Top Ten Most Eye-Catching Fan Groups at Euro 2024

From Hamburg in the north to Munich in the south, towns and cities across Germany are gearing up to welcome fans to Euro 2024.

And with fans from all 24 teams vying to make themselves seen as well as heard – at IMAGO, we’ve captured their passion, emotion and colour in all its glory. 

Here are just ten fan groups to look out for – and why we think they really stand out.

Group A 

1) Scotland - The Tartan Army 

From kilts to scarves, Scottish supporters will be donning an array of traditional tartan patterns throughout Euro 2024. 

And while the players will run out in dark blue when they kick-off against host nation Germany on 14 June, if you look carefully at the kit, you’ll see a subtle, tartan weave.

 

Soccer fan of scotland during a gameIMAGO / Focus Images I Fan of Scotland.

 

2) Germany - The Hosts

Winners as West Germany in 1972 and 1980, a reunited Germany won the Championships for the first time at Euro 1996. 

You’ll see plenty of Schwarz-Rot-Gold (black-red-gold) on show at Euro 2024. But this hasn’t always been the case. For historical reasons, many Germans have long wrestled with the idea of national pride – and it wasn’t until Germany hosted the FIFA World Cup in 2006 that this started to change.

 

A Germany fan waves a flag during the UEFAIMAGO / MB Media Solutions I A Germany fan waves a flag during the UEFA.

 

Group B 

3) Italy - The Azzurri

As you’d expect, the green, white and red of the Italian flag means Italy play in blue. 

There’s a royal connection here, with the colour honouring the House of Savoy, credited with bringing together the nation in 1861. 

The defending champions are in a tough group with Spain, Croatia, and Albania. Don’t miss the big one against Spain in Gelsenkirchen on 20 June – a repeat of the Euro 2020 semi-final which Italy won 4-2 on penalties.

 

italian men and soccer fans celebratingIMAGO / Moritz Müller I Italian fans celebrating.

 

4) Croatia - The Chequers

The chequered Croatian shirts are another icon of major football tournaments. And their football team aren’t bad either. Having finished third and second respectively at the last two World Cups, Croatia will hope to translate those performances into Euro's success this summer. 

But they’ll have to do it the hard way, facing previous winners Spain and Italy, along with Albania, in the group stages.

 

croatian fan IMAGO / ANP I  Croatian fans during the UEFA Nations League final between Croatia and Spain.

 

Group C 

5) England - The Three Lions

Back in the twelfth century, it was said that English soldiers displayed three lions on their flags as they went into battle – with lions appearing on royal crests ever since. 

As well as seeing the three lions and the cross of St. George, you may also hear ‘Three Lions’ – the Baddiel and Skinner anthem released in 1996. One of the tournament favourites, England face Serbia in Group C on 16 June.

 

man with three lions tattooIMAGO / PA Images I An England fan with a three lions tattoo.

 

Group D 

6) The Netherlands - The Orange 

Arguably the most recognisable team at any major tournament, The Netherlands don’t wear any of the colours of their national flag. 

Instead, they play in Orange – a symbol of their royal family’s House of Orange. You can look forward to one of the biggest matches of the group stage – The Netherlands vs France – in Leipzig on 21 June.

 

dutch fans in orangeIMAGO / ActionPictures I Dutch fans celebrate together.

 

7) France - Les Bleus

The two-time champions will be one of the favourites going into this summer’s tournament. Proudly wearing their traditional royal blue – part of the Tricolour – you may also spot a rooster or two amidst the sea of red, white and blue. For the curious amongst you, the French rooster originates from the Latin gallus meaning ‘Gallic’ and ‘rooster’. France kick-off against Austria in Dusseldorf on 17 June.

 

woman in red white blue costumeIMAGO / Moritz Müller I Woman in red, white, blue costume for the French soccer team.

 

Group E 

8) Belgian – The Red Devils

Legend has it that after a match between Belgium and the Netherlands in the early 1900s, the media noted that some of the Belgian players “worked like devils.” The name stuck – and the national team are still known as the Red Devils today. 

While they traditionally wear all red, look out for their new away kit – a tribute to Georges Remi’s comic albums Tintin. Belgium start against Slovakia in Group E on 17 June in Frankfurt.

 

the red devils

IMAGO / Shutterstock I Belgian fans in the crowd.

9) Ukraine - The Blue-Yellows

Having made it to Euro 2024 via the playoffs, Ukraine begin Euro 2024 again Romania on 17 June in Munich. 

Their distinctive blue and yellow kit is said to represent the grain and the sky – and is likely to be on show throughout Germany as fans of all nations show their solidarity with Ukraine. The team also played some of their home qualifying matches for Euro 2024 in Germany, including a 0-0 draw with Italy in Leverkusen in November 2023.

 

ukraine fans holding the blue yellow flagIMAGO / Uwe Kraft I Ukrainian fans with their national colors.

 

Group F 

10) Georgia - The Debutants

We finish with Georgia. Appearing in their first-ever major tournament, Georgia are in Group F with Turkey, Portugal and the Czech Republic. Having qualified via the playoffs through a penalty shootout win over 2004 champions, Greece, they’ll play their opening match in the iconic BVB Stadion in Dortmund on 18 June. 

Look out for plenty of red and white in the crowd – symbolising the five red and white crosses on their flag.

 

a georgian fan holding the flag

IMAGO / Artur Stabulnieks I The Georgian fans rejoice over victory after the UEFA European Championship.

 

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