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


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

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


      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)

      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)


      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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