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Draw Made For UEFA Nations League

World champions Germany’s match-up with France and the Netherlands was perhaps the highlight as the draw for the League Phase of the inaugural UEFA Nations League was made on Tuesday.

The first round of matches for the 2018-19 season will start in September. The format sees four leagues of A, B, C and D, split into four groups of three or four teams, and will hopefully replace the meaningless international friendlies which dot the calendar.

The Nations League, which has promotion and relegation, is designed to allow teams to play against those who are similarly ranked and will offer some who do not qualify for Euro 2020 via the normal route a path to the play-offs.

The Nations League competition will see semi-finals, the final and a third-placed game, held between June 5-9, 2019.

Elsewhere, have been drawn against and Croatia, while in a mouthwatering Group B4, Wales and Republic of Ireland were paired together — meaning former team-mates Ryan Giggs and Roy Keane will face each other on the touchline.

Northern Ireland are in Group B3, and will play Austria and Bosnia-Herzegovina while , in League Three, will face Israel and Albania.

UEFA Nations League Groups

GROUP A1
Holland
France
Germany

GROUP A2
Iceland
Switzerland
Belgium

GROUP A3
Poland
Italy
Portugal

GROUP A4
Croatia
England
Spain

GROUP B1
Czech Republic
Ukraine
Slovakia

GROUP B2
Turkey
Sweden
Russia

GROUP B3
Northern Ireland
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Austria

GROUP B4
Denmark
Republic of Ireland
Wales

GROUP C1
Israel
Albania
Scotland

GROUP C2
Estonia
Finland
Greece
Hungary

GROUP C3
Cyprus
Bulgaria
Norway
Slovenia

GROUP C4
Lithuania
Montenegro
Serbia
Romania

GROUP D1
Andorra
Kazakhstan
Latvia
Georgia

GROUP D2
San Marino
Moldova
Luxembourg
Belarus

GROUP D3
Kosovo
Malta
Faroe Islands
Azerbaijan

GROUP D4
Gibraltar
Liechtenstein
Armenia
Macedonia

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