Greece’s possible opponents in the next Nations League
Greece will remain in League C for the second edition of the UEFA Nations League and AGONAsport looks at their possible opponents.
In the inaugural UEFA Nations League, Greece managed three wins and three losses in Group 2 of League C to finish third in their respective group with nine points behind Finland (12 pts), and Hungary (10 pts) and ahead of last-placed Estonia (1 pt). It was a disappointing campaign for the Ethniki as they missed out on a spot in the EURO 2020 qualifying playoffs (to be held in March 2020) and dropped down to Pot 4 for the upcoming EURO 2020 qualifying draw scheduled for December 2nd.
By finishing third in the group, Greece failed to earn promotion to League B, but avoided relegation to League D. As a result, the Galanolefki will compete in League C for the second UEFA Nation League which will take place in September 2020, after the conclusion of EURO 2020.
Teams that will compete in League C along with Greece in 2020 include Israel, Albania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Montenegro, Georgia, Belarus, Kosovo, FYROM, Slovakia, Turkey, Ireland, and N. Ireland. At a first look, none of the teams pose a threat to a good Greek team, however, Romania, Slovakia, Turkey, Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Greece will be considered the stronger teams going into the 2020 UEFA Nations League.
It is unknown how or if the UEFA Nations League will play a role in 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying as it did in EURO 2020 qualifying. More details on the competition are expected to be released in the next few months.
A key factor will be if the 2022 World Cup will have 32 or 48 teams, which will directly affect how many European teams will qualify for the World Cup in Qatar. FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, mentioned that he is for 48 teams in the 2022 World Cup, meaning the possibility of an increase in teams for 2022 is a high possibility. A reminder, the 2026 World Cup will have 48 teams.
Below is a list of teams that were promoted and relegated from each of the League:
Promoted from League B to League A: Bosnia, Denmark, Sweden, Ukraine
Promoted from League C to League B: Finland, Norway, Serbia, Scotland
Promoted from League D to League C: FYROM, Georgia, Kosovo, Belarus
Relegated from League A to League B: Croatia, Germany, Iceland, Poland
Relegated from League B to League C: N. Ireland, Ireland, Slovakia, Turkey
Relegated from League C to League D: Estonia, Lithuania, Slovenia, Cyrpus