UEFA Nations League 2023: Semi Final 1 - Netherlands v Croatia
Stake - 14 tháng 6, 2023
The UEFA Nations League is a biennial international football competition organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).
It was introduced in 2018 as a replacement for traditional international friendly matches and aims to provide more competitive and meaningful fixtures for national teams.
The tournament involves all 55 UEFA member associations, divided into four leagues (A, B, C, and D) based on their national team rankings.
Each league is further divided into four groups, and teams within each group compete against each other in a round-robin format, playing both home and away matches.
The main objective of the UEFA Nations League is to improve the quality of national team football in Europe by ensuring that teams of similar strength face each other regularly.
Additionally, it offers an alternative route for teams to qualify for the UEFA European Championship, providing an additional chance for smaller nations to compete on the big stage.
This week we have a huge semi finals week with four of the world’s best International squads, looking to clinch their spots in the Euro 2024 here on Stake.com!
Netherlands versus Croatia - June 14th
Building on the World Cup - Netherlands
The Netherlands have one of the best European squads in all of the continent and they showed their capabilities in the World Cup just a few months ago.
Narrowly missing out on the clincher versus Argentina in penalties, they will want to extract their revenge in one way or another.
The start of the international break signals good things for the Netherlands, with two of their main defenders (Dumfries and Ake) fresh off a beautiful Champions League final.
They have many veterans as well as young stars, like Depay and Xavi Simons.
These two players are in completely different stages of their careers but have the star power and talent to really carry Netherlands over the line.
There is going to be a heightened intensity about this matchup from the get-go and there will be a lot sacrificed in order to advance to the final and possible trophy.
Squad is getting Older - Croatia
Croatia’s squad is not getting any younger, but a solid showing at the World Cup proved that they are here to stay.
Bringing in a bunch of younger talent from their lower reserves into the main team has helped tremendously, and they are now looking forward to another decade of premium football with some of the best in the world.
Luka Modric and company will have their hands full with a Dutch side brimming with confidence.
Position by position, there are equalities on both ends which should make this game entertaining, nonetheless.