SuperSport secures rights to broadcast Uefa Nations League

Kristopher Nichols
September 7, 2018

It's tournament football but not as we know it, as the brand new UEFA Nations League prepares to get underway on Thursday.

Kylian Mbappe is a genuine world star following his World Cup heroics with France and the teenager once again showed his class in Munich.

Asides the UEFA Nations League colours replicated extensively on the match ball, Adidas also added the official logo of the tournament to the ball.

The inaugural UEFA Nations League kicks off in September with the semi-finals, third place match and final to be played in June 2019.

It features four divisions all split into four groups of various sizes, with England in the top division - League A.

Les Bleus return to action for the first time since lifting the World Cup trophy in Russian Federation when they take on Joachim Loew's embattled Germany, the previous title holders, at a sold-out Allianz Arena in Munich.

The team finishing bottom of each group in Leagues A, B and C will be relegated, and replaced by those finishing top of the groups in Leagues B, C and D.

The victor can only come from League A and will be determined by a mini-tournament played in June, with semifinals, a game for third place and a final.

Each group contains three or four teams, with everyone playing each other home and away between September and November this year.

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SPN has now become the official broadcaster of eight premier global football properties in the Indian subcontinent, including UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, LaLiga, Serie A, UEFA Super Cup and the FA Cup. It has been made to replace the huge amount of global friendlies, and this is going to affect the Euro qualifying.

The other 34 nations will play in a qualifying round (four games each) to determine which of the three leagues they will compete in.

For example: Sweden fails to qualify for Euro 2020 via the traditional qualification route.

The top two teams in each qualifying group automatically advance to Euro 2020.

What is the Nations League? Even though our World Cup was so positive we still feel like we need to prove ourselves against the very best teams.

Why is the Nations League important?

These games are played instead of European friendly matches. This because over the years a feeling has spread that the players are participating in too many competitive matches in every season.

By no means will Didier Deschamps treat this newly inducted tournament as a non-serious business and would have high hopes of seeing his squad of budding talents lift another piece of silverware in due time. His deputy keeper Steve Mandanda is also out for four weeks, and these two remain the only absentee from the squad that won the FIFA World Cup 2018 title in Russian Federation. The winners of each group throughout the four leagues will automatically gain a place in the play-offs for the 2020 European Championships.

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