As the season comes to an end, let’s take a look at what international football will be on this summer. Summers without an international competition can be long for most football fans. However, this summer there is a lot of international football to keep us entertained over June and July.
Must-Watch International Football This Summer
UEFA Nations League
The UEFA Nations League was seen as too complicated and glorified when it was first announced by Europe’s footballing body. However, England fans’ views have changed following the group stages. Victories over heavyweights like Croatia and Spain have seen England fans loving this competition.
Gareth Southgate will be keen to win England’s first senior international trophy since 1966 this summer. England will be fighting for the international honour with Portugal, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Harry Kane and his teammates will hope victory in this tournament will help in preparation for Euro 2020.
The first UEFA Nations League finals will be held in Portugal between the 5th and 9th June.
Meanwhile, the 2019 Copa America as the epitome of international South American football will be held in Brazil. Chile will be defending champions having won the previous tournaments in 2015 and 2016.
Argentina, led by Lionel Messi, will be hoping to end their international drought which has lasted since 1993. Messi will try to end criticism from Argentinian fans that he does not perform well for his country.
Meanwhile, Brazil as hosts will demand better performances compared to the 2014 World Cup disgrace. Copa America will be played from the 14th June to the 7th July.
Africa Cup of Nations
The African Cup of Nations will be held in summer this year having previously been held during January. Hosts Egypt with talisman Mohamed Salah will be hoping to inspire the Pharaohs to victory.
Defending champions Cameroon had been due to host the international tournament but CAF were not happy with their organisation for the tournament. Sadio Mane and Riyad Mahrez will continue their club rivalry as Algeria and Senegal face off in the groups.
The international honour will be held from June 21st to July 19th.
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