With the qualification groups for the 2018 World Cup now finished, UEFA has announced the seedings for the inaugural 2018/19 Nations League. Hungary will participate in League C, the draw being made on 24 January next year.
Hungary, seeding 25th in the UEFA coefficient rankings will play in League C of the 2018/19 UEFA Nations League after being edged out of a League B spot at the last-gasp by Turkey.
Each of UEFA’s 55 member countries will compete in the new competition, being split into four divisions – A, B, C, and D, with the four league winners earning the right to play at UEFA Euro 2020. Seeds 1-12 will play in League A, seeds 13-24 in League B, seeds 25-29 in League C, and seeds 40-55 in League D.
The new competition will also see promotion and relegation, with the four group-winners in leagues B, C, and D moving up a division for the next edition of the competition, and the four bottom teams in their respective groups in leagues A, B, and C being relegated to the league below. In March 2020 the four group winners at each division level will play semi-finals and a final to decide the final four remaining places at Euro 2020 for those teams who have failed to qualify via the top two places in the traditional qualification groups, which will come to a close in autumn 2019.
League A: Germany, Portugal, Belgium, Spain, France, England, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, Iceland, Croatia, Netherlands
League B: Austria, Wales, Russia, Sweden, Ukraine, Ireland, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Northern Ireland, Denmark, Czech Republic, Turkey
Pot 1: Hungary, Romania, Scotland, Slovenia
Pot 2: Greece, Serbia, Albania, Norway
Pot 3: Montenegro, Israel, Bulgaria, Finland
Pot 4: Cyprus, Estonia, Lithuania
League D: Azerbaijan, Macedonia, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia, Latvia, Faroe Islands, Luxembourg, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Liechtenstein, Malta, Andorra, Kosovo, San Marino, Gibraltar
As we wrote last week, a late goal from substitute Dániel Böde gave Hungary a well-deserved victory against the Faroe Islands in the final fixture of the FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign in the Groupama Aréna in Budapest tonight and ensured a third-place finish for his country in the final group standings.
(Source: mlsz.hu – press release)