Friendly Match Related Content
After two consecutive friendly losses, Ghana hope to get things right in their last match before taking on familiar opponent USA in Brazil.
In 2006, Ghana made their World Cup debut in Germany, in which they made it to the round of 16 before being defeated by Brazil. Four years later, they made a return, this time on their own continent, and were agonizingly close to making the semi-finals only to be denied by Uruguay in controversial circumstances.
Now appearing for the third time, the Black Stars obviously will like to better... Read the rest of the article »
England takes on Honduras in a bid to be ready for the World Cup.
The high level of national pessimism might be exactly the antibiotic England requires to break their poor run of performances in international tournaments. Firstly, they will have to find a way past Uruguay, Italy and Costa Rica. Roy Hodgson has a few headaches to deal with. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere are out of the upcoming friendly against Honduras while Raheem Sterling, having earned... Read the rest of the article »
This will be the last friendly for both Croatia and Australia before beginning their World Cup campaigns.
Friday's fixture is the last opportunity that both Croatia and Australia will have to prepare before beginning their respective World Cup campaigns; the former takes on hosts Brazil on June 12th while the latter faces off against Chile the following day. Hence, observers can expect both sides to tinker with their formations over the course of the match.
Interestingly, this year's tournament... Read the rest of the article »
After failing to beat West African side Senegal, Colombia's World Cup squad will be expected to secure victory against minnows Jordan on June 6, 2014.
Twitter’s football sphere experienced shockwaves on Tuesday as Radamel Falcao’s dream of participating at the 2014 FIFA World Cup effectively ended.
Reacting to his exclusion, Falcao’s former coach, Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone, tweeted a photo of the pair celebrating the 2012 UEFA Europa League final triumph, stating that “the most important thing is yoru recovery... Read the rest of the article »
Russia takes on Morocco as they look to improve ahead of the World Cup.
Belgium, Colombia and other talented teams have been talked about ahead of the World Cup as potential threats to the established order but hardly any mention has been made of Russia, the team which topped a group in qualifying consisting of Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal.
Quite a few of the members of this Russian side were present in the team which caused a stir in Euro 2008, reaching the... Read the rest of the article »
Honduras faces Israel as they look to find their form before their plane lands in Brazil.
Honduras has not been in the best form recently. They have won only one of their past five matches; this is hardly ideal, especially prior to a World Cup. They took on Turkey recently and lost the match 0-2. The team they are set to take on is not doing much better either in terms of form. Israel will look to put more dents into Honduras’ hopes ahead of the World Cup.
Honduras’s... Read the rest of the article »
Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica will play host to a Premier League encounter between Costa Rica and Paraguay on Wednesday, the 5th of March 2014.
Preview: Costa Rica hoping to return to winning ways
La Sele have lost all of their last three matches and will be hoping to round off their preparations for the World Cup on a winning note with a positive performance against Paraguay. Costa Rica have failed to score in any of their last three defeats, with their previous encounter against South Korea ending in a 1-0 loss. Their other defeats... Read the rest of the article »
After a change in venue, Ukraine will host the USA in Cyprus on Wednesday. You can watch the USMNT prepare for the World Cup live on ESPN2 at 14:00 ET.
Preview: Ukrainian players will have a lot on their mind
Wednesday’s match will be a stern test for the Ukrainian players. With all that is happening off the field, the sound of their national anthem will provide a very emotional moment for some.
The protests in Crimea have forced officials to move the match from Ukraine to Cyprus. Originally the president of Ukraine’s Football... Read the rest of the article »
A potential new challenge awaits the Black Stars, who have never faced off against the Eastern European side
Preview: Black Stars prepare for upcoming World Cup in a friendly test with unknown opponents
Placed in what has been described as this year's "Group of Death" alongside European heavyweights Germany and Portugal as well as familiar foe United States, Ghana will certainly have a tough task ahead to qualify for the knockout stages in their third World Cup appearance.
Hence, in... Read the rest of the article »
ESPN2 will bring you all the live coverage of this international friendly at the StubHub Center. Both sides have a lot of new faces, but it should be a tight match in sunny California.
Preview: A lot of new faces, but neither side will want to lose
Carson, California will be the setting for an international friendly between the USA and Korea. The StubHub Center will welcome Korean coach Hong Myung-Bo for the first time, since he announced his retirement in 2004.
Neither side will have their usual lot of players available for this match.
The visitors arrive... Read the rest of the article »
The USMNT will look to get back to winning ways when they take on Austria in Vienna. NBC Sports Network will broadcast this friendly fixture live on Tuesday, November 19, 2013.
