UEFA Nations League 2019

A new European competition starts this Autumn, designed to reduce the excessive number of meaningless friendly games. This is a short tournament, with four teams qualifying for the finals in the summers between the major competitions (World Cup and European Championships). Countries have been classified into four leagues, A, B, C, D, according to their FIFA coefficients, then drawn into four groups of 3 or 4, who play between each other in a mini-league. The top twelve nations (including Spain) make up the four groups in league A, and the winners of each will be the four finalists. Below them there is a system of promotions and relegations, and the sixteen group winners will all get a second bite at the cherry if they fail to reach the finals of Euro 2020 competition, the qualifiers for which starting a few months later than usual as a result. Spain were one of the top seeds and have been drawn into group A4 together with England and Croatia, playing a couple of friendly game on the dates they don’t have official fixtures. (09.03.18)

Spain started well, winning their first two games. However they lost the next two, and England beat Croatia in the last tie to pip Luis Enrique's team to a place in the final four. Spain will stay in Group A though, and Croatia are relegated. (18.11.18)

Fixtures | Group A4 table |