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2018–19 UEFA Nations League C

The 2018–19 UEFA Nations League C was the third division of the 2018–19 edition of the UEFA Nations League, the inaugural season of the international football competition involving the men's national teams of the 55 member associations of UEFA.[1]

2018–19 UEFA Nations League C
Tournament details
Dates6 September – 20 November 2018
Teams15
Promoted Bulgaria
 Finland
 Hungary
 Israel
 Norway
 Romania
 Scotland
 Serbia
Tournament statistics
Matches played42
Goals scored92 (2.19 per match)
Attendance338,393 (8,057 per match)
Top scorer(s)Serbia Aleksandar Mitrović (6 goals)

FormatEdit

League C will consist of 15 UEFA members ranked from 25–39, to be split into four groups (one group of three and three groups of four). The winners of each group will be promoted to the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League B, and the bottom four ranked teams will be relegated to the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League D (the bottom teams of Group 2, 3, and 4, along with the lowest ranked third-placed team of League C).[2]

In addition, League C will be allocated one of the four remaining UEFA Euro 2020 places. Four teams from League C which have not already qualified for the European Championship finals will compete in the play-offs for each division, to be played in March 2020. The play-off berths will be first allocated to the group winners, and if any of the group winners have already qualified for the European Championship finals, then to the next best ranked team of the division, etc. If there are fewer than four teams in League C which have not already qualified for the European Championship finals, the play-off berths will be allocated via one of two methods. If League C has a group winner selected for the play-offs, the next best team in the overall ranking from a lower league will be selected. If League C has no group winner available, the best team in the overall ranking will be selected. The play-offs will consist of two "one-off" semi-finals (best-ranked team vs. fourth best-ranked team and second best-ranked team vs. third best-ranked team, played at home of higher-ranked teams) and one "one-off" final between the two semi-final winners (venue drawn in advance between semi-final 1 and 2).[3][4]

SeedingEdit

Teams will be allocated to League C according to their UEFA national team coefficients after the conclusion of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying group stage on 11 October 2017. Teams will be split into four pots (three pots of four teams and one pot of the three lowest teams), ordered based on their UEFA national team coefficient.[5][6] The group with three teams will contain teams only from pots 1, 2, and 3. The seeding pots for the draw were announced on 7 December 2017.[7]

Pot 1
Team Coeff Rank
  Hungary 26,486 25
  Romania 26,057 26
  Scotland 25,662 27
  Slovenia 25,148 28
Pot 2
Team Coeff Rank
  Greece 24,931 29
  Serbia 24,847 30
  Albania 24,430 31
  Norway 24,208 32
Pot 3
Team Coeff Rank
  Montenegro 23,912 33
  Israel 22,792 34
  Bulgaria 22,091 35
  Finland 20,501 36
Pot 4
Team Coeff Rank
  Cyprus 19,491 37
  Estonia 19,441 38
  Lithuania 18,101 39

The group draw took place at the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne, Switzerland on 24 January 2018, 12:00 CET.[8][9][10][11][12] Due to winter venue restrictions, a group could only contain a maximum of two of the following teams: Norway, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania.[13]

GroupsEdit

The fixture list was confirmed by UEFA on 24 January 2018 following the draw.[14][15]

Times are CET/CEST,[note 1] as listed by UEFA (local times, if different, are in parentheses).

Group 1Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion[a]      
1   Scotland 4 3 0 1 10 4 +6 9 Promotion to League B 3–2 2–0
2   Israel 4 2 0 2 6 5 +1 6 2–1 2–0
3   Albania 4 1 0 3 1 8 −7 3 0–4 1–0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ Due to revamp of the format for the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League, no teams were eventually relegated, and the second-placed teams in each group were also promoted.
Albania  1–0  Israel
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Attendance: 4,126[16]

Scotland  2–0  Albania
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Attendance: 17,455[16]
Referee: Matej Jug (Slovenia)

Israel  2–1  Scotland
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Israel  2–0  Albania
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Attendance: 14,950[16]

Albania  0–4  Scotland
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Scotland  3–2  Israel
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Attendance: 21,281[16]
Referee: Tobias Welz (Germany)

