UEFA Nations League - 2018/19 SeasonMatch press kits
|Lithuania||LFF stadionas - VilniusThursday 11 October 2018|
20.45CET (21.45 local time) Group C4 - Matchday 3
|06/06/2009||QR (GS)||Lithuania - Romania||0-1||Marijampole||Marica 39|
|06/09/2008||QR (GS)||Romania - Lithuania||0-3||Cluj-Napoca||Stankevičius 31, Mikalajunas 69, Kalonas 87|
|06/06/2001||QR (GS)||Lithuania - Romania||1-2||Kaunas||Fomenko 86; Ilie 31, V Moldovan 49|
|03/09/2000||QR (GS)||Romania - Lithuania||1-0||Bucharest||I Ganea 88|
|02/04/1997||QR (GS)||Lithuania - Romania||0-1||Vilnius||V Moldovan 72|
|31/08/1996||QR (GS)||Romania - Lithuania||3-0||Bucharest||V Moldovan 20, Petrescu 65, Gâlcă 77|
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|1||Emilijus Zubas||10/07/1990||28||Bnei Yehuda||-||0||0|
|16||Ernestas Šetkus||25/05/1985||33||H. Haifa||-||2||0|
|22||Fiodor Černych||21/05/1991||27||Dinamo Moskva||-||2||0|
|10||Darvydas Šernas||22/07/1984||34||Sogdiana Jizzakh||-||2||0|
|19||Nerijus Valskis||04/08/1987||31||Ratchaburi Mitr Phol||-||0||0|
|1||Costel Pantilimon||01/02/1987||31||Nottm Forest||-||0||0|
|16||Florin Niță||03/07/1987||31||Sparta Praha||-||0||0|
|4||Gabriel Tamaş||09/11/1983||34||H. Haifa||-||0||0|
|6||Cristian Manea||09/08/1997||21||CFR Cluj||-||1||0|
|7||Alexandru Chipciu||18/05/1989||29||Sparta Praha||*||2||0|
|11||Nicusor Bancu||18/09/1992||26||Universitatea Craiova||-||2||0|
|15||Paul Anton||10/05/1991||27||Krylya Sovetov||*||2||0|
|18||Răzvan Marin||23/05/1996||22||Standard Liège||-||1||0|
|20||Ionuţ Mitriță||08/02/1995||23||Universitatea Craiova||-||2||0|
|23||Nicolae Stanciu||07/05/1993||25||Sparta Praha||-||2||1|
|19||George Ţucudean||30/04/1991||27||CFR Cluj||-||1||1|
Last updated 11/10/2018 11:29CET
Date of birth: 12 March 1975
Playing career: Žalgiris Vilnius, CSKA Moskva, Torpedo Moskva, Club Brugge, Real Sociedad, Benfica (loan), Porto, Nice (loan), FBK Kaunas, Hearts (loan), AEK Larnaca, Belenenses, Skonto, REO Vilnius, New England Revolution, Fakel Voronezh
Coaching career: Lokomotiv Moskva (assistant), Hearts (assistant), Trakai, Lithuania
• A hard-working target man, Jankauskas began his career at local club Žalgiris before moving to Russia to play for CSKA and Torpedo. Lifted the league title in Belgium in his first season with Club Brugge.
• Became Lithuania's most expensive player when signing for Real Sociedad for a reported €2.3m in January 2000; then shone on loan at Benfica, yet joined their Portuguese Liga rivals Porto in 2003 and was part of the team that won the UEFA Cup and UEFA Champions League under José Mourinho, though he did not play in either final.
• Later played in France, Scotland, Cyprus, Latvia and the United States, and represented Lithuania regularly for over 13 years, earning 56 caps and scoring ten goals. Also voted Lithuanian player of the year on five occasions.
• Helped out José Couceiro during his spell as Lithuania boss (2008–10) and gathered more experience as assistant coach of Lokomotiv Moskva and Hearts.
• Given sole command of Lithuanian side Trakai in 2014, he was subsequently named Lithuania boss at the start of 2016; oversaw a single win in qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup as his side picked up six points from their ten matches.
Date of birth: 15 December 1975
Playing career: Politehnica Timişoara (three times), Dinamo Bucureşti, Alavés, AC Milan, Atlético Madrid, West Brom (loan), Getafe
Coaching career: Politehnica Timişoara, Fuenlabrada, Petrolul Ploieşti, Getafe, Guangzhou, Alcorcón, Dinamo Bucureşti, Romania
• Started and ended his playing career with his home-town club Politehnica Timişoara, heading to Spain in 1999 after a spell in the Romanian capital with Dinamo Bucureşti.
• A major hit with Alavés, the attacking right-back helped the little-known club to reach the 2000/01 UEFA Cup final in their first season in European competition, scoring three goals and putting in a fine performance in the final – a 5-4 loss to Liverpool after extra time in Dortmund.
• Played for Milan, Atlético and West Brom then, after a spell back at Politehnica, helped Getafe make it to the 2007/08 UEFA Cup quarter-finals. Played in his second UEFA European Championship in summer 2008, and won the last of his 73 Romania caps in 2010, more than 14 years after his international debut.
• Moved from pitch to bench at Timişoara, working briefly as player-coach. After a spell in Spain, led Petrolul to 2012/13 Romanian Cup success, then returned to save Getafe from relegation in 2014 before trying his luck in China.
• Having won the 2016/17 Romanian League Cup with Dinamo Bucureşti he was hired as Romania coach in September 2017, promptly winning six of his first eight matches in charge.
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|11/09/2018||U21||QR||Romania||Bosnia and Herzegovina||2-0||Ovidiu|
Last updated 10/10/2018 15:50CET
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 15:44CET