The second ever UEFA Nations League begins Thursday with the return of national team soccer for the first time since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. The matchday is highlighted by Germany taking on Spain in a battle of two of Europe’s most talented teams. It’s the most highly anticipated game of the opening days of action and one that figures to be as competitive — meetings between these two generally
Date: Thursday, Sept. 3
Time: 2:45 p.m. ET
Location: Mercedes-Benz-Arena — Stuttgart, Germany
TV: ESPN2 and TUDN
Live stream: General –
Before we get started with European league football, it’s time to turn our attention to the UEFA Nations League national
Though football has yet to kick off again in the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, and more, the best European players are set to compete in the 55-team tournament. Portugal lifted the inaugural Nations League trophy two years ago and will be looking to be the first team to retain the title
Here’s how you can watch the match and what to know:
Germany: The squad for this game is missing some key players like Manuel Neuer in goal, with the Bayern Munich man just winning the Champions League. That means an inexperienced national team goalkeeper will start, be it Kevin Trapp (Eintracht Frankfurt), Bernd Leno (Arsenal) and Oliver Baumann (Hoffenheim). The defense and midfield look quite strong, while there are just two strikers in the side. One of them is Chelsea star signing Timo Werner, who scored in his friendly debut for the Blues. He’ll likely start this one.
Spain: Luis Enrique has called in a squad that features numerous players who have never played for the national team, but plenty of those guys have really high expectations. Barcelona young sensation Ansu Fati is in the squad, as is new Manchester City signing Ferran Torres. The question will be who leads the front line. It will likely be between new Leeds signing Rodrigo or Villarreal’s Gerard Moreno. Expect the creativity to be there with Thiago, with him looking to play his cousin Rodrigo time and time again inside the box.