UEFA Nations League History
The UEFA Nations League is one of football’s newest tournaments to have been created for National Football Teams in Europe and as such has generated a real buzz and excitement for fans across the continent. The competition has looked to replace the international friendlies that used to take place, which has also helped create demand for Nations League tickets.
Top Achievements and Winners
With the UEFA Nations League still relatively new, there have not been too many achievements to really mention. However, the inaugural winners of the 2018 edition of the tournament were Portugal National Football Team.
Memorable Moments In The UEFA Nations League
Of course, the Portugal National Football Team’s success in the inaugural competition will certainly have been made memorable for obvious reasons, however, the UEFA Nations League has also provided some great moments for a number of national teams. Shock results have also been produced in some fixtures, such as Gibraltar’s victory against Armenia as they recorded their first-ever competitive win, whilst England defeated Spain in the southern European country to hand them their first defeat in 15 years.
For example, the England National Football Team managed to win a penalty shoot-out against the Switzerland National Football Team in the third-place contest, whilst teams like Georgia and Kosovo earned their chance of reaching a major competition - the European Championships - after having been able to do well in the UEFA Nations League.
Top Players Over The Years
With some of the best national sides in Europe to have featured in the UEFA Nations League, there has been an abundance of world-class players to feature in the tournament. Individuals such as Harry Kane, Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Pogba and Virgil van Dijk show that there have been some quality players on show in previous fixtures.
Top Coaches During The Years In The UEFA Nations League
There have been a number of top managers to have featured in the tournament as well, with individuals such as Gareth Southgate, Didier Deschamps, Ronald Koeman and Fernando Santos having all led their National Football Teams on the touchline.