Switzerland: UEFA Nations League qualifiers drawn in Lausanne

The draw for the inaugural 2018/9 UEFA Nations League took place at the SwissTech Convention Centre in Lausanne on Wednesday. Russia has been drawn against Sweden and Turkey in League B. Head Coach of the Russian national team Stanislav Cherchesov recognised the challenge facing his side. «We have a great group, both [opposing] teams are strong, Sweden played against and beat Italy in their last... Еще game and Turkey is traditionally a strong team», he told reporters. Before the draw, the executive board at UEFA ruled out the possibility of Russia playing against rival Ukraine. The same applies to Azerbaijan and Armenia. The new tournament will be played in 2018/9 outside of the normal World Cup and European Championship calendar. All 55 European nations have been split into four tiers based on their ranking, which are subdivided into groups of three or four teams. Each side will play against a home and away fixture against their opponents this autumn. The winner of each group will gain promotion to a higher tier, while the team which finishes bottom will suffer relegation. The four teams which top the top tier groups will go on to play a mini-tournament the following summer to decide the eventual winner of the inaugural UEFA Nations League.

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