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Germany, Portugal, Belgium and Spain top seeds for UEFA Nations League

Germany, Portugal, Belgium and Spain top seeds for UEFA Nations League

England, meanwhile, could face a three-way group-of-death battle with Germany and Holland to avoid one of the biggest names in European football finding themselves in UEFA's newly-named "League B".

The top four-ranked League B teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter play-offs in March 2020, with one finals place on offer.

Nations League rankings will then be used to decide which teams qualify for the play-offs to decide the final four spots at Euro 2020.

There will still be dates in the calendar for the top nations to play global friendlies, with Nations League games taking up four of the six available worldwide match dates at the end of next year.

It will also provide four qualifying spots for the tournament.

The competition, which will begin in September 2018 and will create four qualifying places for Euro 2020.

Four group winners from division "A" in June 2019 will determine the victor of the first draw of the League of Nations.

The tournament, which features all 55 Uefa members, will largely replace worldwide friendlies during the qualification period for the European Championship in 2020.

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Pulisic left Penedo in his wake and, from an acute angle, slid the 6-yard shot into the vacant net as he tumbled to the wet grass. Another difference: The fourth-place Americans (2-3-3, 9 points) won't be able to qualify for Russian Federation on Friday.

Austria, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, Czech Republic and Turkey complete the 12 teams.

League C: Hungary, Romania, Scotland, Slovenia, Greece, Serbia, Albania, Norway, Montenegro, Israel, Bulgaria, Finland, Cyprus, Estonia and Lithuania.

The top team in each group will be promoted and the bottom team relegated for the next Nations League competition which takes place in 2021.

Division D: Azerbaijan, Macedonia, Georgia, Belarus, Armenia, Faroe Islands, Latvia, Luxembourg, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Liechtenstein, Malta, Kosovo, Andorra, San Marino and Gibraltar.

The League Phase Draw for the UEFA Nations League will take place in Lausanne on 24 January 2018.

There are four tiers and nations have been placed with teams of similar ability. The four group winners will be promoted to League C for the 2020 edition.

THE Uefa Nations League is set to get underway next year with England and Wales the leading home nations.

The Euro 2020 qualification play-offs are set for March 2020 as mentioned above, and Euro 2020 itself, which will be played across the continent, will begin three months later.


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