Argentina and Brazil will play two matches each in the September window for international friendlies. They are two of the hot favourites to win the FIFA World Cup 2022. Therefore, these fixtures will act as a preparation for both teams for the upcoming 2022 Qatar World Cup. Let’s have a look at Argentina and Brazil's international football schedules for September 2022 and their announced squads.
Who will Argentina and Brazil play in September 2022?
The international friendly window in September (September 19–27) will be crucial for all of the countries competing in the Qatar World Cup 2022, since this will be the final international window before the World Cup’s main event. The teams will thus be eager to put some of their players to the test who have the talent but aren't certain guaranteed spots in the squads.
Two of the hot favourites for the upcoming World Cup event, Argentina and Brazil, will also try to seize the opportunity in order to find the perfect team combination.
Argentina’s national men’s football team’s international fixtures on September
Date: September 23 (Friday) | Match: Argentina vs Honduras | Time: TBD
Date: September 28 (Wednesday) | Match: Argentina vs Jamaica | Time: 6 a.m. (Bangladesh Standard Time)
Brazil’s national men’s football team’s international fixtures on September
Date: September 24 (Saturday) | Match: Brazil vs Ghana | Time: 12.30 a.m. (Bangladesh Standard Time)
Date: September 28 (Wednesday) | Match: Brazil vs Tunisia | Time: 12.30 a.m. (Bangladesh Standard Time).
Brazil and Argentina’s squads for the international friendly matches in September
Since the upcoming international window will be the last before the World Cup 2022 in Qatar, the fixtures will be important for both the Argentina and Brazil teams to identify their strengths and weaknesses. Additionally, these games will give the coaches a better sense of their favourite starting XI and important backup players. Let's take a look at the players that were named to the Brazil and Argentina teams.
Argentina have been playing excellent football under head coach Lionel Scaloni. They haven't lost a game since their 2019 Copa America semifinal defeat to Brazil, going 32 games without a defeat. The Argentina team under Scaloni is well aware of their aims for the game. Under his leadership, Argentina won the 2021 Copa America and the 2022 Finalissima. They now want to win the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Argentina have the players and the right balance to win football’s biggest event this year. However, there are some areas where Argentina still needs improvement. Besides, the coach wants to test some of the fringe players in the upcoming fixtures.
That is why he included some fresh names and also excluded a few names who have failed to live up to the expectations at the club level. The expected names who failed to make the squad are Marcos Senesi, Giovanni Simeone, and Alejandro Garnacho.
Argentina’s 32-member squad for September friendlies
Goalkeepers: Emiliano Martínez, Franco Armani, Geronimo Rulli, Juan Musso;
Defenders: Nicolas Otamendi, Cristian Romero, Lisandro Martínez, Nahuel Molina, German Pezzella, Nicolas Tagliafico, Gonzalo Montiel, Facundo Medina, Nehuen Perez, Lucas M. Quarta;
Midfielders: Rodrigo De Paul, Exequiel Palacios, Alejandro Gomez, Giovani Lo Celso, Alexis Mac Allister, Marcos Acuna, Leandro Paredes, Guido Rodriguez, Enzo Fernandez;
Forwards: Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria, Lautaro Martinez, Paulo Dybala, Julian Alvarez, Angel Correa, Nicolas Gonzalez, Joaquin Correa, Thiago Almada.
Brazil’s head coach, Tite, has been known for not appointing any particular player to be the permanent captain of the national side. Tite has named more than 15 different captains since taking over as head coach of the Brazil national side in June 2016. Under his guidance, Brazil won their ninth Copa America title in 2019. The current Brazilian side is very talented and is one of the strong favourites to win the Qatar World Cup 2022.
There are some surprises in Brazil's squad for the friendly international matches in September. Some well-known names who didn’t make the cut in the squad are Arsenal’s three Brazilian footballers – Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel Magalhaes, and Gabriel Martinelli.
Besides, Philippe Coutinho of Aston Villa and veteran Dani Alves weren’t included in the squad. Apart from them, all the expected names were included in Brazil’s 26-member squad.
Brazil’s 26-member squad for September friendlies
Goalkeepers: Ederson, Alisson, Weverton;
Defenders: Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Eder Militao, Danilo, Alex Sandro, Alex Telles, Bremer, Ibanez;
Midfielders: Casemiro, Fabinho, Lucas Paqueta, Everton Ribeiro, Fred, Bruno Guimaraes;
Forwards: Neymar, Raphinha, Vinicius Junior, Roberto Firmino, Pedro, Matheus Cunha, Rodrygo, Richarlison, Antony.
Argentina and Brazil were supposed to meet in a postponed qualifier in September, but both teams turned it down. Argentina and Brazil's September 2022 international football schedules will help to assess both the teams' current state. Another important goal for both sides would be to evaluate the talent of a few young players. The fringe players will have one more chance to impress their respective coaches and earn a spot in the World Cup squads.