The new season of club football has already provided enough proof of how the rest of the season will be. But the first International Break in FIFA’s calendar is near and fans of the sport will have to wait a week to see their clubs back in action. The world of football will still be busy with a number of International games.
A host of friendlies and the Euro Cup Qualifiers will keep all the fans occupied in the absence of club football.
This article will give you details of the 5 best matches that are scheduled in this break.
Portugal vs France (Friendly)
The first big game of the International break is a friendly match between Portugal and France. Christiano led Portugal has won 5 out of its last six games which included 1-0 victories against Argentina and Italy. They have won both of their Qualifying matches and are in line for the knockout stage of the competition already. France on the other end have lost 3 and drew a game in their last 6 games post World Cup. They, however, beat Sweden in a friendly game and will be hoping to give their fans a bit to cheer about with a victory against Portugal.
The match is scheduled at 7:45 pm BST (12:15 am on Saturday IST) on Friday the 4th of September.
Germany vs Poland (EC Qualifier)
The World Champions Brazil started their Euro Cup campaign with a 7-0 victory over Gibraltar. They are at the top of their game and look very dangerous when they work as a team. Poland however, is unbeaten in their last 5 matches and have won 2 games out of those. Head to Head, Germany have won 2 games from the last 5 between the two sides. Poland has only managed to win once, but that was in the last meeting between the two sides in October last year. This match has all the makings of a close contest.
Brazil vs Costa Rica (Friendly)
After the humiliation in the World Cup against Germany, Brazil started their games positively but have slowly showed a bit of a nerve and lost 1-0 against Colombia. But their last game against Paraguay resulted in a victory and will give plenty of confidence to the side going into this match. Cost Rica have one only 1 game out of their last 6 and have not beaten Brazil in their last 5 meetings. It will be interesting to see how they try and cope with the talent in the Brazil squad. The game is scheduled on Saturday the 5th of September. The kickoff is scheduled at 9:00 pm BST (1:30 am on Sunday IST).
Chile vs Paraguay (Friendly)
Chile is unbeaten in their last six games against various opponents and will take on Paraguay in a friendly match on the 5th of September. The kick-off is scheduled at 10:00 pm BST (2:30 am IST on Sunday). After the Copa America victory, Chile will be raring to take on Paraguay who have failed to win more than a game in their last 6. It will be an enthralling contest between sides who play their own brand of football.
Mexico vs Argentina (Friendly)
After coming so close to lifting the Copa America, Messi’s brigade will fight it out in a friendly match against the Mexican national team at the AT&T stadium in Texas on the 9th of September. The kick-off is scheduled at 3:00 am BST (7:30 am IST). Argentina has not lost a game in normal time for 6 games and Mexico have not been able to win even a single game in their last 6. They have not been able to beat Argentina in their last five attempts and have lost all the five times. They will have to show a bit of a fight, but the talent in the squads makes this game a must watch.
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