Portugal grouped with France in Nations League title defense
The group phase will start in September, after Portugal tries to retain its more significant title at the June 12-July 12 European Championship.
Also in Group 3 in the top A-tier of the Nations League is Croatia, which lost to France in the 2018 World Cup final, and Sweden.
The original format of 12 countries playing in three-team League A groups last year has become 16 teams in traditional groups of four next season.
The remaining 39 European nations are split across further leagues.
The two best Nations League group winners who don’t later automatically qualify for the 2022 World Cup earn a place in the playoffs for Qatar alongside the 10 runners-up from that qualifying campaign.