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UEFA Nations League: Netherlands - Germany Match press kits

UEFA Nations League - 2018/19 SeasonMatch press kits

NetherlandsNetherlandsJohan Cruijff ArenA - AmsterdamSaturday 13 October 2018
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Group A1 - Matchday 3
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
13/06/2012GS-FTNetherlands - Germany1-2
KharkivVan Persie 73; Gomez 24, 38
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
15/06/2004GS-FTGermany - Netherlands1-1PortoFrings 30; Van Nistelrooy 81
EURO '92
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
18/06/1992GS-FTNetherlands - Germany3-1
GothenburgRijkaard 4, Witschge 15, Bergkamp 72; Klinsmann 53
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
24/06/19901/8Germany - Netherlands2-1
MilanKlinsmann 51, Brehme 85; R. Koeman 89 (P)
26/04/1989QR (GS)Netherlands - Germany1-1RotterdamVan Basten 87; Riedle 68
19/10/1988QR (GS)Germany - Netherlands0-0Munich
1988 UEFA European Championship
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
21/06/1988SFWest Germany - Netherlands1-2
HamburgMatthäus 55; R. Koeman 74, Van Basten 88
1980 UEFA European Championship
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
14/06/1980GS-FTWest Germany - Netherlands3-2
NaplesK. Allofs 20, 60, 65; Rep 79 (P), W. van de Kerkhof 85
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
18/06/1978GS-FTGermany - Netherlands2-2La PlataAbramczik 3, D. Müller 70; Haan 27, R. van de Kerkhof 84
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
07/07/1974FNetherlands - Germany1-2
MunichNeeskens 2 (P); Breitner 25 (P), G. Müller 43
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal

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Squad list Only this chapter

Netherlands - Squad list
League phase
-Jeroen Zoet06/01/199127PSV - 00
-Jasper Cillessen22/04/198929Barcelona - 10
-Marco Bizot10/03/199127AZ - 00
-Daley Blind09/03/199028Ajax - 10
-Stefan de Vrij05/02/199226Internazionale - 00
-Nathan Aké18/02/199523Bournemouth - 00
-Virgil Van Dijk08/07/199127Liverpool - 10
-Hans Hateboer09/01/199424Atalanta - 00
-Matthijs de Ligt12/08/199919Ajax - 10
-Denzel Dumfries18/04/199622PSV - 00
-Ryan Babel19/12/198631Beşiktaş - 11
-Georginio Wijnaldum11/11/199027Liverpool - 10
-Kevin Strootman13/02/199028Marseille - 00
-Marten de Roon29/03/199127Atalanta - 00
-Tonny Vilhena03/01/199523Feyenoord - 00
-Donny van de Beek18/04/199721Ajax - 00
-Frenkie De Jong12/05/199721Ajax - 10
-Arnaut Groeneveld31/01/199721Club Brugge - 00
-Pablo Rosario07/01/199721PSVS00
-Luuk de Jong27/08/199028PSV - 10
-Memphis Depay13/02/199424Lyon - 10
-Quincy Promes04/01/199226Sevilla - 10
-Steven Bergwijn08/10/199721PSV - 00
-Ronald Koeman21/03/196355 - 10
Germany - Squad list
League phase
1Manuel Neuer27/03/198632Bayern - 10
12Bernd Leno04/03/199226Arsenal - 00
22Marc-André ter Stegen30/04/199226Barcelona - 00
2Thilo Kehrer21/09/199622Paris - 00
3Jonas Hector27/05/199028Köln - 00
4Matthias Ginter19/01/199424Mönchengladbach - 10
5Mats Hummels16/12/198829Bayern - 10
14Nico Schulz01/04/199325Hoffenheim - 00
15Niklas Süle03/09/199523Bayern - 00
17Jérôme Boateng03/09/198830Bayern - 10
20Jonathan Tah11/02/199622Leverkusen - 00
21Sebastian Rudy28/02/199028Schalke - 00
7Julian Draxler20/09/199325Paris - 00
8Toni Kroos04/01/199028Real Madrid - 10
10Julian Brandt02/05/199622Leverkusen - 00
11Emre Can12/01/199424Juventus - 00
18Joshua Kimmich08/02/199523Bayern - 10
19Leroy Sané11/01/199622Man. City - 10
6Serge Gnabry14/07/199523Bayern - 00
9Timo Werner06/03/199622Leipzig - 10
13Thomas Müller13/09/198929Bayern - 10
23Mark Uth24/08/199127Schalke - 00
-Joachim Löw03/02/196058 - 10

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Head coach Only this chapter

Ronald Koeman

Date of birth: 21 March 1963
Nationality: Dutch
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.


