UEFA Nations League - 2018/19 SeasonMatch press kits
|Croatia||Stadion HNK Rijeka - RijekaFriday 12 October 2018|
20.45CET (20.45 local time) Group A4 - Matchday 3
|11/07/2018||SF||Croatia - England||2-1|
|Moscow||Perišić 68, Mandžukić 109 ET; Trippier 5|
|09/09/2009||QR (GS)||England - Croatia||5-1||London||Lampard 7 (P), 59, Gerrard 18, 67, Rooney 77; Eduardo 71|
|10/09/2008||QR (GS)||Croatia - England||1-4||Zagreb||Mandžukić 78; Walcott 26, 59, 82, Rooney 63|
|21/11/2007||QR (GS)||England - Croatia||2-3||London||Lampard 56 (P), Crouch 65; Kranjčar 8, Olić 14, Petrić 77|
|11/10/2006||QR (GS)||Croatia - England||2-0||Zagreb||Eduardo 59, G. Neville 65 (og)|
|21/06/2004||GS-FT||Croatia - England||2-4||Lisbon||N.Kovač 5, Tudor 73; Scholes 40, Rooney 45+1, 68, Lampard 79|
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|1||Dominik Livaković||09/01/1995||23||Dinamo Zagreb||-||0||0|
|23||Karlo Letica||11/02/1997||21||Club Brugge||-||0||0|
|5||Matej Mitrović||10/11/1993||24||Club Brugge||-||1||0|
|22||Josip Pivarić||30/01/1989||29||Dynamo Kyiv||-||1||0|
|10||Luka Modrić||09/09/1985||33||Real Madrid||-||1||0|
|-||Kyle Walker||28/05/1990||28||Man. City||-||0||0|
|-||John Stones||28/05/1994||24||Man. City||*||1||0|
|-||Raheem Sterling||08/12/1994||23||Man. City||-||0||0|
|-||Marcus Rashford||31/10/1997||20||Man. United||-||1||1|
Last updated 12/10/2018 14:54CET
Date of birth: 26 October 1966
Playing career: Hajduk Split (twice), Budućnost Titograd, Velež, Varteks (twice)
Coaching career: Varteks, Rijeka, Dinamo Tirana, Slaven Belupo (twice), al-Faisaly, al-Hilal, al-Ain, Croatia
• A midfielder, he spent the best years of his playing career at Varteks, scoring 13 goals in 108 matches from 1992–96.
• Played for Varteks in two spells, and after hanging up his boots in 2000, worked simultaneously as the club's assistant coach and sporting director. Took sole command on the field for the first time in 2005.
• Dalić more recently found success in the Middle East with al-Hilal (Saudi Arabia) and al-Ain (United Arab Emirates); in 2016, he led al-Ain to the AFC Champions League final, where they lost to South Korea's Jeonbuk FC over two legs.
• Assistant coach of Croatia under-21s from 2006-11, he returned to the national-team set-up as boss of the senior side on 7 October 2017, stepping in following the departure of Ante Čačić.
• A win away to Ukraine two days after Dalić's appointment earned a 2018 FIFA World Cup play-off place, where Greece were defeated as Croatia reached the finals, prompting Dalić to sign a contract running until 2020. They went on to excel in Russia, reaching the knockout stages for the first time since 1998 courtesy of wins against Nigeria, Argentina and Iceland; Denmark and hosts Russia were beaten on penalties en route to the semi-finals, where England were overcome in extra time, but France proved a step too far in the final.
Date of birth: 3 September 1970
Playing career: Crystal Palace, Aston Villa, Middlesbrough
Coaching career: Middlesbrough, England Under-21s, England
• Came through the ranks at Palace, initially as a midfielder, becoming captain and leading the club to promotion to the Premier League in 1993/94. Moved on to Villa following relegation in 1995 and was converted into a centre-back, winning the League Cup in his first season and helping the team reach the 2000 FA Cup final.
• Won 57 caps for England, although perhaps best known for missing a crucial penalty against Germany in the EURO '96 semi-final at Wembley; also appeared at the 1998 FIFA World Cup and UEFA EURO 2000.
• Left Villa for Middlesbrough in 2001 and became the first Boro captain to lift a trophy, skippering the side to victory against Sam Allardyce's Bolton in the 2004 League Cup final; also helped Boro reach the UEFA Cup final in memorable fashion two years later.
• Defeat by Sevilla in Eindhoven proved Southgate's last game as he moved into the Middlesbrough dug-out to succeed Steve McClaren following the latter's departure for England; kept them in the Premier League until 2009, when they were relegated with Southgate dismissed that October.
• Joined the Football Association in 2011, initially as head of elite development before taking over as Under-21 coach two years later; appointed caretaker manager of the national side in September 2016 following Allardyce's departure. Subsequently took the role full time and led the side to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, England ultimately reaching the semi-finals for the first time since 1990.
|Name||Date of birth||UEFA matches|
No such matches refereed
|01/10/2008||UCL||GS||Liverpool FC||PSV Eindhoven||3-1||Liverpool|
|23/10/2008||UEL||GS||Udinese Calcio||Tottenham Hotspur FC||2-0||Udine|
|26/02/2009||UEL||R32||PFC CSKA Moskva||Aston Villa FC||2-0||Moscow|
|29/09/2009||UCL||GS||ACF Fiorentina||Liverpool FC||2-0||Florence|
|23/02/2011||UCL||R16||Olympique de Marseille||Manchester United FC||0-0||Marseille|
|05/04/2011||UCL||QF||Real Madrid CF||Tottenham Hotspur FC||4-0||Madrid|
|18/10/2011||UCL||GS||FC Oţelul Galaţi||Manchester United FC||0-2||Bucharest|
|14/03/2012||UCL||R16||Chelsea FC||SSC Napoli||4-1||London|
|18/04/2012||UCL||SF||Chelsea FC||FC Barcelona||1-0||London|
|07/11/2012||UCL||GS||SC Braga||Manchester United FC||1-3||Braga|
|13/02/2013||UCL||R16||Real Madrid CF||Manchester United FC||1-1||Madrid|
|18/03/2014||UCL||R16||Chelsea FC||Galatasaray AŞ||2-0||London|
|24/02/2015||UCL||R16||Manchester City FC||FC Barcelona||1-2||Manchester|
|25/11/2015||UCL||GS||Juventus||Manchester City FC||1-0||Turin|
|09/03/2016||UCL||R16||Chelsea FC||Paris Saint-Germain||1-2||London|
|02/11/2016||UCL||GS||FC København||Leicester City FC||0-0||Copenhagen|
|23/11/2016||UCL||GS||Arsenal FC||Paris Saint-Germain||2-2||London|
|13/04/2017||UEL||QF||RSC Anderlecht||Manchester United FC||1-1||Brussels|
|01/11/2017||UCL||GS||SSC Napoli||Manchester City FC||2-4||Naples|
|21/11/2017||UCL||GS||Sevilla FC||Liverpool FC||3-3||Seville|
|13/02/2018||UCL||R16||Juventus||Tottenham Hotspur FC||2-2||Turin|
|04/04/2018||UCL||QF||Liverpool FC||Manchester City FC||3-0||Liverpool|
|24/04/2018||UCL||SF||Liverpool FC||AS Roma||5-2||Liverpool|
Last updated 10/10/2018 15:52CET
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 15:30CET