How does Euro 2020 qualifying work?


London (AFP) – Euro 2020 qualifiers get under way on Thursday with 24 places up for grabs at next year’s tournament, which will be held in 12 countries across Europe.

How does it work?

UEFA’s 55 nations have been split into five groups of six teams and five groups of five. Each team plays home and away against the other teams in their group with the top two from each section becoming the first 20 teams to qualify.

What about the Nations League?

The traditional qualifying groups are the easy part, deciding the contestants for playoffs to decide the remaining four places is a rather more complex process.

UEFA’s inaugural Nations League played in the Autumn of 2018 split the 55 members into four tiers (League A-D) with four groups in each.

The 16 Nations League group winners have the safety net of a playoff but will only take part if they fail to make the top two in their qualifying group.

Those 16 nations are:

League A: England, Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland

League B: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, Sweden, Ukraine

League C: Finland, Norway, Scotland, Serbia

League D: Belarus, Macedonia, Georgia, Kosovo

Each league will have a path of its own, all of which will feature two single-leg semi-finals and one single-leg final. The winner of each path will qualify for Euro 2020.

All nations were ranked 1-55 on their Nations League performance based on where they finished in their group, points won, goal difference etc.

If a Nations League group winner also finishes in the top two of their qualifying group, their spot will go to the next best-ranked team in their league.

What about the Nations League finals?

As group winners in League A, England, the Netherlands, Portugal and Switzerland will contest the first Nations League finals in June.

The outcome of the finals will have no impact on who qualifies for Euro 2020.

When are the matches played?

All qualifying matches will be played between March and November 2019, with double-headers in March, June, September, October and November.

Those sides involved in the Nations League finals will not have any qualifiers in June.

When and where does the tournament take place?

The 12 host cities are: Amsterdam, Baku, Bilbao, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Glasgow, London, Munich, Rome and Saint Petersburg.

The tournament will take place between June 12 and July 12, 2020.

Where to find Germany vs. Serbia on US TV and streaming

If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Germany vs. Serbia in the international friendly, you’ve come to the right place.

Match: Germany vs. Serbia
Kickoff: Wednesday, 3:45pm ET
Looking to watch Germany vs. Serbia online from work, home or on the go? If you live in the USA, there are several options to catch all the action.

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Here are all of the details of where you can watch it on television and via legal streaming:

Who: Germany vs. Serbia
What: International friendly
When: Game kicks off at 3:45pm ET / 12:45pm PT; Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Where: Live on Univision Deportes Network, ESPN3, Sling Orange, PlayStation Vue and fuboTV (free trial)

With Sling Orange, you can watch Germany vs. Serbia and many other games with a free 7-day trial to access ESPN3.

With the legal streaming service, you can watch the game on your Windows 10, Chrome browser on Windows or Mac computers, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire tablet (running Android 4.4.2+), Amazon Cube, Roku players and Roku smart TVs, Samsung and LG smart TVs, Android TV, AirTV Player, ZTE, Channel Master, Apple iOS 8 (& higher) phones & tablets, Android 4.0.3 (and higher) phones & tablets and Xbox One.

Among the channels available on Sling Orange, they include A&E, Adult Swim, AMC, BBC America, Bloomberg, Cartoon Network, CNN, Comedy Central, Disney Channel, El Rey Network, ESPN, ESPN2 ESPN3, Flama, Food Network, Free Form, Galavision, HGTV, History Channel, IFC, Lifetime, Local Now, Newsy, TBS, TNT, Travel Channel and Viceland.

Kane welcomes great expectations on England


Burton-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) – England should embrace their new-found status as one of the favourites for a major tournament, believes captain Harry Kane.

The Three Lions open their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign at home to the Czech Republic on Friday fresh from a run to the last four of the World Cup last summer and with another semi-final to come in the Nations League in June.

