Nations League: favourites, France's rivals, calendar... Everything you need to know about the 2022-2023 edition

Nations League: favourites, France’s rivals, calendar… Everything you need to know about the 2022-2023 edition

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Who will succeed Didier Deschamps’ Blues for this third edition of the League of Nations? The annual competition, which tries to make a name for itself between the European Championship and the World Cup, resumes its rights from Wednesday June 1 with a match between Poland and Wales.

The Tricolors will start on Friday against the Danes before challenging Croatia three days later. This clash between the two finalists of the 2018 World Cup will be followed closely, a few months before the World Cup in Qatar. Here is everything you need to know about the 2022-2023 edition.

France, Belgium, Spain, England… The favorites in the rehearsal against Qatar

Tipsters should mark the same nations as a few months from now when establishing their list of favorites for the League of Nations.

Winners last October, the Blues are logically candidates for their own succession. With Kylian Mbappé and Karim Benzema, recently crowned for the fifth time in the Champions League and closer than ever to the Ballon d’Or, Didier Deschamps knows that he has an attacking attack like no other.

However, it remains to be managed to maintain what led the French team to success, namely their collective sense. The last to arrive in the group (Jonathan Clauss, William Saliba, Boubacar Kamara, Moussa Diaby, Christopher Nkunku) have the opportunity to shine to get their ticket to Qatar at the end of the year.

Disgraced finalist last year against the Habs, Spain is also one of the scarecrows of this competition. Luis Enrique’s players will surely remember the painful scenario experienced in Turin on October 10, 2021, with a goal 10 minutes from the end of the match by someone who just preferred PSG to Real Madrid.

The memories are perhaps even stronger for the Belgian team. Beaten 3-2 at the end of a crazy semi-final match against France, the Red Devils missed out on their first success in international competition. They had finished fourth in the 2020-2021 edition after their defeat in the small final against the Italian European champions, other favorites despite their absence in Qatar. Thibaut Courtois’s teammates will want to get going before the World Cup.

Finally, it’s hard not to mention England among the nations to watch. Gareth Southgate’s men missed out on their first European title last summer and aim to dust off the trophy cabinet, which has been empty since the World Cup victory in 1966.

Les Bleus in revealing Croatian, stock market clashes between Germany, Italy and England

The draw for the group stage of the League of Nations, held in mid-December in Nyon (Switzerland), reserved good posters and relatively saved the Blues. The latter will challenge Denmark, Croatia and Austria in Group 1.

At the same time, other major nations will face greater adversity. Group 3, with Italy, England and Germany, promises intense clashes. Two duels between neighbors (Spain against Portugal in group 2, Belgium against the Netherlands in group 4) will also be highly scrutinized.

An unchanged format

The format of this competition, in lack of popularityrest same as in the previous edition. The 55 nations recognized by UEFA are divided into four leagues per level (A, B, C and D), which contain various groups.

The promotion and demotion system will remain in force, as will the “The Last Four” between the four group champions of League A. This will be played in June 2023. Finally, this League of Nations can also constitute a qualifying modality for the next European Championship. “Details on how teams could secure play-off places via” of the Nations League will take place in a few days, underlines UEFA on its site.

The matches to follow during the Nations League 2022-2023

Days 1 and 2: June 2-7, 2022

Spain-Portugal (group A2, June 2)
France-Denmark (Group A1, June 3)
Belgium-Holland (Group A4, June 3)
Italy-Germany (Group A3, June 4)

Portugal-Switzerland (Group A2, June 5)
Croatia-France (group A1, June 6)
Germany-England (Group A3, June 7)

Days 3 and 4: June 9-14, 2022

Switzerland-Spain (Group A2, June 9)
Austria-France (group A1, June 10)
Denmark-Croatia (Group A1, June 10)
England-Italy (Group A3, June 11)

Switzerland-Portugal (Group A2, June 12)
-Croatia (Group A1, June 13)
Germany-Italy (Group A3, June 14)

Days 5 and 6: September 22-27, 2022

Croatia-Denmark (group A1, September 22)
France-Austria (Group A1, September 22)
Italy-England (Group A3, September 23)
Spain-Switzerland (Group A2, September 24)

Denmark-France (group A1, September 25)
Netherlands-Belgium (Group A4, September 25)
England-Germany (Group A3, September 26)
Portugal-Spain (group A2, September 27)

Final phase draw: to confirm
semifinals: June 14 and 15, 2023
Final and match for third place: June 18, 2023
Dams: March 21-23 and 24-26, 2024

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