SuperSport is excited to announce that it has acquired rights to the brand-new Uefa Nations League and a host of international friendlies.

DStv customers will be treated to a festival of European national team football on SuperSport, played during the Fifa break starting this week.

Viewers will be able to watch over 37 matches in the next six days every single night from Thursday, 5 September to Tuesday, 11 September, featuring European nations that fared so well in the recent Fifa World Cup.

The tournament will be broadcast live only on SuperSport’s multiple platforms which include TV, online via the DStv Now App and digital.

Thursday’s opening fixtures feature two blockbuster match-ups; world champions France against a German side eager to make amends for their World Cup disappointment and World Cup runners-up Croatia, led by the recently crowned Uefa Men’s Player of the Year, Luka Modric, facing off against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal.

Other crackers on match day one of the Nations Cup include England against Spain on Saturday and Portugal against Italy on Tuesday.

Broadcast details

Thursday, 6 September

Kazakhstan v Georgia
SS3 HD (4pm)

Armenia v Liechtenstein
SS3 HD (6pm)

Wales v Rep. Ireland
SS6 HD (8.45pm)

Germany v France
SS3 HD (8.45pm)

Slovenia v Bulgaria
SS11 HD (8.45pm)

Czech Republic v Ukraine
SS7 HD (8.45pm)

Friday, 7 September

Azerbaijan v Kosovo
SS3 HD (6pm)

Albania v Israel
SS10 HD (8.45pm)

Turkey v Russia
SS8 HD (8.45pm)

Italy v Poland
SS3 HD, Maximo (8.45pm)

Saturday, 8 September

Northern Ireland v Bosnia and Herzegovina
SS3 HD (3pm)

Switzerland v Iceland
SS3 HD (6pm)

Finland v Hungary
SS7 HD (6pm)

Estonia v Greece
SS7 HD (8.45pm)

England v Spain
SS3 HD, Maximo (8.45pm)

Sunday, 9 September

Ukraine v Slovakia
SS3 HD (3pm)

Bulgaria v Norway
SS4 HD (6pm)

Denmark v Wales
SS3 HD (6pm)

France v Netherlands
SS3 HD, Maximo (8.45pm)

Monday, 10 September
Scotland v Albania
SS7 HD (8.45pm)

Serbia v Romania
SS9 HD (8.45pm)

Sweden v Turkey
SS5 HD (8.45pm)

Portugal v Italy
SS3 HD, Maximo (8.45pm)

Tuesday, 11 September

Hungary v Greece
SS10 HD (8.45pm)

Bosnia and Herzegovina v Austria
SS4 HD (8.45pm)

Spain v Croatia
SS3 HD, Maximo (8.45pm)

Iceland v Belgium
SS6 HD (8.45pm)

About the Uefa Nations League:

To be played biennially, the tournament features all 55 Uefa member associations divided into four leagues; League A, B, C and D. Grouping of the teams into leagues is according to their rank in the Uefa rankings to ensure that they are evenly matched.

League A is made up of the top 12 ranked nations. The 12 are subdivided into four groups of three.

League B is made up of nations ranked from number 13 to 24 and they are also subdivided into four groups of three.

League C consists of the nations ranked from number 25 to 39. This league is also divided into four groups. However, three of the groups have four teams each while the fourth group has three teams.

League D is made up of the 16 teams ranked from number 40 to 55. This league is subdivided into four groups of four.

The tournament’s champions will emerge from League A. The four group winners from this league will contest the semifinals, third-place playoff and the final, all to be played in June next year. Nations finishing at the bottom of their groups in this league are relegated to League B.

League B group winners gain promotion to League A while the four nations finishing at the bottom of their groups are relegated to League C. The same scenario applies to League C with group winners gaining promotion to League B and the last place finishers getting relegated to League D.

No team gets relegated in League D but group winners do gain promotion to League C.

A second chance to qualify for Euro 2020 is another element that will ensure that the tournament is competitive.

Should the 16 Nations League group winners or the next best placed teams fail to qualify for Euro 2020 during the qualification campaign scheduled to start in March next year, progress to a playoff to compete for the final four Euro 2020 spots.

Nations League group matches will be played on a home and away basis in the months of September, October and November 2018.