UEFA Euro 2024 Group D Preview: France Target European Glory After 2016, 2021 Misery

The Group D of the Euros promises to be a tightly fought contest as two-time champion France and one-time champion Netherlands are joined by former Poland and Austria. France will look to impressive performances in World Cups to the Euros after a forgettable show in the last two editions in 2016 and 2021.
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France wiill look to end a 24-year-old wait for the Euros

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KEY HIGHLIGHTS
  • France will eye European glory in 2024
  • France are in Group D with Netherlands, Poland, and Austria
  • France last won the title in 2000
All eyes will be on France as the best teams in European football meet in Germany for the 2024 UEFA European Championships (Euros). The Les Blues will be among the favourites to lift the tournament but are in a tricky group with three strong teams in the Netherlands, Poland, and Austria in their group.
France's 'golden generation' has certainly lived up to its hype over the last decade, having won the World Cup in 2018 and reached the final in 2022, only to lose in a dramatic penalty shootout. Didier Deschamps's men have also won the UEFA Nations League title in 2021.
However, the UEFA Euro is something that continues to elude them after disappointing campaigns in 2016, when they lost a home final to Portugal against the odds. The 2021 campaign was nothing short of a disaster for the Frenchmen, as they lost in the Round of 16 to Switzerland.
Franch last won the title in 2000 and will look to complete their trophy hual with Deschamps in what could be his final tournament with the team.
Kylian Mbappe will be the star of the France squad in the Euros, but they are also boosted by Ngolo Kante's return.
However, the Netherlands will fancy their chances of lifting the trophy as Ronald Koeman finally takes the nation to a major event. The Oranje have been hit with a few injury blows, with Frankie de Jong set to miss the tournament, while their recent form is also a cause for worry.
Among key players, Virgil Van Dijk will be the difference maker for the Dutch in the center of the defense, while they will rely on Memphis Depay for the goals.
Poland remain the perennial underdogs in major tournaments, but they will be without the services of Robert Lewandowski due to injury for one match. It remains to be seen if he is fit for the remaining two group stage games.
Austria has a talented group of players but will be without star player David Alaba due to injury.
France will be looking to win the title for the third time after 1984 and 2000, while the Netherlands will eye a second trophy after their sole win in 1988. Both Poland and Austria will have never been crowned European Champions yet in history.

UEFA Euros Group D Fixtures
Match DateTime (IST) Venue
Poland vs Netherlands16th June 6:30 PMHamburg
Austraia vs France18th June12:30AMDusseldorf
Poland vs Austria 21th June9:30 PMBerlin
Netherlands vs France22nd June12:30AMLeipzig
France vs Poland 25th June9:30 PMDortmund
Netherlands vs Austria 25th June 9:30 PMBerlin

UEFA Euro 2024 Squads Group D

France:

Goalkeepers: Alphonse Areola (West Ham), Mike Maignan (AC Milan), Brice Samba (Lens)
Defenders: Jonathan Clauss (Marseille), Theo Hernández (AC Milan), Ibrahima Konaté (Liverpool), Jules Koundé (Barcelona), Ferland Mendy (Real Madrid), Benjamin Pavard (Inter), William Saliba (Arsenal), Dayot Upamecano (Bayern München)
Midfielders: Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid), Youssouf Fofana (Monaco), Antoine Griezmann (Atlético de Madrid), N'Golo Kanté (Al-Nassr), Adrien Rabiot (Juventus), Aurélien Tchouameni (Real Madrid), Warren Za?re-Emery (Paris)
Forwards: Bradley Barcola (Paris), Kingsley Coman (Bayern München), Ousmane Dembélé (Paris), Olivier Giroud (AC Milan), Randal Kolo Muani (Paris), Kylian Mbappé (Paris), Marcus Thuram (Inter)

Netherlands

Goalkeepers: Justin Bijlow (Feyenoord), Mark Flekken (Brentford), Bart Verbruggen (Brighton)
Defenders: Nathan Aké (Manchester City), Daley Blind (Girona), Matthijs de Ligt (Bayern München), Stefan de Vrij (Inter), Denzel Dumfries (Inter), Lutsharel Geertruida (Feyenoord), Micky van de Ven (Tottenham), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)
Midfielders: Ryan Gravenberch (Liverpool), Ian Maatsen (Dortmund), Tijjani Reijnders (AC Milan), Jerdy Schouten (PSV), Joey Veerman (PSV), Georginio Wijnaldum (Al Ettifaq)
Forwards: Steven Bergwijn (Ajax), Brian Brobbey (Ajax), Memphis Depay (Atlético de Madrid), Jeremie Frimpong (Leverkusen), Cody Gakpo (Liverpool), Donyell Malen (Dortmund), Xavi Simons (Leipzig), Wout Weghorst (Hoffenheim)

Poland

Goalkeepers: Marcin Bulka (Nice), ?ukasz Skorupski (Bologna), Wojciech Szcz?sny (Juventus)
Defenders: Jan Bednarek (Southampton), Bartosz Bereszyński (Empoli), Przemys?aw Frankowski (Lens), Jakub Kiwior (Arsenal), Tymoteusz Puchacz (Kaiserslautern), Bartosz Salamon (Lech Poznań), Sebastian Walukiewicz (Empoli)
Midfielders: Pawe? Dawidowicz (Hellas Verona), Kamil Grosicki (Pogoń Szczecin), Jakub Moder (Brighton), Jakub Piotrowski (Ludogorets), Taras Romanczuk (Jagiellonia Bia?ystok), Bartosz Slisz (Atlanta United), Damian Szymański (AEK Athens), Sebastian Szymański (Fenerbah?e), Kacper Urbański (Bologna), Nicola Zalewski (Roma), Piotr Zieliński (Napoli)
Forwards: Adam Buksa (Antalyaspor), Robert Lewandowski (Barcelona), Krzysztof Pi?tek (Ba?ak?ehir), Micha? Skóra? (Club Brugge), Karol ?widerski (Hellas Verona)

Austria
Goalkeepers: Niklas Hedl (Rapid Wien), Heinz Lindner (Union SG), Patrick Pentz (Br?ndby)
Defenders: Flavius Daniliuc (Salzburg), Kevin Danso (Lens), Philipp Lienhart (Freiburg), Phillipp Mwene (Mainz), Stefan Posch (Bologna), Leopold Querfeld (Rapid Wien), Gernot Trauner (Feyenoord), Patrick Wimmer (Wolfsburg), Maximilian W?ber (M?nchengladbach)
Midfielders: Christoph Baumgartner (Leipzig), Florian Grillitsch (Hoffenheim), Marco Grüll (Rapid Wien), Florian Kainz (K?ln), Konrad Laimer (Bayern München), Alexander Prass (Sturm Graz), Marcel Sabitzer (Dortmund), Romano Schmid (Werder Bremen), Matthias Seidl (Rapid Wien), Nicolas Seiwald (Leipzig)
Forwards: Marko Arnautovi? (Inter), Maximilian Entrup (Hartberg), Michael Gregoritsch (Freiburg), Andreas Weimann (West Brom)
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