UEFA Nations League - 2018/19 SeasonMatch press kits
|Turkey||Saturday 17 November 2018|
18.00CET (20.00 local time) Group B2 - Matchday 5
|10/09/2018||GS-FT||Sweden - Turkey||2-3||Solna||Kiese Thelin 35, Claesson 49; Çalhanoğlu 51, Emre Akbaba 88, 90+2|
|05/09/2001||QR (GS)||Turkey - Sweden||1-2||Istanbul||Hakan Şükür 51; Larsson 87, Andreas Andersson 90+1|
|07/10/2000||QR (GS)||Sweden - Turkey||1-1||Gothenburg||Larsson 69; Havutçu 90|
|15/06/2000||GS-FT||Sweden - Turkey||0-0||Eindhoven|
|15/11/1995||PR (GS)||Sweden - Turkey||2-2||Solna||Alexandersson 25, Pettersson 64; Hakan Şükür 63, Patrik Andersson 72 (og)|
|29/03/1995||PR (GS)||Turkey - Sweden||2-1||Istanbul||Emre Aşık 63, Sergen Yalçın 73; Andersson 23|
Last updated 12/11/2018 13:59CET
|1||Sinan Bolat||03/09/1988||30||Royal Antwerp||-||2||0|
|3||Hasan Ali Kaldırım||09/12/1989||28||Fenerbahçe||-||2||0|
|11||Mert Müldür||03/04/1999||19||Rapid Wien||-||0||0|
|14||Mahmut Tekdemir||20/01/1988||30||İstanbul Başakşehir||-||1||0|
|21||İrfan Kahveci||15/07/1995||23||İstanbul Başakşehir||-||0||0|
|3||Victor Lindelöf||17/07/1994||24||Man. United||-||2||0|
|13||Gustav Svensson||07/02/1987||31||Seattle Sounders||-||1||0|
|22||Isaac Kiese Thelin||24/06/1992||26||Leverkusen||-||2||1|
Last updated 17/11/2018 08:30CET
Date of birth: 29 July 1945
Playing career: Dinamo Bucureşti (twice), Sportul Studenţesc Bucureşti (loan), Corvinul Hunedoara
Coaching career: Corvinul Hunedoara, Romania, Dinamo Bucureşti, Pisa, Brescia, Reggiana, Rapid Bucureşti (twice), Internazionale Milano, Galatasaray, Beşiktaş, Shakhtar Donetsk, Zenit, Turkey
• A useful striker for Dinamo in the 1960s and 1970s, winning six league titles and 70 caps for Romania as well as captaining his country at the 1970 FIFA World Cup, Lucescu became Corvinul player-coach in his early 30s and, after five years as Romania national team coach, went on to win the 1989/90 Romanian league and cup double with Dinamo.
• Fluent in six foreign languages and regarded as a workaholic, he cemented his reputation at Pisa, Brescia and Reggiana before returning home to coach Rapid, winning the cup in 1997/98 and the league in 1998/99 either side of a short spell back in Italy with Inter.
• After joining Galatasaray in 2000 he lifted the UEFA Super Cup in his first game as coach and took them to the Turkish title in 2001/02 – a feat he repeated with Beşiktaş in 2002/03, their centenary season.
• Left Beşiktaş in 2004 and promptly joined Shakhtar, leading the Donetsk club to titles in 2005, 2006 and 2008, when his side also won the Ukrainian Cup. In May 2009, Lucescu's Shakhtar became the first Ukrainian club to win the UEFA Cup. He suffered a heart attack that summer but swiftly returned to work, guiding the club to another league title at the end of the season and winning the domestic double in 2010/11, when Shakhtar also reached the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.
• More success followed, Lucescu's team completing a hat-trick of domestic doubles in 2012/13 and making it five league titles in a row the following year. Lucescu stepped down in 2016 after 12 years in charge having won a sixth Ukrainian Cup to go with his eight league titles and, after a year at Zenit, succeeded Fatih Terim as Turkey coach in August 2017.
Date of birth: 29 September 1962
Playing career: Alet (twice), Halmia, Laholm
Coaching career: Alet, Halmstad (assistant, twice), Laholm, Halmstad, Örgryte, Norrköping, Sweden
• Jan 'Janne' Andersson succeeded Erik Hamrén as Sweden coach after UEFA EURO 2016 having led Norrköping to their first Allsvenskan title in 26 years the previous autumn.
• A footballer and handball player in his native Halmstad, Andersson became assistant coach to Stuart Baxter at the city's main club in 1990, going on to work under Tom Prahl and then Jonas Thern.
• Andersson, who also coached lower-division teams Alet and Laholm, took the Halmstad reins himself in 2004 and in his first season in charge was named coach of the year in Sweden after steering Halmstad to second place.
• After a brief spell at second-tier Örgryte in 2010, Andersson was named Norrköping coach the following year as they returned to the Allsvenskan, at first keeping them up then unexpectedly guiding them to the 2015 title.
• Although his appointment as Sweden coach meant he missed out on leading Norrköping into UEFA Champions League qualifying, Andersson made up for that by taking Sweden to the 2018 FIFA World Cup via a famous play-off win against Italy and then guiding them to the quarter-finals in Russia.
|Name||Date of birth||UEFA matches|
No such matches refereed
|07/08/2014||UEL||3QR||Rosenborg BK||Kardemir Karabükspor||1-1||Trondheim|
|15/09/2016||UEL||GS||FC Zorya Luhansk||Fenerbahçe SK||1-1||Odessa|
|02/08/2017||UCL||3QR||İstanbul Başakşehir||Club Brugge||2-0||Istanbul|
|19/10/2017||UEL||GS||Östersunds FK||Athletic Club||2-2||Ostersund|
|16/08/2018||UEL||3QR||Burnley FC||İstanbul Başakşehir||1-0||Burnley|
Last updated 15/11/2018 11:30CET
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 12/11/2018 13:58CET