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High-profile tilts headline FIFA Fixture Date

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The upcoming FIFA fixture date will be the final time national teams across the globe are tested and tried before their rosters for the World Cup are released, and for soccer fans everywhere that means there are plenty of intriguing matches on tap.

From Germany-Argentina, to France-Spain, to the United States-Netherlands, the final FIFA fixture date is loaded with high-profile matches that should provide one last taste of quality international soccer before the big show in June. There will also be several interesting storylines to follow, such as how England copes with the John Terry scandal against Egypt.

Here is a closer look at some of Wednesday's bigger friendlies, as well as the full list of games:


A rematch of a 2006 World Cup quarterfinal will pit Germany and Argentina against one another, but both teams enter the match looking for solutions to unique situations.

Argentina enters the match trying to erase the memories of a difficult qualifying campaign, and head coach Diego Maradona has yet to figure out how to get reigning World Player of the Year Leo Messi to perform at the same level he does with Barcelona. The friendly will not only give Maradona one more chance to solve the Messi dilemma, it will also hand him another opportunity to convince Argentine fans that the albiceleste have what it takes to make it far this summer.

Germany isn't reeling from a string of poor performance like Argentina, but is still dealing with the loss of starting goalkeeper Robert Enke, who committed suicide back in November. Rene Adler and Manuel Neuer are fighting for the top spot, but if their inexperience at the international level (they have ten caps combined) proves to be too much of a liability against Argentina, Die Mannschaft might be left scrambling for another 'keeper.


Just how will England deal with the John Terry scandal that won't go away? The Three Lions' friendly against Egypt might reveal the answer.

Along with having to deal with the Terry issue, and the media hoopla that will surely come with it, England has other problems to solve. Left back is an area of concern for manager Fabio Capello, as incumbent Ashley Cole is out with a broken ankle and Wayne Bridge has rejected a call-up because of the Terry situation. Goalkeeper is also a position that needs addressing, as no English netminder in this cycle has cemented a starting role.

While the friendly won't mean as much to Egypt due to its failure to qualify for the World Cup, the Pharoahs are coming off winning their third consecutive African Cup of Nations, and is capable of pulling off the upset at Wembley Stadium. Forwards Mohamed Zidan and Amr Zaki should prove to be a handful for England's defenders, but stopping red-hot Wayne Rooney may prove to be too difficult a task.


Nicolas Anelka vs. Carles Puyol. Franck Ribery and Florent Malouda vs. Xavi and Andres Iniesta. Fernando Torres vs. Bacary Sagna. 

Those are just some of the quality match-ups that will likely be on display when France and Spain face off in arguably the biggest match of the FIFA date. Both teams boast quality at nearly every position, but France needs a convincing performance over Spain, which has lost only once in its past 44 matches, to ease some of the pressure on manager Raymond Domenech.

Here is the full slate of international matches:


    Brazil vs. Ireland


  • Macedonia vs. Montenegro
  • Switzerland vs. Uruguay
  • Cyprus vs. Iceland
  • Austria vs. Denmark
  • Ivory Coast vs. South Korea
  • Poland vs. Bulgaria
  • Armenia vs. Belarus
  • Albania vs. Northern Ireland
  • Georgia vs. Estonia
  • Belgium vs. Croatia
  • Greece vs. Senegal
  • Germany vs. Argentina
  • Angola vs. Latvia
  • Italy vs. Cameroon
  • Nigeria vs. Congo DR
  • Netherlands vs. United States
  • Slovakia vs. Norway
  • Slovenia vs. Qatar
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Ghana
  • Wales vs. Sweden
  • Moldova vs. Kazakhstan
  • England vs. Egypt
  • Malta vs. Finland
  • France vs. Spain
  • Turkey vs. Honduras
  • Scotland vs. Czech Republic
  • Algeria vs. Serbia
  • Portugal vs. China
  • Hungary vs. Russia
  • Venezuela vs. Panama
  • South Africa vs. Namibia
  • El Salvador vs. Guatemala
  • Romania vs. Israel
  • New Zealand vs. Mexico
  • Luxembourg vs. Azerbaijan
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    Which matches are you most looking forward to? Any particular match-ups you're keen on watching? What excuse will you be using to call in sick to work?

    Share your thoughts below.


    1. on the contrary
      adv : contrary to expectations; “he didn’t stay home; on the
      contrary, he went out with his friends” [syn: contrarily,
      to the contrary, contrariwise]

      our expectations are to finish second. my phrasing stands.

    2. Yeah, seriously man, they looked unbeatable in the second half. That is clearly the favorite to win the cup. They have strength all over the field. Im amazed at the people calling Spain the favorites. Brasil has what Spain has, plus more speed,strength and depth. There is not one player on that squad who couldn’t play as an attacking player-unbelievable.

    3. Mex vs. NZ at Rose Bowl = Home Adv.
      Mex vs. NK at Azteca = Home Adv.
      Mex vs. Icel. at Charlotte = Home Adv.
      Mex vs. Ecua. at New York = Home Adv.
      Mex vs. Seneg. at Chicago = Home Adv.
      Mex vs. Unamed Opp. at Houston = Home Adv. (unless against USA then its 50/50)
      Mex vs. Chile at Azteca = Home Adv.

      Mex vs. Netherlands, Italy and England are only real away games.

    4. The result doesn’t justify what you say, IMO. I think it justifies how good Brazil are. They have such unbelievable depth. Even with all that talent, when Ireland had their “A” players on the field (minus two very key defenders) they played very well against Brazil. My point is there is only a select group of teams in the world with Brazil’s talent and depth; so to say that the result against Ireland proves that Ireland doesn’t belong is a fallacy in my opinion.

    5. Brazil 2 Ireland 0. One own goal and one goal from Robinho. I believe Brazil’s 2nd team would have a very good chance to win the cup. Two howlers or as the Brit Papers say, misses of the decade. Both Robinho and Alves missed open goal froms 8 and ten yards out.

    6. yes they do. they r like a federal government but for soccer pretty much. the shares of profit they get is like taxes here.

    7. ya but seriously imma be like roy keane and say that there should of been communication with the defender and the goalie. obviously the goalie should of got the ball himself because its not like it was a shot directly at the goal and the 2-0 also justifies what i say


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