Argentina’s Upcoming Matches Against Uruguay and Brazil
The last two official presentations of 2023 are on the horizon: against Uruguay in The Bombonera on Thursday, November 16 at 9 p.m. and the visit to Brazil on Tuesday the 21st of the same month at 9:30 p.m. in the stadium Maracana. Lionel Scaloni understands the importance of clashing with two of the most important nations on the continent on the same double date and that is why he called the base that comes with an ideal score in the South American Qualifiers after the first four days.
Surprises and Absentees
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Several players will be absent due to injury, including Lisandro Martínez, Geronimo Rulli, Emiliano Buendia, Lucas Beltran, and Juan Foyth. However, the notable absence is that of Alejandro Garnacho, the Manchester United youth star, who had been included in the last squad but was left out this time.
On the other hand, Angel Di Maria will make a comeback after recovering from his physical problems. Scaloni also considered calling up Pablo Maffeo, a Spanish defender with Argentine roots, and Francisco Ortega, a left back from Vélez who currently plays for Olympiacos.
Upcoming Schedule and World Cup Format
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After the double date, Argentina will not have any more Qualifying matches until after the America Cup. The first window of international friendlies will open between March 18 and 26, followed by the second window from June 3 to 11. The continental competition will take place on June 20, and the Albiceleste will aim to revalidate their title in North American territory.
Furthermore, FIFA has announced a new format for the World Cup with 48 teams, which will be played in Canada, Mexico, and the United States in just under three years. This change will also affect the classification of the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol), with six direct tickets and one ticket to play the Repechage, to be distributed among 10 teams.
Argentina’s Complete Squad
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Here is the complete list of players called up for the upcoming matches:
Goalkeepers: Emiliano Martínez (Aston Villa), Franco Armani (River Plate), Juan Musso (Atalanta), and Walter Benítez (PSV).
Defenders: Gonzalo Montiel (Nottingham Forest), Pablo Maffeo (Mallorca), Nahuel Molina (Atlético de Madrid), Germán Pezzella (Real Betis), Cristian Romero (Tottenham), Lucas Martínez Quarta (Fiorentina), Nicolás Otamendi (Benfica), Marcos Acuña (Seville), Francisco Ortega (Olympiacos), and Nicolás Tagliafico (Olympique Lyon).
Midfielders: Leandro Paredes (Roma), Guido Rodríguez (Real Betis), Enzo Fernández (Chelsea), Rodrigo De Paul (Atlético de Madrid), Exequiel Palacios (Bayer Leverkusen), Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham), and Alexis Mac Allister (Liverpool).
Forwards: Paulo Dybala (Roma), Lionel Messi (Inter Miami), Juliá Álvarez (Manchester City), Lautaro Martínez (Inter Milan), Nicolás González (Fiorentina), Ángel Di María (Benfica), and Lucas Ocampos (Sevilla).
Argentina’s Complete Schedule in the 2026 World Cup Qualifiers
Date 5: Argentina vs Uruguay at 9 p.m.
Date 6: Brazil vs Argentina at 9:30 p.m.
Date 7: Argentina vs Chile
Date 8: Colombia vs Argentina
Date 9: Venezuela vs Argentina
Date 10: Argentina vs Bolivia
Date 11: Paraguay vs Argentina
Date 12: Argentina vs Peru
Date 13: Uruguay vs Argentina
Date 14: Argentina vs Brazil
Date 15: Chile vs Argentina
Date 16: Argentina vs Colombia
Date 17: Argentina vs Venezuela
Date 18: Ecuador vs Argentina