Euro 2024: Sami Khedira Snubs Germany and France As Favourites to Win Tournament

Euro 2024: Sami Khedira Snubs Germany and France As Favourites to Win Tournament

Elijah Odetokun
June 15, 2024 at 8:36 AM
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  • The 2024 European Championship kicked off last night with host nation Germany against Scotland at the Allianz Arena
  • Die Mannschaft brushed aside the Scottish national team with a dominant 5-1 win to get off to a winning start at home
  • A former Germany international, ahead of the game, overlooked his country as one of the favourites to lift the trophy

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Germany got off to a winning start at the 2024 European Championship last night, even though a former international does not believe his country are favourites to win.

The long-awaited tournament kicked off with hosts Germany picking apart Scotland with a dominant 5-1 win at the Allianz Arena, the home of Bayern Munich.

Florian Wirtz, Jamal Musiala, Germany, Scotland, Allianz Arena, Munich, Euro 2024.
Florian Wirtz and Jamal Musiala celebrate Germany's first goal in the Euro 2024 5-1 win over Scotland at Allianz Arena on June 14, 2024. Photo by Jean Catuffe.
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Youngsters Florian Wirtz and Jamal Musiala got Die Mannschaft off to a flying start, becoming the two youngest players to score for the country at the tournament.

Khedira picks his Euro 2024 winner

Former German international Sami Khedira, speaking to former England star Rio Ferdinand on Five UK, was asked for his winner for the ongoing tournament.

He was quick to respond and said England, which drew applause from Ferdinand, who would be happy to see his country lift their maiden trophy in the competition.

The 2014 World Cup winner also named Spanish youngster Lamine Yamal as the Player of the Tournament, while he tipped new Real Madrid star Kylian Mbappe for the Golden Boot.

According to Opta Analyst, the Three Lions are the most favoured team to lift the trophy, with a 19.1% chance of winning it, while the three-time champions Germany have a 12.4% chance of winning a fourth title.

The home of football are the only country among the favourites who have yet to win the tournament.

Khedira played at five international tournaments for Germany, including two Euros and was runners-up in 2012 after beating Iberian neighbours, Portugal, 4-2 on penalties.

Roberto Martinez Names Favourites for Euro 2024

Sports Brief reported on Roberto Martinez naming favourites for Euro 2024. The Portugal manager named six countries that go into each tournament to win it.

The Spaniard is entering his second Euros as manager. He led Belgium's golden generation to Euro 2024, losing in the quarter-finals to eventual champions Italy.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.