International Soccer Recap Oct. 18 – Euro 2024 Qualified Teams 


The October international break produced another batch of Euro 2024 qualified teams, taking the total number of confirmed nations for next summer’s tournament to nine. 

Elsewhere, the CONMEBOL qualifiers for the 2026 FIFA World Cup served up tons of drama, with Brazil failing to win on two occasions. On top of that, we had Asian World Cup qualifiers and international friendlies to enjoy. 

In this international soccer recap, I take a closer look at the latest Euro 2024 qualified teams, discuss all the key talking points from South America, and cover everything in between. 

Biggest Stories of the October International Break 

Before we assess the Euro 2024 qualified teams, let’s recap all the biggest stories from the international break in October. There is no shortage of on-field drama to discuss, but there is also some saddening off-field news to cover. 

  • Eight teams punched their ticket to Euro 2024 during the break 
  • Belgium vs. Sweden was abandoned due to a terror shooting in Brussels 
  • 12 nations were eliminated from Euro 2024 Qualifying 
  • Brazil took one point from a possible six in World Cup qualifying. 
  • Argentina secured two shutout victories to take control of the CONMEBOL group 
  • The USMNT lost 3-1 to Germany before thrashing Ghana 4-0 in friendlies 
  • Indonesia thrashed Brunei 6-0 twice to win 12-0 on aggregate 

The total number of Euro 2024 qualified teams stands at nine after eight nations booked their place in next summer’s tournament alongside Germany. You can learn all about the Euro 2024 qualified teams in the next section of this international soccer recap. 

On a sour note, the match between Belgium and Sweden was abandoned after a gunman killed two Swedes in Brussels. Following the announcement at half-time, fans were held inside the stadium for several hours. 

Meanwhile, Brazil and Argentina experienced contrasting fortunes in World Cup qualifying. The USMNT suffered a defeat to Germany before crushing Ghana, while Indonesia hammered Brunei in the Asian World Cup qualifiers. 

UEFA – More Confirmed Euro 2024 Qualified Teams 

The lineup for next year’s European Championship is beginning to take shape thanks to another batch of Euro 2024 qualified teams. In addition to the host nation, Germany, we now have eight Euro 2024 qualified teams following the October international break. 


  • Germany (Host) 
  • Spain 
  • Scotland 
  • France 
  • England 
  • Turkey 
  • Belgium 
  • Austria 
  • Portugal 

Spain and Scotland advanced from Group A last weekend, leaving Erling Haaland’s Norway out of the picture. France maintained their 100% record to progress from Group B, while England claimed a 3-1 victory over Italy on Tuesday to advance from Group C. 

Elsewhere, Turkey, Austria and Portugal punched their ticket to Euro 2024. Portugal scored eight goals across two qualifiers in October, with Cristiano Ronaldo bagging two braces. 

Despite the devastating scenes in Brussels, Belgium secured a spot at the European Championship thanks to negative results for other teams in Group F. Now that you’re up to speed on the Euro 2024 qualified teams, it’s time to head to South America. 

CONMEBOL – Brazil Struggles While Argentina Dominates 

Brazil typically dominates the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers alongside Argentina, but the five-time World Cup winners endured an international break to forget in October. 

Following a disappointing 1-1 draw with Venezuela, Brazil suffered a 2-0 defeat against Uruguay on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Argentina claimed a 1-0 victory over Paraguay before defeating Peru 2-0, meaning the reigning World Cup champions boast a 100% record. 

With four games in the books, Argentina already sits five points clear of Brazil, Uruguay and Venezuela in the CONMEBOL group. It is also worth noting that Lionel Scaloni’s men have not conceded a single goal this campaign. 

At the opposite end of the standings, Bolivia is the only team without a point after four matches. Peru has suffered three defeats in four outings, while Chile, Paraguay, Ecuador and Colombia occupy the mid-table spots. 

2026 FIFA World Cup South American Qualifiers.
2026 FIFA World Cup South American Qualifiers: Argentina Triumphs 2-0 with Double from Lionel Messi.

Rest of the World – USMNT Update & Other Key Developments 

The USMNT recorded a victory and a defeat during the October international break. Christian Pulisic put the Stars and Stripes ahead against Germany, but the European giant dominated the contest and eventually won 3-1. 

On Tuesday, the US crushed Ghana 4-0, with Giovanni Reyna bagging a brace. Pulisic netted his second goal in as many games, while Folarin Balogun completed the scoring for Gregg Berhalter’s side. 

Other standout results include Indonesia’s 12-0 aggregate victory over Brunei. Dimas Drajad netted a hat-trick in the first 6-0 win, while Ramadhan Sananta also scored three goals across the two legs. 

Latest 2026 FIFA World Cup Odds 

The 2026 FIFA World Cup may be almost three years away, but the bookies have already released their early outright odds for the tournament. Following the latest round of qualifiers, here are the updated 2026 World Cup odds. 

  • Brazil (+600) 
  • France (+600) 
  • England (+750) 
  • Argentina (+1000) 
  • Spain (+1000) 
  • Germany (+1100) 
  • Portugal (+1600) 
  • Italy (+2000) 
  • Netherlands (+2000) 
  • Belgium (+4000) 

As you can see, Brazil, France and England are the early frontrunners to lift the famous trophy in 2026. Brazil has won a record five World Cup titles over the years, while France has reached four of the previous seven finals, triumphing in 2018 before losing the 2022 showpiece. 

With eight World Cup titles between them, Argentina, Spain, and Germany are also viewed as realistic contenders. Portugal, Italy, and the Netherlands are in the mix, too, with Belgium completing the current top 10. 

Ready for More Euro 2024 Qualified Teams? 

It’s safe to say that October’s international break did not disappoint. Not only did we see big results in Europe and South America, but we also saw standout results in North America and Asia. 

Believe it or not, the next international break is already on the horizon. Domestic action will pause in mid-November for another round of international fixtures, meaning another group of Euro 2024-qualified teams will be confirmed. 

In the meantime, be sure to stick with Sports Hub for more soccer content and betting advice. We cover a wide variety of soccer leagues and tournaments, including the English Premier League, Major League Soccer, and other high-profile European leagues. Also, be sure to check out our blog post about “How to bet soccer.”