Nations League: Germany meets rival Netherlands

nations league germany meets rival netherlands

Last Updated: 09.02.2024 10: 40 Am

On Thursday, the fourth edition of the Nations League was drawn. Germany will have to deal with a special opponent in the tournament, which also has significance for the 2026 World Cup qualification.

In the draw held on Thursday (08.02.2024) in Paris, the groups of leagues a, b, c and D were determined, Germany still belongs to the Elite group despite the latest sobering results in international matches and tournaments. In Group 3 of Liga a, Germany play Hungary, The Netherlands and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Between the Teams in the groups there is one home and one away game each. In total, the DFB team will play six games in the Nations League group stage.

Germany’s Nations League matches
DateEncounterKick-off time
07.09.2024 Germany-Hungary 8.45 pm
10.09.2024 Netherlands-Germany 8.45 pm
11.10.2024 Bosnia And Herzegovina-Germany 8.45 pm
14.10.2024 Germany-Netherlands 8.45 pm
16.11.2024 Germany-Bosnia And Herzegovina 8.45 pm
18.11.2024 Hungary-Germany 8.45 pm

“This is an interesting group with good games,” said national coach Julian Nagelsmann afterwards. “Demanding, one likes to say after such draws. These are good, heavy group opponents ” evaluated Völler. The game against the Netherlands “is of course an absolute Highlight”.

Gruppen Liga A
Group 1Group 2Group 3Group 4
Croatia Italy Netherlands Spain
Portugal Belgium Hungary Denmark
Poland France Germany Switzerland
Scotland Israel Bosnia And Herzegovina Serbia

How will the Nations League play out in the future?

The group winners then face the group runners – up in a round-robin quarter-final. This is followed by the final tournament with four Teams.

Where will the final tournament take place?

UEFA stipulates that all associations with a team in League a must, in principle, offer to host the final tournament if there are the requested stadiums in the country. If the quarter-finals stand, the UEFA Executive Committee will determine one of the quarter-final matches in December 2024, the winner of which will host the tournament. In principle, applications from other countries are also possible.

The Spanish national players cheer with the UEFA Nations League Cup in 2023

What does this have to do with the 2026 World Cup?

As usual since Euro 2021, the Nations League will be linked to qualification for the next major tournament – this time to the 2026 World Cup in the USA, Mexico and Canada. UEFA will have 16 starting places in the enlarged World Cup with 48 Teams, up from 13.

  • The Twelve group winners of the Twelve qualification groups are directly qualified for the World Cup
  • The Twelve runners-up of the twelve qualifying groups play in the Playoffs
  • The four best group winners of the Nations League – if they are not already qualified for the World Cup – also play in the Playoffs.
  • These 16 Teams then play the four other European World Cup participants in four tournament trees with semi-finals and finals (one match each).

How do ascents and descents work?

The Four group runners-up of League A are relegated, the group winners of League B are promoted. There are relegation matches between the group runners-up of League A and the group runners-up of League B. The same rule applies between Leagues B and C.

There are fewer relegation matches between leagues C and D because League D has only six Teams.

UEFA Nations League Cup

Are there more internationals?

No, but more Nations League. The qualification for the 2026 World Cup will be reduced: in the future, with smaller groups of four or five Teams, only ten matches will be played instead of twelve. UEFA will use the two vacated dates for the new quarter-finals and the relegation matches.

The matches will all take place after Euro 2024:

  • 1. Matchday: 5. – 7. September 20-24
  • 2. Matchday: 8. – 10. September 20-24
  • 3. Matchday: 10. – 12. October 2024
  • 4. Matchday: 13. – 15. October 2024
  • 5. Matchday: 14. – 16. November 2024
  • 6. Matchday: 17. – 19. November 2024
  • Relegation and quarter-finals: 20. – 25. March 2025
  • Final tournaments: 4. – 8. June 2025

The logo of the Nations League – there is a lot of criticism of the competition.

Nations League-why?

The Nations League was introduced to give more importance to international matches away from the qualifying competitions for world and European Championships. The final tournament should gain in importance over time and provide the connection to the qualification to the major tournaments for an upgrade. The league system should give more matches on equal terms, smaller countries can hope for more money through the central marketing of UEFA.

But many Fans and players are still alienating the competition. “The league of Nations is not important to me., said the Belgian international Kevin De Bruyne 2022. “These Are Just Rave friendlies, I’m not looking forward to it.”

How did the previous seasons of the Nations League go?

To date, the Nations League has been played three times. The previous winners:

  • 2022/23: Spain (in the Netherlands)
  • 2020/21: France (in Italy)
  • 2018/19: Portugal (in Portugal

In 2018/19, the Nations League was still played in groups of three, Germany finished last in its group. A change in Mode saved the DFB from relegation to League B. in 2020-21, despite the legendary 0-6 failure in Spain, Germany still finished second and third in 2022-23. The DFB has never qualified for the final tournament.

National coach Joachim Löw at 0: 6 in Spain

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