To say “Summer” transfer window was a rollercoaster would be an understatement. It was filled with anger, sadness, confusion, and left us mostly scratching our head. The good news is that we get a week or so reprieve from Serie A action as the first international break has descended upon us.
This international break will include all types of matches ranging from EURO 2020 Qualifying Playoffs to Nations League matches and for some regions like CONMEBOL, the road to Qatar 2022 kicks off with World Cup Qualifying in South America. If you are wondering which Fiorentina players will be reporting for National Team duty look no further, we’ve compiled an easy list for you:
New boy Lucas Martínez Quarta has been picked by coach Lionel Scaloni and is one of the few domestic players taken. He will join a defensive core without German Pezzella who will miss out due injury
Argentina will kickstart their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign at La Bombonera against Ecuador on October 8th. Five days later they will travel to La Paz to take on Bolivia on October 13th. Qualification was tricky for Argentina last time around so hopefully they can start off on the right foot even with a tough trip to Bolivia rounding out the window.
Mister Roberto Mancini has called up a triplet of Fiorentina players for their three matches. This includes Cristiano Biraghi, Giacomo Bonaventura, and Gaetano Castrovilli. Of the three players, Biraghi is the most likely to get a start in one of the two Nations League matches with the others potentially featuring off the bench.
Before Italy dive into their two Nations League matches, they’ll first take on Moldova at the Artemio Franchi so a bit of a home match for the Fiorentina boys. After that, they’ll travel to Gdańsk, to take on Bartłomiej Drągowski and Poland on October 11th. They’ll finish back on the peninsula against the Netherlands on the 14th in what is sure to be a great game between the two favorites of the group. The importance of the match isn’t only for Group A1 supremacy, but it also marks La Nazionale’s return to Bergamo, one of the hardest hit regions by COVID-19. Hopefully that strong spirit will inspire the Azzurri as they face a tough Dutch side.
Les Éléphants will not being playing any serious matches this window, but instead have elected to take on two tough Friendlies. First facing Belgium in Brussels on October 8th followed by an October 13th clash with Japan in Utrecht. Given the relatively “friendly” nature of the two games, there is a chance for young Christian Kouamé to feature in one of the two matches. He’s been very uneven form of late so hopefully he can use this time to stabilize a bit.
After two underwhelming games for new signing Sofyan Amrabat, he will leave Florence to join the Moroccan National Team for two Friendlies. First Senegal comes to the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium on October 9th before the DR Congo visits five days later.
Sofyan hasn’t quite settled in yet, but he’s shown flashes of brilliance and why Fiorentina snapped him up last winter. He’s strong on the ball, an excellent passer, and can help the backline as well. He’ll join a very exciting Morocco team with fellow Serie A starlet, Achraf Hakimi.
Poland has the luxury of having three home games during the International break with one Friendly and two UEFA Nations League encounters. Having three games in a week has caused Coach Jerzy Brzęczek to call-up four goalkeepers. Three of the four ply their trade in Italy with Bartłomiej Drągowski, Łukasz Skorupski, and Wojciech Szczęsny also being called up.
Poland will start their campaign with a Friendly against Finland on October 7th before back-to-back Nations League games against Italy and Bosnia & Herzegovina on October 11th and October 14th respectively. Poland and Italy will lock horns for the first time in this round of the UEFA Nations League in an interesting matchup as 10 of the players play their club football in Italy.
Two members of I Gigliati have been called up to represent Serbia for the important UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying play-offs clash with Norway on October 8th. It won’t be an easy game for Nikola Milenković in defense as he tries to contain European wunderkind Erling Haaland, who has been lighting the Bundesliga ablaze. Joining the “Mountain” on the team will be Dušan Vlahović who hopes to earn his first senior cap and build off the momentum from his goal last week against Samp.
Not only do Оrlovi have to play Norway on the 8th, but they also have two UEFA Nations League matches with Hungary and Turkey on October 11th and 14th respectively. Nikola and Dušan will have a long week ahead as they will have to travel from Florence->Belgrade->Oslo->Belgrade->Istanbul.
Martín Cáceres and the two-time World Cup champions will open their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign at home to Chile on October 8th. After a battle with the Chileans, Uruguay will make the trip up to Ecuador on the 12th in what should be a win for La Celeste.
He loves pizza, he loves pasta, the lad is magic! Let’s hope that the man who inspired that chant, Patrick Cutrone, can help lead the line for Gli Azzurrini in their two 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification matches. First, he will travel up to Iceland before returning home to Italy to battle the Republic of Ireland in Pisa.
Patrick has been low on the striker totem pole falling behind fellow youngsters Dušan Vlahović and Christian Kouamé. Let’s hope a stint with the National Team is exactly what he needs to kickstart his 2020 season.
As always, we wish the lads a healthy and rewarding break with their respective teams. Please come back to us in one piece so we can get this challenge for European places back on track.