UEFA Nations League - 2018/19 SeasonMatch press kits
|Liechtenstein||Rheinpark Stadion - VaduzFriday 16 November 2018|
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|13/10/2018||GS-FT||FYR Macedonia - Liechtenstein||4-1||Skopje||Trajkovski 10, 30, Pandev 36, Alioski 67; Yildiz 37|
|09/10/2017||QR (GS)||FYR Macedonia - Liechtenstein||4-0||Strumica||Musliu 36, Trajkovski 38, Bardi 66, Ademi 68|
|24/03/2017||QR (GS)||Liechtenstein - FYR Macedonia||0-3||Vaduz||Nikolov 43, Nestorovski 68, 73|
|07/06/2003||PR (GS)||FYR Macedonia - Liechtenstein||3-1||Skopje||Sedloski 39 (P), Krstev 52, Stojkov 82; R. Beck 20|
|08/09/2002||PR (GS)||Liechtenstein - FYR Macedonia||1-1||Vaduz||Mic. Stocklasa 90+3; Hristov 8|
|09/11/1996||QR (GS)||Liechtenstein - FYR Macedonia||1-11||Eschen||Schädler 78; Glavevski 8, 13, 60, Hristov 23, Stojkovski 38, 44, Micevski 45, 49, Ciric 54, 88, Micevski 90|
|24/04/1996||QR (GS)||FYR Macedonia - Liechtenstein||3-0||Skopje||Milosevski 8, Babunski 49, Zaharievski 90|
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|21||Lorenzo Lo Russo||08/07/1993||25||FC Linth 04||-||0||0|
|2||Daniel Brändle||23/01/1992||26||SV Pullach||-||0||0|
|18||Nicolas Hasler||04/05/1991||27||Chicago Fire||-||4||0|
|1||Stole Dimitrievski||25/12/1993||24||Rayo Vallecano||-||4||0|
|5||Arijan Ademi||29/05/1991||27||Dinamo Zagreb||-||1||0|
|11||Feran Hasani||18/06/1990||28||Al-Raed FC||-||2||0|
|7||Ivan Tričkovski||18/04/1987||31||AEK Larnaca||*||2||1|
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Date of birth: 4 February 1964
Playing career: Voitsberg, Grazer AK (twice), DSV Leoben, Red-White Rankweil, Frohnleiten
Coaching career: Eschen/Mauren, Vorarlberg, Austria Lustenau (assistant), Liechtenstein (youth), Liechtenstein
• Had a modest playing career, making a total of 35 Austrian Bundesliga appearances for Grazer AK and Leoben in addition to spending time in the lower leagues with Voitsberg, Rankweil and Frohnleiten.
• His sole top-flight goal was a decisive one – the winner for Leoben in a 2-1 victory against Krems on 3 November 1990.
• Began coaching in Liechtenstein at Eschen/Mauren before returning home to Austria to lead Vorarlberg and, subsequently, work as assistant at second-tier Austria Lustenau under Heinz Fuchsbichler.
• Took charge of Liechtenstein's youth teams in 2008, eventually stepping up to succeed Hans-Peter Zaugg at the helm of the senior national side in late 2012.
• Enjoyed some early success in his new role, guiding Liechtenstein to 1-1 home draws against Latvia and Slovakia in his first two competitive fixtures. Oversaw a 1-0 victory away to Moldova in November 2014 as part of qualifying for UEFA EURO 2016, Liechtenstein's first competitive away success in nine years.
Date of birth: 2 June 1976
Playing career: Makedonija Gjorce Petrov, Pelister, Publikum, Cementarnica (twice), Pobeda
Coaching career: Rabotnicki, FYR Macedonia (assistant), FYR Macedonia
• A former midfielder, Angelovski spent most of his playing career in his homeland, his highlight coming in 2002/03 when he lifted the Macedonian Cup with Cementarnica.
• After retiring in 2007, he served as sporting director at Rabotnicki for five years before becoming a surprise choice to replace Zhikica Tasevski as the club's head coach aged 37 prior to 2013/14.
• Angelovski wasted no time showing his coaching potential by becoming the youngest coach to win the Macedonian championship, leading the Skopje-based side to a domestic double in his debut season – aged 38. He repeated his Macedonian Cup success with Rabotnicki the following year, and won consecutive awards for best domestic coach in 2014 and 2015.
• While continuing in his Rabotnicki job, he served as Ljubinko Drulović's assistant with FYR Macedonia from July to October 2015 while studying for his UEFA Pro licence.
• Angelovski took temporary charge of the national team in October 2015 and enjoyed a winning debut in a 4-1 friendly win against Montenegro in Skopje the following month. He was appointed coach on a permanent basis shortly afterwards and oversaw the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign in which the team picked up 11 points from ten matches.
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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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