The Nations League was initially met with condemnation, but overall the tournament delivered good football, drew big crowds and proved a major hit.
The inaugural Nations League is over and Portugal are the champions. Nick Miller recaps the most memorable highs and lows from the tournament.
Matthijs de Ligt said that Cristiano Ronaldo asked him about a move to Juventus in a friendly exchange after Sunday's Nations League final.
Given their recent success, Portugal will be formidable opponents, especially if Cristiano Ronaldo is in top form. But they will not be favourites.
Goncalo Guedes' second-half goal helped Portugal defeat the Netherlands 1-0 and win the inaugural Nations League title on Saturday.
Cristiano Ronaldo wouldn't actually stop the Portugal team bus to invite an ill young fan onto on board. Or would he?
Netherlands defender Virgil van Dijk was jeered by England fans as the Dutch won 3-1 in the Nations League semifinal on Thursday.
De Ligt, De Jong and Depay are the building blocks for a new, elite Dutch team. Next stop: Euro 2020
This isn't a vintage Dutch side yet, but they're getting closer. The ultimate validation might be claiming the first-ever UEFA Nations League.
Virgil van Dijk has been the difference-maker for Liverpool. A strong showing on Sunday could clinch him the big player prize.
Portugal defender Pepe will miss the Nations League final because of a shoulder injury.
Ronald Koeman was delighted at the way teenager Matthijs de Ligt recovered from a first-half mistake to help the Netherland to a 3-1 win.
A year ago, England returned from the World Cup full of hope, but the loss to the Netherlands was a reminder of their still-prevalent shortcomings.
England manager Gareth Southgate said fatigue played a part in the squad's 3-1 loss to the Netherlands in the UEFA Nations League semifinals.
England's defensive errors in added extra time allowed the Netherlands to secure a 3-1 win in the UEFA Nations League semifinal on Thursday.
While the next wave of young players looks to pick up his mantle, Cristiano Ronaldo reminded us that Portugal's hopes still rest on his shoulders.
England forward Raheem Sterling said he was left "fuming" after his PR company issued a release saying he would captain in the Nations League final.
European champions Portugal handed teenager Joao Felix his international debut for their Nations League semi-final against Switzerland on Wednesday.
England's presence in the Nations League finals is another sign of their progress as an emerging force. If they win it, confidence will be high.