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German Coaches Speak Out Against UEFA Nations League

  • ESPN FC, Friday, March 28, 2014 2:23 PM
German coaches Joachim Low and Jurgen Klopp have expressed concerns about UEFA’s plan to introduce the UEFA Nations League, which will effectively replace international friendlies, beginning in 2018. UEFA on Thursday approved the new format, which you can read about here.

Low, Germany's coach, worried that the new format would have a big influence on Germany’s ability to compete with nations outside Europe and develop a well-rounded game ahead of tournaments like the World Cup. “We want to continue to compete with the big nations outside of Europe. To find the dates and the options for that will not get easier,” he said. “We would love to play against the big nations in world football all the time, also outside of the European Championships and the World Cup. That’s the only way to improve ourselves further.”

Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund coach Klopp said UEFA should have consulted players and coaches before making a final decision on the matter.  “Nobody asked players or coaches,” he said. “I did not exactly celebrate when I heard the news.”

However, Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge defended the changes, saying: “We are not against the Nations Cup. We understand that the smaller and middle nations are not able to market their international friendlies anymore. Now it is important to develop a format that whets the networks’, the fans’ and the sponsors’ appetite."

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