Almost two months before the start of Qatar 2022the European teams have a new commitment ahead of them. This is the UEFA Nations League, the competition that brings together the 55 countries of the continentwhich are divided into different categories according to their level and face teams of the same magnitude.
Within each league, those selected are divided into groups of four, where the first of each zone ascends (or in the case of the first division, go to the semi-finals) and last one descends. Find out everything that can happen in the absence of two dates to finish the first phase.
Group A1: Denmark (9pts) – Croatia (7pts) – Austria (4) – France (2)
September 22: Croatia – Denmark, France – Austria
September 25: Denmark – France, Austria – Croatia
Denmark arrives as the pointer of this group and if they beat Croatia they will qualify for the semifinals. Also, mathematically it can no longer descend. For their part, the Baltics must not lose to the Danes to reach the last date with chances, and they will be saved from relegation if France he does not win one of his engagements.
France, the great disappointment of the tournament (AFP)
The big surprise in this area is that France can no longer reach the final phase and will be relegated if they lose both of their games. Their first rival will be Austria, who will be saved from relegation if they beat them in Paris.
Group A2: Spain (8pts) – Portugal (7) – Czech Rep. (4) – Switzerland (3)
September 24: Spain – Switzerland, Czech Republic – Portugal
September 27: Portugal – Spain, Switzerland – Czech Rep.
Spainwith no chance of relegation, will qualify for the final phase if they win and Portugal lose. For their part, the Portuguese must win to reach the last day with chances.
Spain and Portugal define the first place (AFP).
Czech Rep. will continue in the fight to reach the final phase if they beat Portugal and Spain lose. In relegation, it will be saved if it wins and Switzerland loses.
Switzerland will be relegated to League B if they lose to Spain and the Czech Republic beat Portugal. But if they win and Portugal do not get the three points, they will reach the last date with the possibility of going out first
Group A3: Hungary (7pts) – Germany (6) – Italy (5) – England (2)
September 23: Italy-England, Germany-Hungary
September 26: England-Germany, Hungary-Italy
Hungary, the great revelation of the tournament, will qualify for the final phase if they beat Germany and Italy do not win. In addition, it will be saved from relegation if it draws or if England, which is last, does not win.
Germany will remain in contention for the semi-finals if they avoid defeat to Hungary. To save himself from relegation, he must either win or expect a loss from England.
England was thrashed by Hungary and it got complicated. Photo: EFE/EPA/ANDREW YATES
Italy will continue in the fight for the final phase as long as they defeat England or if the match between Hungarians and Germans is tied. To ensure permanence, they must overcome the English, who will be relegated if they lose that match.
Group A4: Netherlands (10pts) – Belgium (7) – Poland (4) – Wales (1)
September 22: Poland – Netherlands, Belgium – Wales
September 25: Netherlands – Belgium, Wales – Poland
Netherlandswho can no longer come out last, will qualify for the final tournament if they win against Poland and Belgium do not win, or if they draw and the Belgians lose. Belgium, who also cannot be relegated, will remain in contention for the finals if they beat Wales or if they draw and the Netherlands do not win, or regardless of their result if the Netherlands lose.
Holland and Belgium fight for the semis. Photo: EFE/EPA/Stephanie Lecocq.
Poland, no longer likely to finish first, will maintain the category if they win or if they draw and Wales lose. To stay, the British must add and hope that Robert Lewandowski’s team does not win.
Group B1: Ukraine (7pts) – Scotland (6) – Ireland (4) – Armenia (3)
September 21: Scotland – Ukraine
September 24: Scotland – Ireland, Armenia – Ukraine
September 27: Ukraine – Scotland, Ireland – Armenia
Not much more can be calculated until Scotland hosts Ukraine this coming Wednesday.. Before that match, the only thing that can be known is that the winner will be safe from relegation if they win, and that Armenia can only continue to have chances of promotion if that match ends in a draw.
Group B2: Israel (5pts) – Iceland (3) – Albania (1) – Russia (disqualified)
September 24: Israel – Albania
September 27: Albania – Iceland
With Russia disqualified and relegated, the other three teams compete for first place. Israel will be promoted to League A if they win, while Albania must win to stay in contention. Iceland will stay in the fight for promotion only if Israel don’t win, though then they will have to beat Albania on the last date.
