UEFA Nations League - 6 September 2018

UEFA Nations League - 6 September 2018

UEFA Nations League - 6 September 2018

Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) has acquired exclusive television and digital rights for UEFA Euro 2020 and inaugural UEFA Nations league football tournaments, it was announced on Wednesday.

"We're a more respected team now, after the World Cup, but the hardest thing now is to maintain that respect", the Tottenham midfielder talkSPORT and BBC Radio 5Live.

Besides, England and Croatia have been drawn in the same group, and Southgate's team will seek revenge for the elimination at the semifinals. Teams in the top-two tiers League A and B, each with four groups of three nations still have dates free for friendlies against teams like Brazil and Argentina.

Pitted in a group with Spain and Croatia, they hope to win the three-team round-robin format to advance into a semi-final along with the other group winners in League A, before then aiming for a final spot where the victor will be crowned the first Nations League victor. The group winners will be promoted to League A, and the bottom four teams will be relegated to League C.

Groups of three or four teams play home and away on the usual national-team match dates protected by Federation Internationale de Football Association.

On Friday, September 7, Italy tackle Poland and thereafter England will take on 2010 World Cup winners Spain Saturday, September 8, when Northern Ireland face Bosnia and Herzegovina.

SPN has now become the official broadcaster of eight premier worldwide football properties in the Indian subcontinent, including UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, LaLiga, Serie A, UEFA Super Cup and the FA Cup. The top 10 nations from the Nations League qualifiers will earn a berth at the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup, which will expand to 16 teams.

The host will be the victor of the Italy-Poland-Portugal group.

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Where it becomes complicated is in the way the Nations League impacts Euro 2020, for which qualifying begins next March.

It goes without saying that England want to build on the positivity in the country after reaching the World Cup semi-final in Russian Federation, and while a poor performance could prove deflating there is every reason to be optimistic about England's chances of winning the whole thing. It also finishes second in its Nations League group, meaning it does not qualify for a Euro 2020 play-off place.

In the summer of next year, the four group winners in League A will come together for a tournament to crown the Nations League champions.

"The boss tried to explain it to us the best he could the other day".

Despite meeting the current holders in the tournament, which was meant to replace most friendlies, the feeling in the German squad is one of anticipation rather than trepidation.

The matches are set to be played on Thursdays, ahead of Europa League matches.

There is also a belief that friendly matches between countries do not provide adequate competition and can be a distraction for the under-pressure star players.

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