UEFA Nations League - 2018/19 SeasonMatch press kits
|Israel||Sammy Ofer Stadium - HaifaThursday 11 October 2018|
20.45CET (21.45 local time) Group C1 - Matchday 3
|28/04/1981||QR (GS)||Scotland - Israel||3-1||Glasgow||Robertson 21 (P), 30 (P), Provan 54; Sinai 57|
|25/02/1981||QR (GS)||Israel - Scotland||0-1||Tel Aviv||Dalglish 54|
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|1||Ariel Harush||25/05/1988||30||H. Beer-Sheva||-||0||0|
|18||Guy Haimov||09/03/1986||32||M. Haifa||-||1||0|
|23||Mahmud Kannadli||11/08/1988||30||Bnei Sakhnin||-||0||0|
|2||Eli Dasa||03/12/1992||25||M. Tel-Aviv||-||1||0|
|4||Ayad Habashi||10/05/1995||23||M. Haifa||*||1||0|
|5||Shir Tzedek||22/08/1989||29||H. Beer-Sheva||-||0||0|
|12||Sheran Yeini||08/12/1986||31||M. Tel-Aviv||-||1||0|
|20||Omri Ben Harush||07/03/1990||28||Lokeren||-||0||0|
|21||Eytan Tibi||16/11/1987||30||M. Tel-Aviv||-||0||0|
|22||Ben Bitton||03/01/1991||27||H. Beer-Sheva||-||0||0|
|3||Dan Glazer||20/09/1996||22||M. Tel-Aviv||-||0||0|
|8||Dor Peretz||17/05/1995||23||M. Tel-Aviv||-||1||0|
|11||Daniel Einbinder||16/02/1989||29||H. Beer-Sheva||-||0||0|
|15||Dor Micha||02/03/1992||26||M. Tel-Aviv||-||1||0|
|19||Dia Seba||18/11/1992||25||M. Netanya||-||0||0|
|14||Ben Sahar||10/08/1989||29||H. Beer-Sheva||-||0||0|
|16||Eliran Atar||17/02/1987||31||M. Tel-Aviv||-||0||0|
|17||Mohammad Awwad||09/06/1997||21||M. Haifa||-||0||0|
|-||Robert Snodgrass||07/09/1987||31||West Ham||-||0||0|
|-||John McGinn||18/10/1994||23||Aston Villa||-||1||0|
|-||Scott McTominay||08/12/1996||21||Man. United||-||1||0|
|-||Johnny Russell||08/04/1990||28||Sporting Kansas City||-||1||0|
Last updated 11/10/2018 10:29CET
Date of birth: 10 September 1968
Playing career: Rapid Wien (twice), Werder Bremen (twice), Bayern München, Los Angeles Galaxy
Coaching career: Austria (assistant), Austria Under-21, United States (assistant), United States U23, Israel
• A Vienna-born attacking midfielder, Herzog started his senior career as a teenager with Rapid Wien and made his first appearance for the national team shortly before his 20th birthday. He would go on to become Austria's most-capped player with 103 appearances (23 goals) – a record that still stands.
• Twice an Austrian champion with Rapid Wien, the gifted left-footer's best years at club level came in Germany at Werder Bremen, with whom he won the Bundesliga title in 1992/93 and two German Cups. He also scored a personal-best tally of 15 Bundesliga goals in 1996/97, the season in which he returned to Werder after just one year away at Bayern München where he became a UEFA Cup winner.
• Returned home to Rapid in 2001 for two further years in the Austrian Bundesliga and then headed west to see out his career with MLS side Los Angeles Galaxy.
• Began his coaching career as caretaker of the Austria national team in 2005 and went on to be assistant to Karel Brückner. He continued to be head coach of the Austrian U-21 team, playing a key part in the development of future senior internationals such as David Alaba.
• In 2011 he joined forces again with his former Bayern team-mate Jürgen Klinsmann to become the assistant coach of the United States national team, helping them reach the round of 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. After a spell in charge of the USA's Under-23s he took on work as a TV pundit before accepting an offer to become head coach of Israel on 1 August 2018.
Date of birth: 21 January 1959
Playing career: Aberdeen, Motherwell
Coaching career: Motherwell, Hibernian, Rangers, Scotland (twice), Birmingham, Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest, Genk, Zamalek
• McLeish made his name as a rock-solid central defender with Alex Ferguson's illustrious Old Firm-defying Aberdeen side of the 1980s; the Dons won the Scottish league title in 1980, 1984 and 1985, added four Scottish Cup victories in five years and, most famously, beat Real Madrid 2-1 in the 1983 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final before also overcoming Hamburg in that year's UEFA Super Cup.
• During his 17 years at Pittodrie, 'Eck' earned 77 caps for Scotland, playing at the 1982, 1986 and 1990 FIFA World Cup finals. He joined Motherwell as player/manager in 1994 and proved an immediate success at Fir Park, guiding the unfancied side to a runners-up spot in the Scottish Premier League in his first season in charge.
• He moved on in 1998 to Hibernian, where he experienced a mixture of highs and lows. Mooted at one point as a candidate to become Ferguson's right-hand man at Manchester United, his next career move took him instead to Rangers, where he replaced Dick Advocaat as manager in December 2001. McLeish's four-and-a-half-year tenure brought two league titles, two Scottish Cups and three Scottish League Cups to Ibrox, but a difficult season in 2005/06 prompted his departure.
• In January 2007 McLeish was named as the new manager of Scotland, replacing Walter Smith. He would last less than a year, quitting in November to join English Premier League club Birmingham. He remained at St Andrew's for three and a half seasons, winning the League Cup in 2011 but also experiencing relegation at the end of the same campaign. In a surprise move he left to join city rivals Aston Villa but lasted only a season in charge.
