Euro 2024 betting guide
It nearly didn’t happen because of the COVID pandemic, but 2021 saw Italy take out the UEFA European Football Championship with a penalty-shootout victory over England at Wembley. Next up is EURO 2024, which is set to take place in Germany. Get the latest odds, find out which bookmakers offer top value to punters in United States, and learn all you need to know about betting on the Euros.
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What are the Euros?
The European Football Championship is contested by the 55 member nations of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). Only a fraction of that number can qualify for the finals, which have been held every four years since the tournament began in 1960. The presence of heavyweights such as Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal and the Netherlands makes the Euro title the most prestigious men’s football trophy besides the FIFA World Cup.
Euro 2024 tournament details
- Dates: June 14 – July 14, 2024
- Teams: 24
- Matches: 51
- Host: Germany
- Allianz Arena (Munich)
- Arena AufSchalke (Schalke)
- Mercedes-Benz Arena (Stuttgart)
- Merkur Spiel-Arena (Dusseldorf)
- Olympiastadion (Berlin)
- Red Bull Arena (Leipzig)
- RheinEnergieStadion (Cologne)
- Volksparkstadion (Hamburg)
- Waldstadion (Frankfurt)
- Westfalenstadion (Dortmund)
Key betting markets for the Euros
As far as international football goes, only the World Cup draws more gambling action than the Euros. Below we highlight a few of the most popular betting options, but the best soccer betting sites run hundreds more future bets, match markets and tournament specials.
- Outright betting:
Which team will lift the trophy at Wembley? Online bookmakers run outright odds years in advance of the Euro finals.
- Tournament futures:
Which teams will make the semis? Who will be crowned Player of the Tournament? Which star forward will claim the Golden Boot? Bookies have dozens of Euro futures markets like these.
- Match betting:
Standard win-draw-win markets are available for every match of the tournament, along with common variations such as draw no bet and double chance bets.
- Handicap betting:
Let’s say we take Germany to win with a -1.5 handicap; that means the bet only pays if they beat the opposition by at least two goals.
- Correct score betting:
Can you pick not only which team will win the match, but exactly how many goals each side will score? This is a classic high-risk, high-reward gambit.
- Goalscorer betting:
Bookies do a roaring trade in first goalscorer bets, while options such as anytime goalscorer, last goalscorer and multiple goalscorers are also popular.
- Over/under betting:
There are betting lines for all sorts of potential outcomes in soccer, the most common of which are over/under odds on total goals in the match.
- Doubles and exotics:
Half-time/full-time result and goalscorer/result doubles are always available during the Euros, along with heaps more exotic markets and betting specials.
History, stats and records
HOST & YEAR WINNER RUNNER-UP FINAL RESULT France 1960 Soviet Union Yugoslavia 2-1 (AET) Spain 1964 Spain Soviet Union 2-1 Italy 1968 Italy Yugoslavia 1-1 (2-0 replay) Belgium 1972 West Germany Soviet Union 3-0 Yugoslavia 1976 Czechoslovakia West Germany 2-2 (5-3 penalties) Italy 1980 West Germany Belgium 2-1 France 1984 France Spain 2-0 Germany 1988 Netherlands Soviet Union 2-0 Sweden 1992 Denmark Germany 2-0 England 1996 Germany Czech Republic 2-1 (golden goal) Belgium & Netherlands 2000 France Italy 2-1 (golden goal) Portugal 2004 Greece Portugal 1-0 Austria & Switzerland 2008 Spain Germany 1-0 Poland & Ukraine 2012 Spain Italy 4-0 France 2016 Portugal France 1-0 (AET) Europe 2021 Italy England 1-1 (3-2)
Most titles: Three – Germany (1972, 1980, 1996) and Spain (1964, 2008, 2012)
Most finals: Six – Germany (1972, 1976, 1980, 1992, 1996, 2008)
Most consecutive titles: Two – Spain (2008, 2012)
Most matches played: 49 – Germany
Most matches won: 26 – Germany
Most matches lost: 14 – Denmark and Russia
Most matches drawn: 16 – Italy
Most tournaments without a title: Nine – England (1968, 1980, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2012, 2016)
Longest gap between appearances: 44 years – Hungary (1972-2016)
Most failed qualification attempts: 14 – Luxembourg (1964-2016)
- Most tournaments: Five – Iker Casillas (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
Most appearances: 21 – Cristiano Ronaldo
Most medals: Three – Rainer Bonhof (champion in 1972 and 1980, runner-up in 1976)
Most matches won: 11 – Cesc Fabregas, Andres Iniesta, Cristiano Ronaldo
Most career goals: Nine – Michel Platini and Cristiano Ronaldo
Most goals in a tournament: Nine – Michel Platini (1984)
Most matches scored in: Seven – Cristiano Ronaldo
Most hat-tricks: Two – Michel Platini
Most matches as captain: 13 – Gianluigi Buffon
Youngest player: 18 years, 71 days – Jetro Willems (2012)
Oldest player: 40 years, 74 days – Gabor Kiraly (2016)
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