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A feast of football! It’s Euro 2024 on Virgin TV

A feast of football! It’s Euro 2024 on Virgin TV

We can’t wait for the start of the Euros. Here’s our guide to the tournament, including when to watch all the group games and knockouts on TV, plus a preview of what might happen

By Chris Miller, Feature Writer

Twenty-four teams. Fifty-one matches. Ten stadiums. And one shiny trophy waiting for the winners. It’s the men’s UEFA European Championships 2024 – Euro 24 to its friends – and it’s going to be a glorious month-long festival of football, starting on Friday 14 June with the final on Sunday 14 July.

 

 

From the traditional giants of European football, including holders Italy and hosts Germany, to newcomers Georgia, everyone will have their eyes on the prize and confidence they can have an impact on the tournament – and that includes England and Scotland, who both qualified impressively. Read on for our guide to when and where you can see each and every game, as well as the blaggers’ guide to the Euros as we answer the big questions about what might happen…

 

All the matches are live on the BBC, ITV and STV channels and streaming services, which means you can watch them all on your telly – and in fact you can enjoy them wherever you are thanks to Virgin TV Go. This brilliant app is available to all Virgin TV customers to register on up to five devices (and view on two devices simultaneously – handy for the final round of group matches) at no extra cost.

 

It’s available for iPhone, iPad, Android mobile or tablets, and Windows and Mac laptops and desktops. And what’s more, Virgin TV 360 customers can also manage their recordings or stream their recordings around the home with the Virgin TV Go app. Find out more about managing your Virgin TV Go app here:

 

 

Remember you can follow all the live action wherever you are in the UK, as long as there’s WiFi, 3G or 4G, at no extra cost thanks to Virgin TV Go. If you’re streaming the games at home, follow our tips to get the best WiFi connection in every room. Simply download the free app, which is available to all Virgin TV customers, and start watching.

 

Customers with a compatible 4K TV and our V6 box (powered by TiVo®), Virgin TV 360 or Stream from Virgin Media can also enjoy some of the games in dazzling 4K on BBC iPlayer. It might just be the next best thing to being there.

 

 

What are England’s chances of winning?

There’s a subset of England fans who believe they’re the favourites to win every single tournament. They’re almost invariably wrong, and it doesn’t stop them thinking the same again next time. But – yes, there’s a but – this time around England can definitely count themselves among the favourites.

 

 

Led by this season’s European Golden Boot winner Harry Kane, England can back up the Bayern striker’s scoring prowess with an incredible array of attacking talent including Jude Bellingham of Real Madrid, Man City’s Phil Foden and Jack Grealish, Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka, Chelsea’s Cole Palmer and Ollie Watkins of Aston Villa. Any combination of those is a forward line to strike fear into the hearts of opponents. Manager Gareth Southgate has been criticised for excessive caution in the past but his selection indicates that he may, as they say, take the handbrake off.

 

And it’s all backed up in midfield by £100 million Arsenal man Declan Rice, who this season drove the Gunners to their best Premier League campaign in years. Keeper Jordan Pickford also performed well in a difficult season for Everton, whose goals-against record was impressive.

 

 

What might be England’s undoing?

What do you mean?! Well… there are injury and form problems in defence. Southgate is without a fit left-back, having included Man Utd’s Luke Shaw in his preliminary squad in the hope he’ll recover from injury; Kieran Trippier or Joe Gomez may have to deputise. Shaw’s team-mate Harry Maguire missed the end of the season and the FA Cup final, while John Stones sat out much of Man City’s title-winning run-in.

 

There are also doubts about the make-up of the midfield, previous stalwarts Jordan Henderson and Kalvin Phillips having been left out. Rice’s potential partners include Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold, who’s largely untested in the position, and Man Utd’s Kobbie Mainoo, who’s full of potential but still just 19. Here are England’s Group C fixtures.

 

Serbia v England

Sunday 16 June, 8pm, BBC One HD (CH 101) + Apps > BBC iPlayer + Virgin TV Go

 

Denmark v England

Thursday 20 June, 5pm, BBC One HD (CH 101) + Apps > BBC iPlayer + Virgin TV Go

 

England v Slovenia

Tuesday 25 June, 8pm, ITV1 HD/STV HD (CH 103) + Apps > ITVX/STV Player + Virgin TV Go

 

How are Scotland’s chances looking?

That’s a trickier question than you might think. Steve Clarke’s team qualified with ease, defeating group top seeds Spain 2-0 at Hampden, losing just one match and securing their place at the finals with two games to spare. Scott McTominay scored more goals in qualifying than the likes of Erling Haaland and Bruno Fernandes, and Liverpool’s Andy Robertson, Celtic’s Callum McGregor and John McGinn of Aston Villa excelled.

 


However, after they qualified it was a different story: Scotland drew two and lost five of their next seven matches, deflating fans’ excitement and tempering expectations. They’re also without classy Bologna midfielder Lewis Ferguson, who’s injured. Their group, featuring hosts Germany as well as Hungary and Switzerland, looks manageable – if they’re at their best. In which case, they could do what no Scotland side have ever done and qualify for the knockout stage.

