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Old 11-10-2017, 11:34 AM
keamoresouth keamoresouth is offline
 
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Default UEFA Nations League

ROI and NI placed in League B for the new UEFA Nations League to kick off next September. Also in League B:
Austria, Wales, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, Czech Republic and Turkey.
Teams will be allotted into 4 groups of 3 next January.

The Nations League will be played instead of friendlies in the current international windows. It will also offer a back door to the Euros.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UEFA_Nations_League
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Old 11-10-2017, 07:08 PM
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Just reading up on it there. It's incentivised really well for teams to take it seriously. For example, winning your League means you get into a smaller group for the group stage of qualifying. It also means that perennial playoff contenders like Ireland are almost certainly guaranteed entry into the playoff stage from the get go if they can finish somewhere in the top half of their league from the get go.

Only thing I don't like is that if League 1 doesn't have 4 qualifiers after the Qualification Group Stage, then League 2 teams get pushed up into the League 1 bracket...which could favor the League 2 teams who didn't do so well going into qualification.

It'll certainly make things interesting for the League 2 teams like ourselves at any rate.
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Old 11-10-2017, 07:18 PM
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Anything is better than poxy boring pointless friendlies
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Old 12-10-2017, 11:10 AM
Cloudy O'Ranieri Cloudy O'Ranieri is offline
 
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Anything is better than poxy boring pointless friendlies
Exactly. It's getting tedious enough watching people on social media whining about competitive internationals.

I suppose most of those are English though, and therefore never gain any joy from their national team.
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Old 12-10-2017, 11:26 AM
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Exactly. It's getting tedious enough watching people on social media whining about competitive internationals.

I suppose most of those are English though, and therefore never gain any joy from their national team.
That'd be the average PL follower alright...hates international breaks cause he gets no kick out of the national team

On the Continent it is different, same for South America and Africa...no idea about Asia/Oceania (and i don't give 2 shits tbh)
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