UEFA Nations League Germany v France 06 September 2018

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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported that many football fans most especially in Nigeria hardly follow the UEFA Europa League unless clubs like Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool fall into this championship.

The teams will play across each other in a round robin format in September, October, and November.

France responded immediately to that with their first real opening of the contest when N'Golo Kante found Chelsea teammate Olivier Giroud inside the box, but the striker - who failed to register a single shot on target at the World Cup - saw his powerful downward header pushed away by Manuel Neuer.

Despite their contrasting fortunes in Russian Federation, both teams still have the same managers at the helm with Didier Deschamps and Joachim Loew leading France and Germany respectively.

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England defender Kieran Trippier believes that Saturday's Nations League clash against Spain will give the Three Lions the ideal opportunity to prove that they can beat the big names. Essentially the minnows of the European game and Kazakhstan - which is certainly not in Europe, it's capital Astana is closer to Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia than it is to Moscow! Group 1 of League C has three teams while the rest have four and League D groups all have four teams each. The qualifying group stage for Euro 2020 will still be on but, the League will affect the timeline.

The newly promoted teams will then play at the new level in the next competition which starts in 2020.

This, essentially, is a plan to make countries take worldwide friendlies more seriously, in part because the likes of Poland and Romania had been gaming the ranking system. The seeding used for this draw will be based entirely on our ranking after our four Group B4 matches. The remaining four places will be awarded to the winners of the mini-tournament mentioned above. The top placed teams in league A take part in a playoff - which is the UEFA Nations League final - that will be held in June 2019.

The interesting thing about this system is that one of the four minnows from League D that top their groups will then win a spot to represent their League in the March mini-tournament. If the group victor has already qualified, then it will be the next best team from that group; or if all teams in the group have already qualified then of the next highest-ranked side from that league.