The Nations League trophy is Uefa’s second international competition for men
The Nations League final started this week with Spain defeated hosts Italy 2-1 to reach the final of one of the newest tournaments in international football.
In the final they play against Belgium or France.
This is the second edition of the Nations League where Portugal – which failed to qualify this time – wins its first title in 2019.
So what is it about? Let BBC Sport explain you.
Who plays when and where?
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Italy, which hosts the final with four teams and four games, lost to Spain in the first semi-final at the San Siro in Milan. It was a repeat of the last 16 of Euro 2020, which Italy won on penalties.
The next for Spain is the final against Belgium or France, who will meet on Thursday (7.45pm CET) in Juventus’ Allianz Stadium.
This game is a replay of the 2018 World Cup semi-finals, in which France beat Belgium 1-0.
“You can’t compare the Nations League to the European Championship or the World Cup, but it’s a prize that four big countries are fighting for. If we win it, it would be a crowning achievement for this group,” said Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel. called.
France boss Didier Deschamps said: “There is this rivalry and it may be a little intensified after the semi-finals in Russia.”
Italy will face the losers of the game between Belgium and France on Sunday in the play-off for third place in Turin (14:00 CEST).
Spain will face the winners at 7:45 p.m. CET in San Siro.
Belgium, number one in the world, has not won an international tournament since the 1920 Olympic Games.
These finals were originally supposed to take place in June, but had to be postponed due to the postponement of Euro 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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How did these teams qualify?
The 2020-21 Nations League group stage took place in September, October and November last year, with the winners of each group qualifying for this finals in the top division.
England reached the finals in 2019, but this time finished third behind in Group A2 Belgium and Denmark.
Italy ended undefeated in their group, one point ahead of the Netherlands.
France, also unbeaten, finished three points ahead of Portugal. Spain were two points ahead of Germany.
None of these teams reached the 2019 finals.
How about qualifying for the World Cup?
These games have no impact on qualifying for the World Cup.
The four teams involved play in groups of five instead of six and have played additional games in the last two international breaks so that other teams can now catch up.
The two best-placed Nations League group winners who do not finish in the top two in World Cup qualifiers will move into the Qatar play-offs in 2022 – but the Nations League final has no influence on this.
What’s the point
The group stage of the Nations League – in which all 55 Uefa countries take part – was introduced to replace international friendlies with more meaningful games that involve promotion and relegation.
The final is considered a real tournament in which the winner receives a 7.5 kg, 71 cm trophy made of sterling silver.
Oh, and prize money. The winners will receive 10.5 million euros (almost 9 million pounds), of which 9 million euros for second place, 8 million euros for third and 7 million euros for fourth place.
This includes the participation fee and the prize money for winning your groups.
Will there be another Nations League?
Yes sir. The draw for the group stage of the Nations League 2022-23 will take place on December 16 in Montreux, Switzerland.