So it continues with the League of Nations – praise and questions
The Portuguese are not the only ones to rent the new competition after winning the League of Nations for the first time. The second edition will begin in the fall of 2020. Until then, questions remain.
Port. Everyone loves it. Dutch football coach Ronald Koeman called the "League of Nations" a brilliant idea. The Portugal coach, Fernando Santos, said after winning for the first time in Porto a new competition that the League of Nations would become "a classic".
Even Swiss coach Vladimir Petkovic praised the disappointing fourth place: "It's no coincidence that all the Portuguese teams wanted to be in the final round," said the 55-year-old.
But after Portuguese captain Cristiano Ronaldo was the first player to win the 71-centimeter silver trophy, fans still have questions. One thing is certain: as the winner of the first, the Portuguese prize amounts to 10.5 million euros from the UEFA European Football Union. The qualifications for the European Championship next year will bring the final victory 1-0 (0-0) on the selection Oranje but not them.
Of the 24 starting places for the EM 2020, four will be awarded via the League of Nations – but only in the playoffs in March 2020. The League of Nations has been divided into four leagues A, B, C and D , each with four groups. At the Final Four in Portugal, only the four group A league winners were allowed to compete with the best teams. In the playoffs, the four group winners in each league each win a ticket for the title of European Champion.
In League A, this could theoretically be again Portugal, England, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Given that the four players, but probably ahead of the European Championship qualifiers, will be given a starting position, the next best team would qualify for the playoffs. The teams that will participate at the end will be so only after the completion of the European Championship qualifiers in November. But it's already clear: there will be at least one blatant outsider. Because the winning group of league D is Kosovo, Georgia, North Macedonia and Belarus.
It is precisely the intention of UEFA to give small football nations a realistic chance to participate in the European Championship. In addition to the millions of dollars in prizes and the prestige of the participants in the finals, as in Portugal today, this should be the special charm of the League of Nations. In fact, the kids were happy with this new opportunity and the big ones like Portugal, England, Switzerland and the Netherlands played in the finals in complete stadiums and in front of enthusiastic supporters. "The League of Nations is a great tournament," said Bondscoach Koeman.
And then? The next edition will begin in the autumn of 2020 after the European Championship. The only question is: what incentive does it offer to the little ones? Although you can climb the leagues in the leagues, one of the founders of his group in league A about Germany must be competitive in league B. Whether at the next League of Nations, but may also be in able to obtain tickets for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, is not yet clear. According to current plans, he will create two teams in the World Cup qualifiers of the League of Nations. That big outsiders represent Europe at the World Cup, this should be more difficult.
In the League of Nations for league A teams, the prospect of qualifying for an attractive final round. And on a decent price, which will certainly not be lower in the next version. After the first successful, UEFA could increase its televised earnings next time – and thus give more to the winner.