“I think we feel that expectation where people now expect us to do well and I think before the World Cup there was no expectation. It is great that we have turned that around,” said Kane on Tuesday.

“I think we’ve handled it really well since the World Cup. I think we’re the only team who got into the semi-finals at the World Cup to have got through their Nations League groups, and we had probably one of the hardest groups.

“I think that was big for us, to prove to everyone that it wasn’t just a one-off. That this team we are really building for something special in the future.”

England’s chances of winning a major tournament for the first time since 1966 next year will also be boosted by having the majority of their games at Wembley.

Both semi-finals and final will be held at the home of English football, as well as at least two of England’s group games should they qualify.

“We know the chance to play a Euros where most of the games are at home is an amazing opportunity and you don’t often get that in your career so we will try and make the most of it,” added Kane.

Despite Tottenham’s faltering form of late, Kane has scored four times in five games since returning from a five-week injury layoff due to ankle ligament damage.

And the World Cup Golden Boot winner thinks he is “in the zone” in front of goal ahead of a massive three months for club and country with Spurs set to face Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-finals and in a battle for a top-four Premier League finish.

“I never want to be injured, but I had that break while I was injured and I’ve used that to make sure I’m fresh now,” he added.

“I feel in that zone, where if I get a chance, I’m going to put it away. You go through spells like that during the season.

Kane welcomes great expectations on England


Burton-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) – England should embrace their new-found status as one of the favourites for a major tournament, believes captain Harry Kane.

The Three Lions open their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign at home to the Czech Republic on Friday fresh from a run to the last four of the World Cup last summer and with another semi-final to come in the Nations League in June.

“I think we feel that expectation where people now expect us to do well and I think before the World Cup there was no expectation. It is great that we have turned that around,” said Kane on Tuesday.

“I think we’ve handled it really well since the World Cup. I think we’re the only team who got into the semi-finals at the World Cup to have got through their Nations League groups, and we had probably one of the hardest groups.

“I think that was big for us, to prove to everyone that it wasn’t just a one-off. That this team we are really building for something special in the future.”

England’s chances of winning a major tournament for the first time since 1966 next year will also be boosted by having the majority of their games at Wembley.

Both semi-finals and final will be held at the home of English football, as well as at least two of England’s group games should they qualify.

“We know the chance to play a Euros where most of the games are at home is an amazing opportunity and you don’t often get that in your career so we will try and make the most of it,” added Kane.

Despite Tottenham’s faltering form of late, Kane has scored four times in five games since returning from a five-week injury layoff due to ankle ligament damage.

And the World Cup Golden Boot winner thinks he is “in the zone” in front of goal ahead of a massive three months for club and country with Spurs set to face Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-finals and in a battle for a top-four Premier League finish.

“I never want to be injured, but I had that break while I was injured and I’ve used that to make sure I’m fresh now,” he added.

“I feel in that zone, where if I get a chance, I’m going to put it away. You go through spells like that during the season.

Rabiot ‘held hostage’ by PSG, claims mother


Paris (AFP) – Adrien Rabiot’s agent has accused Paris Saint-Germain of holding the midfielder “hostage” after he was suspended for going to a nightclub following their Champions League defeat by Manchester United.

The French international has been in conflict with PSG as he wants to leave the club at the end of the season when his contract runs out.

Agent Veronique Rabiot, who is also the player’s mother, insisted her son had “done nothing wrong”.

“Adrien is a prisoner, he is even hostage to PSG. Soon it will be dry bread, water and a dungeon,” she told L’Equipe on Tuesday.

Rabiot has been suspended until March 27, after also liking a video on social media of former Man United defender Patrice Evra celebrating PSG’s defeat.

“We blame him for going out when we don’t want him to play,” Veronique Rabiot added. “It’s contradictory, it’s not possible to lock him up.”

Having been frozen out and briefly forced to train with the youth teams, Rabiot has not played for PSG since their final Champions League group-stage match against Red Star Belgrade last December.