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Modric’s last match with the national team? The Nations League final is cool not only for this

Date: July 18, 2024 Time: 11:36:01

In the third final of the League of Nations, the teams of Spain and Croatia will face each other, and this is perhaps the great match of June: the Croatian team can win the first trophy in its history, and Luka Modric can put a beautiful end to his history with the selection.

Attitudes towards the tournament since its inception in 2018 have been mixed and often quite skeptical and even critical. Jurgen Klopp cursed that the players had more matches, calling the competition “the most useless ever.” Kevin De Bruyne said the Nations League matches are just “friendly state games after a difficult season”. They can be understood: many players really play too many games and get too little rest. But the League of Nations has its advantages, and it is not entirely correct to consider that this tournament is temporary.

1. Boost for the national teams

UEFA, on the other hand, promoted the tournament as a way to increase the commercial appeal of national team matches, because its official status automatically increases the value and attracts more interest from spectators. There was and is logic in this – friendly matches are needed to play enough players, pick up tactics and execute it. But such meetings had absolutely no meaning for the audience. With the League of Nations, managers have the same opportunities, only now the games have new components: interest, entertainment and a sense of progress.

Being constantly in a competitive tone allows teams to develop and approach qualifying for the Euro and World Cup or the tournaments themselves in a different way. Simply because the training takes place in a competitive environment.

Portugal is the first League of Nations winner

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2. Opportunity for weaker teams

The divisional format became the main feature of the tournament: the distribution of teams into four leagues allowed the giants to meet the giants, the weaker teams, with opponents of their level. And this is an advantage for everyone, because the battle with those who may oppose you allows you to develop. There is no point in constantly beating the weak, just as there is no point in facing the giants and losing to them over and over again.

Gibraltarian striker Lee Cacharo agrees: “You want to play against the strong, that’s the dream of every kid who plays football. But playing against countries that are at the same level as you really helps to improve.” The more often you win, the better you become, at least because there is confidence.

Gibraltar-Georgia

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33 different countries have received at least one promotion since the start of the tournament, which only emphasizes that the Nations League is a good place to advance.

Georgia started in League D in the 2018/2019 season, and the 2024/2025 season will start in League B. Hungary started in League C, but immediately moved to League B, and from there twice to League A. And next season also be in the elite. Israel started in League C, and next season it will already be in League A. Scotland and Serbia have a similar history: the teams reached the elite in three seasons. Kazakhstan started in League D, and now they have been promoted to League B.

3. Opportunity to earn points

And make it easier for you to draw in the rankings for major tournaments. Perhaps the most impressive performance in these three Nations League seasons, Hungary has risen in the rankings from 51st to 33rd since 2018. This automatically moved the team to the basket with the most status teams and as a result , made life a little easier in qualifying for the World Cup and the Euro Cup.

hungarian footballers

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4. The tournament shows the status of the teams at the moment

And this happens in real competition conditions, where teams have an incentive to win. Look how the Netherlands struggled against Croatia: both teams did not want to concede until the end, moving the game to extra time. And how did Modric, who will soon be 38 years old, show himself there? He seems to have only been playing a few years, and not a couple of decades; Luka burns with passion, loaded with motivation and a thirst for victory. The match with the Netherlands was definitely at the level, if not of the World Cup, then of the European Championship.

About that meeting:

The Netherlands made a great comeback in stoppage time. But Modric gave the game of the year!

5. Croatia has a chance to win the first gold in history

The talented Croatian generation took World Cup silver and bronze, but never made it to the trophies. And now Zlatko Dalic’s team has a chance to win a gold medal for the trophy regiment.

“We’re going for the gold,” said the coach after the victory over the Netherlands. – This is the only thing we do not have: there is silver, there is bronze. Now we intend to get the gold that we lack”.

zlatko dalic

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The Croats are serious, because for them this trophy has a double value: it may be not only the first, but also the last in Modric’s career with the national team. Luca said that he had already made a decision about the future in the national team, but he will announce it after the final.

The main match of the Nations League 2023 will definitely be powerful. And now one can definitely call the passing tournament only with a big stretch.

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Puck Henry
Puck Henry
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