Group B3: Bosnia (8pts) – Montenegro (7) – Finland (4) – Romania (3)
September 23: Finland – Romania, Bosnia – Montenegro
September 26: Montenegro – Finland, Romania – Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia can no longer be relegated and will be promoted if they beat Montenegro. The Montenegrins will stay in the fight for promotion if they avoid defeat, and will be saved from relegation if they win or if they draw and Romania do not win.
Dzeko’s team is close to promotion (AFP).
Finland will stay in the fight for promotion if they win and Bosnia does not. To save themselves from relegation, they must beat Romania. To continue with chances of saving themselves, the Romanians must not fall in that match.
Group B4: Norway (10 pts) – Serbia (7) – Sweden (3) – Slovenia (2)
September 24: Slovenia – Norway, Serbia – Sweden
September 27: Norway – Serbia, Sweden – Slovenia
Norway, which cannot be relegated, will be promoted to League A if they win and Serbia do not beat Sweden. Also, in case of a tie and a Serbian defeat. The Serbs, also saved from relegation, will stay in the fight for promotion if he wins.
In the fight for relegation, there are Sweden and Slovenia, who have no chance of being first. The Scandinavians will be safe from relegation if they win and Slovenia lose, but if this does not happen, everything will be defined on the last date with the duel between them.
Haaland could be in first the next edition. Photo: EFE/EPA/Javad Parsa.
Group C1: Turkey (12pts) – Luxembourg (7) – Faroe Islands (4) – Lithuania (0)
September 22: Turkey – Luxembourg, Lithuania – Faroe Islands
September 25: Faroe Islands – Turkey, Luxembourg – Lithuania
Turkey, who cannot finish last, will be promoted to League B if they avoid defeat. For the fight to continue, Luxemburg is bound to win.
Faroe Islands, with no chance of promotion, will be safe from entering the relegation play-outs if they avoid defeat. Lithuania must win to reach date six with chances of not entering said play-outs.
Group C2: Greece (12pts) – Kosovo (6) – Cyprus (2) – Northern Ireland (2)
September 24: Cyprus – Greece, Northern Ireland – Kosovo
September 27: Greece – Northern Ireland, Kosovo – Cyprus
Greece has already won this group, so the only unknown is last place. Kosovo will be safe from that relegation spot if they win, or if Cyprus lose. Cyprus and Northern Ireland cannot be confirmed in the relegation play-outs, or saved, on matchday five.
Greece is the only promoted so far (AFP).
Group C3: Kazakhstan (10 pts) – Slovakia (6) – Azerbaijan (4) – Belarus (2)
September 22: Kazakhstan – Belarus, Slovakia – Azerbaijan
September 25: Slovakia – Belarus, Azerbaijan – Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan, which cannot be relegated, will be promoted to League B if they win, or if they draw and Slovakia do not. To stay in the fight, Slovakia is obliged to win, they must win and hope that the Kazakhs do not.
Azerbaijan will continue to fight for promotion if they win and Kazakhstan lose. To avoid relegation, you must win or draw and hope that Belarus does not add.
Groups C4: Georgia (10 pts), Macedonia (7), Bulgaria (3), Gibraltar (1)
September 23: Georgia – North Macedonia, Bulgaria – Gibraltar
September 26: North Macedonia – Bulgaria, Gibraltar – Georgia
Georgia and Macedonia can no longer be relegated. The former will be promoted from the League if they avoid defeat, and the Macedonians must win and hope that Georgia does not to continue with chances.
Bulgaria will maintain the category if they beat Gibraltar. These must add up to reach the last day with chances.
Group D1: Latvia (12pts) – Moldova (7) – Andorra (4) – Liechtenstein (0)
September 22 : Latvia – Moldova, Liechtenstein – Andorra
September 25 : Moldova – Liechtenstein, Andorra – Latvia
Latvia will be promoted to League C if they avoid defeat, while Moldova must win and hope that Latvia doesn’t to remain with a chance. Neither Andorra nor Liechtenstein can be saved.
San Marino will go for the heroic adding its first official point. Photo: REUTERS/Ints Kalnins.
Group D2: Estonia (6) – Malta (6) – San Marino (0)
September 23 : Estonia – Malta
September 26 : San Marino – Estonia
Estonia will be promoted to League C if they don’t lose to Malta. For their part, the Maltese will be promoted to League C if they defeat Estonia by two goals difference. If Malta wins by one goal, they will need Estonia to lose to San Marino.