 

Here are Scotland’s Group A fixtures, including the tournament’s opening match against the hosts.

 

Germany v Scotland

Friday 14 June, 8pm, ITV1 HD/STV HD (CH 103) + Apps > ITVX/STV Player + Virgin TV Go

 

Scotland v Switzerland

Wednesday 19 June, 8pm, BBC One HD (CH 101) + Apps > BBC iPlayer + Virgin TV Go

 

Scotland v Hungary

Sunday 23 June, 8pm, BBC TBC + Virgin TV Go

 

 

Who are the other favourites?

Germany will be confident at home, but their inexperienced coach Julian Nagelsmann will need to find the right balance, with veterans such as Toni Kroos (who retires after the tournament) and Thomas Müller alongside younger stars like Florian Wirtz and Jamal Musiala. Defending champs Italy lack the stars of the past but have a promising team under the wily management of Luciano Spalletti, who masterminded Napoli’s Serie A title in 2023.

 

 

Spain, a team in transition who are missing playmaker Gavi, still offer a challenge to any opponent, while Portugal had a 100% record in qualifying and have quality throughout their side. It’s France, though, who look the most dangerous. Long-serving coach Didier Deschamps has a record unmatched in international football, and that’s before you get to their star players like Ousmane Dembélé, Antoine Griezmann, William Saliba, Aurélien Tchouaméni, Mike Maignan, Eduardo Camavinga… the list goes on, all the way to the fearsome Kylian Mbappé. 

 

Any other dark horses?

You may remember Hungary thrashing England 4-0 at Molineux a couple of years ago. They have a thrilling young team including Liverpool’s Dominik Szoboszlai and could be ready to make an impact. Austria’s form has been eye-catching under Ralf Rangnick (who was briefly Man Utd boss) but may struggle for inspiration without their injured captain David Alaba. 

 

Türkiye have their best batch of players since their 2000s heyday, but it might be a tournament too soon for them. Netherlands and Belgium both have a sprinkling of top-quality players and can beat anyone on their day, although their repeated tournament failures don’t bode well for them.

 

How’s the TV coverage shaping up?

As always in an international tournament, there are familiar faces mixed with an intriguing sprinkle of newbies and overseas experts. On the BBC, usual presenters Gary Lineker and Gabby Logan will be fronting the matches with punditry from Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand, James McFadden and more. Guest pundits include Spain’s World Cup and Euros winner Cesc Fàbregas, Brentford’s Danish manager Thomas Frank and former West Ham boss David Moyes.

 

On ITV and STV, Mark Pougatch and Laura Woods are your hosts, alongside experienced pundits like Roy Keane, Ian Wright, Karen Carney and – tempted out of retirement for the occasion – Graeme Souness. Two intriguing additions to the ITV team are matey Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou and German coach Danny Röhl, who oversaw Sheffield Wednesday’s great escape from relegation this season. 

 

 

And if you fancy yourself as an amateur pundit, the Euros are always a great place to spot up-and-coming young talent – some of whom may even make their way to the Premier League in the not-too-distant future. Here are our tips for the players to check out. Click the flags to discover more.

 

Where can I watch every game of Euro 2024 on TV?

Follow this complete day-by-day guide with kick off times. And when the tournament reaches the knockout stages, don’t forget to check here for updated broadcast info.

 

Friday 14 June

Group A: Germany v Scotland

8pm, ITV1 HD/STV HD (CH 103) + Apps > ITVX/STV Player + Virgin TV Go

 

Saturday 15 June

Group A: Hungary v Switzerland

2pm, ITV1 HD (CH 103) + Apps > ITVX + Virgin TV Go

 

Group B: Spain v Croatia

5pm, ITV1 HD (CH 103) + Apps > ITVX + Virgin TV Go

 

Group B: Italy v Albania

8pm, BBC One HD (CH 101) + Apps > BBC iPlayer + Virgin TV Go

 

Sunday 16 June

Group D: Poland v Netherlands

2pm, BBC One HD (CH 101) + Apps > BBC iPlayer + Virgin TV Go

 

Group C: Slovenia v Denmark

5pm, ITV1 HD (CH 103) + Apps > ITVX + Virgin TV Go

 

Group C: Serbia v England

8pm, BBC One HD (CH 101) + Apps > BBC iPlayer + Virgin TV Go

 

Monday 17 June

Group E: Romania v Ukraine

2pm, BBC One HD (CH 101) + Apps > BBC iPlayer + Virgin TV Go

 

Group E: Belgium v Slovakia

5pm, ITV1 HD (CH 103) + Apps > ITVX + Virgin TV Go

 

Group D: Austria v France

8pm, ITV1 HD (CH 103) + Apps > ITVX + Virgin TV Go

 

Tuesday 18 June

Group F: Türkiye v Georgia

5pm, BBC One HD (CH 101) + Apps > BBC iPlayer + Virgin TV Go

 

Group F: Portugal v Czech Republic

8pm, BBC One HD (CH 101) + Apps > BBC iPlayer + Virgin TV Go BBC One

 

