The UEFA Nations League soccer tournament trophy is pictured during the team draw for the upcoming tournament, at the SwissTech Convention Center, in Lausanne, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)
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Renewing two of European soccer's great rivalries, World Cup champion Germany will play France and the Netherlands when the Nations League kicks off in September.Germany coach Joachim Loew wanted -- and got -- a tough group in Wednesday's draw for the newest national-team competition in world soccer.Nations League results will help decide the Euro 2020 playoff lineup in March that year. At least one team from the lowest-ranked League D will qualify for Euro 2020 .Lower-ranked teams in the four-team groups of Leagues C and D have all their matches booked.It will also affect the 10-group Euro 2020 draw, which UEFA will not make until after the Nations League groups finish.Top-tier teams going to the Final Four will go into one of the five groups of five teams. League A playoffs likely will look strange, filled by League B losers because most top-tier teams will qualify automatically in 2019 .
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