AMSTERDAM, 3 MARCH 2020 – Croatia has learned its League A opponents after the draw for the 2nd edition of the UEFA Nations League took place in Amsterdam today.
The 55 UEFA nations were split into four separate leagues, based on their position in the UEFA coefficient rankings with Croatia in the elite League A.
Croatia has been drawn in Group A3 alongside Sweden, France and Portugal.
The group matches will take place in September, October and November 2020.
Matchday 1: 3–5 September 2020
Matchday 2: 6–8 September 2020
Matchday 3: 8–10 October 2020
Matchday 4: 11–13 October 2020
Matchday 5: 12–14 November 2020
Matchday 6: 15–17 November 2020
Finals: 2, 3, 6 June 2021
Relegation play-offs: 24, 25, 28, 29 March 2022
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In Group A1, Poland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy and Netherlands will battle it out. In Group A2, England were drawn with Belgium, Iceland and Denmark, whilst Group A4 sees Germany, Ukraine, Spain and Switzerland meet.
The four group winners of League A qualify for the Nations League Finals in June 2021, which is played in a knockout format, consisting of the semi-finals, third place play-off, and final.
“We got the toughest group possible but also the most attractive group and I am happy for Croatia. We have got the current World and European champions and Sweden who are a strong side,” coach Zlatko Dalić said, before adding.
“This will be great build up for the World Cup qualifiers which will follow. Our aim will be to win the group.”
Croatia is next in action later this month in Doha at the Qatar Airways International Tournament. Croatia will face Switzerland in the first match of the tournament on 26 March (7:30 pm local time). The next match for Zlatko Dalic’s side will be on 30 March when they take on Nations League opponents Portugal (8:30 pm local time).