The return of Messi: these are the upcoming FIFA dates

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March: the return of Messi to the Argentine national team, friendlies of level and eliminatory of Eurocopa 2020

The return of Messi: these are the upcoming FIFA dates

After more than six months of absence, Leo Messi returns with his Argentine team, for the double FIFA date to be played at the end of this month of March. The technician Lionel Scaloni included the player in the list for the two next parties before Venezuela and Morocco that will be disputed in the Wanda Metropolitano on Friday 22 and Tuesday 26, respectively.

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Of course, the condition, both of the Argentine Football Association (AFA) and the stellar player of FC Barcelona, is that they dispute only one of the two matches, preferably against their similar 'Vinotinto', since the one from Morocco would be closer of the date of the Catalan derby between Barcelona and Espanyol on March 30, Marca newspaper said, adding that the organizer of both parties has already sold 10 thousand tickets using Messi as the main attraction.

Another aspect to take into account is that the AFA would lose a large sum of money in case it does not play and it is the negotiations in which they are working before the commitment, Peru21 reported. The same media added that the talks with Lionel Scaloni and President Claudio Tapia ended up convincing the 10 to return after the elimination in the second round of the last world cup Russia 2018, against the champion, France.

However, the Moroccan Federation itself announced that Messi would not be part of the party, regardless of whether or not it was called by Scaloni. In the weeks leading up to the Copa America, Argentina will play a couple of friendlies whose rivals have not yet been confirmed, Peru21 finished.

Also read: Copa América 2020: more quiestions than answers

Friendly level

As usual on the dates of FIFA, there will be very interesting matches like Germany against Serbia, who would open fires on Wednesday, March 20. Subsequently, on Thursday 21, US forces will measure against Ecuador, according to the ESPN calendar.

Then, on Friday 22 will play Japan and Colombia, South Korea against Bolivia, Uzbekistan against Uruguay, Argentina with Messi versus Venezuela, Peru will face Paraguay, Mexico and Chile will meet again. On Saturday 23 the most attractive match will be Brazil against Panama.

The following matches will be on Tuesday 26, a day in which several of interest to Latin America are highlighted, such as Japan-Bolivia, South Korea-Colombia, Morocco-Argentina, Czech Republic-Brazil, Paraguay-Mexico, Honduras-Ecuador, Peru-El Salvador, and United States-Chile.

Start the road to the Euro2020

ESPN also stands out in calendar in the old continent, and that is that the emotions of the qualifying rounds towards the Euro 2020 rookie will start with the duels Belgium versus Russia, Croatia-Azerbaijan, and Holland-Belarus on Thursday 21, then on Saturday 23, will be presented the Switzerland semifinalist of the Nations League against Georgia, Italy against Finland, and Spain against Norway.

Then on Sunday 24 will be the debut of Croatia against Hungary, Cyprus will face Belgium, the Netherlands against Germany, and Poland and Latvia. On Monday 25, the world champion France will debut, before the always dangerous Iceland, Montenegro will receive England and Portugal will do the same against Serbia. On Tuesday 26 will close the first round of these qualifiers with duels: Italy-Liechtenstein, Malta-Spain, and Switzerland-Denmark.

Colombia and Brazil will clash in September

According to Publimetro, it is almost a fact that Colombia and Brazil will meet in September on the first FIFA date, after the Copa América, in what could mean a new duel between James and Neymar.

Based on the information of the Colombian journalist Diego Rueda, the media in question assured that the exhibition game would take place in the United States, with New Jersey being the first option today. The idea of the Colombian Football Federation (FCF) is that, after playing against Japan and South Korea in March, they can play at least three more games during the year, possibly against Peru.


LatinAmerican Post | Onofre Zambrano

Translated from "El regreso de Messi: estas son las próximas fechas de la FIFA"

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