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Guide to the EURO 2024

The UEFA European Championship 2024 is set to be a historic spectacle, marking the 17th edition of the tournament. Hosted by three-time winners Germany, the championship will kick off on June 14 and span 22 matchdays, culminating in the final on July 14 at Berlin’s Olympiastadion. In Football Benchmark’s guide to EURO 2024, we delve into squad values, identify the most valuable players, highlight young stars to watch, analyze player workload data, explore social media analytics, and much more.

Squad Market Values

There are significant differences in squad market values among the 24 nations competing in the UEFA European Championship 2024. The market value is often a good proxy to understand the strength of each squad. When considering the top 18 most valuable players from each nation’s final squad, England leads with an impressive €1,382 million, while the nation with the lowest squad value is Romania, at €78.1 million. Only three squads surpass the €1 billion mark: England, France, and Portugal, while the average squad value stands at €471.5 million. It will be interesting to see whether the cohesion of a squad or the individuals’ qualities will be the deciding factor during the tournaments’ matches.

Most Valuable Players of each team

Kylian Mbappé headlines the EURO 2024 as the most valuable player, valued by Football Benchmark at a staggering 244 million euros after his high-profile transfer to Real Madrid from Paris Saint-Germain. RB Leipzig and Manchester City contribute four and three MVPs to the list respectively. Of the 24 MVPs, 11 play in the English Premier League, 5 in Serie A, 5 in the German Bundesliga, 2 in Ligue 1, and 1 in LaLiga; none of them ply their trade outside Europe’s „Big Five” leagues. The combined total market value of the 24 MVPs is 1.865 billion euros.

Most Valuable Players to miss the EURO 2024

Several high-profile players are notably absent from the UEFA European Championship 2024, whether due to representing nations that didn’t qualify, injuries, or not making their national final squads. Among the 15 most valuable players according to Football Benchmark, Erling Haaland is the number one name. Sadly, not only will one of Europe’s top marksmen not grace the EUROs, but neither will his fellow countryman Martin Ødegaard.

Injuries have also deprived the tournament of several key stars who would likely be in their national squads, including Barcelona trio Gavi, Frenkie de Jong, and Alejandro Balde.

Three high-profile English players – Marcus Rashford, Jack Grealish, and James Maddison – didn’t make the final squad for England. Additionally, other top-tier players missing from the tournament include Serge Gnabry, Thibaut Courtois, Mats Hummels, Reece James, Harry Maguire, or David Alaba.

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