Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
Lineker

UEFA Nations League 2018/19

Recommended Posts

I know some people consider it a Micky Mouse competition as it's still in its infancy but once upon a time, the World Cup, Euros and the European Cup/Champions League were considered that too.

Anyway, with the teams that are left, fuck it, we could win that!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think the nation's league has gone better than most would have thought. It's definetly better than pointless friendlies for the sake of it. Plus it's given teams like Gibraltar a chance to win.

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm still pretty baffled by the Euro permutations (playoffs in March 2020, but the League A playoff is going to be massively different from the Nations League Final next summer because all of those teams will probably have already qualified), but as a standalone competition I think it's fantastic. The minnows are playing competitive games, and we've got an extra mini knock out cup every summer there isn't a World Cup or Euros. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Champion's League final takes place four days before the first semi-final game, which could be an annoyance.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
58 minutes ago, Liam Mk2 said:

Champion's League final takes place four days before the first semi-final game, which could be an annoyance.

Perfect, Juve can get to the final of that softening Ronaldo up for England to beat Portugal.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Nations League would have been great if we weren't so shit or got drawn against two teams we had already just played in the WC qualifiers.

It's much better than the friendlies though and the relegation/promotion system is neat!

That draw is being done in Dublin along with the Euros in 2 weeks too, which will definitely disrupt my commute home from work. So that's another big negative to be fair.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Scotland are top of the group!

Anyone seen those 3 other horsemen about?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Nations League is neat. The only thing I'm unsure about is how teams that are promted / relegated get placed in their new Division. 

For example, Scotland have won C1 and are promoted to the B Division next time. Do they get assigned to B1, or is there a random draw to place teams in different groups? 

 

Oh, one interesting little tidbit, apparently by finishing in the top 4 we are not only guaranteed to be a top seed in the Euro qualifiers, but we are also certain to be placed in one of the 5 team groups instead of the 6 team groups!  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think it's a random draw each time for everyone so you don't play the same teams. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, DFF said:

Nations League is neat. The only thing I'm unsure about is how teams that are promted / relegated get placed in their new Division. 

For example, Scotland have won C1 and are promoted to the B Division next time. Do they get assigned to B1, or is there a random draw to place teams in different groups? 

 

Oh, one interesting little tidbit, apparently by finishing in the top 4 we are not only guaranteed to be a top seed in the Euro qualifiers, but we are also certain to be placed in one of the 5 team groups instead of the 6 team groups!  

Random draw every time. Wouldn't make much sense to pair us with the same teams over and over.

And yes that's right, a group of 5 as qualifiers will take place during the same international week in June that the Nations League finals are happening. Means we won't have a "minnow" like San Marino in our group to play.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Quote

Gareth Southgate has admitted England’s attempt to win the Nations League in June will be a “mess” if one or more English clubs reach the Champions League final.

England play the Netherlands in the Nations League semi-final on 6 June in Guimarães, Portugal, five days after the Champions League final in Madrid. Southgate is concerned that if any of his players are involved at the Wanda Metropolitano they may not be available to him.

“It could be a mess,” England’s manager said. “Let’s say if two of our teams made it to the Champions League final then we wouldn’t see them, at best, until the Monday before we play on the Thursday.

“As an Aussie coach [Alastair Clarkson] I know says: ‘Good luck with that, mate!’ We’ve been in [this] semi-final, qualified six months ago and [are thinking] what a great opportunity to win something, and then you don’t actually get the team together. And with the emotion of that game [Champions League final], can those players even realistically play on the Thursday night for us?

“We’ll have to work out all of that as that goes on. But, fundamentally, our preparation will be here [in England], broken up with breaks at home to give them space that they would all need, bar the players that will play to the very end.”

The Premier League season finishes on 12 May, with the FA Cup final the following weekend and the Europa League final on 29 May.

Southgate said: “They would all need a period where they would need to psychologically switch off, and we’d have to look at Champions League final players when we get to it. It will be a little bit like the World Cup in that players will finish at different times.”

Southgate named Declan Rice in his squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic on Friday week at Wembley and in Montenegro the following Monday.

He defended Rice’s decision to choose England after playing for the Republic of Ireland in three friendlies. The 20-year-old West Ham midfielder has been criticised by former Ireland internationals including Kevin Kilbane and Gary Breen and by the former England captain Alan Shearer.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well, why is the Champions League final now on June 6th? It's far too late really, I don't see why the European tournaments hang over 2-4 weeks past the end of the domestic campaign.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Gareth Southgate has to be fuming; Liverpool/Spurs on June 1st is so close to the finals of this, on the 6th and 9th!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 14/03/2019 at 15:09, Adam said:

Well, why is the Champions League final now on June 6th? It's far too late really, I don't see why the European tournaments hang over 2-4 weeks past the end of the domestic campaign. 

Wouldn't want the FA Mug to overshadow the tinpot "Champions" League. Better put it a few weeks later.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Europa League is only a few days before that too.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Shocking move by UEFA.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Spurs and Liverpool should just collectively agree to play at Villa Park weekend after next. Whoever wins turns up to Madrid and wins by forfeit with none of the English players in attendance.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The fine margins here are interesting. England were minutes away from relegation, which would have prompted a lot of people to dismiss the Nations League as a waste of time, but we're now interested in it because they made it through the group. It's bad scheduling however you look at it, but fewer people over here would be talking about it if England weren't still in it. It makes me wonder how people from eliminated nations think of the competition.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 minutes ago, Bobfoc said:

The fine margins here are interesting. England were minutes away from relegation, which would have prompted a lot of people to dismiss the Nations League as a waste of time, but we're now interested in it because they made it through the group. It's bad scheduling however you look at it, but fewer people over here would be talking about it if England weren't still in it. It makes me wonder how people from eliminated nations think of the competition.

Pretty sure most have forgotten it was ever created, if football message boards are something to go by.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Quote

Southampton’s Nathan Redmond is the surprise name in Gareth Southgate’s initial England squad for the Nations League finals.

The manager named a 27-man group in advance of June’s inaugural finals in Portugal, although he will need to cut the group to 23 by 27 May.

Redmond, overlooked since winning his one England cap in March 2017, recently won the Player of the Year double at Southampton.

The England captain Harry Kane has been selected by Southgate despite an ankle ligament injury which has kept him out since 9 April, and another Tottenham player, Harry Winks, has also got the nod after groin surgery.

There is no place for Ruben Loftus-Cheek after he sustained a nasty-looking ankle injury playing in a friendly for Chelsea on Wednesday but his fellow midfielders Declan Rice and James Ward-Prowse are involved again.

Jesse Lingard and Joe Gomez return to the squad, while Luke Shaw and James Tarkowski are left out.

Initial squad for Nations League finals
Goalkeepers Jack Butland, Tom Heaton, Jordan Pickford.
Defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Chilwell, Joe Gomez, Michael Keane, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker.
Midfielders Ross Barkley, Dele Alli, Fabian Delph, Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Declan Rice, James Ward-Prowse, Harry Winks.
Forwards Harry Kane, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Nathan Redmond, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling, Callum Wilson. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...
Sign in to follow this  

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue. To learn more, see our Privacy Policy