From the Ed­i­tor

World Soccer - - Contents - Gavin Hamil­ton, Ed­i­tor

We may still be in the early stages of the sea­son but al­ready two im­por­tant de­vel­op­ments have taken place: the launch of UEFA’s Na­tions League and the plans by Spain’s Liga to stage matches in the USA.

The early signs are that the Na­tions League will pro­vide a use­ful shake-up of the in­ter­na­tional cal­en­dar. It re­mains to be seen whether Europe’s wealth­i­est clubs will be happy to make play­ers avail­able at more dif­fi­cult stages of the sea­son, but so far, so good.

The likes of Spain, Ger­many and France will al­ways be big sto­ries. But the for­mat throws up lots of in­ter­est­ing new lines – not least Lux­em­bourg ( page 34), a coun­try so long a whip­ping boy but now, thanks to the for­mat, one with a re­al­is­tic chance of qual­i­fy­ing for their first ma­jor fi­nals.

Nat­u­rally, La Liga’s idea for a State­side game ( page 22) has been com­pared to the plans de­vel­oped a few years ago by the Pre­mier League for a 39th game. Op­po­si­tion saw that pro­posal quickly moth­balled, though the Liga plan is ar­guably more of a threat to foot­ball’s nat­u­ral equi­lib­rium. Its op­po­nents are nu­mer­ous, so it would be a sad day for foot­ball if the lat­est plan man­ages to over­come such ex­ten­sive op­po­si­tion.

The early signs are that the Na­tions League will pro­vide a use­ful shakeup of the in­ter­na­tional cal­en­dar

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