The UEFA Nations League group games begun at the end of 2018, with all of the current European countries participating from Albania to Portugal.
And now its time for the finals! The Nations League Finals competition, for the teams that won the four groups within the top divisions will begin tonight and run to this Sunday the 9th of June.
The teams involved are the Netherlands, Switzerland, England and selected hosts Portugal. Who do you think will win the tournament?
The tournament will consist of two semi-finals, a third place play-off, and the final to determine the inaugural champions of the UEFA Nations League.
Portugal play Switzerland tonight, and the current Euro 2016 winners will be hopeful that main-man Cristiano Ronaldo is in fine form and picks up where he left off during Juventus’ 2018-19 Champions League run. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner looks to add another trophy to his recent International success three years ago.
Ronaldo has scored 14 goals in qualifying for the recent World Cup, taking his international tall to 29 in the qualifiers which is a record.
Portugal will hope Juventus pair Ronaldo and Joao Concelo can link up down the wings like they have done for their club, and that Sporting Lisbon’s Bruno Fernandes can continue to play well and put his name in the shop window, with Manchester City already heavily linked. Premier League team of the year midfielder Bernardo Silva and also Benfica bright-spark Joao Felix are two exciting young players to watch!
Tomorrow Thursday, England kick-off their own Nations League road to the final, when they face a youthful Netherlands side.
The three lions had an excellent 2018 World Cup run reaching the semi-final over the competition, and their best run in recent world cups to date.
Premier League winners Man City will have Kyle Walker and Player of the Year Raheem Sterling fit for the tournament. With Liverpool’s Champions League winning captain Jordan Henderson, Trent-Alexander Arnold, Man United’s Jessie Lingard and Marcus Rashford also boarding the plane to Portugal.
Don’t forget Spurs Harry Kane who will captain the side and is expected to be fully fit. New-comers in West Ham’s Declan Rice, Everton’s Michael Keane and Borussia Dortmund’s exciting-winger Jadon Sancho featuring.
Portugal and England may have bigger names than the other two participants, but don’t glaze over this newly-invigorated Netherlands side who have a nice mix of experience and youth!
Champions League winner Virgil Van Dijk leads the Dutch-side, along side Ajax pair Matthijis De Ligt and Daley Blind. This side features a lot of Liverpool and Ajax stand-outs, with Georginio Wijnaldum, Donny Van De Beek and Frenkie De Jong in midfield.
Lyon forward Memphis Depay who has had an excellent season, is joined by Sevilla’s Quincey Promes and Roma’s Justin Kluivert.