Nations League 2020-21 Stadiums and Fixtures

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The 2018-19 inaugural edition of the Nations League proved to be more of a success than most people imagined.  It met its primary goal of making international football more exciting by replacing meaningless friendlies with more competitive games.  The league and group structures also mean teams play other countries of a similar level, meaning more competitive football across the whole competition.

Expectations were, therefore, higher for the second tournament in 2020-21 and again it did not fail to live up to expectation.  The addition of qualification places for the Euros for lower leagues added significant incentive for teams to want to win.  In fact, Scotland ended up in at Euro 2020 by this route, along with Hungary, Slovakia and North Macedonia. The promise of the a rare international trophy for the finalists from League A also resulted in some seriously competitive football.

France, Italy, Spain and Belgium all won their respective League A groups in 2020 and as a consequence gained a place in the finals in October 2021 (delayed from June due to rescheduling needed in light of the Covid-19 pandemic and need to move Euro 2020 to 2021).  Italy were selected as hosts but lost to Spain in the semi-finals, the European Champions first international loss in 37 games.  France overcame Belgium in a 3-2 thriller despite Belgium leading 2-0 at half-time.  The final was played at the San Siro in Milan and it was France that came out as champions with a 2-1 victory in 90 minutes against Spain.  Italy finished third by beating Belgium 2-1 in the third place play-off.

League A

CountryFinal RankGroupGroup PositionW-D-LPoints
France 1 3 1 5-1-0 16
Spain 2 4 1 3-2-1 11
Italy 3 1 1 3-3-0 12
Belgium 4 2 1 5-0-1 15
Portugal 5 3 2 4-1-1 13
Netherlands 6 1 2 3-2-1 11
Denmark 7 2 2 3-1-2 10
Germany 8 4 2 2-3-1 9
England 9 2 3 3-1-2 10
Poland 10 1 3 2-1-3 7
Switzerland 11 4 3 1-3-2 6
Croatia 12 3 3 1-0-5 3
Ukraine 13 4 4 2-0-4 6
Sweden 14 3 4 1-0-5 3
Bos & Herz 15 1 4 0-2-4 2
Iceland 16 2 4 0-0-6 0

League B

CountryFinal RankGroupGroup PositionW-D-LPoints
Wales 17 4 1 5-1-0 16
Austria 18 1 1 4-1-1 13
Czech Rep 19 2 1 4-0-2 12
Hungary 20 3 1 3-2-1 11
Finland 21 4 2 4-0-2 12
Norway 22 1 2 3-1-2 10
Scotland 23 2 2 3-1-2 10
Russia 24 3 2 2-2-2 8
Romania 25 1 3 2-2-2 8
Israel 26 2 3 2-2-2 8
Serbia 27 3 3 1-3-2 6
Ireland 28 4 3 0-3-3 3
Turkey 29 3 4 1-3-2 6
Slovakia 30 2 4 1-1-4 4
Bulgaria 31 4 4 0-2-4 2
N. Ireland 32 1 4 0-2-4 2

League C

CountryFinal RankGroupGroup PositionW-D-LPoints
Slovenia 33 3 1 4-2-0 14
Montenegro 34 1 1 4-1-1 13
Albania 35 4 1 3-2-1 11
Armenia 36 2 1 3-2-1 11
Greece 37 3 2 3-3-0 12
Belarus 38 4 2 3-1-2 10
Luxembourg 39 1 2 3-1-2 10
Macedonia 40 2 2 2-3-1 9
Lithuania 41 4 3 2-2-2 8
Georgia 42 2 3 1-4-1 7
Azerbaijan 43 1 3 1-3-2 6
Kosovo 44 3 3 1-2-3 5
Khazakhstan 45 4 4 1-1-4 4
Cyprus 46 1 4 1-1-4 4
Estonia 47 2 4 0-3-3 3
Moldova 48 3 4 0-1-5 1

League D

CountryFinal RankGroupGroup PositionW-D-LPoints
Gibraltar 49 2 1 2-2-0 8
Faroe Is 50 1 1 3-3-0 12
Liech'stein 51 2 2 1-2-1 5
Malta 52 1 2 2-3-1 9
Latvia 53 1 3 1-4-1 7
San Marino 54 2 3 0-2-2 2
Andorra 55 1 4 0-2-4 2

Semi-Finals

Fixture  UK KO TimeStadium
Italy v Spain 6th October San Siro
Belgium v France 7th October Juventus Stadium

Third Place Play-Off

Fixture  UK KO TimeStadium
Italy v Belgium 10th October Juventus Stadium

2021 Nations League Final

Fixture  UK KO TimeStadium
Spain v France 10th October San Siro