For many years, the lustre of international football has diminished. The commercial growth of the Premier League and the previously unmatched standard of the Champions League’s latter stages have diluted interest and rendered much of the international season irrelevant. Club managers in particular have expressed their apathy for international friendlies, while national coaches find the limited time spent with their squad equally problematic. The general public are even more resistant, as attendances and viewing figures attest to. Recognising that something had to be done to renew interest and make the international game more relevant, UEFA have devised a new competition. Titled the UEFA nations league, it will take place every two years within the existing international calendar. The first edition will occur in the 2018/19 season.
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