UEFA Nations League - 2018/19 SeasonMatch press kits
|Slovakia||Štadión Antona Malatinského - TrnavaSaturday 13 October 2018|
15.00CET (15.00 local time) Group B1 - Matchday 3
|05/09/2009||QR (GS)||Slovakia - Czech Republic||2-2||Bratislava||Šesták 59, Hamšík 73 (P); Pudil 68, Baroš 84|
|01/04/2009||QR (GS)||Czech Republic - Slovakia||1-2||Prague||Grygera 30; Šesták 23, Jendrišek 83|
|17/11/2007||QR (GS)||Czech Republic - Slovakia||3-1||Prague||Grygera 13, Kulič 76, Rosický 83; Kadlec 79 (og)|
|06/09/2006||QR (GS)||Slovakia - Czech Republic||0-3||Bratislava||Sionko 10, 21, Koller 57|
|11/10/1997||QR (GS)||Czech Republic - Slovakia||3-0||Prague||Šmicer 54, Siegl 71, Novotný 73|
|26/08/1997||QR (GS)||Slovakia - Czech Republic||2-1||Bratislava||Jancula 45, Majoros 55; Šmicer 14|
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|12||Michal Šulla||15/07/1991||27||Slovan Bratislava||-||0||0|
|4||Ľubomír Šatka||02/12/1995||22||Dunajská Streda||-||1||0|
|10||Albert Rusnák||07/07/1994||24||Real Salt Lake||-||1||0|
|18||Erik Sabo||22/11/1991||26||Beitar Jerusalem||-||0||0|
|11||Adam Nemec||02/09/1985||33||Dinamo Bucureşti||-||1||0|
|4||Theodor Gebre Selassie||24/12/1986||31||Bremen||-||1||0|
|6||Ondřej Kúdela||26/03/1987||31||Slavia Praha||-||0||0|
|17||Vladimír Coufal||22/08/1992||26||Slavia Praha||-||0||0|
|8||Jaromír Zmrhal||02/08/1993||25||Slavia Praha||-||1||0|
|9||Bořek Dočkal||30/09/1988||30||Henan Jianye||-||0||0|
|15||Tomáš Souček||27/02/1995||23||Slavia Praha||*||1||0|
|18||Josef Šural||30/05/1990||28||Sparta Praha||-||0||0|
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Date of birth: 17 April 1954
Playing career: Spišská Nová Ves, Lokomotíva Košice (three times), Dukla Praha, Seraing, Bourges
Coaching career: Lokomotíva Košice, 1. FC Košice, Michalovce, Ličartovce, MFK Košice (twice), Slovakia
• A creative midfielder, Kozák spent much of his playing career with local team Lokomotíva Košice, where he had three spells. He returned for the first time in 1982 at the conclusion of his military service in Prague, where he turned out for Dukla.
• A member of the Czechoslovakia squad that finished third at the 1980 UEFA European Championship, beating Italy 9-8 on penalties in the bronze-medal match, he scored nine goals in 55 international appearances. Kozák also travelled to the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain but did not feature due to injury.
• Won the Czechoslovak Cup three times and the 1982 league championship with Dukla before retiring in 1990. Moved into coaching several years later and proved an instant success, steering 1. FC Košice to successive titles (1997, 1998) and into the 1997/98 UEFA Champions League where, as Slovakia's first ever group stage representative, they lost all six games in a section containing Feyenoord, Juventus and Manchester United.
• Left Košice in 1998 but came back for two further stints at the club now renamed MFK Košice, winning the Slovak Cup in 2009. He stood down in summer 2013, succeeding Stanislav Griga and Michal Hipp as coach of Slovakia, and led the team to UEFA EURO 2016 as Group C runners-up behind holders Spain. Kozák's side went on to reach the last 16 at the finals in France, although they missed out on the 2018 World Cup despite finishing second to England in their qualifying group.
• His son Ján Kozák Jr played in the 2005/06 UEFA Champions League group stage for Artmedia Petržalka, equalising and then creating the winner in a famous 3-2 comeback victory over Porto; grandson Filip Lesniak was at Tottenham between 2012 and 2017, when he joined Denmark's AaB.
Date of birth: 3 November 1961
Playing career: Škoda Plzeň (now Viktoria Plzeň), RH Cheb, Slavia Praha, Drnovice, Viktoria Žižkov
Coaching career: Kladno, Viktoria Plzeň, České Budějovice, Slovan Liberec, Jablonec, Dukla Praha, Slavia Praha, Czech Republic
• An uncompromising centre-back who led by example, Šilhavý made a record 465 appearances in the Czechoslovakian and Czech league, scoring 26 goals. Spent almost a decade with RH Cheb before joining Sparta Praha in 1990.
• Part of the Sparta side that finished runners-up in the Czechoslovak First League in 1992/93, Šilhavý also helped Drnovice to the Czech Cup final in 1996; he was voted personality of the league in 1998, a year before hanging up his boots after two seasons as Viktoria Žižkov captain.
• Also won four caps for Czechoslovakia between 1990 and 1991, while his son Tomáš went on to be a professional – also as a defender – at Slavia.
• Šilhavý snr started his coaching career with Kladno in 2007 and, after spells with Viktoria Plzeň and České Budějovice, guided Slovan Liberec to the Czech title in 2011/12 – when he was also named coach of the year. Took the club into the UEFA Europa League round of 32 in 2013/14.
• After short spells at Jablonec and Dukla Praha, took over at Slavia in September 2016, masterminding a 26-match unbeaten run in the league to win the title at the end of that season. Succeeded former Slavia team-mate Karel Jarolím as coach of the Czech Republic in September 2018.
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|18/02/2016||UEL||R32||AC Sparta Praha||FC Krasnodar||1-0||Prague|
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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 15:31CET