is fighting to recover in time. Meanwhile, the often-maligned Harry Maguire is also recovering from injury, thus leaving Southgate short on experienced defenders as of now.

Here is England's preliminary Euro 2024 squad:

  • Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford (Everton), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal), Dean Henderson (Crystal Palace), James Trafford (Burnley)

  • Defenders: Harry Maguire (Man United), Jarrad Branthwaite (Everton), Jarell Quansah (Liverpool), John Stones (Man City), Kieran Trippier (Newcastle), Kyle Walker (Man City), Lewis Dunk (Brighton), Luke Shaw (Man United), Marc Guehi (Crystal Palace), Ezri Konsa (Aston Villa), Joe Gomez (Liverpool)

  • Midfielders: Adam Wharton (Crystal Palace), Conor Gallagher (Chelsea), Curtis Jones (Liverpool), Declan Rice (Arsenal), Kobbie Mainoo (Man United), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)

  • Forwards: Jude Bellingham (Real Madrid), Anthony Gordon (Newcastle), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Cole Palmer (Chelsea), Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Ivan Toney (Brentford), Jack Grealish (Man City), James Maddison (Tottenham), Jarrod Bowen (West Ham), Phil Foden (Man City), Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa)


FIFA world ranking: 16th

Last European Championship title: 1996

Grouped with: Scotland, Hungary, and Switzerland in Group A

Opening game: vs. Scotland on June 14

Germany are the hosts and will hope to end their nearly three-decade wait for a European Championship title. The continental powerhouse have struggled recently in major tournaments, suffering group-stage exits in the last two FIFA World Cups and bowing out in the round of 16 in Euro 2020. However, with Julian Nagelsmann at the helm, Kai Havertz back in form, and Julian Wirtz at the top of his game, the four-time World Cup champions will look to go all the way. Additionally, this will be Toni Kroos' final tournament before retiring and he will want to lift another major trophy after guiding Real Madrid to a 15th UEFA Champions League crown recently.

The concerns: Germany did not take part in a qualifying campaign and while most of their struggles during that time came under Hansi Flick, those poor performances will remain in everyone's memory for some time. Additionally, Nagelsmann has only been in charge of friendlies, thus denying the Germans the opportunity to gel together under their new boss in a competitive environment. Lastly, while Kai Havertz rediscovered his goalscoring form at Arsenal last season, the former Leverkusen ace can still be an unreliable forward. Niclas Füllkrug is a more traditional no.9 but the same concerns are true for him, thus leaving the national team with a huge Miroslav Klose-shaped hole.

Here is Germany's preliminary Euro 2024 squad:

  • Goalkeepers: Oliver Baumann (Hoffenheim), Alex Nubel (Stuttgart), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona)

  • Defenders: Waldemar Anton (Stuttgart), Benjamin Henrichs (RB Leipzig), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Robin Koch (Eintracht Frankfurt), Maximilian Mittelstadt (Stuttgart), David Raum (RB Leipzig), Antonio Rudiger (Real Madrid), Nico Schlotterbeck (Borussia Dortmund), Jonathan Tah (Bayer Leverkusen)

  • Midfielders: Robert Andrich (Bayer Leverkusen), Chris Fuhrich (Stuttgart), Pascal Gross (Brighton and Hove Albion), Ilkay Gundogan (Barcelona), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich), Aleksandar Pavlovic (Bayern Munich), Leroy Sane (Bayern Munich), Florian Wirtz (Bayer Leverkusen)

  • Forwards: Maximilian Beier (Hoffenheim), Niclas Fullkrug (Borussia Dortmund), Kai Havertz (Arsenal), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Deniz Undav (Stuttgart)


Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal, UEFA Euro 2024

FIFA world ranking: 6th

Last European Championship title: 2016

Grouped with: Turkey, Georgia, and the Czech Republic in Group F

Opening game: vs. Czech Republic on June 18

All eyes will be on Cristiano Ronaldo in what could be the 39-year-old's final major tournament for his national team. Eight years after guiding his side to their very first European Championship title, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner will look to repeat this feat and should enter the competition with tremendous confidence. A Seleção were the only side to finish the qualifying campaign with a perfect record, winning all of their 10 qualifiers. Additionally, Roberto Martinez boasts a sensational squad, ranging from the experienced superstars Cristiano, Pepe, Bernardo Silva, and Bruno Fernandes to the talented Joao Neves, Vitinha, Nuno Mendes, and Rafael Leao. 

