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  1. Nagelsmann's first tournament and Kroos' farewellpublished at 17:45 14 June

    Germany v Scotland (20:00 BST)

    Germany

    Germany boss Julian Nagelsmann will be on the touchline for the first time at an international major tournament.

    However it will be familiar surroundings for the former-Bayern Munich boss, who will return to the Munich Football Arena for Die Manschaft’s opener against Scotland.

    Under Joachim Low and then Hansi Flick, Germany crashed out of the last two World Cups, failing to get out of the group. In the last European Championships they were knocked out by old foes England at Wembley.

    Lots of familiar names will be turning out for the Germans including Arsenal’s Kai Havertz and veteran goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

    Midfielder Toni Kroos has returned to the squad and will call time on his decorated career with Real Madrid and Germany after the tournament. No doubt he'll be looking to sign off with one more trophy - one he is yet to get his hands on. It would be some finale.

    Julian Naagelsmann and Toni Kroos shake handsImage source, Getty Images
  2. Opening-game is a 'sideshow' - Clarkepublished at 17:43 14 June

    Germany v Scotland (20:00 BST)

    Scotland

    Scotland manager Steve Clarke has tried to keep it low key in the build-up to his side's opening game against hosts Germany in Munich tonight.

    Clarke has described the opener as a "sideshow".

    His side also face Switzerland (19 June) and Hungary (23 June) in Group A.

    The top two qualify automatically for the knockout stages, while four of the six third-placed teams with the best records will also progress.

    No Scotland team - men or women - have made it through to the knockout rounds of a major international tournament.

    Steve ClarkeImage source, Getty Images
  3. All you need to know about...Florian Wirtzpublished at 17:42 14 June

    Germany v Scotland (20:00 BST)

    Germany

    German footballer Florian Wirtz standing with his back to the camera dispalying the number 17.  He is wearing a white germany top whilst playing a football matchImage source, Getty Images

    Germany have a potential new hero of their own in Bayer Leverkusen forward Florian Wirtz.

    Age: 21

    Position: Midfielder

    Club: Bayern Lervurkusen

    Wirtz finished with 18 goals and 20 assists this season for Leverkusen. That's more than Jude Bellingham at Real Madrid and Manchester City's Phil Foden Man City.

    His assist tally is more than any other player in Europe's top five leagues.

    His football career began when he was just four years old at Cologne - 17 years later, the midfielder scored his very first Germany goal against France, and with it set a new record for the fastest ever Germany goal, scored after just seven seconds.

  4. All you need to know about...Tommy Conwaypublished at 17:39 14 June

    Germany v Scotland (20:00 BST)

    Scotland

    Scotland winger Tommy Conway playing against Finland in a friendly match.  He is skipping past a finland player, who is going in for a slide tackle and Conway is jumping over him with the ball in the air.  He is wearing a navy blue Scotland strip with the number 19 on it.Image source, Getty Images

    Who could be the star for Scotland tonight?

    Could it be Tommy Conway, who was brought into the Scotland squad from the under-21's after injuries to Lyndon Dykes (QPR) and Ben Doak (Liverpool).

    Age: 18

    Position: Winger

    Club: Bristol City

    Tommy Conway only made his senior Scotland debut against Finland on Friday, now he is about to play in one of the biggest competitions in world football.

    At club level, this has arguably been his breakthrough season, scoring 10 goals in 39 appearances in the Championship.

    The Summerset born player certainly has an eye for goal. Earlier this month, he scored in Scotland Under-21s' 2-1 defeat by Turkey.

    When asked about how he felt when he heard he'd be on the plane to Germany, Conway said: "The manager said you're going to play with the full squad and everyone erupted in the changing room. I was looking round thinking is this real right now. I couldn't really quite believe it.

    "I ended up going back to the hotel, I was straight on Facetime with my family and it was quite an emotional one because I thought ultimately all the hard work has paid off."

