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
Friday 6 September, 20.30 CET
Switzerland v Iceland
Bern, Stade de Suisse
Tuesday 10 September, 20.00 CET
Norway v Switzerland
Friday 6 September, 20.15 CET
Georgia v France
Tblisi, Boris Paichadze
Tuesday 10 September, 21.00 CET
Belarus v France
Gomel, Central Stadium
Friday 6 September, 21.45 CET
Poland v Montenegro
Varsavia, National Stadium (Narodowy)
Friday 6 September, 18.00 CET
Ghana v Zambia
Kumasi, Baba Yara Stadium
Tuesday 10 September, 12.20 CET
Japan v Ghana (friendly)
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)
Saturday 7 September, 04.30 CET
Peru v Uruguay
Lima, Estadio Nacional
Tuesday 10 September, 00.00 CET
Uruguay v Colombia