Euro 2024 commences on Friday in Germany, where the continent's top football teams gear up for a month-long battle to dethrone current champions Italy. The tournament kicks off with Germany facing Scotland in Munich, and the host nation is optimistic about their chances, aiming for a triumphant finale in Berlin on July 14. This marks Germany's first hosting of a major men's international event since the 2006 World Cup, promising a thrilling spectacle after the somewhat lackluster last European Championship. Euro 2020, delayed by the pandemic and held in 2021 with restricted audiences across various European cities, lacked the usual tournament charm. This year, all matches will be centralized in Germany, spanning 10 stadiums from Hamburg to Munich. The German public hopes for a revival similar to the 2006 World Cup, reigniting national pride. Philipp Lahm, tournament director and former captain of the 2014 World Cup-winning team, anticipates the event will foster unity amidst current European divisions. The tournament starts shortly after significant gains by far-right parties in EU parliament elections and ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Lahm expresses hope for a more united Germany. With a group including Hungary and Switzerland, Germany's prospects look bright, featuring talents like Toni Kroos and emerging stars like Florian Wirtz and Jamal Musiala. However, strong contenders like France and England pose significant challenges. France, led by Kylian Mbappe, and England, boasting players like Harry Kane and Jude Bellingham, are both eager to make history. Italy, despite being the defending champions, faces a tough group with Spain. Portugal, led by the seasoned Cristiano Ronaldo, also remains a contender. The expanded format, now including 24 teams, allows for debuts like Georgia's. However, injuries are impacting key players like Frenkie de Jong and Robert Lewandowski.