UEFA Nations League - 2018/19 SeasonMatch press kits
|Kazakhstan||Astana Arena - AstanaTuesday 16 October 2018|
16.00CET (20.00 local time) Group D1 - Matchday 4
|10/09/2018||GS-FT||Andorra - Kazakhstan||1-1||Andorra la Vella||Aláez 86; Logvinenko 68|
|09/09/2009||QR (GS)||Andorra - Kazakhstan||1-3||Andorra la Vella||Sonejee 70; Khizhnichenko 13, 34, Baltiev 28 (P)|
|20/08/2008||QR (GS)||Kazakhstan - Andorra||3-0||Almaty||Ostapenko 14, 30, Uzdenov 44|
Last updated 14/10/2018 18:22CET
|1||Josep Gomes||03/12/1985||32||FC Santa Coloma||-||3||0|
|12||Francisco Pires||25/01/1998||20||FC Andorra||-||0||0|
|13||Ferran Pol||28/02/1983||35||Sant Julià||-||0||0|
|6||Ildefons Lima||10/12/1979||38||Inter Escaldes||*||3||0|
|15||Moisés San Nicolás||17/09/1993||25||FC Santa Coloma||-||3||0|
|17||Joan Cervós||24/02/1998||20||FC Santboià||-||3||0|
|18||Chus Rubio||09/09/1994||24||FC Santa Coloma||*||3||0|
|20||Max Llovera||08/01/1997||21||UA Horta||*||3||0|
|21||Marc Garcia||21/03/1988||30||EC Granollers||-||0||0|
|23||Jordi Rubio||01/11/1987||30||UE Santa Coloma||-||2||0|
|4||Marc Rebés||03/07/1994||24||FC Santa Coloma||-||3||0|
|7||Marc Pujol||21/08/1982||36||FC Andorra||-||1||0|
|9||Jordi Aláez||23/01/1998||20||FC Andorra||-||2||1|
|11||Sergi Moreno||25/11/1987||30||Inter Escaldes||-||0||0|
|16||Marc Ferré||11/01/1994||24||FC Andorra||-||0||0|
|22||Victor Rodríguez||07/09/1987||31||FC Santa Coloma||*||2||0|
|10||Juli Sánchez||20/06/1978||40||FC Santa Coloma||-||0||0|
|14||Ludovic Clemente||09/05/1986||32||FC Andorra||*||2||0|
Last updated 16/10/2018 10:42CET
Date of birth: 13 February 1967
Playing career: Haskovo, Levski Sofia (three times), Fenerbahçe, CSKA Sofia, Campomaiorense, Slavia Sofia
Coaching career: Levski Sofia, Bulgaria (twice), Litex Lovech, Anorthosis Famagusta, Botev Plovdiv, Astana, Kazakhstan
• A stellar name at Levski, Stoilov had three spells at the club, ending his senior career there after amassing four league titles plus five Bulgarian Cups. Started out as a midfielder but later moved up front and, towards the end of his career, into defence. Scored three goals in 14 international appearances for Bulgaria, two of them on his debut in September 1992 in a friendly against Turkey, where he had just arrived to play for Fenerbahçe.
• Captain and assistant coach at Levski in his later years, he was appointed head coach in 2004. In four seasons in charge won two league titles, two national cups and became the first man to lead a Bulgarian club into the group stage of the UEFA Champions League.
• Stood in as caretaker national team coach in June 2007 following Hristo Stoichkov's resignation. Sacked by Levski in May 2008, he joined Litex and took them to victory in the Bulgarian Cup, having in the meantime also been appointed Bulgaria coach. Left Litex in August 2009 to concentrate solely on the national side but missed out on 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification and resigned in September 2010.
• Took over the Botev Plovdiv reins midway through 2012/13 and led the side into the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round in 2013/14 as well as steering them to the Bulgarian Cup final. He then joined Astana in June 2014 and oversaw the club's maiden Kazakh title later that year, before navigating their route through 2015/16 UEFA Champions League qualifying to seal Kazakhstan's first ever group stage spot.
• Further league titles followed in 2015, 2016 – when Astana also won the domestic cup – and 2017, when Stoilov was named Bulgaria's coach of the year; under him, Astana also reached the UEFA Europa League group stage in 2016/17 and 2017/18 round of 32. Stepped down from his club commitments at the end of 2017 to take the reins of the Kazakhstan national side.
Date of birth: 4 September 1970
Playing career: Aurrerá Vitória, Atlético Madrid, Toledo (loan), Salamanca, FC Andorra (twice), Balaguer
Coaching career: Andorra
• A reserve goalkeeper at Atlético, Koldo came through the club's youth ranks and lifted the Copa del Rey with the Spanish side in 1990/91.
• Leaving the capital in search of first-team football, Koldo played for Toledo before winning promotion to the Spanish second division with Salamanca in 1993/94.
• Signed for FC Andorra in the summer of 1994, dividing his time between playing for the club's first team and acting as a youth coach with the national Under-17, U19 and U21 sides.
• Capped 78 times by Andorra before his retirement following a 6-0 loss to England at Wembley in June 2009 having been named his country's best player of the last 50 years by the Andorran Football Federation (FAF) six years earlier.
• Took over as coach of the national team in February 2010, his side finishing bottom of their qualifying groups for UEFA EURO 2012 and the 2014 FIFA World Cup. That was again the case in the UEFA EURO 2016 preliminaries, although Andorra did score four goals – setting a new best mark for the competition – and overcame Hungary in June 2017 in 2018 World Cup qualifying, their first competitive win since 2004.
|Name||Date of birth||UEFA matches|
No such matches refereed
|21/07/2011||UEL||2QR||FC Aktobe||Kecskeméti TE||0-0||Aktobe|
|19/10/2017||UEL||GS||FC Astana||Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC||4-0||Astana|
Last updated 14/10/2018 18:22CET
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 14/10/2018 18:24CET