Euro 2024: Virgil Van Dijk Names Three Tournament Favourites

Euro 2024: Virgil Van Dijk Names Three Tournament Favourites

Edwin Kiplagat
June 17, 2024 at 8:45 AM
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  • The Euro 2024 is on its fourth day, and we've witnessed some incredible matches so far, especially from the top teams
  • Favourites England, hosts Germany, Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands have all started the tournament with wins
  • Dutch captain, Virgil Van Dijk, has named three teams he believes have a chance of winning the tournament in Germany

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The 2024 European championship is underway, and it has been a spectacle so far.

Some of the continent's giants, including Italy, England, Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain, have started their campaigns.

Dutch captain, Virgil van Dijk, has named a few favourites to win the competition.

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Virgil Van Dijk and the Netherlands are looking to win their second European Championship. Photo by Roy Lazet/Soccrates.
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France, Portugal, and England are considered overwhelming favourites to win the tournament.

The three teams have world class players in their squads and will be under pressure to win the title in Germany. England will likely be under the most pressure to win.

The Three Lions have not won a major tournament since lifting the 1966 World Cup. They reached the final of the 2020 edition but fell short again, per BBC.

France are coming off a World Cup final, and with Kylian Mbappe, they always have a chance of going all the way.

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo is getting older but is surrounded by a talented squad, including Bruno Fernandes and other talents.

Germany have not impressed since winning the 2014 World Cup. However, they looked phenomenal in their opening game when they thumped Scotland 5-1. The hosts are considered favourites. However, no host nation has won the tournament since France did it in 1984.

The Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, and Croatia are outside favourites to win.

Van Dijk's Euro 2024 favourites

The Dutch defender commented on the Euros favourites conversation before his team defeated Poland in their opening game. His answer was obvious, but Portugal was absent from his list.

"Are we favourites? England are really good, Germany, France... but so many other aspects will play a part too. Hopefully we can be up there too," via Sportbible.

The top favourites at the tournament could be on the same side of the bracket, which could make things interesting.

England are looking for their first European title, France are looking for their third, and Portugal are seeking their second.

Teams with most to prove at Euro 2024

Sports Brief previously reported on the top three teams with the most to prove at Euro 2024.

England, Portugal, and hosts Germany will be under pressure to win the tournament because of their star-studded squads and some because of years of underachievement.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.