Malta drawn with Italy, England, Ukraine and North Macedonia in UEFA EURO 2024 qualifiers

Malta was drawn in Group C with holders Italy, England, Ukraine and North Macedonia in the UEFA EURO 2024 qualifying draw which was held on Sunday at Festhalle, Frankfurt.

It is therefore another tough draw for the Malta national team which was placed in a group with five teams and therefore no teams from Pot 6. England are one of the finalists in the 2022 FIFA World Cup while Italy, Ukraine and North Macedonia were all eliminated in the play-offs.

In the UEFA Nations League, Italy won League A Group 3 with eleven points ahead of Hungary and Germany with England finishing at the bottom with three points. Ukraine placed second in League B Group 1, two points behind group winners Scotland. North Macedonia, on the other hand, finished third in League C Group 4 behind Georgia and Bulgaria and ahead of Gibraltar.

Malta and Italy played eight times in qualifying matches and although the latter won the eight matches, the last two matches ended in narrow wins.

06 Dec 1986Malta v Italy0-2UEFA European Championship
24 Jan 1987Italy v Malta5-0UEFA European Championship
19 Dec 1992Malta v Italy1-2FIFA World Cup
24 Mar 1993Italy v Malta6-1FIFA World Cup
11 Sep 2012Italy v Malta2-0FIFA World Cup
26 Mar 2013Malta v Italy0-2FIFA World Cup
13 Oct 2014Malta v Italy0-1UEFA European Championship
03 Sep 2015Italy v Malta1-0UEFA European Championship

Malta and England met five times – four qualifying matches and a friendly match. England won all matches with the ‘best’ result for Malta being a narrow defeat in February 1971.

03 Feb 1971Malta v England0-1UEFA European Championship
12 May 1971England v Malta5-0UEFA European Championship
03 Jun 2000Malta v England1-2International Friendly
08 Oct 2016England v Malta2-0FIFA World Cup
01 Sep 2017Malta v England0-4FIFA World Cup

Malta and Ukraine met once in a friendly match in 2017 at a neutral venue with Malta winning 1-0.

06 Jun 2017Ukraine v Malta0-1International Friendly

On the other hand, Malta and North Macedonia met six times – four friendly matches and two qualifying matches, with the only positive result for Malta being a 1-1 draw in August 2010.

27 Mar 1996FYR Macedonia v Malta1-0International Friendly
27 Nov 1996Malta v FYR Macedonia0-2International Friendly
06 Sep 1998FYR Macedonia v Malta4-0UEFA European Championship
18 Nov 1998Malta v FYR Macedonia1-2UEFA European Championship
21 Aug 2002FYR Macedonia v Malta5-0International Friendly
11 Aug 2010Malta v FYR Macedonia1-1International Friendly

The 53 teams involved in the draw were classified on the basis of the overall 2022/23 UEFA Nations League rankings issued on completion of the Nations League group stage. Based on these rankings, the teams were divided into seven pots: the ‘UNL’ pot, which contained the four Nations League finalists, followed by Pot 1 to Pot 6. Pot 1 contained six teams, Pots 2 to 5 each contained ten teams and Pot 6 contained the three remaining teams. Malta was placed in Pot 5.

Since the four Nations League finalists – Netherlands, Croatia, Spain and Italy – will play the final matches of this competition in June 2023, they had only eight matchdays available for the European Qualifiers group stage and were allocated to groups of five teams.

Germany as the organisers of the UEFA EURO 2024 final tournament are automatically qualified and therefore did not take part in the draw and since all Russian teams are currently suspended, Russia were therefore not included in the qualifying draw.

Group A: Spain, Scotland, Norway, Georgia, Cyprus

Group B: Netherlands, France, Republic of Ireland, Greece, Gibraltar

Group C: Italy, England, Ukraine, North Macedonia, Malta

Group D: Croatia, Wales, Armenia, Turkey, Latvia

Group E: Poland, Czech Republic, Albania, Faroe Islands, Moldova

Group F: Belgium, Austria, Sweden, Azerbaijan, Estonia

Group G: Hungary, Serbia, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Lithuania

Group H: Denmark, Finland, Slovenia, Kazakhstan, Northern Ireland, San Marino

Group I: Switzerland, Israel, Romania, Kosovo, Belarus, Andorra

Group J: Portugal, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Iceland, Luxembourg, Slovakia, Liechtenstein

Qualifying match dates
23–25/03/2023 Matchday 1
26–28/03/2023 Matchday 2
16–17/06/2023 Matchday 3
19–20/06/2023 Matchday 4
07–09/09/2023 Matchday 5
10–12/09/2023 Matchday 6
12–14/10/2023 Matchday 7
15–17/10/2023 Matchday 8
16–18/11/2023 Matchday 9
19–21/11/2023 Matchday 10

One comment

  1. My home country (Denmark) had an incredibly lucky draw. The same can’t be said for Malta. What a scary group. Hopefully the team can pull off a surprise or two, but the risk of 0 points is high. Hoping to be proven wrong.

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