On this rarest of Leap Days, the soccer world brings us a full slate of international friendlies to feast on like hungry tourists at a casino buffet. So pull up a chair and grab a plate. Of course, most of you will pop in here this afternoon for that special occasion when Italian Americans everywhere get to feel conflicted and torn. But the international action has been underway since yesterday, when the Serbs dispatched the Armenians and Own Goal suited up for Bosnia to give Brazil a last gasp undeserved win. There was even a match between New Zealand and Jamaica in the middle of the night.
About the Battle for the Heart of Jersey, both countries are missing significant players tonight, which makes it a bit harder to predict the outcome. Prandelli’s Prancers will be missing Cassano and Il Traditore through injury, as well as Balotelli and Osvaldo for breaking the manager’s code of conduct. Something called Fabio Borini could start for the Azzurri up front. Meanwhile, Klinsy will have to make do without Donovan (who’s busy tweeting about puppies while he copes with bronchitis), Chandler, and Torres. Those losses resulted in a free trip to Italy for Kljestan and Brek Shea.
Here’s a brief list of today’s most interesting internationals (all times Eastern). You can find a full slate including AFC qualifiers here. As always, feel free to post lineups in the comments as they’re announced and do some pre-game trash talk.
09:00 Cyprus v. Serbia (wait, didn’t they just beat Armenia yesterday?)
12:00 Canada v. Armenia (wait, didn’t they just lose to Serbia yesterday?)
13:30 Uruguay v. Romania
14:30 Argentina v. Switzerland
14:45 USA v. Italy
14:45 Germany v. France
14:45 Poland v. Portugal
14:45 Ireland v. Czech Republic
14:45 Scotland v. Slovenia
15:00 England v. Netherlands
15:30 Spain v. Venezuela
20:00 Mexico v. Colombia