– We have just adopted a resolution for the competitions that will be held in 2018. 54 national associations have made this decision, they want such a League of Nations to be born. Then we’ll take care of the details. We thus replace friendly matches, which are of no interest to either the public, the press or the players. This is a good decision,” said Michel Platini, who, heading UEFA, was the main ideological inspirer of the League of Nations.
– The League of Nations was even more successful than we thought. We have always had complaints from big football countries: “We play with small countries”, “We don’t play with each other”. And small countries always complained to us: “We never win.” It’s very interesting and it’s the way to the Euros, which is also great for Group D, where teams can qualify for the European Championship. It was almost impossible before, – Alexander Ceferin, the current head of the European Football Federation, confirmed Platini’s words.
However, it all seems to be just beautiful words. What have we gained in practice with the advent of the League of Nations? It is clear that thanks to this UEFA got an additional opportunity to earn. Well, what about the sports component? And here we come to the most important thing – in fact, the League of Nations has become just another tournament for national teams, very similar to conditional qualifications for the World and European Championships. Firstly, its calendar is very torn: matches stretch for several years and often during the same competition in the team both the composition and the coaching staff change several times. Couldn’t it have been done differently? Secondly, from the experience of the matches played, one can absolutely say for sure that the nature of the games in the League of Nations is not at all similar to the nature of friendly matches. National teams, realizing that they are fighting for a trophy, fight each other in earnest and do not allow themselves to experiment with combinations of players or tactics. And it turns out that instead of control games, which were an important game training for the teams, they now received an optional extra physical and psychological load, which, apart from a muddy opportunity to qualify for the European Championship, does nothing.