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    02.09.2013 11:36 - in: Other competitions S

    Twelve Bianconeri to feature in crucial internationals

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    Twelve Juventus players receive call-ups from the managers of their national teams – five from Cesare Prandelli - ahead of a week of FIFA World Cup qualifiers and friendlies

    A total of twelve of Antonio Conte’s men will be reporting to their international managers this week after receiving call-ups for the imminent round of 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and friendlies.

    Five of the twelve will be joining the Azzurri for their double-header against Bulgaria and Czech Republic, with Gigi Buffon, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Angelo Ogbonna and Andrea Pirlo included in the squad.

    First in action on Friday 6 September will be Kwadwo Asamoah, whose Ghana side face Zambia in Kumasi in the last Group D match and only need a draw to secure a place in the third round of the African qualifiers.

    Later that evening, Stephan Lichtsteiner will be featuring for Switzerland, who are currently top of Group E. Ottmar Hitzfeld’s team won 2-0 away in the two sides’ previous meeting in the group, and will be confident of getting a result at home in Bern.

    The Azzurri will be then be hoping to increase their lead at the top of Group B when they take on nearest challengers Bulgaria in Palermo.

    Montenegro captain Mirko Vucinic will be looking to carry his goalscoring form into his team’s game against Poland after netting against Lazio at the weekend. His side currently find themselves two points ahead of England at the top of Group H.

    The day after will see Juventus players feature in two exciting South American qualifiers: Mauricio Isla and Arturo Vidal in Chile v Venezuela at Santiago’s Estadio Nacional and Martin Caceres in Peru v Uruguay at Lima’s Estadio Monumental.

    Chile are in fourth place and face a Venezuela side who lost their last game to Uruguay but are nonetheless represent a tough prospect on their day. Uruguay are five points behind Chile in fifth but beat their opponents 4-2 last time so will be hopeful of being able to close the gap.

    Another set of fixtures is on the agenda for Tuesday 10 September, with the Italians, Chileans, Asamoah, Lichtsteiner, Caceres and Paul Pogba set to line up for their home nations.

    The friendly between Chile v Spain will be an intriguing contest, as will the clash between Asamoah’s Ghana and Japan in Yokohama.

    Another fixture which stands out is Italy v Czech Republic, a game which will see the Azzurri play at Turin’s very own Juventus Stadium for the first time.

    Lichtsteiner’s Switzerland, meanwhile, will travel to Oslo to face a Norway side whose mid-table standing will mean they will be keen to get a win, while Pogba is expected to return from suspension to assist the French against Belarus in Gomel as they bid to progress through a tricky Group I that includes World Champions Spain.

    Here are the full details of all the various fixtures featuring Juventus players:

    Buffon, Bonucci, Chiellini, Ogbonna, Pirlo

    Friday 6 Spetember, 20.45 CET
    Italy v Bulgaria
    Palermo, Stadio Renzo Barbera

    Tuesday 10 September, 20.45 CET
    Italy v Czech Republic
    Turin, Juventus Stadium

    Lichtsteiner

    Friday 6 September, 20.30 CET
    Switzerland v Iceland
    Bern, Stade de Suisse

    Tuesday 10 September, 20.00 CET
    Norway v Switzerland
    Oslo, Ullevaal

    Pogba

    Friday 6 September, 20.15 CET
    Georgia v France
    Tblisi, Boris Paichadze


    Tuesday 10 September, 21.00 CET
    Belarus v France
    Gomel, Central Stadium

    Vucinic

    Friday 6 September, 21.45 CET
    Poland v Montenegro
    Varsavia, National Stadium (Narodowy)

    Asamoah

    Friday 6 September, 18.00 CET
    Ghana v Zambia
    Kumasi, Baba Yara Stadium

    Tuesday 10 September, 12.20 CET
    Japan v Ghana (friendly)
    Yokohama

    Isla, Vidal

    Saturday 7 September, 02.30 CET
    Chile v Venezuela
    Santiago, Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos

    Tuesaday 10 September, 20.00 CET
    Spain v Chile (friendly)
    Geneva

    Caceres

    Saturday 7 September, 04.30 CET
    Peru v Uruguay
    Lima, Estadio Nacional

    Tuesday 10 September, 00.00 CET
    Uruguay v Colombia
    Montevideo, Centenario

     

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