Iceland relegated in Nations League

19.11.2020 - 15:16
epa08816561 Birkir Bjarnason (R) of Iceland is challenged by Endre Botka of Hungary for the ball during the soccer UEFA EURO 2020 qualification play-off match Hungary vs. Iceland in Puskas Arena in Budapest, Hungary, 12 November 2020.  EPA-EFE/Tibor Illyes HUNGARY OUT
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Iceland has dropped out of the top tier for the next UEFA Nations League. The unsurprising news comes after the national men’s football team lost all its games in the League this year; most recently against Denmark on Sunday and a 4-0 thrashing by England at Wembley last night. It was coach Erik Hamrén’s last game in charge of the Icelandic side.

Relegation means Iceland will clash with a variety of easier –to-beat teams next time. 

Iceland finished Group 2 this year in the A League without a single point after home and away defeats against Belgium, Denmark, and England. 

The next Nations League starts in summer 2022. 

The B League will continue to feature Norway, Romania, Scotland, Israel, Russia, Serbia, Finland, and the Republic of Ireland from this year. They will be joined by relegated teams Iceland, Sweden, and Bosnia Herzegovena.   

The match to decide whether Switzerland or Ukraine will keep their League A spot was this week postponed due to the pandemic and UEFA has yet to decide when or whether the game will go ahead. 

Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Wales were promoted to League A for the next season.  

The current Nations League season will culminate next October with Italy, Spain, France, and Belgium fighting to be named overall champion. 

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