Euro 2024: Best Squad Announcements As Spain, Germany Get Creative With Player Reveals

Euro 2024: Best Squad Announcements As Spain, Germany Get Creative With Player Reveals

Martin Moses
June 9, 2024 at 4:41 PM
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  • Spain arguably had the most innovative squad announcement style of the 24 teams set to participate in the 2024 European championships
  • While many teams opted to do a simple graphic of the called-up players, others went out of their way to create memorable videos
  • Sports Brief looks at the four teams who dazzled with their announcements with less than a week to kick-off in Germany

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In a world that is currently heavily dominated by social media, some national team federations chose to deploy creative gimmicks to unveil their squads for Euro 2024.

UEFA had set a June 7 deadline for all 24 participating teams to name no more than 26 players for the month-long competition in Germany.

Julian Nagelsmann, Germany, Spain, England, Euro 2024, Netherlands.
Germany head coach Julian Nagelsmann attends a press conference on May 16, 2024. Photo by Alexander Hassenstein.
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Some, like France and Belgium, announced their final squads from the get-go, while others, like England, Germany and Italy, opted to call up an extended list before trimming it down to 26 before the deadline.

All 24 teams have since confirmed their final squads as published on UEFA's website.

Best squad announcements for Euro 2024

However, in some countries, the players who were called up or snubbed created almost the same buzz as the mode of announcement the federations decided to use.

Sports Brief breaks down the most creative squad announcements of Euro 2024.

4. Netherlands

The 1988 champions will be one of the outside favourites to cause problems in Germany. Coached by Ronald Koeman and captained by Virgil Van Dijk, the Dutch have enough experience to go as far as possible.

In the announcement video, Koeman assumed the role of a high school principal and reviewed the 'graduates' of previous years, such as Arjen Robben and Robin Van Persie. He then picked up the book 'Class of 2024' to read out his team.

3. Germany

The hosts did not create a fancy video at the end, but what stood out was how they announced the individual names. Every player in the provisional squad of 27 players was announced differently, either by a popular magazine, a singer, a TikToker or a radio station.

For instance, Jonathan Tah's name was revealed by TikToker and caregiver Rashid Hamid, who presented a cake to a 93-year-old woman named Grandma Lotti. The cake had the Bayer Leverkusen player's name on it.

Nico Schlotterbeck was announced during national TV news, while Manuel Neuer was announced by another social media star.

2. England

England downplayed a dispiriting friendly loss to Iceland to release a well-thought-of video confirming the 26 selected players.

There were major omissions like Jack Grealish and James Maddison. In fact, fans are convinced that the media team thought the latter would make it into Gareth Souhgate's squad as they used Luke Littler's darts footage in the announcement.

The video took fans through a semi-individual story for the players. There was an allusion to rice for Declan Rice and the cold weather for Cole Palmer.

Will it come home?

1. Spain

The best of the best. La Roja's squad announcement had everything. The federation got one of the best sportspeople in the country's history in Rafael Nadal, to do the narration.

Once in a while, the tennis great would stop to allow a loved one of the called-up players to say his name. Parents, spouses, children or friends of the 26 selected players were all involved in what makes for an emotional watch.

Big players who have never won the Euro

Sports Brief has also reported on the big stars who have never won the Euro title.

A couple of big names led by Kevin De Bruyne and Manuel Neuer will be hoping to finally lay their hand on the Euro titles when they lead their teams in Germany.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)