UEFA Nations League - 2018/19 SeasonMatch press kits
|Slovenia||Stadion Stožice - LjubljanaTuesday 16 October 2018|
20.45CET (20.45 local time) Group C3 - Matchday 4
|09/09/2018||GS-FT||Cyprus - Slovenia||2-1||Nicosia||Sotiriou 69, Stojanović 89 (og); Berić 54|
|10/09/2013||QR (GS)||Cyprus - Slovenia||0-2||Nicosia||Novakovič 12, Iličić 80|
|12/10/2012||QR (GS)||Slovenia - Cyprus||2-1||Maribor||Matavž 38, 61; Aloneftis 83|
|11/10/2003||PR (GS)||Cyprus - Slovenia||2-2||Limassol||Georgiou 70, Yiasemakis 82; Šiljak 12, 42|
|02/04/2003||PR (GS)||Slovenia - Cyprus||4-1||Ljubljana||Šiljak 4, 14, Zahovič 38 (P), Čeh 43; Konstantinou 10|
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|16||Aljaž Ivačič||29/12/1993||24||Olimpija Ljubljana||-||0||0|
|4||Petar Stojanović||07/10/1995||23||Dinamo Zagreb||-||1||0|
|14||Antonio Delamea-Mlinar||10/06/1991||27||New England Revolution||-||0||0|
|20||Rudi Vancaš Požeg||15/03/1994||24||Celje||-||0||0|
|21||Jaka Bijol||05/02/1999||19||CSKA Moskva||*||1||0|
|9||Andraž Šporar||27/02/1994||24||Slovan Bratislava||-||3||0|
|22||Urko Pardo||28/01/1983||35||Alki Oroklini||-||1||0|
|14||Onisiforos Roushias||15/07/1992||26||AEK Larnaca||-||2||0|
|-||Ran Ben Simon||28/11/1970||47||-||3||0|
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Date of birth: 28 November 1953
Playing career: Gorica, Svoboda
Coaching career: Gorica (assistant), Črnuče Factor, Svoboda, Bela Krajina (three times), Grosuplje (twice), Ljubljana, Factor, Livar, Slovenia U-21, Qingdao Jonoon, Hunan Billows, Slovenia
• A modest playing career ended with Kavčič scoring his first goal in the Slovenian top flight, for Gorica, at the age of 38, setting a new record for the Prva Liga. He started coaching at the same club and was on the staff as an assistant to Milan Miklavič when they won their first Slovenian title in 1995/96.
• Branched out on his own in Slovenia's lower leagues, serving as head coach of several clubs over the next decade, including three spells at his local side Bela Krajina and a number of promotions and relegations.
• Put in charge of Slovenia's Under-21 side in February 2008, Kavčič remained in the position for over six years, overseeing the development of several well-known future internationals such as Jan Oblak and Kevin Kampl.
• Left Slovenia for China in July 2014, becoming coach of second-tier side Qingdao Jonoon and 18 months later moving to Hunan Billows.
• Returned home to assist Srečko Katanec in Slovenia's 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign before replacing him as head coach in December 2017, claiming his first win six months later with a 2-0 friendly success away to Montenegro.
Date of birth: 28 November 1970
Playing career: Maccabi Petach-Tikva, Hapoel Haifa, Hapoel Petach-Tikva, Bnei Yehuda Tel-Aviv
Coaching career: Hapoel Haifa, Hapoel Kiryat Shmona (twice), Maccabi Tel-Aviv, AEK Larnaca, Hapoel Tel-Aviv, Maccabi Petach-Tikva, Beitar Jerusalem, Ashdod, Cyprus
• Capped 34 times as a defender for Israel, Ben Shimon spent much of his career with home-town clubs Maccabi Petach-Tikva and Hapoel Petach-Tikva, but was perhaps in his prime during a six-year spell at Hapoel Haifa, during which he won the 1998/99 Israeli championship – the club's first league title.
• After hanging up his boots in 2003 following a stint at Bnei Yehuda, Ben Shimon was in charge of Maccabi Tel-Aviv's youth teams, taking his first senior jobs in the second tier with Hapoel Haifa and then Kiryat Shmona, whom he led to promotion in his first campaign at the helm.
• Briefly in the Maccabi Tel-Aviv hot seat in 2008, he guided Kiryat Shmona to another promotion after rejoining them in 2009, then masterminded their shock title success of 2011/12. He moved abroad for the first time in 2012 to coach Cypriot club AEK Larnaca, earning a third-placed finish in his sole season in command.
• Returning to Israel in 2013, he subsequently held the reins at Hapoel Tel-Aviv, Maccabi Petach-Tikva, Beitar Jerusalem and – in 2016/17 – Ashdod.
• Ben Shimon accepted the Cyprus post in July 2017, filling the void left by Christakis Christoforou's departure, and the following month oversaw a memorable 3-2 home win against Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying.
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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.
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