UEFA Nations League – Everything You Need To Know

When the UEFA Nations League was first introduced to the world in September 2018, there was a combined moan across the globe as no one could understand why more international soccer matches were necessary and if any soccer team would take this tournament gravely just before UEFA informed everyone that is would be.

However, it turned out that the Nations League was a roaring success and for four national teams that participate in the tournament, it marks the highlight of their year. This year, England are considered the favourites to win the championship, while the Netherlands boast with a phenomenal young team. You will also find that Portugal has home advantage this time around, while their semi-final rivals, Switzerland, are always considered a dangerous team.

Therefore, it’s quite easy for anyone to make a case for either of these teams to win the tournament in 2019. Regardless of who wins the competition this year, it promises to be a very entertaining affair.

Can England Succeed With Young Players?

Gareth Southgate’s role as the manager of the national team has managed to bring with it an enormous promise thanks to his progressive style allowing the team to be loved again by the general public. The team that consists of a brilliant selection of young players indicates a very bright future for the English side. However, the tournament is the perfect ground for this young team to prove their worth and taking home the trophy will undoubtedly give them the needed boost for future games.

Can The Netherlands Make A Comeback?

For the Netherlands, it’s a similar story as that of England. The team were unable to qualify for the last European Championship or the World Cup. However, brand-new generations of young players have emerged with Ronald Koeman as the head coach for the team. With Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt making their way from Ajax, and Georginio Wijnaldum and Virgil van Dijk coming through after triumph at the Champions League, a remarkable performance will ensure that everyone realizes that the Dutch are back and can finally be seen as an international force once again.

Will Christiano Ronaldo and Portugal Claim Victory?

On the other end of the scale, we have Cristiano Ronaldo and his last opportunity to make a significant impact on Portugal on an international stage. He might be 34 years of age, but he is still in excellent shape. Unfortunately, a decline in a player’s age undoubtedly decreases the player’s power in the process, and Ronaldo was handled with care last season at Juventus. He will still be a key player during Euro 2020. However, on home soil, this might be his last golden opportunity to achieve personal glory for his country and his team.

The semi-finals will take place on 5 and 6 June 2019, while the final will occur on 9 June 2019. Make sure not to miss it!