Club football action pauses for some time to give way to some enthralling international friendly action this Wednesday. USA are still in the running to reach the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals. They will be warming up for tougher challenges with a match against Russia. The Russians suffered the surprise of the tournament at Euro 2012. They started off brightly but could not maintain the tempo as Greece knocked them out in the group stage.
This miserable adventure seems to be well buried, though. Now, Russia are in poll position to clinch automatic World Cup qualification in the UEFA zone. USA and Russia will both gain good experience from this fixture, which is set to kick off at 10:00am EST.
Lionel Messi’s Argentina are expected to maul Saudi Arabia while Luis Suarez’s Uruguay will try to get back their winning form against Poland. The Copa America champions moved four places down to the 11th position in the latest FIFA World Ranking.
Elsewhere, world number one Spain will test their engine against minnows Panama. Portugal will be missing injured Cristiano Ronaldo in their friendly match away to Gabon, the Dutch will be missing Robin van Persie against Germany and England will have outspoken youngster Wilfried Zaha making his debut against Sweden. The Ivorian-born attacker was included in the squad due to injury worries affecting some Three Lions players. Another big friendly match will see powerhouse Brazil and Colombia lock horns.
To view all friendly TV listings, including repeat broadcasts, visit the International Friendly competition page.
The following TV listings are limited to US, UK and Canadian broadcasts:
*All times are shown in EST.
|Nov 14 10:00am||Russia vs USA||ESPN2, ESPN3, Univision Deportes|
|Nov 14 11:30am||Czech Republic vs Slovakia||ESPN Deportes, ESPN3|
|Nov 14 12:00pm||Saudi Arabia vs Argentina||GolTV USA, GolTV Canada|
|Nov 14 1:45pm||Luxembourg vs Scotland||ESPN UK / HD|
|Nov 14 1:55pm||Italy vs France||RAI Internazionale, Sportsnet World|
|Nov 14 2:30pm||Ireland Republic vs Greece||Sky Sports 3/HD|
|Nov 14 2:30pm||Netherlands vs Germany||Sportsnet, ESPN Deportes, ESPN2, ESPN3|
|Nov 14 2:30pm||Sweden vs England||GolTV USA, GolTV Canada, ITV 1, UTV|
|Nov 14 2:30pm||Gabon vs Portugal||RTPi|
|Nov 14 4:30pm||Panama vs Spain||beIN Sport 1 USA, beIN Sport en Español|
|Nov 14 7:30pm||Brazil vs Colombia||ESPN UK / HD|
|Nov 14 8:05pm||Venezuela vs Nigeria||ESPN Deportes, ESPN3|
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In addition, there will be World Cup qualifiers:
|WORLD CUP QUALIFYING|
|Nov 14 6:30am||Oman vs Japan||One World Sports|
|Nov 14 8:00am||Iraq vs Jordan||[International channels]|
|Nov 14 9:45am||Qatar vs Lebanon||[International channels]|
|Nov 14 11:30am||Iran vs Uzbekistan||One World Sports|
|Nov 14 12:00pm||Montenegro vs San Marino||[International channels]|
|Nov 14 2:45pm||Northern Ireland vs Azerbaijan||Sky Sports 2/HD, ESPN3, Sportsnet One|