This Thursday, Portugal meets its opponents in Liga A (four groups of four teams) of the third edition of the League of Nations, from 5 pm, when the draw begins at UEFA’s headquarters, in Nyon, Switzerland.
First winner of the competition, in 2019, in a final won against the Netherlands (1-0, at Dragão, goal by Gonçalo Guedes), the National Team is part of Pot 2, with the Netherlands, Denmark and Germany, countries that it already knows will not face .
In Pot 1 are this year’s finalists, France and Spain (Gauls triumphed 2-1 in Milan), as well as Italy, European champions, and Belgium, leader of the FIFA rankings. Pot 3 has Poland, Paulo Sousa, England, Switzerland and Croatia, while in 4 they are promoted from League B (Wales, Austria, Czech Republic and Hungary).
The four group winners – four rounds in June 2022 and two in September – will compete in the Final Four in June 2023, in a country to be designated after the finalists have been decided. Group winners in the other three Leagues (B, C and D) will be promoted to the 2024/2025 edition. The teams that finish 4th in the groups of Leagues A and B will be relegated, as those who finish 4th in League C will enter a play-off in March 2024, with the two losers relegating to League D (only with two groups, one of four and one of three teams).