The UEFA Nations League explained

first_img0Shares0000Antoine Griezmann’s France face Germany in their inaugural UEFA Nations League match © AFP / Jewel SAMADPARIS, France, Sep 4 – A heavyweight showdown in Munich between the last two World Cup winners, France and Germany, sets the ball rolling on Thursday as the inaugural UEFA Nations League gets under way.The new tournament sees the 55 European national teams split into four divisions, taking promotion and relegation to international football while also offering an alternative route to the 2020 European Championship, without replacing the qualifiers themselves. AFP Sport tells you everything you need to know about the competition:– Fewer meaningless friendlies –The creation of the competition stems from the desire to replace meaningless friendly matches with more competitive games.When Germany last hosted France, in a friendly last November, the number of emtpy seats in Cologne was striking and suggested that the appetite for such games was waning.Meanwhile, smaller nations find it difficult to arrange friendly games, so UEFA believe they have come up with the perfect solution.They are using their own coefficient to split their 55 member nations into four leagues, with the top 12 sides all in League A. The next 12 are in League B, followed by 15 in League C and the bottom 16 in League D.Each group contains three or four teams, with everyone playing each other home and away between September and November this year.– Final four –The winners of the four groups in League A will go through to the finals from June 5-9 next year. Semi-finals, a third-place play-off and a final will all be played, with the host country to be decided in December from among the finalist teams.So there is a title and a trophy up for grabs, but also promotion and relegation with future Nations Leagues in mind.The team finishing bottom of each group in Leagues A, B and C will be relegated, and replaced by those finishing top of the groups in Leagues B, C and D.– Euro 2020 places up for grabs –There will still be qualifiers for the 24-team Euro 2020. They will take place from March to November, 2019, with a draw to be held this coming December.However, that will no longer be the only means of qualifying for that competition.Twenty teams will make it to Euro 2020 from qualifying, with the top two in each of the 10 groups advancing. The remaining four places will be decided in March 2020, in the Nations League play-offs.Each of the four leagues (A, B, C and D) will hold play-offs which will take place in March 2020 and which will be contested by the respective group winners, with semi-finals and a final being played.However, if a group winner has already qualified via the classic route, then their spot will go to the next best-ranked team in their league. And if a league does not have four teams to compete, the remaining slots are allocated to teams from another league.All of which means that one place at Euro 2020 will go to a team from League D, comprised of the continent’s traditional minnows.Meanwhile, teams will still be free to play friendly matches when the opportunity arises, hence why Scotland and Belgium meet in Glasgow this Friday, for example.– UEFA Nations League draw –League AGroup 1: Germany, France, NetherlandsGroup 2: Belgium, Iceland, SwitzerlandGroup 3: Italy, Poland, PortugalGroup 4: Croatia, England, SpainLeague BGroup 1: Czech Republic, Slovakia, UkraineGroup 2: Russia, Sweden, TurkeyGroup 3: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern IrelandGroup 4: Denmark, Republic of Ireland, WalesLeague CGroup 1: Albania, Israel, ScotlandGroup 2: Estonia, Finland, Greece, HungaryGroup 3: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Norway, SloveniaGroup 4: Lithuania, Montenegro, Romania, SerbiaLeague DGroup 1: Andorra, Georgia, Kazakhstan, LatviaGroup 2: Belarus, Luxembourg, Moldova, San MarinoGroup 3: Azerbaijan, Faroe Islands, Kosovo, MaltaGroup 4: Armenia, Macedonia, Gibraltar, Liechtenstein0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Name-calling allegedly fed deputy’s rage

first_imgA longtime friend told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Monday that 20-year-old Tyler Peterson came to his door in the hours after the rampage and calmly explained what he had done. “He wasn’t running around crazy or anything. He was very, very sorry for what he did,” Mike Kegley told the newspaper, adding that he gave Peterson coffee and food and later called 911. Peterson told Kegley that he had gone to his ex-girlfriend’s house early Sunday morning in hopes of patching up the relationship after a recent breakup. But, he said, Peterson lost control when the meeting ended in an argument and other people started ridiculing him as a “worthless pig.” Kegley declined to comment when reached by The Associated Press. Police, who declined to provide details of the argument, said Peterson stormed out, retrieved an AR-15 rifle from his car outside and burst back into the house, firing 30 shots that killed all but one of the people at the party. “We had no idea, obviously, that anything like this would ever occur,” Crandon Police Chief John Dennee said at a news conference Monday. Peterson, a deputy and part-time police officer, died after exchanging gunfire with law enforcement officers. Whether Peterson was shot by police or took his own life was unclear. The rampage raised questions in the remote northern Wisconsin community of 2,000 about how Peterson could have met requirements to become a law enforcement officer, especially after police acknowledged Monday that Peterson received no psychological screening before he was hired. Some questioned the wisdom of hiring someone so young. But Crandon city attorney Lindsay Erickson said age doesn’t matter as long as officers do their jobs well.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CRIME: Man was called worthless pig before killing six. By Robert Imrie THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CRANDON, Wis. – A young sheriff’s deputy who opened fire on a pizza party and killed six people reportedly flew into a rage when he was rebuffed by his old girlfriend, and others at the gathering called him a “worthless pig.” last_img read more

Juarez on joining Whitecaps: ‘Feel like Coutinho’

first_imgTransfers ‘I feel like Coutinho’ – Efrain Juarez says he’s leaving Monterrey for Vancouver Whitecaps Goal 09:32 1/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Efrain Juarez Monterrey Julio Cesar Aguilar Transfers Vancouver Whitecaps Monterrey MLS The Mexican defender confirmed he is joining the Canadian team after spending the past four years with the Rayados Efrain Juarez is leaving Liga MX side Monterrey for Major League Soccer, telling a Mexican radio station he’s heading to the Vancouver Whitecaps.Juarez wasn’t in the 18 for the Rayados’ Liga MX opener Sunday against Morelia, with coach Antonio Mohamed revealing the defender was in ongoing negotiations with an MLS team.“Efrain Juarez has the possibility of going to the MLS, he is in negotiations and for that reason he is not with the squad,” Mohamed said. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Juarez, who started for the Mexico national team at the 2010 World Cup, confirmed his destination in an interview with ESPN Radio Formula on Tuesday.”The negotiations were practically completed yesterday,” Juarez said, according to ESPN’s Tom Marshall. “Vancouver is a team that is growing like the whole league.He added: “From the first moment they showed interest in me, they honestly made me feel like Coutinho, very important.”Juarez will bring plenty of experience to the Whitecaps, having played for Real Zaragoza, Celtic and Pumas. He joined Monterrey from Club America in 2013The 29-year-old has 39 caps with Mexico but hasn’t played for the national team since 2012last_img read more