Yes, Mr. Sule, the descent threatens. What he has consequences for the German national team, we clarify (Photo: imago / DeFodi)
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
The German national football team is no longer in the league in the Nations League after the bankruptcy in Paris in their own hands. If the Dutch win against France on the next match day, the relegation is sealed. And then?
Thorsten Legat would probably think so: The situation of the German national football team in the first year of the League of Nations is after the bitter as well as encouraging 1: 2 (1-0) defeat against France on Tuesday evening fact. It is so: If the Netherlands win against France in Rotterdam on the next matchday in November (Friday, the 16th), the team of national coach Joachim Loew would have descended in the three-man group from Division A. In a draw between the Netherlands and France would have to win the DFB team on 19 November in Gelsenkirchen with more than three goals difference against the strengthened Elftal to keep safe the class. Should the Dutch lose, Germany will be enough to win in the group final. It threatens a real thriller. So far, so clear? But what does that mean? Well, it's like this: In the Nations League, all 55 member associations, ie national teams, are represented by Uefa. They are divided into four leagues – in strength from A (strong) to D (not so strong). Who belongs to which league, that had been measured by the coefficient rankings of Uefa after qualifying for the World Cup in Russia. Each league in turn consists of four groups each with three or four teams. Title, but no ticket The DFB-Elf plays in the strongest league against – as we now know – quite capable opponents. After three out of four games, Coach Löw's team is in last place with just one point thanks to a respectable 0-0 draw in the first leg against France. While the winners of the top groups qualify for the semi-finals and final tournament in June 2019 and play only for fame, honor and the new Nations League title (but not for an EM ticket!), The last group descend and have to go to the tournament 2020/21 in league B play. The first of the league B rise meanwhile. This also applies to Leagues C and D. What in principle sounds harmless at first, because as a competition athletic though attractive (yet) not renowned, but in fact has serious consequences. Four of the 24 grid positions for the next European Championship will be awarded via the new competition. The four group winners of each league then play one starting place each in March 2020 – unless they have already secured their European Championship ticket via the regular qualifier in the familiar group mode, which ends in November 2019. Each league winner gets an EM starting place If this is the case, the next best team moves to the playoffs. If all teams in a league already have the ticket for the Euro 2020, the best non-qualified team moves from the next lower league. This may result in teams playing in league B in the A-playoffs. Either way, each league determines an EM participant – including the league D with the 16 weakest teams. Okay, then, because one more thing we have to mention: The Nations League ranking still to be determined will be crucial for the qualifying draw for the European Championship in the future. For a relegated Germany, that means: officially, it would not be more the strongest team in the group because the B-Ligist would then get an A-league (maximum two) zugelost. So, done. Let's just say: everything is not so bad. Even if the sports information service rightly writes: After the World Cup debacle, a fall into the European secondary class would mean another major damage to the image of the association's flagship.