Wednesday, April 17

UEFA Nations League has added intrigue with World Cup prep

The UEFA Nations League isn’t everyone’s cup of tea—Belgium and Man City star Kevin De Bruyne, in particular, is not a huge proponent of the competition—but less than six months out from the start of the World Cup, the start of the 2022–23 edition certainly comes with some additional intrigue.

With World Cup preparation as part of the equation—in addition to players on teams that have qualified for Qatar fighting for roster places this November—the competition resumes beginning this week, with the June international window featuring four of the six matchdays in the group phase , and late September featuring the final two. Well after the World Cup, the final four will take place next June.

“This is an important call-up, with the games coming just before the World Cup,” Spain forward Pablo Sarabia told reporters. “We want to win these four matches. They will be important for the players and also as a preparation for the World Cup, which obviously we want to win.”

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