Five UEFA Euro 2024 sleeper teams: Denmark, Turkey are dangerous long shots

Behind Rasmus Hojlund, Denmark is a 40-to-1 long shot to win the European Championship. Photo by Darko Bandic/AP.

The 2024 UEFA Euros could be the most competitive version of the tournament yet.

The pre-tournament narrative: With many of the largest teams in transition, there's plenty of room for dark horses to make a splash. While the giants of European football always loom large, some underdogs have the talent and experience to cause some shocks.

Check out our Euro 2024 sleeper teams for the tournament beginning on June 14.

Euro 2024 sleeper teams

Five teams fit the bill here: Denmark, Hungary, Switzerland, Turkey and Austria. Of that group, Denmark has the shortest odds to win the tournament at 40-to-1.

Below are each team's odds of winning the 2024 European Championship. England is a +300 favourite to win it all.

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Denmark is a good team with plenty of talent, but it also lacks an identity in 2024.

Jonas Wind and Rasmus Hojlund are excellent attackers, but with their stylistic similarities, Denmark often struggles to get both involved. The experienced midfield features Christian Norgaard and Christian Eriksen, which means Mathias Jensen will often come off the bench.

The path to a deep run is simple to see and hard to execute for the Danes in a Group C consisting of England, Slovakia and Slovenia.

If they can find a formation and tactic that gets the plethora of talented options together on the pitch, it could mean another tournament in which Denmark finds success.


Turkey qualified for the tournament by topping a group that included World Cup sides such as Wales and Croatia. It scored the most goals in the group and earned a plus-seven goal difference in eight matches.

Hakan Calhanoglu gets plenty of plaudits for his creativity in midfield and winger Kerem Akturkoglu has taken a major step forward offensively.

The defence is what has been most impressive for the country, though. Turkey conceded just seven times in eight matches in qualifiers. Ugurcan Cakir was especially impressive in net, conceding only once in three starts.

In single-elimination knockout competitions, the ability to hold a clean sheet can be more important than anything else.

Turkey has the depth to shut down the best-attacking teams, as it did during a 1-0 win over Croatia to secure the top spot in the qualifying group.


The Swiss have been inconsistent throughout the qualifying cycle, though that's not a bad thing since they still qualified. The draws to Kosovo and Belarus sting, but the ability to score past anyone is a major reason Switzerland made the Round of 16 in the 2022 World Cup.

It has offensive potential behind Noah Okafor, Ruben Vargas and Xherdan Shaqiri, while Granit Xhaka runs the midfield after coming off a historic Bundesliga title.

Switzerland also boasts one of the best goalkeeping duos between veteran Yann Sommer and Gregor Kobel, the latter making the Champions League final with Borussia Dortmund.

Euro 2024 sleeper: Hungary

Hungary is the picture of a dark horse with top-end talent in midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai, goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi and some under-the-radar attackers, including Roland Sallai.

The group draw didn't do it any favours, though, as Hungary will face host Germany and fellow underdogs Switzerland and Scotland, leaving a spot in the Round of 16 up for grabs.

Hungary may be in a tough spot, but it went undefeated in the qualifiers and sparks of talent from any of its big names could be enough to see the country make a deep run in 2024.


Austria isn't a young team, but it has bags of experience and a manager in Ralf Rangnick who has worked at the top level for years.

Michael Gregoritsch popped up for three goals in six qualifying matches, while Christoph Baumgartner added three more from midfield as one of the youngest on the squad.

In the midfield, Austria is spoiled for choice with Marcel Sabitzer and Konrad Laimer available as more defensive options coming off excellent seasons.

The only real blemish on this Austrian team is the injuries. David Alaba, Xaver Schlager and goalkeeper Alexander Schlager are all out.

Still, Austria showed the ability to score at will during the qualifiers and its collection of Champions League talent can compete with the best.

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