UEFA 2018/19 Nations League

Discussion in 'Belgium' started by Blondo, Apr 9, 2015.

  1. Blondo

    Blondo Member+

    Sep 21, 2013
    We're headed for a top seed in the inaugural edition of the Nations League's premier tier ... with the results from remaining EURO 2016 qualifiers and final tournament + 2018 World Cup qualifiers still pending:

    Nations League A (group winners advance to Final 4 and 3rd placed teams are relegated to 2020/21 Nations League B)

    Top seeds: Germany, Belgium, England and France
    Pot 2: Holland, Spain, Portugal and Croatia
    Pot 3: Austria, Romania, Slovakia and Italy

    Based on:

    - 20% WC2014 Qs and final event
    - 40% EURO2016 Qs and final event
    - 40% WC2018 Qs
     
  2. Blondo

    Blondo Member+

    Sep 21, 2013
    Update (results from EURO2016 and WC2018 Qs still pending)

    Nations League A (group winners advance to Final 4 and 3rd placed teams are relegated to 2020/21 Nations League B)

    Top seeds: England, Germany, Spain and Belgium
    Pot 2: Portugal, Austria, France and Italy
    Pot 3: Switzerland, Russia, Croatia and Ukraine
     
  3. Blondo

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    Sep 21, 2013
    #3 Blondo, Jul 11, 2016
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2016
    We're now heading down the home stretch ... only the results from World Cup 2018 Qs still pending

    Nations League A (group winners advance to Final 4 and 3rd placed teams are relegated to 2020/21 NL B)

    Top seeds: Germany, Portugal, France and Belgium
    Pot 2: England, Spain, Italy and Switzerland
    Pot 3: Austria, Croatia, Poland and Wales :thumbsup:

    Iceland (18.174) and Holland (18.085) not that far behind Wales (18.328)

    Format ... table & standings ... the race is on.
     
  4. Blondo

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    Sep 21, 2013
    Nations League is going to be cut-throat ... the top sides facing each other straightaway in qualifiers for Final 4 ... e.g. GoD of Germany, Spain and Croatia (tough yet mouth-watering Qs) ... with 1 of these teams being relegated and only 1 qualifying for the Final 4 tournament. Germany could drop down a league for the subsequent Nations League and no longer be a top seed for the European Qs (overall UEFA Nations League rankings will determine the composition of the draw pots)

    This could be at stake:

    - Final 4 (inaugural Nations League Championship in June 2019) or promotion to a higher league
    - relegation to a lower league (1 in 3 chance of being relegated while facing top sides)
    - 4 EURO berths after play-offs (maybe WC as well)
    - top seed status in European Qs (or ending up in a lower pot ... EURO2020 could already have very uneven Qs)

    Looks like UEFA aims to make this a major tournament ... EURO2016 was awful while the Nations League seems very attractive ... every summer there will be a chance to win silverware.
     
  5. Blondo

    Blondo Member+

    Sep 21, 2013
    Oh yea, Belgium are guaranteed a spot in the Nations League's top tier ... only the results from next month's WCQs are missing ... a win in Brussels against Cyprus is enough for us to claim top seed status ... avoiding the likes of Germany and Spain in a tournament where 1 out of 3 top sides will be relegated is very valuable (due to the FRA-LUX draw France could very well end up in pot 3 and Poland to move up to pot 2). Spain, England and Switzerland are the only ones that could overtake us (if two of them do we'll drop to pot 2).

    Top seeds: Germany, Portugal, Belgium and Spain
    Pot 2: England, Switzerland, Italy and France
    Pot 3: Poland, Croatia, Iceland and Wales

    Except Iceland (90%) and Wales (47%), all are pretty much nailed on ... next month is the last chance for the likes of Holland (24%), Slovakia (15%), etc. If France end up in pot 3 a possible GoD for us would be: Belgium, Italy and France ... I'd rather play Holland than Wales in the Nations League (and have France as a top seed in Russia2018 instead of Wales) ... #hup #holland ... a group with Belgium, France and Holland, please, for minimum travel and maximum banter.

     
  6. Blondo

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    Sep 21, 2013
    The probabilities (%) for the top seeds in League A

    Germany - 100
    Portugal 99,4
    Belgium - 94,8
    Spain - 78,8
    France - 22,0
    England - 4,4
    Switzerland - 0,4
    Italy - 0,2
     
  7. Blondo

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    Sep 21, 2013
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  9. Gorando

    Gorando Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Belgium
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Belgium
    Give me England & Iceland please
     
  10. Blondo

    Blondo Member+

    Sep 21, 2013
    Instead of Iceland wouldn't you rather draw Croatia from pot 3? ... mainly because you can expect more attractive, open games (we'll still be confronted with packed defences and labored wins in the regular ECQs) ... but Croatia also have seen better times ... it's not only the results, off the pitch as well things aren't running smoothly and their best players are ageing (lots of exciting talents to be bedded into the team though). Iceland, OTOH, might take this competition more seriously (while Holland might raise their game in the derbies). For me, either Croatia or Holland is fine.

    From pot 2 France are the biggest scalp ... it's still rare to face the top sides in competitive ties ... besides our H2H favours Belgium.
    "Lads, it's (golden) spurs."

