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

Grande Prairie RCMP advise public of potential frauds and scams

first_imgAccording to RCMP, they have bee receiving numerous reports in relation to a variety of scams and frauds. Police say a majority of the scams reported involved fraudsters stating they are the CRA and instructing the citizen to send money owed to prevent arrest. – Advertisement -Other fraudsters try to obtain personal information, such as SIN, Passport, or Drivers licence numbers. GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP are reminding local residents and business owners to be cautious of potential scams and frauds. center_img Police advise the public to use extra caution any time they are asked for money and reminds you that the CRA or any other Government department does not demand money transfers over the phone. For further information to protect yourself and your business, you can visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at antifraudcentre.ca or call1-888-495-8501. Advertisementlast_img read more

Cardiff confirm Republic of Ireland defender as second summer signing

first_img targets Cardiff City have announced the signing of Republic of Ireland defender Greg Cunningham from Preston North End.The 27-year-old left-back is the Bluebirds’ second summer arrival as they plan for their return to the Premier League this coming season. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Latest transfer gossip on talkSPORT.com Second signing in two daysDefender Greg Cunningham signs a three-year contract with @CardiffCityFC: https://t.co/JkOjzEF9PJ pic.twitter.com/tpLuQJcWFx— Premier League (@premierleague) June 13, 2018Cunningham’s arrival comes after Cardiff signed Norwich winger Josh Murphy on Tuesday in a deal thought to be worth around £11m. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star IN DEMAND Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Warnock has targeted five summer signings as Cardiff seek to strengthen their squad following promotion to the top flight.Cunningham made 111 appearances for Preston after joining the Sky Bet Championship club from Bristol City in 2015.He started his career at Manchester City and had loan spells at Leicester and Nottingham Forest. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ moving on 1 REVEALED Cunningham has signed a three-year deal with the Welsh capital club, for a fee in the region of £4million.“It’s fair to say that I’ve been an admirer of Greg for a number of years and that he’s consistently been one of the best left-sided defenders for club and country,” manager Neil Warnock told the official Cardiff website.“We’re delighted to have his experience and knowledge so as to supplement Joe Bennett who had a great time last season.“I anticipate that Greg coming in will give us a lot of strength down that left-hand side.” targets New Cardiff City signing Greg Cunningham Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland LIVING THE DREAM Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father RANKED LATEST Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer last_img read more