Group 2Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion[a]        
1   Finland 6 4 0 2 5 3 +2 12 Promotion to League B 1–0 2–0 1–0
2   Hungary 6 3 1 2 9 6 +3 10 2–0 2–1 2–0
3   Greece 6 3 0 3 4 5 −1 9 1–0 1–0 0–1
4   Estonia 6 1 1 4 4 8 −4 4 0–1 3–3 0–1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ Due to revamp of the format for the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League, no teams were eventually relegated, and the second-placed teams in each group were also promoted.
Finland  1–0  Hungary
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Estonia  0–1  Greece
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Hungary  2–1  Greece
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Finland  1–0  Estonia
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Attendance: 4,632[17]

Greece  1–0  Hungary
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Attendance: 9,040[17]
Estonia  0–1  Finland
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Attendance: 8,087[17]

Estonia  3–3  Hungary
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Attendance: 3,043[17]
Finland  2–0  Greece
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Attendance: 10,107[17]
Referee: Paweł Gil (Poland)

Hungary  2–0  Estonia
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Attendance: 7,775[17]
Referee: Enea Jorgji (Albania)
Greece  1–0  Finland
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Attendance: 6,376[17]
Referee: Luca Banti (Italy)

Hungary  2–0  Finland
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Greece  0–1  Estonia
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Group 3Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion[a]        
1   Norway 6 4 1 1 7 2 +5 13 Promotion to League B 1–0 2–0 1–0
2   Bulgaria 6 3 2 1 7 5 +2 11 1–0 2–1 1–1
3   Cyprus 6 1 2 3 5 9 −4 5 0–2 1–1 2–1
4   Slovenia 6 0 3 3 5 8 −3 3 1–1 1–2 1–1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ Due to revamp of the format for the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League, no teams were eventually relegated, and the second-placed teams in each group were also promoted.
Slovenia  1–2  Bulgaria
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Attendance: 5,100[19]
Referee: Davide Massa (Italy)
Norway  2–0  Cyprus
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Attendance: 6,172[19]

Bulgaria  1–0  Norway
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Cyprus  2–1  Slovenia
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Attendance: 1,115[19]

Norway  1–0  Slovenia
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Attendance: 14,712[19]
Bulgaria  2–1  Cyprus
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Norway  1–0  Bulgaria
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Attendance: 9,523[19]
Slovenia  1–1  Cyprus
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Cyprus  1–1  Bulgaria
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Attendance: 3,844[19]
Slovenia  1–1  Norway
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Attendance: 10,254[19]
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (France)

Bulgaria  1–1  Slovenia
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Cyprus  0–2  Norway
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Attendance: 1,513[19]
Referee: István Vad (Hungary)

Group 4Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion[a]        
1   Serbia 6 4 2 0 11 4 +7 14 Promotion to League B 2–2 2–1 4–1
2   Romania 6 3 3 0 8 3 +5 12 0–0 0–0 3–0
3   Montenegro 6 2 1 3 7 6 +1 7 0–2 0–1 2–0
4   Lithuania 6 0 0 6 3 16 −13 0 0–1 1–2 1–4
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ Due to revamp of the format for the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League, no teams were eventually relegated, and the second-placed teams in each group were also promoted.
Lithuania  0–1  Serbia
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Attendance: 4,378[20]
Romania  0–0  Montenegro
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Serbia  2–2  Romania
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Montenegro  2–0  Lithuania
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Attendance: 5,239[20]

Lithuania  1–2  Romania
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Attendance: 2,279[20]
Montenegro  0–2  Serbia
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Attendance: 9,394[20]

Romania  0–0  Serbia
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Lithuania  1–4  Montenegro
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Serbia  2–1  Montenegro
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Romania  3–0  Lithuania
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Serbia  4–1  Lithuania
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Montenegro  0–1  Romania
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Attendance: 3,574[20]

GoalscorersEdit

There were 92 goals scored in 42 matches, for an average of 2.19 goals per match.

