Although it is a purely continental tournament and of a lower rank than the European Championship, it comes in handy two months before the World Cup in the small and multimillion-dollar Arab state, because it is also associated in parallel with the friendly matches of numerous national teams.
All this panorama makes the decibels -of the emotions-, rise to shrill levels when the best exercise of sports journalism now is to speculate on the eventual candidacies for the world title in a tournament that will break with the usual cycles of preparation of footballers .
However, since football moves large sums of money, the Qatar World Cup 2022 in November and December is already assumed as normal. Before, the greatest effort of the technicians will be to tighten the fingers so that no important player is injured.
In the meantime, Denmark, Spain, Hungary and the Netherlands appear as leaders of their respective groups in the third edition of the Nations League, a decaffeinated list that now improves its prestige with Qatar at the gates.
The previous champions, Portugal and especially France, have little chance of claiming the title. In fact, Didier Deschamps’s Gauls threw in the towel and will not have several figures in this call, such as forward Karim Benzema, injured.
Denmark leads group A1 with nine points in four games and Spain (eight points) is playing its pass against Portugal, in Braga, where it will visit Braga on the last day.
Hungary is the unexpected leader of the A3, above Germany, Italy and England, while
The Netherlands and Belgium will play for a place in the final phase in A4.
Calendar of the final stretch of the group stage in the League of Nations:
– Group A1:
. Thursday 22: Croatia-Denmark and France-Austria
. Sunday 25: Denmark-France and Austria-Croatia
– Group A2
. Saturday 24: Spain-Switzerland and Czech Republic-Portugal
. Tuesday 27: Portugal-Spain and Switzerland-R. czech
– Group A3:
. Friday 23: Italy-England and Germany-Hungary
. Monday 26: England-Germany and Hungary-Italy
– Group A4:
. Friday 22: Poland-Netherlands and Belgium-Wales
. Sunday 25: Netherlands-Belgium and Wales-Poland