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Thread: Nations League thoughts so far

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    Nations League thoughts so far

    It's all been quite complicated for people to fully understand due to so many possible permutation.

    However so far think it's been a really good idea. I've actually enjoyed this national team break where I am usually just wanting league football to start.

    The games certainly look competitive which is an improvement also it's good teams are competing against those of similar quality.

    I like the fact groups are small and that all 3 teams are going to be in different leagues next time.

    Obviously the lure of qualification for the euros is certainly the carrot. I do wonder what will happen with the next one where there is no spot for anything and actually wouldn't be surprised if some teams tried to get relegated to get an easier option to the following euros.

    I think if you are in league 2 you are probably going to go into the play offs one way or another apart from a couple.

    I see they are considering adapting it for world cup places however that probably wouldn't be until the numbers get increased.

    Also are there any countries which aren't recognised by fifa but are by UEFA I know Gibraltar were but aren't now which could be an issue

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    1000x improvement on meaningless friendlies

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    Yes, enjoyed the fact that subs were limited, I hate watching friendlies and seeing 5, 6 or 7 subs coming on. The games certainly appeared to be far more competitive.

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    The thought did cross my mind that if this had been done 20yrs ago Giggs would have probably 15 or so more caps to his name and Fergie would have had to lump it.

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    I love it, I think its great

    Seeing as if you're 1st/2nd in League B you'll go into pot 2 odds are the majority of League A & B will qualify through the usual qualifiers so the playoffs will mainly be made of Leagues C & D

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    It's gotta be a good thing, especially for the spectator.
    Nobody likes to pay good money to watch players go through the motions in a friendly.
    The best team available is usually on show too.

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    got to be better that watching games that mean nothing

    great that we can cap younger players aswel

    its all good imho

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    While it's better than "meaningless" friendlies I'm afraid I can't raise any enthusiasm for it.
    Essentially it's UEFA exerting control over the games outside qualifiers to limit the "gaming" of the rankings systems in friendlies by making sides play four games against teams at a similar level home and away.
    Unfortunately the 3 team group approach makes the competition a little unbalanced in that each round of fixture one side will play twice while the other play once.
    God forbid that anyone would "game" the new system by picking a reserve team for a non-competitive friendly before playing a Nations League game!

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    I think it's great, bit more on the line than a friendly and means Wales will play more regularly rather than avoid arranging friendlies.

  10. #10

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    Theme music is awful ,is it trying to be the champions league ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rjk View Post
    1000x improvement on meaningless friendlies
    Why are there friendliest still being played then ��

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    Quote Originally Posted by walinoz View Post
    Why are there friendliest still being played then ��
    2 fixture dates in each International "window". Nations League has groups of 3 hence in each window 1 side has two semi-meaningless friendlies in the Nations League while 2 sides have one Nations League fixture and one completely meaningless friendly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JumpersforGoalposts View Post
    2 fixture dates in each International "window". Nations League has groups of 3 hence in each window 1 side has two semi-meaningless friendlies in the Nations League while 2 sides have one Nations League fixture and one completely meaningless friendly.
    The nations league games aren't semi meaningless or friendlies.
    If we qualify for the euros from this route there wouldn't be many complaining

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rjk View Post
    The nations league games aren't semi meaningless or friendlies.
    If we qualify for the euros from this route there wouldn't be many complaining
    They only have any meaning if sides fail to qualify for the Euros - from the qualifiers. Hence, they are really semi meaningless friendlies. I hope they prove to have been irrelevant to Wales.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JumpersforGoalposts View Post
    They only have any meaning if sides fail to qualify for the Euros - from the qualifiers. Hence, they are really semi meaningless friendlies. I hope they prove to have been irrelevant to Wales.
    Not really, there's a separate trophy to be won, as well as promotion and relegation, it gives teams a shot at qualifying who never usually have anything to play for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walinoz View Post
    Why are there friendliest still being played then ��
    So that associations can make a bit of extra money by playing teams from the rest of the world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Monk View Post
    So that associations can make a bit of extra money by playing teams from the rest of the world.
    Also they don't get that many opportunities to play, you don't want to go into an important game without your side having played together for 8 months

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rjk View Post
    Not really, there's a separate trophy to be won, as well as promotion and relegation, it gives teams a shot at qualifying who never usually have anything to play for.
    Yes. Not unlike our domestic play off situation where mid to lower league teams could still make a play off position, whereas back in the day, mid table teams just go through the motions with no hope of promotion and no fear of relegation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rjk View Post
    Not really, there's a separate trophy to be won, as well as promotion and relegation, it gives teams a shot at qualifying who never usually have anything to play for.
    A trophy mini-tournament for the top group only. "Promotion and relegation" to try and keep the semi meaningless friendlies between sides of a similar standard while not destroying the fixture list with the same fixtures in each edition of the "League".
    You are right though that it gives sides who can't qualify from the qualifiers "proper" another chance at qualifying. Personally I think it will unravel after the quality of the sides coming through from the lower groups have embarrassed themselves at a finals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JumpersforGoalposts View Post
    A trophy mini-tournament for the top group only. "Promotion and relegation" to try and keep the semi meaningless friendlies between sides of a similar standard while not destroying the fixture list with the same fixtures in each edition of the "League".
    You are right though that it gives sides who can't qualify from the qualifiers "proper" another chance at qualifying. Personally I think it will unravel after the quality of the sides coming through from the lower groups have embarrassed themselves at a finals.
    However negatively you want to look at it surely itís better than friendlies though? These last 2 matches were much more interesting than any friendly Iíve ever watched.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Croesy Blue View Post
    However negatively you want to look at it surely it’s better than friendlies though? These last 2 matches were much more interesting than any friendly I’ve ever watched.
    Yes, probably. IMHO it would be better if they re-designed the qualifiers though to reduce the number of friendly dates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rjk View Post
    Not really, there's a separate trophy to be won, as well as promotion and relegation, it gives teams a shot at qualifying who never usually have anything to play for.
    They also have a bearing on rankings in relation to the 2020 Euro draw

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    internationals screw up the league season, the latter is far more important imho!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Croesy Blue View Post
    However negatively you want to look at it surely it’s better than friendlies though? These last 2 matches were much more interesting than any friendly I’ve ever watched.
    Yet, I daresay there will be a bigger crowd for the Spain game than there was for the Republic of Ireland match - I don't see the Nations League having a long term future.

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    Thatís because itís against one of the best teams in the world though. I donít begrudge people wanting to see that.

    I think the problem with the nations league isnít the format itís the lack of advertising of what it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the other bob wilson View Post
    Yet, I daresay there will be a bigger crowd for the Spain game than there was for the Republic of Ireland match - I don't see the Nations League having a long term future.
    25k is a good crowd for a country our size. The fact we could get 50k for Spain is again impressive.

    If you put it into context it would be like England getting an attendance of 1 million people (obviously this is just based on population)

    I think the Spain maybe a big mistake after seeing what they did to Croatia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mazadona10 View Post
    25k is a good crowd for a country our size. The fact we could get 50k for Spain is again impressive.

    If you put it into context it would be like England getting an attendance of 1 million people (obviously this is just based on population)

    I think the Spain maybe a big mistake after seeing what they did to Croatia.
    1 million, imagine that. Some ****ers on here would be leaving after 3 minutes to make sure they get away quickly

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    Couldn't care less about it, but have never really been into Internationals.

    I'm a club man only!

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