  5. 'Players can make themselves legends'published at 17:38 14 June

    Germany v Scotland (20:00 BST)

    Steven Thompson
    Former Scotland striker on BBC Radio 5 Live

    The players have got an opportunity to make themselves legends and cult heroes. They are already legends for getting to these Euros.

  6. Postpublished at 17:36 14 June

    Germany v Scotland (20:00 BST)

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Former Scotland striker Steven Thompson is in the stadium in Munich, ready to provide punditry for BBC Radio Scotland.

    He has been talking to BBC Radio 5 Live...

  7. Postpublished at 17:34 14 June

    Germany v Scotland (20:00 BST)

    Fans are starting to filter their way into the ground in Munich.

    Germany fans outside groundImage source, Reuters
    Scotland fans in the stadiumImage source, Reuters
  8. 'Scotland have players who are really capable'published at 17:31 14 June

    Germany v Scotland (20:00 BST)

    Chris Sutton
    Former Celtic striker on the Football Daily podcast

    The pressure is all on Germany but I think Scotland have players who are really capable, especially in the middle of the park.

    I think a large part of the game will be how brave Scotland are on the ball.

  9. Clarke on pride of Euro qualificationpublished at 17:28 14 June

    Germany v Scotland (20:00 BST)

    Scotland

    Scotland have made it to back-to-back Euros for the first time since the 1990s, when they reached tournaments in Sweden in 1992 and England in 1996.

    After qualifying for the European Championship in 2021, the Scots played two group games at their home stadium - Hampden Park in Glasgow - and the other at Wembley against England.

    Their opening game against Germany in Munich tonight will be Scotland's first competitive fixture outside the UK in a major international tournament since the 1998 World Cup in France.

    "I think we should all be proud that we're here," said Scotland manager Steve Clarke in his final news conference before the tournament opener.

    "It's been a long time since 1998 when we actually travelled abroad to appear in a tournament like this. That's why everyone is so excited.

    "We're proud we've been able to do back-to-back European Championships and hopefully by the end of this we'll be even more proud at having done something a little bit more special in regards to Scottish football."

    Scotland fans revel in European adventure in EuropeImage source, PA Media
  10. Postpublished at 17:26 14 June

    Right, shall we talk football? Time to hear from Scotland manager Steve Clarke...

  11. get involved

    Get Involved - Mission to Munich (and Aberdeen)published at 17:24 14 June

    #bbcfootball, via WhatsApp on 03301231826 or text 81111 (UK only, standard message rates apply)

    An update from Phil, who told us of his somewhat chaotic travel plans earlier as he attempted to get from Paris to Aberdeen, via London, in time for kick-off...

    "Planes trains and automobiles update…," says Phil. "On my descent into Heathrow and doing my stretching exercises getting ready for an Olympian sprint. Let’s pray the footy gods are kind and that miracle upon miracle, security lines are quick. If I can pull this off, it’ll be epic. C’mon Scotland! #bbcfootball"

    This is too much, what with Jarek's epic dash from Vienna to Munich as well.

    We salute your efforts folks...

  12. The fans are herepublished at 17:18 14 June

    Germany v Scotland (20:00 BST)

    David Cheeseman

    Back in Munich, the fans arrived early at the stadium with hundreds of Germans and Scots waiting at the gates, which opened at 17:00 BST. Friends Gary Tindal, Lee Harrison, Sean Jimmeson and Craig Boath from Carnoustie were among hundreds of fans excited and waiting to get in. They’re among the lucky ones who have tickets.

    Jayne and James from Lanark are also here and have tickets for all three group games. They tried to get to Marienplatz in the city but the sheer numbers of fans meant that was closed off, so they decided to get to the stadium early to soak up the atmosphere. James is predicting a 2-1 win for Scotland.

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  13. Fan Zone attracts huge numberspublished at 17:14 14 June

    Emma Sanders
    BBC Sport in Stuttgart

    Queues outside the fan zone in StuttgartImage source, BBC Sport

    Germans know how to party.

    The Fan Zone's opening ceremony in Stuttgart last night attracted people from all over the city to Schlossplatz.

