National group football defies pandemic
Spain’s Ferran Tores (second left) goes to celebrate with colleagues after scoring against Germany throughout their UEFA Nations League match in Seville, Spain, on Tuesday.
Amidst a coronavirus spike across Europe, the international football break showed to be a notable success for nationwide teams.
The 162-game group phase of the Nations League was completed this week with only 2 matches cancelled and the Final Four line-up verified.
Top-ranked Belgium and current World Cup champs France, Spain and Italy all gotten approved for a mini-tournament next October in a competition still struggling for approval in an overloaded soccer calendar.
However, lots of players are returning from nationwide team duty either contaminated with COVID-19 or facing periods in quarantine ahead of league video games this weekend, fuelling the unlimited ‘club vs nation’ tensions.
“The present situation is not appropriate (for domestic leagues and clubs),” said Bundesliga CEO Christian Seifert yesterday.
The Champions League and Europa League also resume next week.
Still, there were some instant benefits for keeping Europe’s nationwide groups active in the middle of a public health crisis. The 4 staying locations at next year’s European Champion were likewise verified and the integrity of seedings for the World Cup-qualifying group draw on December 7 was kept.