The Orange team will be linked to a team from Pot 1, Pot 3 and Pot 4 of the first division of the Nations League. Pot 1 consists of Belgium, France, Spain and Italy. England, Poland, Switzerland and Croatia are in third place, Wales, Austria, the Czech Republic and Hungary come in fourth. The orange avoids Portugal, Denmark, and Germany, which are also at level 2.
The third edition of the Nations League will start in June next year with four rounds. The last two group matches are scheduled for September. Louis van Gaal will also use all the games to best prepare the orange for the World Cup, which will start on November 21 in Qatar. The national coach, who is recovering from a thigh injury, has announced that he wants to allow his players to get used to a system of five defenders.
The four top-tier winners of the Nations League advance to the final round, which will end in the summer of 2023 with one of the finalists. The 4 numbers from the groups have been relegated to Class B for the fourth part of the tournament.
In the first edition of the Nations League, the orange reached the final, with Portugal proving their strength in the summer of 2019 (1-0). The Netherlands failed to qualify for the final round of the second edition of the new UEFA competition for national teams.
France became the second Nations League winner in October, after winning the final match against Spain (2-1). Italy beat Belgium in the consolation final (2-1).
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