    It opened from 17:00 CET and when I arrived at 16:52 there were already queues bending around the streets in all four entrance gates at the square.

    Queues outside the fan zone in StuttgartImage source, BBC Sport

    Fans without tickets for the festival were sat in steps outside the Untergrundbahn station to get a decent view.

    By the time I had made it in, around 20 minutes after it had opened, the place was already packed.

    The security was very good, the queues moved quickly and there was plenty of space for people to find food, drink and merchandise.

    There were free water-filling stations every few metres and shaded areas to escape the sun. A strong start to Germany's hosting duties.

    Fan zone in StuttgartImage source, BBC Sport
  14. Hamburg counting down to kick offpublished at 17:12 14 June

    Germany v Scotland (20:00 BST)

    Gary Rose
    BBC Sport in Hamburg

    Container crates showing the countdown to kick off between Germany and ScotlandImage source, BBC Sport

    Elsewhere in Germany, the countdown is on to kick-off in Hamburg, where the gates have just opened to the fan zone here.

    It is one of the biggest in Germany for Euro 2024 with 40,000 expected to filter in over the course of the evening.

    Plenty of Germany shirts and flags on show but there's also a few Scotland fans here now as well.

    Peter, Bruce, Crooksy, Tammy, Leon and Jimmy - below - took the plunge early, booking travel and accomodation to Hamburg before the draw for the groups was made.

    Scotland fans in HamburgImage source, BBC Sport

    Meanwhile, Billy, Callum, Mark and Terry are here for a stag do, as well as soaking in the Euro 2024 atmosphere.

    They all may be hundreds of miles away from where Scotland are playing Germay, but they are all in determined mood to enjoy a weekend that will make memories for a lifetime.

    Scotland fans in HamburgImage source, BBC Sport
  15. All dressed uppublished at 17:10 14 June

    Germany v Scotland (20:00 BST)

    Final preparations are underway at the stadium in Munich.

    It is going to be quite the spectacle in a few hours time.

    The flags of Germany and Scotland are seen inside the stadium prior to the UEFA EURO 2024 group stage match between Germany and ScotlandImage source, Getty Images
    General view inside Munich Football StadiumImage source, Getty Images
    Munich football stadium general view outsideImage source, Getty Images
  16. Thousands sing 'We'll be coming down the road' in fan parkpublished at 17:05 14 June

    Germany v Scotland (20:00 BST)

    Graham Fraser
    BBC Scotland News

    'We'll be coming down the road' - a big favourite of the Tartan Army - sounded magnificent as thousands of Scotland fans in the Olympiapark in Munich joined singer Ted Christopher.

    I'm sure the German fans were singing along too.

    Media caption,

    Thousands of Scotland fans sing 'We'll be coming down the road'

  17. get involved

    Get Involvedpublished at 17:04 14 June

    #bbcfootball, via WhatsApp on 03301231826 or text 81111 (UK only, standard message rates apply)

    Currently sitting on a train with my 82-year-old dad from Vienna to Munich after our connecting flight was cancelled...made the train by literally one minute...will hopefully arrive in Munich at 19:38 and make the mad dash to the ground!! #planestrains&automobiles C'mon Scotland!!

    Jarek

    Errmmm? We are all pulling for you Jarek, sounds optimistic though. Maybe more Star Trek than Planes, Trains & Automobiles. Can Scotty beam you up?

    Scotty, Star TrekImage source, Getty Images
  18. The crowds are building...published at 17:01 14 June

    Germany v Scotland (20:00 BST)

    John Watson
    Reporter on BBC TV

    Bit of a wait to get into the stadium for fans who’ve arrived early, but good to see some have come prepared.

    Definite stuck-on-the-platform-waiting-for-my-train-home vibes

    Fans waiting to get into the ground in MunichImage source, BBC Sport
  19. Postpublished at 16:56 14 June

    There will be plenty more time to talk about England's match on Sunday, we have bigger fish to fry now...what is going on in Munich, I hear you ask. Let's see...