UEFA Nations League - 2018/19 SeasonMatch press kits
|Netherlands||Johan Cruijff ArenA - AmsterdamSaturday 13 October 2018|
20.45CET (20.45 local time) Group A1 - Matchday 3
|13/06/2012||GS-FT||Netherlands - Germany||1-2||Kharkiv||Van Persie 73; Gomez 24, 38|
|15/06/2004||GS-FT||Germany - Netherlands||1-1||Porto||Frings 30; Van Nistelrooy 81|
|18/06/1992||GS-FT||Netherlands - Germany||3-1||Gothenburg||Rijkaard 4, Witschge 15, Bergkamp 72; Klinsmann 53|
|24/06/1990||1/8||Germany - Netherlands||2-1||Milan||Klinsmann 51, Brehme 85; R. Koeman 89 (P)|
|26/04/1989||QR (GS)||Netherlands - Germany||1-1||Rotterdam||Van Basten 87; Riedle 68|
|19/10/1988||QR (GS)||Germany - Netherlands||0-0||Munich|
|21/06/1988||SF||West Germany - Netherlands||1-2||Hamburg||Matthäus 55; R. Koeman 74, Van Basten 88|
|14/06/1980||GS-FT||West Germany - Netherlands||3-2||Naples||K. Allofs 20, 60, 65; Rep 79 (P), W. van de Kerkhof 85|
|18/06/1978||GS-FT||Germany - Netherlands||2-2||La Plata||Abramczik 3, D. Müller 70; Haan 27, R. van de Kerkhof 84|
|07/07/1974||F||Netherlands - Germany||1-2||Munich||Neeskens 2 (P); Breitner 25 (P), G. Müller 43|
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|-||Stefan de Vrij||05/02/1992||26||Internazionale||-||0||0|
|-||Virgil Van Dijk||08/07/1991||27||Liverpool||-||1||0|
|-||Matthijs de Ligt||12/08/1999||19||Ajax||-||1||0|
|-||Marten de Roon||29/03/1991||27||Atalanta||-||0||0|
|-||Donny van de Beek||18/04/1997||21||Ajax||-||0||0|
|-||Frenkie De Jong||12/05/1997||21||Ajax||-||1||0|
|-||Arnaut Groeneveld||31/01/1997||21||Club Brugge||-||0||0|
|-||Luuk de Jong||27/08/1990||28||PSV||-||1||0|
|22||Marc-André ter Stegen||30/04/1992||26||Barcelona||-||0||0|
|8||Toni Kroos||04/01/1990||28||Real Madrid||-||1||0|
|19||Leroy Sané||11/01/1996||22||Man. City||-||1||0|
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Date of birth: 21 March 1963
Playing career: Groningen, Ajax, PSV Eindhoven, Barcelona, Feyenoord
Coaching career: Netherlands (assistant), Barcelona (assistant), Vitesse, Ajax, Benfica, PSV Eindhoven, Valencia, AZ Alkmaar, Feyenoord, Southampton, Everton, Netherlands
• One of the classiest ball-playing defenders in history, Ronald Koeman was also a frequent goalscorer, mostly from free-kicks and penalties. He began his career at Groningen before spending three seasons apiece at Ajax and PSV.
• The 1987/88 season was one of extraordinary achievement for the blond right-footer, who collected the Dutch domestic double as well as the European Cup with PSV and then proved an equally inspirational figure with the Netherlands at EURO '88, where they captured their only major international trophy to date.
• Koeman subsequently shone during a six-year spell at Barcelona – during which he played at three further tournaments for the Oranje, ending up with 78 caps and 14 goals. The highlight of his time in Catalonia was his winning goal in the 1992 European Cup final against Sampdoria at Wembley, giving Barça their first continental crown. He also won four Liga titles with the club.
• After ending his playing days at Feyenoord, Koeman took on assistant coach roles with the Netherlands then Barcelona before branching out on his own at the turn of the millennium and embarking on what would be a highly eventful coaching career. Having played for each of the Netherlands' big three clubs he became the first man to coach all three as well, winning two titles with Ajax, one with PSV and reinvigorating Feyenoord during a productive tenure from 2011 to 2014.
