Brasil and Argentina are getting ready for the world cup friendly matches later this month after their delayed clash in CONMEBOL qualifiers last year has been cancelled.


The two South American giants were racing against the time to schedule warm-up games in the remaining dates for international fixtures in September and before the kickoff. FIFA eventually overruled their objection to stage the delayed CONMEBOL qualifier games in September 2021 after CBF and AFA brought the case to Court for Arbitration of Sport. Both parties finally agreed to pay fine as much as CHF 150,000 to resolve the difference.

The match in Sao Paolo at that time was disrupted as local health officials out of the blue stormed into the pitch about seven minutes after the kick off. It was due to the health protocol violations by four Argentine internationals. Emiliano Martinez, Emmanuel Buendia, Giovanni Lo Celso and Cristian Romero were supposed to go through quarantine beforehand instead of immediately playing after their away game in Venezuela.

Regarding the upcoming warm-ups, Selecao managed to secure two games only, while Albiceleste is able to schedule three matches, one of which will be held in November. Tite’s men are set to face off two African sides, Ghana and Tunisia, on September 23 and 27 respectively in France. The former is staged in Le Havre whereas the latter is contested in PSG’s home turf, Parc des Princes.

Lionel Messi and Co, on the other hand, are bound to meet Honduras and Jamaica on the same dates. Both will be held in USA. Another friendly match will be contested on November, 16, or just four days before the kick off. Argentina will visit Zayed Sport City Stadium in Abu Dhabi to encounter UEA, whose head coach, Rudolfo Arrubaena was the former Argentina international from 1995 to 2006.

Here are the list of players who received the call-up from both teams.

Brazil:

Goalkeepers:

Alisson (Liverpool), Ederson (Manchester City), Weverton (Palmeiras)

Defenders:

Bremer, Danilo, Alex Sandro (Juventus), Alex Telles (Sevilla), Marquinhos (PSG), Eder Militao (Real Madrid), Thiago Silva (Chelsea), Roger Ibanez (Roma)

Midfielders:

Everton Ribeiro (Flamengo), Fred, Casemiro (Manchester United), Bruno Guimaraes (Newcastle), Fabinho (Liverpool), Lucas Paqueta (West Ham), Forwards:

Rodrygo, Vinicius Jr (Real Madrid), Anthony (Manchester United), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Matheus Cunha (Atletico Madrid), Neymar (PSG), Pedro (Flamengo), Raphinha (Barcelona), Richarlison (Tottenham)

Argentina

Goalkeepers:

Gerónimo Rulli (Villarreal), Franco Armani (River Plate), Emiliano Martínez (Aston Villa), Juan Musso (Atalanta)

Defenders:

Lucas M. Quarta (Fiorentina), Nicolás Otamendi (Benfica), Lisandro Martínez (Manchester United), Nicolás Tagliafico (Lyon), Gonzalo Montiel (Sevilla), Nahuel Molina (Atlético Madrid), Germán Pezzella (Betis), Facundo Medina (Lens), Cristian Romero (Tottenham), Nehuén Pérez (Udinese)

Midfielders:

Papu Gomez, Marcos Acuña (Sevilla), Leandro Paredes (Juventus), Guido Rodríguez (Betis), Enzo Fernández (Benfica), Rodrigo De Paul (Atlético Madrid), Exequiel Palacios (Bayer Leverkusen), Giovani Lo Celso (Villarreal), Alexis Mac Allister (Brighton)

Forwards:

Lionel Messi (PSG), Paulo Dybala (Roma), Angel Correa (Atlético Madrid), Thiago Almada (Atlanta United), Angel Di Maria (Juventus), Nicolás González (Fiorentina), Joaquín Correa, Lautaro Martínez (Inter Milan), Julián Alvarez (Manchester City)