The UEFA Nations League explained

first_imgAFP Sport tells you everything you need to know about the competition:– Fewer meaningless friendlies –The creation of the competition stems from the desire to replace meaningless friendly matches with more competitive games.When Germany last hosted France, in a friendly last November, the number of emtpy seats in Cologne was striking and suggested that the appetite for such games was waning.Meanwhile, smaller nations find it difficult to arrange friendly games, so UEFA believe they have come up with the perfect solution.They are using their own coefficient to split their 55 member nations into four leagues, with the top 12 sides all in League A. The next 12 are in League B, followed by 15 in League C and the bottom 16 in League D.Each group contains three or four teams, with everyone playing each other home and away between September and November this year.– Final four –The winners of the four groups in League A will go through to the finals from June 5-9 next year. Semi-finals, a third-place play-off and a final will all be played, with the host country to be decided in December from among the finalist teams.So there is a title and a trophy up for grabs, but also promotion and relegation with future Nations Leagues in mind.The team finishing bottom of each group in Leagues A, B and C will be relegated, and replaced by those finishing top of the groups in Leagues B, C and D.– Euro 2020 places up for grabs –There will still be qualifiers for the 24-team Euro 2020. They will take place from March to November, 2019, with a draw to be held this coming December.However, that will no longer be the only means of qualifying for that competition.Twenty teams will make it to Euro 2020 from qualifying, with the top two in each of the 10 groups advancing. The remaining four places will be decided in March 2020, in the Nations League play-offs.Each of the four leagues (A, B, C and D) will hold play-offs which will take place in March 2020 and which will be contested by the respective group winners, with semi-finals and a final being played.However, if a group winner has already qualified via the classic route, then their spot will go to the next best-ranked team in their league. And if a league does not have four teams to compete, the remaining slots are allocated to teams from another league.All of which means that one place at Euro 2020 will go to a team from League D, comprised of the continent’s traditional minnows.Meanwhile, teams will still be free to play friendly matches when the opportunity arises, hence why Scotland and Belgium meet in Glasgow this Friday, for example.– UEFA Nations League draw –League AGroup 1: Germany, France, NetherlandsGroup 2: Belgium, Iceland, SwitzerlandGroup 3: Italy, Poland, PortugalGroup 4: Croatia, England, SpainLeague BGroup 1: Czech Republic, Slovakia, UkraineGroup 2: Russia, Sweden, TurkeyGroup 3: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern IrelandGroup 4: Denmark, Republic of Ireland, WalesLeague CGroup 1: Albania, Israel, ScotlandGroup 2: Estonia, Finland, Greece, HungaryGroup 3: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Norway, SloveniaGroup 4: Lithuania, Montenegro, Romania, SerbiaLeague DGroup 1: Andorra, Georgia, Kazakhstan, LatviaGroup 2: Belarus, Luxembourg, Moldova, San MarinoGroup 3: Azerbaijan, Faroe Islands, Kosovo, MaltaGroup 4: Armenia, Macedonia, Gibraltar, Liechtenstein0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Antoine Griezmann’s France face Germany in their inaugural UEFA Nations League match © AFP / Jewel SAMADPARIS, France, Sep 4 – A heavyweight showdown in Munich between the last two World Cup winners, France and Germany, sets the ball rolling on Thursday as the inaugural UEFA Nations League gets under way.The new tournament sees the 55 European national teams split into four divisions, taking promotion and relegation to international football while also offering an alternative route to the 2020 European Championship, without replacing the qualifiers themselves.last_img read more

Has Mo Salah revealed the reason for his poor form this season?

first_img Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings predicted Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT whoops SORRY 3 latest Salah appears to still have his shoulder strapped up 3 revealed tense changes Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? REVEALED Did Liverpool ace Mohamed Salah reveal the reason for his poor form this season during the Reds’ Champions League defeat of Paris Saint-Germain?Salah, the Egypt forward, has failed to properly get going this term after his mesmerising, goal-filled 2017/18 campaign. Salah’s season has been well below the standards he set last season center_img gameday cracker Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? Is this incident the source of all Salah’s recent problems? Most read in Premier League silverware The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? The suggestion behind Harry Kane’s poor form is that he has not overcome an ankle injury suffered earlier this year, and maybe Salah is not performing up to scratch due to the exact same reason. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion “Harry Kane has been in the newspapers about his form, it’s all been Harry, Harry, Harry, and yet Mo’s level of performances are clearly nowhere near last year.“You look at him winning all the Player of the Year awards but then getting injured in the Champions League final last season, it’s all gone backwards from there.“He had a disappointing World Cup and he hasn’t really got going this season.”Salah’s downturn in form does seem to stem from the Champions League final, when Liverpool were beaten by Real Madrid after the forward was substituted in the first half due to injury. A clash with Sergio Ramos, the defender, left Salah with a shoulder injury, and it appears he is still suffering with the problem.Television cameras caught Salah changing his shirt during Liverpool’s defeat of PSG, played on Tuesday, and he appeared to still have strapping on his left shoulder – perhaps he has not fully recovered? Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update 3 He has scored two goals and assisted a further two in just six appearances, but the 26-year-old looks out of sorts whenever he takes to the field.Salah’s performances are somewhat mirroring those put in by another one of the Premier League’s best goalscorers – Harry Kane.Kane, the Tottenham star, has endured an uncharacteristic dry spell this term, and be’s been criticised week after week for failing to find the back of the net.Salah has avoided any real criticism, though talkSPORT pundit Tony Cascarino offered his view on the Egypt international’s performances.“It’s been a tricky last few months for Mo Salah,” Cascarino said, “but it’s going under the radar slightly because Liverpool have won every game.last_img read more