The countdown to the European Championship draw on December 2 can now really begin. As more and more countries qualify, we gain more and more insight into the composition of the pots. The Red Devils will soon be the seed, but the Netherlands and Italy are certainly not. We already know this about what those pots will look like.
Pot 1: the only one complete
The first pot for the European Championship draw is complete. The Red Devils will soon be seeded with Germany, France, Portugal, Spain and England.
Teams from the same pool cannot of course compete against each other.
Pot 2: 4 countries already known
In pot 2 we first find the other group winners. Denmark, Hungary and Albania are already certain of this. Perhaps Turkey will follow on the final day.
Furthermore, Austria, which was in the qualifying group of the Belgians, also ends up in pot 2.
Pot 3: With the Netherlands
Lo and behold, no pot 1 or 2 for the Netherlands, but ‘only’ pot 3.
Our neighbors end up in this with other countries that finished second in their qualifying group. Are already certain: Scotland, Slovenia, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
If Croatia draws at least against Armenia, they will complete this pot.
Pot 4: Serbia and play-off winners
Pot 4 is reserved for the 3 worst teams that still managed to qualify, together with the winners of the play-offs.
Serbia is the only one that is certain of this. Italy may also follow, because if Croatia achieves at least a draw against Armenia – a very plausible scenario – the Azzuri will end up in the lowest pot. Punishment nonetheless.
The draw for the play-offs will follow later this week, and seven countries have already been assured of participation: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Israel, Finland, Poland, Georgia, Greece, Luxembourg and Ukraine.