Written By: Seven
The draw for the UEFA Nation’s League Draw was yesterday. For those who do not know, this is a new league for the top 55 nations in Europe. The 55 nations are split into four leagues where they play opponents who are around their respective rank. For example, France and Germany are in the same league because they are the higher ranked teams. This league takes place every two years and starts in September 2018. The league matches go from September to November and the final is in June of 2019. The winner of each group in the top league goes to the final in June where there will be two semi-final games. The team that comes in last place in each group gets relegated, while the nations in first place of their group get promoted. This competition is meant to eliminate friendlies and draw more attention to national soccer outside of the World Cup and European Championship.
The group that is the toughest is obviously in league A. This group consists of Netherlands, Germany and France. It is tough to say who will get the nod as the winner of the group, but right now I would have to say Germany. The team is proven and is well-coached. Germany has the perfect mixture of youth with players like Leroy Sane and Julian Draxler, and veterans like Manuel Neuer and Mats Hummels.
Lastly, my group predictions. The teams I see getting relegated out of the top league are Netherlands, Switzerland, Poland and Croatia. I do not see either Germany or France finishing bottom of the first group. The two nations are just too good for a surprisingly weak Netherlands. I am all in on the Iceland train. I cannot help but root for that nation and their fans, so I have Switzerland getting relegated out of that second group because Belgium have a stacked team and will definitely win the group. My decision for Poland is quite simple like the first group: Poland cannot match Italy or Portugal. The last group was the toughest decision out of all the groups. While England have struggled in the past couple tournaments (shout out to Iceland), I do not think they will finish last. England has one of the top defenses in the world with having one of the best fullback tandems in Kyle Walker and Danny Rose. It also does not hurt to have the best striker in the world right now in Harry Kane. I could see England even winning this group, but getting past Spain will be a challenge.
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