• Brief stints at Nottingham Forest, Belgian club Genk (where he enjoyed a fruitful 2014/15 campaign) and Egyptian side Zamalek preceded his reappointment as Scotland manager on 16 February 2018, ending a spell of more than 18 months in the managerial wilderness.
|Name||Date of birth||UEFA matches|
No such matches refereed
|24/07/2014||UEL||2QR||FC Groningen||Aberdeen FC||1-2||Groningen|
|19/07/2016||UCL||2QR||FC Sheriff Tiraspol||Hapoel Beer-Sheva FC||0-0||Tiraspol|
|23/08/2018||UEL||PO||Rangers FC||FC Ufa||1-0||Glasgow|
Last updated 10/10/2018 15:49CET
The rejuvenation of national team football – and the UEFA Nations League – stems from the desire of UEFA and its 55 member associations to improve the quality and standing of national team football. UEFA and its associations wanted more sporting meaning in national team football, with associations, coaches, players and supporters increasingly of the opinion that friendly matches are not providing adequate competition for national teams.
Extensive consultation and discussions started as far back as the 2011 UEFA Strategy Meeting in Cyprus and continued at a series of Top Executive Programme (TEP) meetings over the following three years. The UEFA Nations League was unanimously adopted at the XXXVIII Ordinary UEFA Congress in Astana on 27 March 2014.
Group A1: Germany, France, Netherlands
Group A2: Belgium, Switzerland, Iceland
Group A3: Portugal, Italy, Poland
Group A4: Spain, England, Croatia
Group B1: Slovakia, Ukraine, Czech Republic
Group B2: Russia, Sweden, Turkey
Group B3: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern Ireland
Group B4: Wales, Republic of Ireland, Denmark
Group C1: Scotland, Albania, Israel
Group C2: Hungary, Greece, Finland, Estonia
Group C3: Slovenia, Norway, Bulgaria, Cyprus
Group C4: Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Lithuania
Group D1: Georgia, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Andorra
Group D2: Belarus, Luxembourg, Moldova, San Marino
Group D3: Azerbaijan, Faroe Islands, Malta, Kosovo
Group D4: FYR Macedonia, Armenia, Liechtenstein, Gibraltar
The UEFA Nations League will take place as follows:
The changes to UEFA EURO qualifying will make it more streamlined. The equation is now simple: ten groups with the top two teams in each group qualifying automatically, and the other four places being awarded to European Qualifiers play-off winners, in which the 16 group winners of the UEFA Nations League will be in contention.
The UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying draw will be made after the completion of the UEFA Nations League and allow for the four UEFA Nations League Finals participants to be drawn into groups of five teams.
But the key principle of the qualifiers remains: that every team can play every team.
The European Qualifiers for UEFA EURO 2020 commence in March 2019. There will be two matchdays in each of March, June, September, October and November 2019. In total, there will be five groups of five teams and five groups of six teams (ten groups in all) playing over ten matchdays (the same number as now). The winner and runner-up in each of the ten groups will qualify automatically for the UEFA EURO 2020 final tournament (June 2020).
Within each league (A, B, C and D), the overall ranking will be calculated based on position in the group then points, goal difference, goals scored, away goals scored, wins, away wins, disciplinary points, coefficient ranking.
National associations and coaches, in consultations with UEFA, revealed that they feel that friendly internationals are not providing adequate sporting competition. The UEFA Nations League creates more meaningful and competitive matches for teams and a dedicated calendar and structure for national team football.
Top teams can also aspire to take part in the UEFA Nations League Finals, a new top-level event.
For middle-ranking and smaller nations, the UEFA Nations League will offer an extra way to qualify for UEFA EURO final tournaments. Lower-tier countries – the bottom 16 in the rankings – are now guaranteed one of the 24 qualifying slots for UEFA EURO.
Lower-ranking teams who have struggled against sides ranked considerably higher than them will now get the chance to take part in balanced matches. Teams do not learn and progress by repeatedly losing; now some sides will start winning.
While the UEFA Nations League will replace most friendly internationals, there will still be space in the calendar for friendlies, especially for top teams who may want to face opposition from outside Europe as they will be in groups of three teams.
Associations and teams benefit from clarity of the fixture calendar, and there is now a clear buffer between the end of the UEFA EURO and FIFA World Cup, and vice versa, as well as stability of income.
Supporters more than most realise that most friendlies fail to deliver competitive and meaningful football. Now they will have the opportunity to see their teams play in more competitive matches, take part in a new competition and get a second chance to qualify for the major tournaments.
In every even year there are World Cup or UEFA EURO champions; now in every odd year there will be a UEFA Nations League winners. Football is about competition and now, just like in club football, there will be a national team champion at the close of every season.
No: the UEFA Nations League and European Qualifiers will adhere to the existing agreed international match calendar. UEFA is always keen to preserve the balance between club and international football. The new competition should, in fact, reduce demands on players and clubs with less travel envisaged for friendly games while national teams will be playing more consistently at their own level. With double-header matchweeks, players will even go back to their clubs earlier than is currently the case.
No, finances are not a driver for the new competition. However, the competition will have the same centralised media rights as have recently been introduced for all European Qualifiers so associations will have even more stability in their income.
There will certainly be fewer friendly internationals and undoubtedly fewer meaningless friendlies. However, there will still be space in the calendar for friendly internationals – particularly warm-up matches for final tournaments. UEFA is also keen that European teams will still have the chance to play opponents from other confederations.
Last updated 10/10/2018 15:31CET