Nations League Final Four: Germany next up for Les Bleues
For their UEFA Women's Nations League semi-final, Hervé Renard’s side will face Germany in France in February 2024, while the other semi-final will see Spain take on the Netherlands.
Following the draw carried out on Monday 11th December at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, France, the remaining sides learned who they’re due to face in the semi-finals of the 2024 UEFA Women’s Nations League.
Unbeaten throughout qualifying, Hervé Renard’s side, currently sitting 5th in the FIFA rankings, will meet Euro 2022 finalists Germany (ranked 6th) on Friday February 23rd 2024. The other side of the draw will see reigning world champions Spain take on 2017 European champions the Netherlands. The respective winners of each tie will then face off in the final on Wednesday February 28th 2024 on Spanish soil.
This semi-final will mark the the first match of 2024 for Les Bleues, in a year which will see the Olympic Games take place in France next summer. Having automatically qualified, the French side will be joined at the Olympics by the finalists of the Nation’s League, or, if France reach the final, by the team who finish in 3rd place.
The Coach’s Reaction
Hervé Renard: “I am happy to be in the semi-final, to reach the final would be perfect but we will have to pass this first step before looking at what comes next. Completing the qualifiers undefeated always gives confidence to a team. Now we go into the final four, where we find four big teams. Germany are a very good team with very strong individuals. These two matches will, I think, be very close. May the best team win! This inaugural Women's Nations League is a superb initiative for women's football, it gives us some very high level matches. At the end of the semi-finals and the final, there will be a worthy winner. To win it? It would be something magnificent as we know that French women's football has never won a competition. To be the first to lift the first Nations League trophy would be even better, but before thinking about this we have to get through this semi-final, to keep our concentration. We are lucky to be here, it is up to us to prepare well for this match.”