6 goals

5 goals

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

1 own goal

Overall rankingEdit

The 15 League C teams were ranked 25th to 39th overall in the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League according to the following rules:[2][23]

  • The teams finishing first in the groups will be ranked 25th to 28th according to the results of the league phase, not taking into account results against the fourth-placed teams.
  • The teams finishing second in the groups will be ranked 29th to 32nd according to the results of the league phase, not taking into account results against the fourth-placed teams.
  • The teams finishing third in the groups will be ranked 33rd to 36th according to the results of the league phase, not taking into account results against the fourth-placed teams.
  • The teams finishing fourth in the groups will be ranked 37th to 39th according to the results of the league phase, taking into account all results.
Rnk Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
25 C1   Scotland 4 3 0 1 10 4 +6 9
26 C3   Norway 4 3 0 1 5 1 +4 9
27 C4   Serbia 4 2 2 0 6 3 +3 8
28 C2   Finland 4 2 0 2 3 3 0 6
29 C3   Bulgaria 4 2 1 1 4 3 +1 7
30 C1   Israel 4 2 0 2 6 5 +1 6
31 C2   Hungary 4 2 0 2 4 3 +1 6
32 C4   Romania 4 1 3 0 3 2 +1 6
33 C2   Greece 4 2 0 2 3 4 −1 6
34 C1   Albania 4 1 0 3 1 8 −7 3
35 C4   Montenegro 4 0 1 3 1 5 −4 1
36 C3   Cyprus 4 0 1 3 2 7 −5 1
37 C2   Estonia 6 1 1 4 4 8 −4 4
38 C3   Slovenia 6 0 3 3 5 8 −3 3
39 C4   Lithuania 6 0 0 6 3 16 −13 0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Ranking criteria

Prize moneyEdit

The prize money to be distributed was announced in March 2018.[24] Each team in League C will receive a solidarity fee of €750,000. In addition, the four group winners will receive double this amount with a €750,000 bonus fee. This means that the maximum amount of solidarity and bonus fees for a team from League C is €1.5 million.

Qualifying play-offsEdit

The four best teams in League C according to the overall ranking that have not qualified for UEFA Euro 2020 through the qualifying group stage will compete in the play-offs, with the winners qualifying for the final tournament. If there are fewer than four teams in League C that have not qualified, the remaining slots are allocated to teams from another league, according to the overall ranking.

League C
Rank Team
25 GW   Scotland[H] (A)
26 GW   Norway (X)
27 GW   Serbia (X)
28 GW   Finland (X)
29   Bulgaria (Y)
30   Israel
31   Hungary[H]
32   Romania[H]
33   Greece (Y)
34   Albania (E)
35   Montenegro (E)
36   Cyprus (E)
37   Estonia (E)
38   Slovenia (Z)
39   Lithuania (E)

Key

  1. GW Nations League group winner
  2. H UEFA Euro 2020 host
  3.      Team is currently in a position to qualify directly for the final tournament
  4.      Team is currently in a position to advance to the play-offs
  5. (A) Team has advanced to the play-offs and cannot qualify directly for the final tournament.
  6. (Q) Team has qualified directly for the final tournament.
  7. (X) Team is assured of a play-off spot, but may still qualify directly for the final tournament.
  8. (Y) Cannot qualify directly, but may still advance to play-offs.
  9. (Z) May qualify directly, but cannot advance to play-offs.
  10. (E) Eliminated, cannot qualify directly or advance to play-offs.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ CEST (UTC+2) for matchdays 1–4 (September and October 2018), CET (UTC+1) for matchdays 5–6 (November 2018).
  2. ^ The Hungary v Greece match was played behind closed doors due to a UEFA punishment against Hungary for racist behaviour in their UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying home match against Romania.[18]
  3. ^ The Romania v Montenegro match was played behind closed doors due to a UEFA punishment against Romania for racist behaviour in their UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying home match against Greece.[21]
  4. ^ The Romania v Lithuania match was played behind closed doors due to a UEFA punishment against Romania for racist behaviour in their 2018–19 UEFA Nations League home match against Serbia.[22]

ReferencesEdit

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  24. ^ "UEFA Nations League solidarity and bonus fees". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 23 March 2018. Retrieved 4 April 2018.

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