• He departed Rotterdam to pursue his career in England, firstly with Southampton, then Everton, with whom he parted company in October 2017. The following February he was appointed as the Netherlands' Bondscoach on a contract taking him through to the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Date of birth: 3 February 1960
Playing career: Freiburg (three times), Stuttgart, Eintracht Frankfurt, Karlsruhe, Schaffhausen, Winterthur, Frauenfeld
Coaching career: Winterthur (youth), Frauenfeld, Stuttgart, Fenerbahçe, Karlsruhe, Adanaspor, Tirol Innsbruck, Austria Wien, Germany (assistant), Germany
• A native of the Black Forest in south-west Germany, Löw spent most of his playing days with local club Freiburg, where he had three spells, before winding down his career in Switzerland.
• Operated as a player-coach in Switzerland before becoming an assistant, and later head coach, back in Germany with Stuttgart. Succeeded Rolf Fringer in 1996 and led the Swabian side to a German Cup win in his first season and the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final against Chelsea in his second.
• Left Stuttgart for Fenerbahçe but struggled to match his early success until he joined Tirol Innsbruck, guiding the team to the 2001/02 Austrian Bundesliga title. After nine months with Austria Wien he was summoned by old friend Jürgen Klinsmann to become his assistant with Germany. The pair steered the Nationalmannschaft to a third-place finish on home soil at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
• Replaced Klinsmann as head coach, taking the side to the UEFA EURO 2008 final and third place at the 2010 World Cup. They also reached the last four of UEFA EURO 2012, before qualifying unbeaten for the 2014 global finals. The real glory was to follow in Brazil, Löw leading the team to their fourth world title with a 1-0 final defeat of Argentina.
• Germany were unable to add the European title to their world crown, losing to hosts France in the UEFA EURO 2016 semi-finals. Löw led the team to a 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup triumph in Russia but a year later, in the same country, the holders' World Cup defence ended unexpectedly in the group stage.
|Name||Date of birth||UEFA matches|
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|03/12/2008||UEL||GS||FC Twente||FC Schalke 04||2-1||Enschede|
|17/12/2009||UEL||GS||AFC Ajax||RSC Anderlecht||1-3||Amsterdam|
|29/04/2010||UEL||SF||Fulham FC||Hamburger SV||2-1||London|
|07/12/2010||UCL||GS||SV Werder Bremen||FC Internazionale Milano||3-0||Bremen|
|14/09/2011||UCL||GS||Villarreal CF||FC Bayern München||0-2||Villarreal|
|06/11/2012||UCL||GS||Real Madrid CF||Borussia Dortmund||2-2||Madrid|
|20/08/2013||UCL||PO||PSV Eindhoven||AC Milan||1-1||Eindhoven|
|18/09/2013||UCL||GS||FC Schalke 04||FCSB||3-0||Gelsenkirchen|
|05/11/2014||UCL||GS||FC Bayern München||AS Roma||2-0||Munich|
|26/02/2015||UEL||R32||FC Zenit||PSV Eindhoven||3-0||St Petersburg|
|23/04/2015||UEL||QF||SSC Napoli||VfL Wolfsburg||2-2||Naples|
|20/10/2015||UCL||GS||Arsenal FC||FC Bayern München||2-0||London|
|10/03/2016||UEL||R16||Borussia Dortmund||Tottenham Hotspur FC||3-0||Dortmund|
|14/04/2016||UEL||QF||Liverpool FC||Borussia Dortmund||4-3||Liverpool|
|03/05/2016||UCL||SF||FC Bayern München||Club Atlético de Madrid||2-1||Munich|
|18/10/2016||UCL||GS||Bayer 04 Leverkusen||Tottenham Hotspur FC||0-0||Leverkusen|
|23/11/2016||UCL||GS||VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach||Manchester City FC||1-1||Monchengladbach|
|05/12/2017||UCL||GS||FC Bayern München||Paris Saint-Germain||3-1||Munich|
|01/05/2018||UCL||SF||Real Madrid CF||FC Bayern München||2-2||Madrid|
Last updated 11/10/2018 11:44CET
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 15:28CET