In League A groups, Italy, who failed to qualify for this year’s World Cup finals, will face European champions Portugal Group 3. REUTERS/Pierre Albouy
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Germany will face old rivals France and the Netherlands after the trio were drawn together in the same three-team group for the inaugural UEFA Nations League, the latest addition to the football calendar, Wednesday. The trio will feature in Group 1 of League A, the top division of the four-tier tournament that UEFA has introduced to replace international friendlies and which will run alongside the traditional European championship qualifiers.It was an early boost for the competition which critics say is too complex, adds to an already crowded calendar and, because it provides an additional path to tournaments such as Euro 2020, makes it too easy for the top teams to qualify.The four last-placed teams are relegated to League B.In the other leagues, the four group winners are promoted and last team in each group goes down.
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