In the second break of the football season, there are yet more exciting matches to look forward to as players switch their allegiance to their national teams.
After a gruelling period of club football that saw some testing encounters on the domestic and continental front, it’s time for the two-week-long international break in October 2019. Whilst some of the countries would continue in their quest for qualification to the Euro 2020, the others would play friendly matches to test out some new talents and build up the team for greater challengers furthermore. Without further ado, let us have a look at the five most relishing international fixtures in the break that will commence soon after a couple of days.
5. Germany vs Argentina – 9th October
After a string of European Cup Qualification matches, Germany can somewhat take a breather as they will come up against Argentina in a friendly encounter. In terms of recent form, Germany has fared pretty decently as they emerged victorious in four of their last six games that included an 8-0 rout over Estonia as well.
Argentina won 4-0 against Mexico in September but they had also played out a goalless draw against Chile just before that. So, both these sides are coming into this game with a brisk run of form behind them.
Argentina, though, has left out five of their major stars including the likes of Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero amongst others. Germany has drafted in youth team regulars such as Nadiem Amiri and Luca Waldschmidt. This would be an interesting clash with respect to the fact that some exciting talents would be closely observed during the course of the game.
The famous FIFA World Cup 2014 Final between Argentina and Germany
4. Brazil vs Senegal – 10th October
Brazil’s results were mildly disappointing during the international break in September as they failed to notch a win in either of the two matches they played. At home, they drew 2-2 against Colombia, which proved out to be quite an interesting encounter nonetheless.
Against Peru, they were defeated 1-0 merely a few days after the first clash. The likes of Roberto Firmino, Casemiro and Philippe Coutinho had failed to provide their national side the required spark to at least draw the match after going down by a goal late in the 85th minute.
Senegal last played an international game in July. They had an impressive run in the tournament but eventually Algeria trumped over them with a 1-0 victory. Before that, they had defeated the likes of Tunisia, Benin and Uganda by thin 1-0 margins. Sadio Mane would be back to represent the national team and given his current run of form, Brazil would have to be very wary of his presence on the field.
3. Colombia vs Chile – 12th October
Both these teams are enduring a very peculiar run of form which makes this particular match even more curious.
Firstly, Colombia has drawn each of their last three matches with one of them even dating back to June against their same upcoming opponents. However, ever since the exit from the Copa America, they have failed to kick the wheels running again as the likes of Venezuela have managed to churn out a goalless draw against them.
Chile, on the other hand, has lost four of their previous six encounters with the last of them coming against Honduras in September itself. Based on the current form, it is a bit difficult to proclaim even of the two sides as the outright favorites and hence we would reserve the judgement until the final whistle blows.
4. Ukraine vs Portugal – 14th October
Unlike the game between Chile and Colombia, this particular encounter would be contested between two sides with a positive momentum behind them.
Portugal have been absolutely brilliant in the international fixtures in recent times as they won the UEFA Nations League back in June against Netherlands. After that, they have been more lethal with a 4-2 win over Serbia and then a commanding victory over Lithuania that ended up with a 5-1 score-line. They have won four of their last six matches and would be high on confidence as they continue to march their campaign in the Euro 2020 qualifiers.
Ukraine won once and drew the other game in the two matches of the September international break. These two sides last met each other in the same qualifiers back in March but that match resulted in a goalless draw. Ukraine, like Portugal, has won four of their last six encounters whilst having drawn the other two.
The Kiev Olympic Stadium will host this match. Both of them are in the top two spots of their group with Portugal having won 13 points and Ukraine bagging eight of them.
1. France vs Turkey – 14th October
France and Turkey have fared very well in their European qualifying campaign. They are in the top two positions of Group H but France would have to be wary as Iceland are not too far behind of them with just a three-point gap.
With the likes of Moldova and Andorra present in the group, France, Turkey and Iceland are the favorites to fight for the crucial top two spots in the table. With both of them tied at 15 points, this particular clash provides an opportunity to go clear on the top.
In terms of recent record, they are well-off with that respect currently. France made light work of Albania and Andorra in the previous month’s encounters while Turkey didn’t break much sweat for Moldova and Andorra either.
However, with two heavyweights clashing against each other, this one promises to be a cracker of a match. The world champions are bound to be the edging favourites to come out triumphant but one can’t rule out a tough fight and then a knockout punch from Turkey. Stade de France will host this match.