Wednesday 19 June

Group B: Croatia v Albania

2pm, ITV1 HD (CH 103) + Apps > ITVX + Virgin TV Go

 

Group A: Germany v Hungary

5pm, BBC One HD (CH 101) + Apps > BBC iPlayer + Virgin TV Go

 

Group A: Scotland v Switzerland

8pm, BBC One HD (CH 101) + Apps > BBC iPlayer + Virgin TV Go

 

Thursday 20 June

Group C: Slovenia v Serbia

2pm, ITV1 HD (CH 103) + Apps > ITVX + Virgin TV Go

 

Group C: Denmark v England

5pm, BBC One HD (CH 101) + Apps > BBC iPlayer + Virgin TV Go

 

Group B: Spain v Italy

8pm, ITV1 HD (CH 103) + Apps > ITVX + Virgin TV Go

 

Friday 21 June

Group E: Slovakia v Ukraine

2pm, BBC One HD (CH 101) + Apps > BBC iPlayer + Virgin TV Go

 

Group D: Poland v Austria

5pm, ITV1 HD (CH 103) + Apps > ITVX + Virgin TV Go

 

Group D: Netherlands v France

8pm, BBC One HD (CH 101) + Apps > BBC iPlayer + Virgin TV Go

 

Saturday 22 June

Group F: Georgia v Czech Republic

2pm, BBC One HD (CH 101) + Apps > BBC iPlayer + Virgin TV Go

 

Group F: Türkiye v Portugal

5pm, ITV1 HD (CH 103) + Apps > ITVX + Virgin TV Go

 

Group E: Belgium v Romania

8pm, ITV1 HD (CH 103) + Apps > ITVX + Virgin TV Go

 

Sunday 23 June

Group A: Switzerland v Germany

8pm, BBC TBC + Virgin TV Go

 

Group A: Scotland v Hungary

8pm, BBC TBC + Virgin TV Go

 

Monday 24 June

Group B: Croatia v Italy

8pm, BBC TBC + Virgin TV Go

 

Group B: Albania v Spain

8pm, BBC TBC + Virgin TV Go

 

Tuesday 25 June

Group D: Netherlands v Austria

5pm, BBC TBC + Virgin TV Go

 

Group D: France v Poland

5pm, BBC TBC + Virgin TV Go

 

Group C: England v Slovenia

8pm, ITV1 HD (CH 103) + Apps > ITVX + Virgin TV Go

 

Group C: Denmark v Serbia

8pm, ITV4 HD (CH 118) + Apps > ITVX + Virgin TV Go

 

Wednesday 26 June

Group E: Slovakia v Romania

5pm, BBC TBC + Virgin TV Go

 

Group E: Ukraine v Belgium

5pm, BBC TBC + Virgin TV Go

 

Group F: Czech Republic v Türkiye

8pm, ITV TBC + Virgin TV Go

 

Group F: Georgia v Portugal

8pm, ITV TBC + Virgin TV Go

 

Saturday 29 June

Runner-up Group A v Runner-up Group B

5pm, TBC + Virgin TV Go

 

Winner Group A v Runner-up Group C

8pm, TBC + Virgin TV Go

 

Sunday 30 June

Winner Group C v Best 3rd Place Group D/E/F

5pm, TBC + Virgin TV Go

 

Winner Group B v Best 3rd Place Group A/D/E/F

8pm, TBC + Virgin TV Go

 

Monday 1 July

Runner-up Group D v Runner-up Group E

5pm, TBC + Virgin TV Go

 

Winner Group F v Best 3rd Place Group A/B/C

8pm, TBC + Virgin TV Go

 

Tuesday 2 July

Winner Group E v Best 3rd Place Group A/B/C/D

5pm, TBC + Virgin TV Go

 

Winner Group D v Runner-up Group F

8pm, TBC + Virgin TV Go

 

Friday 5 July

Winner R16 Match 4 v Winner R16 Match 2

5pm, TBC + Virgin TV Go

 

Winner R16 Match 6 v Winner R16 Match 5

8pm, TBC + Virgin TV Go

 

Saturday 6 July

Winner R16 Match 3 v Winner R16 Match 1

5pm, TBC + Virgin TV Go

 

Winner R16 Match 7 v Winner R16 Match 8

8pm, TBC + Virgin TV Go

 

Tuesday 9 July

Winner QF1 v Winner QF2

8pm, TBC + Virgin TV Go

 

Wednesday 10 July

Winner QF3 v Winner QF4

8pm, TBC + Virgin TV Go

 

Sunday 14 July

Winner SF1 v Winner SF2

8pm, BBC One HD (CH 101) + ITV1 HD (CH 103) + Apps > BBC iPlayer + Apps > ITVX + Virgin TV Go

 

And remember, if the other members of your household aren’t keen on you taking over the telly every day for a month, you can stream all matches on Virgin TV Go. You can  register the app on up to five devices, covering iPhone, iPad, Android mobile or tablets, and Windows and Mac laptops and desktops. Watch it in comfort anywhere in your home with the best possible WiFi connection in every room by following our tips here.

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