Joachim Löw

Date of birth: 3 February 1960
Nationality: German
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.


Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeCüneyt Çakır (TUR)
  • Assistant refereesBahattin Duran (TUR) , Tarik Ongun (TUR)
  • Additional assistant refereesHalil Umut Meler (TUR) , Barış Şimşek (TUR)
  • Fourth officialSerkan Ok (TUR)
  • UEFA DelegateChristian Mutschler (SUI)
  • UEFA Referee observerMarkus Nobs (SUI)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Cüneyt Çakır23/11/19760105

UEFA Nations League matches between the two teams

No such matches refereed

Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
03/12/2008UELGSFC TwenteFC Schalke 042-1Enschede
17/12/2009UELGSAFC AjaxRSC Anderlecht1-3Amsterdam
29/04/2010UELSFFulham FCHamburger SV2-1London
07/12/2010UCLGSSV Werder BremenFC Internazionale Milano3-0Bremen
14/09/2011UCLGSVillarreal CFFC Bayern München0-2Villarreal
06/11/2012UCLGSReal Madrid CFBorussia Dortmund2-2Madrid
20/08/2013UCLPOPSV EindhovenAC Milan1-1Eindhoven
18/09/2013UCLGSFC Schalke 04FCSB3-0Gelsenkirchen
05/11/2014UCLGSFC Bayern MünchenAS Roma2-0Munich
26/02/2015UELR32FC ZenitPSV Eindhoven3-0St Petersburg
23/04/2015UELQFSSC NapoliVfL Wolfsburg2-2Naples
20/10/2015UCLGSArsenal FCFC Bayern München2-0London
10/03/2016UELR16Borussia DortmundTottenham Hotspur FC3-0Dortmund
14/04/2016UELQFLiverpool FCBorussia Dortmund4-3Liverpool
03/05/2016UCLSFFC Bayern MünchenClub Atlético de Madrid2-1Munich
18/10/2016UCLGSBayer 04 LeverkusenTottenham Hotspur FC0-0Leverkusen
23/11/2016UCLGSVfL Borussia MönchengladbachManchester City FC1-1Monchengladbach
05/12/2017UCLGSFC Bayern MünchenParis Saint-Germain3-1Munich
01/05/2018UCLSFReal Madrid CFFC Bayern München2-2Madrid

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Competition facts Only this chapter

What is the background to the UEFA Nations League?

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.

What is the basic format?

  • The format of the UEFA Nations League features promotion and relegation. The 55 European national teams have been divided into four leagues in accordance with UEFA's national association coefficient rankings on 11 October 2017.
  • League A includes the top-ranked sides and League D includes the lowest:

League A

Group A1: Germany, France, Netherlands
Group A2: Belgium, Switzerland, Iceland
Group A3: Portugal, Italy, Poland
Group A4: Spain, England, Croatia

  • Teams have been split into four groups of three, with the group winners then contesting the UEFA Nations League Finals (semi-finals, third-place match and final) in June 2019 to become the UEFA Nations League winners. One host country will be appointed in December 2018 from among the finalist teams.
  • The four teams that finish bottom of their groups will be relegated to League B for the 2020 edition.
  • The top four ranked teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer.

