From the 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