Xtratime Community banner

1 - 20 of 182 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
68,892 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
With only 6 months to go until the World Cup many teams are already finalizing their schedule of preparation matches in the months leading up to Brazil.

The first FIFA date is on March 5 with teams having free dates in late May and early June. Provisional squads are due on May 13th so most teams have only one friendly before the first squad selection. The final squad is due on June 2.

Some teams from outside of Europe have a slight advantage of being able to play on non-FIFA dates. Two teams taking full advantage of this are the USA and South Korea who are in Brazil at the moment training with a domestic based squad. Also, teams like Mexico, Costa Rica and Nigeria are playing friendlies/tournaments with domestic based squads this month.

Here is a full round-up of the friendly matches already made official prior to the World Cup, feel free to add your team's games when they are announced.

January 11 - February 1
Ghana and Nigeria are participating in the 2014 African Nations Championship which is a tournament where 16 African teams contest each other using only domestic based players (no European players allowed). For Ghana this tournament probably doesn't mean much but for Nigeria it is a big deal, during Keshi's reign he hasn't been afraid of using home based players. Ghana won their opening match against Congo while Nigeria lost to Mali. Ghana will play Ethiopia and Libya to close the group stage while Nigeria play South Africa and Mozambique

January 22
Chile vs. Costa Rica (non-FIFA date)

January 25
Costa Rica vs. South Korea (non-FIFA date)

January 29
Mexico vs. South Korea (non-FIFA date)

February 1
USA vs. South Korea (non-FIFA date)

March 5 (FIFA date)
Romania vs. ARGENTINA
GERMANY vs. CHILE
SPAIN vs. ITALY
South Africa vs. BRAZIL
FRANCE vs. NETHERLANDS
ENGLAND vs. Denmark
JAPAN vs. New Zealand
IRAN vs. Guinea
Austria vs. URUGUAY
ALGERIA vs. Slovenia
BELGIUM vs. IVORY COAST
GREECE vs. SOUTH KOREA
SWITZERLAND vs. CROATIA
PORTUGAL vs. CAMEROON
MEXICO vs. NIGERIA
BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA vs. Egypt
COSTA RICA vs. Paraguay

*Ghana, Australia, USA, Honduras, Colombia, Ecuador and Russia have yet to schedule a March friendly

Teams are also starting to slowly reveal their plans for May and June. With the tournament being in Brazil, many teams will either go to Brazil early or even prepare in nearby countries (with the USA being a popular destination).

MAY
GERMANY vs. Poland (13/5; Hamburg)
NETHERLANDS vs. ECUADOR (17/5; Amsterdam)
BELGIUM vs. Luxembourg (26/5; TBD)
ENGLAND vs. Peru (28/5; London)
MEXICO vs. ECUADOR (31/5; Dallas)
PORTUGAL vs. GREECE (31/5; Lisbon)

JUNE
GERMANY vs. CAMEROON (1/6; Monchengladbach)
FRANCE vs. Paraguay (1/6; Nice)
ECUADOR vs. ENGLAND (4/6; Miami)
ARGENTINA vs. Trinidad & Tobago (4/6; TBD)
URUGUAY vs. Slovenia (4/6; Montevideo)
GERMANY vs. Armenia (6/6; Mainz)
ENGLAND vs. HONDURAS (7/6; Miami)
ARGENTINA vs. Slovenia (7/6; Buenos Aires)

Germany, Argentina and England seem to be the teams who already have their plans set.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
68,892 Posts
Discussion Starter #2
Both Nigeria and Ghana have made the semifinals of the African Nations Championship, a tournament which is more important for Nigeria rather than Ghana who rarely use domestic based players

Chile - Costa Rica 4:0
Costa Rica - South Korea 0:1

Two losses for Costa Rica's "B" side, totally outplayed by Chile and had two players sent off against Korea :googly:
 

·
Fourth Place winner, October 2012 XT Photo Contest
Joined
·
4,820 Posts
England playing 3 games. 2 in UK and one in USA.

What is point of this? Better to play game in Brazil as prectice for WC.
 

·
Second Place Winner, December 2011 Photo Contest
Joined
·
94,319 Posts
Both Nigeria and Ghana have made the semifinals of the African Nations Championship, a tournament which is more important for Nigeria rather than Ghana who rarely use domestic based players

Chile - Costa Rica 4:0
Costa Rica - South Korea 0:1

Two losses for Costa Rica's "B" side, totally outplayed by Chile and had two players sent off against Korea :googly:
Chile basically also played with a "B" Team. Sampaoli looking at the players in the Chilean League to plug some holes in his "A" Squad.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,489 Posts
Some of these friendlies are so-so preps while some of them are abysmal.

Iran vs Guinea is weird. I feel Guinea gets more out of it than does Iran.

Argentina vs Trinidad and Tobago another odd one.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
68,892 Posts
Discussion Starter #6
Mexico beat South Korea 4:0, pretty boring match but Mexico capitalized on South Korea's mistakes. Mexico looked poor defensively and a better team would have scored on them easily. Hard to analyze these non-FIFA date friendlies, both teams used domestic based sides, though Mexico was probably closer to an "A" team rather than Korea.

Ghana have made the finals of the African Nations Championship, beating Nigeria on penalty kicks. Will be interesting to see if Keshi continues the trend of calling up domestic based players for the real friendly matches and eventually World Cup.

