The UEFA Nations League starts. The second edition of the EUFA Nations League kicks off tonight, at 8:45 p.m., with a high-level match that will face the Spanish team and the German team. In addition, the teams of Switzerland and Ukraine will also be measured. The four group countries of League A automatically advance to the final phase of the tournament in 2021. Two play-offs are also guaranteed for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
- UEFA Nations League tournament takes place between September 3 and November 18, 2020.
- The qualifying phase for the World Cup in Qatar will be held between March 25 and November 16, 2021.
- Play-offs for the UEFA Nations League title will take place in September or October 2021.
- The play-offs for relegation to League D will be played between March 24 and 29, 2021.
What is the UEFA Nations League
UEFA Nations League is a soccer tournament that replaces friendly matches with official matches between teams from 55 countries. The new system allows national teams to play matches with teams of similar rank. Four winning countries from League A group qualify directly for the UEFA Nations League final that will take place in June 2021. The rest of the national teams will have to play a tournament.
55 teams compete and are divided into four leagues. The UEFA National Team Co-Fans Ranking determines the league in which each country plays. In Leagues A, B and C 16 teams participate and in League D, 7 teams. The winning teams in the Leagues B, C and D groups are promoted and conversely, the groups in Leagues A, B are relegated. Two teams from League C descend directly to League D in the tournament to be played in the 2022/23 season. To determine which teams are relegated to League D, playoffs are played between the four teams that occupy the last position of each group in League C.
Portugal, winner of the 1st UEFA Nations League
Portugal, host country of the first edition, beat the Netherlands thanks to a goal from Portuguese Gonçalo Guedes in the 60th minute. The final was played in the city of Porto on June 9, 2019. Cristiano Ronaldo, captain of the Portuguese team, won the Alipay Trophy Top Scorer with three goals. He also won the Goal of the Tournament award. Instead, the Player of the Tournament trophy went to his teammate, Bernardo Silva. Young Player of the Tournament award went to Dutch Frenkie de Jong.