11.11.2013 17:36 - in: Other competitions S

      Twelve Bianconeri head off for internationals

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      A total of 12 Juventus players will join up with compatriots for the upcoming international fixtures, a mix of World Cup qualifiers and friendly encounters. Arturo Vidal is set to travel but has been prescribed seven to eight days of rest due to a thigh strain

      First up in a busy schedule of international fixtures involving Bianconeri around the globe are Martin Caceres’ Uruguay, who face Jordan away in Amman on Wednesday 13 November in the first-leg of their 2014 World Cup intercontinental play-off tie.

      It’s a difficult test a long way from home for La Celeste, who find themselves fighting for qualification in the play-offs for the second time in a row after finishing fifth in the South American group.  

      They overcame Costa Rica last time to book their place in the 2010 competition, though, and will be hoping to lay a good early foundation in the tie beginning at 16.00 CET to ensure a similar outcome this time around.  

      Friday 15 November is an action-packed day of international action, with nine Juventus players set to feature.

      Lining up for France at 19.45 CET will be Paul Pogba, fresh from scoring a wondergoal to crown the Bianconeri’s victory over Napoli in style. Les Bleus have a tough task on their hands to get the better of a tricky Ukraine side away from home in the play-off they face after finishing runners-up to Spain in Group I.

      Next up are Italians Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Gigi Buffon, Claudio Marchisio, Angelo Ogbonna and Andrea Pirlo, who are all in the squad to face Germany in an enticing friendly kicking off in Milan at 20.45 CET.

      Following that, it’s the turn of the Chileans, who face England at Wembley Stadium at 21.00 CET.

      Isla will be able to compete as normal, but Vidal, who left the action early last night against Napoli due to an injury that has this morning been confirmed as a strain to the adductor muscle of his right thigh, has been prescribed seven to eight days of rest. He is still set to join up with the Chile squad barring a decision to the contrary by the Chilean Football Federation.

      A 2-1 victory over Ecuador on 15 October booked La Roja’s ticket to the greatest show on earth, so it’s a friendly meeting with Roy Hodgson’s men, who topped Group H to also automatically qualify for the tournament.  

      The next day, Saturday 16 November, Equatorial Guinea host Fernando Llorente’s Spain in a friendly encounter kicking off at 22.00 CET. Vicente Del Bosque’s men qualified relatively comfortably at the top of Group I, and will no doubt use this opportunity to test out some tactics ahead of next year’s finals.

      Italy’s second fixture of the international break sees them pitted against Nigeria on the neutral territory of Fulham’s Craven Cottage, with that match getting underway at 20.45 CET on Monday 18 November.

      The following day features another round of intriguing encounters. First up are Kwadwo Asamoah’s Ghana, who took a giant stride towards booking their ticket for Brazil with an emphatic 6-1 victory in the first leg of their play-off with Egypt and will play out the second in Cairo at 17.00 CET.

      Four hours later, Llorente’s Spain will be in action against South Africa in a friendly to be held at Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium, where they will be returning for the first time since lifting the World Cup trophy there in 2010.

      Pogba’s France will contest the second leg of their qualifying tie with Ukraine later in the evening at 21.00 CET and can look forward to having the backing of their home crowd this time at the Stade de France.

      There might be less pressure on Chile as they take on Brazil at 02.00 CET, but it’s sure to be a great match-up in Toronto as Isla, Vidal and team-mates try to cause an upset for 2014 World Cup hosts.

      The final game of the international break involving a Bianconeri man is Uruguay v Jordan on Wednesday 20 November at 24.00 CET, the decisive second leg of the play-off for Caceres’ side.

      The full details of the matches featuring Juventus players are as follows:

      Martin Caceres

      Wednesday 13 November, 16.00 CET
      Jordan v Uruguay (World Cup qualifying play-off first leg)

      Wednesday 20 November, 24.00 CET
      Uruguay v Jordan (World Cup qualifying play-off second leg)

      Paul Pogba

      Friday 15 November, 19.45 CET
      Ukraine v France (World Cup qualifying play-off first leg)

      Tuesday 19 November, 21.00 CET
      France v Ukraine (World Cup qualifying play-off second leg)

      Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Gigi Buffon, Claudio Marchisio, Angelo Ogbonna, Andrea Pirlo

      Friday 15 November, 20.45 CET
      Italy v Germany (friendly)

      Monday 18 November, 20.45 CET
      Italy v Nigeria (friendly)

      Mauricio Isla, Arturo Vidal

      Friday 15 November, 21.00 CET
      England v Chile (friendly)

      Tuesday 19 November, 02.00 CET
      Chile v Brazil (friendly)

      Kwadwo Asamoah

      Tuesday 19 November, 17.00 CET
      Egypt v Ghana (World Cup qualifying play-off second leg)

      Fernando Llorente

      Saturday 16 November, 23.00 CET
      Equatorial Guinea v Spain (friendly)

      Tuesday 19 November, 21.00 CET
      South Africa v Spain (friendly)


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