UEFA Nations League - 2018/19 SeasonMatch press kits
|Greece||OACA Spyros Louis - AthensFriday 12 October 2018|
20.45CET (21.45 local time) Group C2 - Matchday 3
|11/09/2018||GS-FT||Hungary - Greece||2-1||Budapest||Sallai 15, Kleinheisler 42; Manolas 18|
|11/10/2015||QR (GS)||Greece - Hungary||4-3||Piraeus||Stafylidis 5, Tachtsidis 57, Mitroglou 79, Kone 86; Lovrencsics 26, Németh 55, 75|
|29/03/2015||QR (GS)||Hungary - Greece||0-0||Budapest|
|21/11/2007||QR (GS)||Hungary - Greece||1-2||Budapest||Buzsáky 7; Vanczák 22 (og), Basinas 59 (P)|
|02/06/2007||QR (GS)||Greece - Hungary||2-0||Heraklion||Gekas 16, Seitaridis 29|
|31/03/1993||QR (GS)||Hungary - Greece||0-1||Budapest||Apostolakis 70 (P)|
|11/11/1992||QR (GS)||Greece - Hungary||0-0||Salonika|
|14/10/1987||PR (GS)||Hungary - Greece||3-0||Budapest||Détári 4, Bognar 11, Meszaros 15|
|12/11/1986||PR (GS)||Greece - Hungary||2-1||Athens||Mitropoulos 38, Anastopoulos 65; Boda 73|
|03/12/1983||PR (GS)||Greece - Hungary||2-2||Thessalonica||Anastopoulos 9, 55; Kardos 12, Bodonyi 40|
|15/05/1983||PR (GS)||Hungary - Greece||2-3||Budapest||Nyilasi 24, Hajszan 88; Anastopoulos 15, Kostikos 32, Mihos 56|
|02/05/1979||PR (GS)||Hungary - Greece||0-0||Budapest|
|29/10/1978||PR (GS)||Greece - Hungary||4-1||Thessalonica||Galakos 58, 67, Ardizoglou 71, Mavros 89; Várady 90|
|28/05/1977||QR (GS)||Hungary - Greece||3-0||Budapest||Pusztai 13, Nyilasi 15, Fazekas 88|
|09/10/1976||QR (GS)||Greece - Hungary||1-1||Piraeus||Papaioannou 68; Kereki 84|
|25/03/1938||QR (GS)||Hungary - Greece||11-1||Budapest||Zsengeller 14, 23, 24, 81, 83, Titkos 17, 65, Vincze 26, József 36, 40, 51; Makris 89|
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|6||Alexandros Tziolis||13/02/1985||33||Al-Fayha FC||-||1||0|
|2||Ádám Lang||17/01/1993||25||CFR Cluj||-||2||0|
|4||Tamás Kádár||14/03/1990||28||Dynamo Kyiv||*||2||0|
|21||Barnabás Bese||06/05/1994||24||Le Havre||-||1||0|
|7||Ádám Gyurcsó||06/03/1991||27||Hajduk Split||-||0||0|
|13||Zsolt Kalmár||09/06/1995||23||Dunajská Streda||-||1||0|
|11||Krisztián Németh||05/01/1989||29||Sporting Kansas City||-||0||0|
Last updated 12/10/2018 12:17CET
Date of birth: 4 August 1965
Playing career: Schalke
Coaching career: Borussia Dortmund, Germany (assistant), Bayer Leverkusen, Galatasaray, Eintracht Frankfurt, Eskişehirspor (twice), Hertha Berlin, Karabükspor, Grasshoppers, Greece
• Michael Skibbe started out as a midfielder at home-town club Schalke; however, the former youth international made just 15 first-team appearances before a series of cruciate injuries forced him to abandon his playing career in his early 20s.
• Impressing as a youth coach at Schalke and Dortmund, Skibbe became the youngest boss in Bundesliga history when he was given the senior job at Dortmund aged 32 in July 1998.
• Worked in tandem with Rudi Völler during the latter's time as Germany coach, reaching the 2002 FIFA World Cup final, but the pair resigned after the national team's early exit from UEFA EURO 2004. Skibbe returned to club football, coaching Leverkusen from 2005–08.
• First ventured abroad to coach Galatasaray from 2008–09. Went back to Turkey three more times, twice leading Eskişehirspor and briefly taking charge of Karabükspor. Had a longer stint in Switzerland with Grasshoppers.
• Hired as Greece coach in late October 2015, tasked with directing their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying attempt after failure to reach UEFA EURO 2016; took them to the play-offs, where they were beaten by eventual runners-up Croatia.
Date of birth: 9 September 1964
Playing career: Torino, Campania, Campania Puteolana, Catanzaro, Brescia, Sampdoria, Club América, Eintracht Frankfurt, Piacenza, Ospitaletto, Salò
Coaching career: Lumezzane, Pro Patria, Spezia, Scafatese, Cavese, Honvéd (twice), DAC Dunajská Streda, Hungary
• Rossi launched his playing career as a defender with Torino and made his Serie A debut in March 1984. Later played for Campania, Catanzaro and – briefly – Brescia before joining Sampdoria in 1993. Won the Coppa Italia with Samp in 1994 before moving abroad to play in Mexico for Club América and in Germany with Eintracht Frankfurt. His last professional club was Piacenza, finishing his career with lower-division outfits Ospitaletto and Salò.
• In 2004, he started coaching Lumezzane, subsequently taking charge of lower-league Italian clubs Pro Patria, Spezia, Scafatese and Cavese. He considered retiring before being appointed head coach of Honvéd in August 2012.
• In his first season in Budapest, the club made famous by Ferenc Puskás and Co in the 1950s finished third in the Hungarian top flight, but Rossi left in April 2014 – only to return, by popular demand, the following February. In 2016/17 the Italian defied the odds by steering Honvéd to a sensational Hungarian title triumph – the club's first league success for 24 years – but subsequently stepped down, pursuing his career instead across the border in Slovakia.
• He spent 2017/18 as head coach of DAC Dunajská Streda, a club with sizeable Hungarian support, leading them to third place in the Slovakian league and into a UEFA Europa League qualification spot.
• On 19 June 2018, Rossi returned to the country where he had made his name, becoming head coach of the Hungarian national team as the replacement for Belgian Georges Leekens.
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|17/07/2014||UEL||2QR||HNK Rijeka||Ferencvárosi TC||1-0||Rijeka|
|20/10/2016||UEL||GS||Olympiacos FC||FC Astana||4-1||Piraeus|
Last updated 10/10/2018 15:53CET
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 15:38CET