League B

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

  • Teams have been split into four groups of three.
  • The four group winners are promoted to League A, with the four sides that finish bottom relegated to League C for the next competition to be played in 2020.
  • The top four ranked teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer

League C

Group C1: Scotland, Albania, Israel
Group C2: Hungary, Greece, Finland, Estonia
Group C3: Slovenia, Norway, Bulgaria, Cyprus
Group C4: Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Lithuania

  • Teams have been split into one group of three (containing teams from Pots 1, 2 and 3 only) and three groups of four.
  • Due to winter venue restrictions, a group could contain a maximum of two of these teams: Norway, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania.
  • The four group winners are promoted to League B, with the four sides that finish bottom relegated to League D for the 2020 edition.
  • The top four ranked teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer.

League D

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

  • Teams have been split into four groups of four.
  • Due to excessive travel restrictions, any group could not contain a maximum of one of these pairs: Andorra & Kazakhstan, Faroe Islands & Kazakhstan, Gibraltar & Kazakhstan, Gibraltar & Azerbaijan
  • The four group winners are promoted to League C for the 2020 edition.
  • The top four ranked teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer.

  • Leagues A and B consist of four groups of three teams
  • League C comprises one group of three teams and three groups of four sides
  • League D is formed by four groups of four teams
  • The League Phase Draw for the UEFA Nations League took place at the SwissTech Convention Centre in Lausanne on 24 January 2018.
  • In each league, four group winners are promoted (or play in the Finals, see below) and four teams are relegated for the next competition to be played in 2020.
  • The overall UEFA Nations League rankings will determine the composition of the draw pots for the subsequent European Qualifiers.
  • In addition, the UEFA Nations League will provide teams with another chance to qualify for the UEFA EURO final tournament, with four sides qualifying through play-off matches which take place in March 2020 (see below).

When will the UEFA Nations League take place?

The UEFA Nations League will take place as follows:

  • See the full fixture list.
  • The UEFA Nations League group games are being held over six matchdays, during the 'double-headers' in September, October and November 2018. The UEFA Nations League Finals competition for the teams that win the four groups within the top division is scheduled for June 2019.
  • For the UEFA Nations League Finals, the group winners of UEFA Nations League A will play in a knockout format (semi-finals, third-place match and final) in June 2019 to become the UEFA Nations League winners. One host country will be formally appointed by the UEFA Executive Committee in December 2018 from one of the nations competing in the final four. Italy, Poland and Portugal (all in Group A3) have expressed interest.
  • The play-off matches will be staged in March 2020 (see below).

Will qualifying for the UEFA EURO change?

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).

  • The last four EURO places will be won through the European Qualifiers play-offs, which will take place in March 2020 and which will be contested by the 16 UEFA Nations League group winners.
  • If a group winner has already qualified via the European Qualifiers, then their spot will go to the next best-ranked team in their league. If a league does not have four teams to compete, the remaining slots are allocated to teams from another league, according to the overall UEFA Nations League ranking.  
  • Each league will have a path of its own and each path will feature two single-leg semi-finals and one single-leg final. The winner of each path will win a ticket to UEFA EURO 2020.

How are the overall UEFA Nations League rankings calculated?

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.

What are the advantages for national associations and teams?

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.

What are the advantages for supporters?

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.

Will this mean more demands on players and clubs?

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.

Is this just about generating more revenue?

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.

Will there be no more friendly internationals?

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.


Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter


  • UEFA Nations League - Group stage – final tournament
    Group A1 - Group Standings
    Matchday 2 (09/09/2018)
    France 2-1 Netherlands
    1-0 Mbappé 14, 1-1 Babel 67, 2-1 Giroud 75
    Cillessen, Tete (82 Janmaat), De Ligt, Van Dijk, Blind, Pröpper, De Jong, Wijnaldum, Promes (76 Vormer), Depay, Babel (88 L. de Jong)
  • Matchday 3 (13/10/2018)
  • Matchday 5 (16/11/2018)
  • Matchday 6 (19/11/2018)


  • UEFA Nations League - Group stage – final tournament
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2018)
    Germany 0-0 France
    Neuer, Ginter, Hummels, Goretzka (66 Gündoğan), Kroos, Werner, Reus (83 Sané), Müller, Rüdiger, Boateng, Kimmich
  • Matchday 3 (13/10/2018)
  • Matchday 4 (16/10/2018)
  • Matchday 6 (19/11/2018)

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