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  11. Blondo

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    Sep 21, 2013
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    Sep 21, 2013
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    Sep 21, 2013
  14. Gorando

    Gorando Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Belgium
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Belgium
    Boring group but we should win it
     
  15. Blondo

    Blondo Member+

    Sep 21, 2013
    I would have prefered more attack-minded opponents, like Croatia, or sides that we struggle to arrange a friendly with. France + Holland would also have been fun though. We faced both Switzerland and Iceland not that long ago but we should be happy as the NL is already very cut-throat. I'm betting Iceland will try to avoid relegation at all cost and the Swiss did win 9 out of their 10 WCQs. Luckily none of the teams in our group have the advantage of resting their players during the World Cup as everyone has qualified for Russia.

    I'd like to see our guys take the NL seriously but I'm not confident they will. Maybe Martinez returns to the club game and we'll get a new manager after Russia. In that case players might want to show themselves (combined with a smooth transition to a new manager that wouldn't be so bad). We'll have to replace a couple of players anyway and it's a positive that the ones that need to be bedded into the squad aren't thrown to the lions.
     
  16. Blondo

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    Sep 21, 2013
    The fixture list is quite kind to us. We could either play a friendly first (a nice bonus if a new manager takes over from Martinez after Russia) or rest our players. Every team in this group is going to Russia. So it won't only be our players that could be drained after a summer with little time to recharge ahead of the new season. We also have more depth than Switzerland and especially Iceland. Iceland will have to face the Swiss in an away game first and us three days later. Iceland's first tie might be hard-fought and their players could be exhausted. It's also better to play in Iceland during the summer.

    Then the Swiss have two away games. It would have been better if we faced them in the second tie but we'll probably pencil in a friendly and tend to perform better in the first game of a doubleheader. Possibly Switzerland and Iceland will take points off each other. Ideally we win our first two NL games while the others have two points each before going into the final stretch (we'd already be qualified regardless of what happens in November).

    In our last two games we have, on paper, the easiest tie, at home v. Iceland, and the hardest, away v. Switzerland. Even if we have dropped points before November it isn't unlikely we'll still be alive. Hopefully an ultra-defensive snoozefest doesn't help our opponents at this point and they'll have to take risks. From Iceland I'm always expecting a cagey game though. Just in case tie-breakers come into play.

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  17. Blondo

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    Sep 21, 2013
    Winner of the group with Portugal, Italy and Poland to host the Final Four main event.

    - semis on 5 & 6 June 2019 (pairings to be drawn in early December 2018; probably together with the regular ECQ 2020 draw)
    - final (+ 3rd place play-off) on 9 June 2019

    https://www.uefa.com/uefanationsleague/news/newsid=2543176.html#/
     
  18. Blondo

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    Sep 21, 2013
  19. Blondo

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    Sep 21, 2013
    Behrami, Lichtsteiner, Djourou and Fernandes are about to be kicked from the Swiss NT.
    Mainly because the Swiss manager wants to rejuvenate but it also sounds like there was a rift in the team due to the Albanian eagle salute (at Russia2018). The new guys seem ready-made and if for example Mbabu gets in he could be a handful. I was a bit surprised that quite a few Swiss players, like Mbabu and Zakaria, have Congolese roots. Still almost all their promising talents are eligible for other countries (mainly Balkan countries or other African countries than Congo though). Seeing French is an official languague in Switzerland I probably shouldn't have been surprised at all.
     
  20. Blondo

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    Sep 21, 2013
    Manchester City can confirm Kevin De Bruyne has suffered a lateral collateral ligament (LCL) lesion in his right knee. No surgery is required, and the midfielder is expected to be out for around three months.

    Had hoped it wouldn't be longer than the two months that was reported earlier and he would only miss the games against Iceland (away) and the Swiss (home). Coming back in November for the return legs.
     
  21. Blondo

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    Sep 21, 2013
    FIFA's new ranking and League A groups.

    Nations League groups ... points dif. top and bottom sides ... group average

    Belgium's group ..................... 252 (Belgium - Iceland) ................ 1597
    Germany's group ................... 186 (France - Holland) ................. 1609
    Spain's group ........................... 63 (Croatia - Spain) .................... 1613
    Portugal's group ....................... 67 (Portugal - Italy) ..................... 1556
     
  22. Blondo

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    Sep 21, 2013
    Erik Hamrén will begin work with Iceland in September. We last faced him at EURO2016 when we knocked out Sweden, which was also the last time he managed a team until now.
     
  23. Blondo

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    Sep 21, 2013
  24. Blondo

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    Sep 21, 2013
    Fresh blood: Castagne, Vanaken, Trossard and, oddly, Verstraete.
    KDB, Januzaj, J.Lukaku, Praet, et al. injured.

    Had hoped to see Denayer back but with his transfer to Lyon it might not be the worst idea to settle in at his new club. Kabasele has been receiving plaudits, in great form plus playing at a higher level and is even a bit younger than Boyata, yet again ... no love. Shaun Maloney (ex-Celtic) is a new addition to Bobby's staff, hmm, so much love for Celtic. Henry will be staying on and is the new first assistant/striker trainer.

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  25. Blondo

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    Sep 21, 2013
    Won't play them until October but hey-ho...

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