Preview: Austria will be a tough test, after a scoreless draw in Scotland
Austria came up just short in Group C, as they finished three points behind Sweden. With 17 points from 10 matches, the Austrians will not have been too upset, considering they had Germany, Sweden and even the Republic of Ireland in their group.
Having to turn the page and look at their future beyond next... Read the rest of the article »
Germany and England are set to reunite for the first time at Wembley since that fateful day in the summer of 2010 when England was torn apart amid controversy.
Preview: Much more than just a friendly between two rivals
The German camp is currently trying to fully absorb the loss of one of their own to an ACL injury. Sami Khedira is set to miss the next six months of competitive football and might not be match fit ahead of the World Cup. Joachim Löw, while unhappy, is not too worried. He sent both Philipp Lahm and Manuel Neuer home from the camp... Read the rest of the article »
ESPN will broadcast Spain's friendly match against South Africa, at the scene where La Roja won the World Cup in 2010.
Preview: South Africa's final match in 2013 will be a tough test
Spain will return to Johannesburg, where they lifted the World Cup trophy in 2010. This time the match will not be as important, but Vicente del Bosque's side will want to come away with another victory.
Both countries will be taking part in their final match in 2013, and neither will want to end things on a negative note.
For... Read the rest of the article »
St. Louis will play host to a thrilling encounter between Argentina and Bosnia-Herzegovina on Tuesday as the two side meet in an international friendly.
Preview: Argentina hoping to get the job done in the absence of Leo Messi
The Barcelona man has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury and will not be able to take part in Argentina’s tricky fixture against Bosnia-Herzegovina. Javier Mascherano who will be the stand in captain in the absence of the mercurial number 10 has lamented the loss of the most important player... Read the rest of the article »
Europe meets Africa at Craven Cottage on November 18, 2013. Watch the attractive international friendly match, Italy vs Nigeria, online and on TV or follow it on radio – in Canada, USA and the world.
Preview: The Azzurri and the Super Eagles – two confident sides
These are the sort of games that Nigeria must win. Regardless of the fact that this clash is not a competitive one, playing four-time World Cup champions Italy is always big. It is an opportunity for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations titleholders to test their metal following their short adventure at the FIFA Confederations Cup... Read the rest of the article »
ESPN will broadcast the controversial friendly match between Spain and hosts Equatorial Guinea. Watch it live online or on TV on Saturday, November 16, 2013.
Preview: La Roja under fire for scheduling this friendly match
Spain's presence in Equatorial Guinea has been considered the most important day in their sporting history by the government's official press bureau. But for others, Spain's visit to the once Spanish colony in West Africa has generated a lot of buzz.
The disparity in wealth between rich and poor is shocking. While some live... Read the rest of the article »
Stadio Giueseppe Meazza will play host to some of the world’s extraordinary footballers when Germany takes on Italy on the 15th of November, 2013.
Preview: German nightmares to be revived in Milan?
Germany will be without Mario Gomez going into this one. Bastian Schweinsteiger underwent ankle surgery recently and is set to be out as well. Miroslav Klose is a doubt after sustaining a shoulder injury for Lazio against Parma. Mesut Özil and Per Mertesacker are both trying to recover from illnesses to get themselves ready for this match.... Read the rest of the article »
Chile will be making a trip to London for the first time in 15 years as they play an injury ravaged England side on the 15th of November.
Preview: Hodgson set to experiment as injuries pile up
Roy Hodgson is set to be without a number of star players as injuries continue to stack up at the England camp. Captain Steven Gerrard has been ruled out with a hip injury, whereas his club teammate Daniel Sturridge who has been on an impressive scoring run in the league will also miss the fixture.
Manchester United duo Danny Welbeck... Read the rest of the article »
ESPN2 will broadcast this international friendly match between Scotland and the USA at Hampden Park on Friday, November 15.
Preview: Gordon Strachan is still trying to find the right balance
Since taking over in January, Gordon Strachan has done a good job working with what he has at his disposal. He walked into the Scottish National Team with a tough task of qualifying for the World Cup, something his country has not done since 1998, but unfortunately they fell just short.
One positive for the Scotland fans... Read the rest of the article »
The Belgium vs Colombia friendly match is one you cannot miss, looking at both sides’ amazing array of talents. Here is where to watch it live on November 14, 2013.
Preview: Perfect rehearsal for both World Cup participants
Belgian and Colombian football fans are enjoying the time of their lives and Thursday’s matchup will surely produce pure entertainment. The current generation of Belgium’s national football team players forms an enviable line up for any coach – with Romelu Lukaku, Christian Benteke and Eden Hazard constituting a terrifying... Read the rest of the article »