There’s a huge glut of international friendlies scheduled today as part of FIFA’s official match date for August. This has obviously pissed off everyone in any way related to an EPL club that has had players called up, and rightly so. Arsenal alone stands to lose 5-6 players due to injury today.
Fortunately, Blatter & Co have seen the light and I have it on good authority (twitter) that the August FIFA date is going away for good. I’m sure Sepp reminded everyone that he has mega-yacht payments due every month, not just in months when there’s a FIFA date and he gets his cash-stuffed envelope. In the end, though, he was forced to relent.
Yesterday, Liechtenstein defeated Andorra 1-0, while Malta edged San Marino 3-2. This got me thinking that FIFA ought to organize a Mini World Cup for all these bitty little principalities that don’t have a popsicle’s chance in hell of qualifying for a major tournament. Throw in Luxembourg, Faroe Islands, Guadeloupe, Easter Island, the Federated States of Micronesia, and so on. Since they probably would never be able to sell TV rights for this, just stream all the games online for free. I would watch. Just pick a team with a funny name (hint: they all have funny names) and start making up chants.
Anyhoo, here are some of the results that have gone final so far, as well as a carefully curated list of the most interesting matches out there this afternoon and evening:
Japan 1-1 Venezuela
South Korea 2-1 Zambia
China 1-1 Ghana
Russia 1-1 Cote D’Ivoire
2:00 Sweden v. Brazil (GolTV)
2:45 Belgium v. Netherlands (ESPND, ESPN3)
2:45 Germany v. Argentina (ESPN2)
3:00 England v. Italy (RAI)
3:00 France v. Uruguay (ESPN3)
3:00 Scotland v. Australia (ESPN3)
4:30 Puerto Rico v. Spain (ESPND, ESPN3)
8:00 Mexico v. United States (ESPN2, ESPN3)
Make some noise in the comments.