The continent’s leading international games often start less than eight weeks after the final of the European Championship. However, they will be playing for the first time since completing Euro qualifying last November.
UEFA National League is set to start this week. The Europa International football games are initiated into the autumn despite the ongoing coronavirus concerns.
“We are delighted to have our team back out on the pitch, and to be able to play international matches again,” said Germany coach Joachim Loew. “The past few months have been difficult for everybody.”
It has been confirmed that the Nations League will start with all games behind closed doors, a sad new normal for football fans.
Another reality of the health crisis is that coaches must be prepared for the possibility of losing players to positive Covid-19 tests. The French national team has already omitted midfield duo Paul Pogba and Houssem Aouar in the team for their coming matches against Sweden and Croatia.
League cohort winners who do not qualify for the finals in Qatar via that route will be delivered into the 12-team playoffs for a second chance at securing a place.
It all sounds complicated, but in simpler times the tournament was a breath of fresh air, replacing as it did the monotony of truly meaningless international friendlies.
The upcoming Europa games are going to be relatively strange due to the unusual terms posed by COVID-19.
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