USA vs. South Korea will be the last of the non-FIFA friendly matches before March 5 rolls around, still a few teams looking for opponents in March (Colombia, Honduras)
 

·
Second Place Winner, December 2011 Photo Contest
Joined
·
94,319 Posts
If the Argentina Vs T&T was a Grass Hockey game it might be a decent MATCH.
 

·
Second Place Winner, December 2011 Photo Contest
Joined
·
94,319 Posts
The USA playing right now.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
68,892 Posts
Discussion Starter #9
USA beat Korea 2:0, again not a thrilling game and I wasn't impressed with Korea in either match which was televised. In reality Mexico and USA take more out of these friendly matches because a decent bulk of the lineup will go to Brazil, don't think that's the case with Korea.

The real tests come next month
 

·
Second Place Winner, December 2011 Photo Contest
Joined
·
94,319 Posts
Germany-Chile should be the most interesting one.
Mmmm the problem with "High Caliber" friendlies so close to the WC are a double edge sword.

Germany and Chile regardles of the final score will be seen by the whole world and coaches must not divulge a lot, otherwise they give other nations a serious advantage as to players, set plays and styles that should be somewhat hidden until the Real Deal starts.

That was Colombia's downfall in the 1994 WC. By the time the Cup got underway in the States, all the Colombian foes knew Maturana's Team to the tee and sent them home as the very FIRST eliminated nation.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,489 Posts
Mmmm the problem with "High Caliber" friendlies so close to the WC are a double edge sword.

Germany and Chile regardles of the final score will be seen by the whole world and coaches must not divulge a lot, otherwise they give other nations a serious advantage as to players, set plays and styles that should be somewhat hidden until the Real Deal starts.

That was Colombia's downfall in the 1994 WC. By the time the Cup got underway in the States, all the Colombian foes knew Maturana's Team to the tee and sent them home as the very FIRST eliminated nation.
That's a good point I didn't think about that too much. But you're right.
 

·
Second Place Winner, December 2011 Photo Contest
Joined
·
94,319 Posts
Brasil to play in Valparaiso, Chile on the 18th against the 1st Division Pro team from the Port City Santiago Wanderers, in celebration of the reopening of the newly refurbished Municipal Stadium, now named "Elias Figueroa Stadium".
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
68,892 Posts
Discussion Starter #14
The March 5 friendly matches are all official and some teams have even started naming their squads for these dates. Here is the full list:

GROUP A
South Africa vs. BRAZIL (Johannesburg)
Switzerland vs. CROATIA (St. Gallen)
MEXICO vs. Nigeria (Atlanta)
Portugal vs. CAMEROON (Leiria)

GROUP B
SPAIN vs. Italy (Madrid)
France vs. NETHERLANDS (St. Denis)
Germany vs. CHILE (Stuttgart)
AUSTRALIA vs. Ecuador (London)

GROUP C
COLOMBIA vs. Tunisia (Barcelona)
GREECE vs. South Korea (Athens)
Belgium vs. IVORY COAST (Brussels)
JAPAN vs. New Zealand (Tokyo)

GROUP D
Austria vs. URUGUAY (Klagenfurt)
COSTA RICA vs. Paraguay (San Jose)
ENGLAND vs. Denmark (London)
Spain vs. ITALY (Madrid)

GROUP E
SWITZERLAND vs. Croatia (St. Gallen)
Australia vs. ECUADOR (London)
FRANCE vs. Netherlands (St. Denis)
HONDURAS vs. Venezuela (San Pedro Sula)

GROUP F
Romania vs. ARGENTINA (Bucharest)
BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA vs. Egypt (Innsbruck)
Mexico vs. NIGERIA (Atlanta)
IRAN vs. Guinea (Tehran)
**Iran also play an Asian Cup qualifier against Kuwait a few days before March 5

GROUP G
GERMANY vs. Chile (Stuttgart)
PORTUGAL vs. Cameroon (Leiria)
Montenegro vs. GHANA (Podgorica)
Ukraine vs. USA (Lviv)

GROUP H
BELGIUM vs. Ivory Coast (Brussels)
ALGERIA vs. Slovenia (Blida)
RUSSIA vs. Armenia (Krasnodar)
Greece vs. SOUTH KOREA (Athens)
 

·
Second Place Winner, December 2011 Photo Contest
Joined
·
94,319 Posts
Nice B'Day present for moi :yess:, the 5th of March is my Cumpleaños:eek:ld:
 

·
Second Place Winner, December 2011 Photo Contest
Joined
·
94,319 Posts
Now I just found out., its NOT Brasil "B" Vs Stgo Wanderers in Valparaiso Chile, but Internacional of Porto Alegre instead.
 

·
Second Place Winner, December 2011 Photo Contest
Joined
·
94,319 Posts
5th of March is almost here. LOTS of action. Hopefully NO injuries.
 

·
Second Place Winner, December 2011 Photo Contest
Joined
·
94,319 Posts
Today:

7:00pm/Miami USA Time


Mauritania vs Niger

Honduras vs Venezuela
 

·
Second Place Winner, December 2011 Photo Contest
Joined
·
94,319 Posts
Neither one of the 2 games look apetizing, it looks like its MIAMI Heat's night, tonite !! :cap:
 
1 - 20 of 182 Posts
Top