Scotland see weighty Germany switch for Euro 2024 opener eyed and rival legend tips a shock for the ages

webnexttech | Scotland see weighty Germany switch for Euro 2024 opener eyed and rival legend tips a shock for the ages
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Scotland’s opening Euro 2024 game in Germany could be switched from the ‘Munich Football Arena’ to the ‘Franz Beckenbauer Stadium’ in a classy touch for a football icon.But it will still be held at Bayern Munich’s iconic Allianz Arena.
Steve Clarke’s side open the European Championship in June against the hosts and also face Switzerland in Cologne and Hungary in Stuttgart.
The Euro 2024 opener will be played at the Allianz Arena, but because UEFA don’t allow stadiums named after sponsors, the ground was set to be renamed the Munich Football Arena for the tournament.
However, the German FA have approached European football’s governing body to change the name for the month-long duration of the tournament to the Franz Beckenbauer Stadium after an enormous outpouring of grief following the death of the legendary Der Kaiser.
The 78-year-old died this week and Bayern turned their 3-0 Bundesliga win on Friday against Hoffenheim into a tribute to their iconic hero.
And UEFA will decide whether to rename the stadium where 10,000 Tartan Army fans will go to support Scotland in the June 14 curtain-raiser.
Meanwhile, Former Liverpool and Germany Euros winner Markus Babbel has tipped Scotland to shock his country in this summer Euro 2024 opener.
And the former Stuttgart and Hertha Berlin manager admits he’s worried about how Germany will do in their own tournament in June.
Babbel won 51 caps for his country and helped former Scotland manager Berti Vogts’ side win Euro 1996.
He also won a Champions League with Bayern Munich and a UEFA Cup with Liverpool.
But he admits he’s concerned about the Euros opener against Scotland as well as their matches against Switzerland and Hungary.
Babbel said: “Scotland will bring a willingness and a dedication that our team doesn’t have at the moment for the first game at the Euros.
To be honest, I’m having a hard time being enthusiastic about Euro 2024 because I think we’ll have a lot of trouble with Scotland and also Switzerland and Hungary too.
Even though I think we have better players individually as a team than the other three countries, they bring a team mentality that this Germany squad currently don’t possess.
“And we are no longer able to pass consistently well and keep possession.
So the Germany players have to understand that mentality beats quality every time.”

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