The concern: Cristiano Ronaldo can be a double-edged sword due to his age. While the Portuguese icon remains a goalscoring machine, his age means it might not be desirable to start him in every single game. However, as Fernando Santos came to find out at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, benching the legendary attacker can cause controversy and lead to undesirable distractions. Furthermore, Roberto Martinez will need to answer his own critics after failing to win anything with Belgium's golden generation. Will he repeat this with Portugal's talented squad?

Here is Portugal's Euro 2024 squad:

  • Goalkeepers: Diogo Costa (Porto), Jose Sa (Wolves), Rui Patricio (Roma).

  • Defenders: Antonio Silva (Benfica), Danilo Pereira (Paris Saint-Germain), Diogo Dalot (Manchester United), Goncalo Inacio (Sporting), Joao Cancelo (Barcelona), Nelson Semedo (Wolves), Nuno Mendes (Paris Saint-Germain), Pepe (Porto), Ruben Dias (Manchester City).

  • Midfielders: Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), Joao Neves (Benfica), Joao Palhinha (Fulham), Otavio Monteiro (Al Nassr), Ruben Neves (Al Hilal), Vitinha (Paris Saint-Germain).

  • Forwards: Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Cristiano Ronaldo (Al Nassr), Diogo Jota (Liverpool), Francisco Conceicao (Porto), Goncalo Ramos (Paris Saint-Germain), Joao Felix (Barcelona), Pedro Neto (Wolves), Rafael Leao (AC Milan)


FIFA world ranking: 8th

Last European Championship title: 2012

Grouped with: Italy, Croatia, and Albania in Group B

Opening game: vs. Croatia on June 15

Our final pick came down to Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, and Belgium. The Netherlands and Belgium were exciting prospects but the 2010 FIFA World Cup winners ultimately made it onto our list ahead of those two. While La Furia Roja were pushed by Scotland in the qualifiers more than anyone had expected, Luis de la Fuente's men ultimately won that group and lifted the 2023 UEFA Nations League title over the past year. Additionally, the rise of sensational youngsters Pau Cubarsi and — more importantly — Lamine Yamal should give Spain something to be excited about. The more experienced Rodri and Alvaro Morata also enter the tournament in spectacular form.

The concerns: The biggest worry for La Furia Roja is their group. The Spaniards will have to battle with reigning champions Italy and dark horses Croatia to seal qualification. Additionally, Luis de la Fuente's most exciting attackers are the inexperienced Nico Williams and Lamine Yamal. The 2022 FIFA World Cup showed how Spain's experienced men can disappoint.

Here is Spain's preliminary Euro 2024 squad:

  • Goalkeepers: Alex Remiro (Real Sociedad), David Raya (Arsenal), Unai Simon (Athletic Bilbao)

  • Defenders: Aymeric Laporte (Al Nassr), Robin Le Normand (Real Sociedad), Alex Grimaldo (Bayer Leverkusen), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Dani Vivian (Athletic Bilbao), Jesus Navas (Sevilla), Nacho (Real Madrid), Cucarella (Chelsea), Pau Cubarsi (Barcelona)

  • Midfielders: Mikel Merino (Real Sociedad), Fabian Ruiz (PSG), Alex Baena (Villarreal), Martin Zubimendi (Real Sociedad), Rodrigo (Manchester City), Llorente (Athletico Madrid), Pedri (Barcelona), Garcia (Girona on loan from Barcelona), Fermin (Barcelona)

  • Forwards: Alvaro Morata (Atletico Madrid), Dani Olmo (RB Leipzig), Joselu (Real Madrid on loan from Espanyol), Lamine Yamal (Barcelona), Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad), Ayoze Perez (Real Betis), Ferran Torres (Barcelona), Williams JR (Athletic Bilbao)