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4 hours ago, Kingston said:

How about Iceland on the way home?  They play England June 7 but are otherwise open.

We could even use one of those discount airlines with the layover option.

I could be imagining things but wasn't iceland one of a couple of countries who we used to say "owed us a friendly" due to some long forgotten arrangement between the two associations?

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46 minutes ago, nolando said:

I could be imagining things but wasn't iceland one of a couple of countries who we used to say "owed us a friendly" due to some long forgotten arrangement between the two associations?

Yes, I remember this. Occean scored in a 1-1 friendly in Iceland I believe. 

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14 hours ago, Kingston said:

How about Iceland on the way home?  They play England June 7 but are otherwise open.

We could even use one of those discount airlines with the layover option.

They play the Dutch after we do, would be a good option though.

https://www.reuters.com/sports/soccer/dutch-fix-two-warm-up-matches-before-heading-euro-2024-2024-03-08/

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On 3/7/2024 at 3:57 PM, Shway said:

@Olympique_de_Marseille

do some work for the CSA, who else is available to play so we can have a two match window. 

Lots of this info is from Wikipedia and a lot of it is a repeat of what @Unnamed Trialist already posted.

Teams playing in the EUROs:

Group A
Germany - No June friendlies announced but Wikipedia says they are playing Greece June 7th. First EURO match is June 14. Too tight.
Scotland - Unavailable (friendlies vs Gibraltar and Finland)
Hungary - Unavailable (friendlies vs Ireland and Israel)
Switzerland  - Unavailable (friendlies vs Estonia and Austria)

Group B
Spain - Friendlies vs Andorra and as @Unnamed Trialist said they could be free for a 2nd friendly
Croatia - Unavailable (friendlies vs North Macedonia and Portugal)
Italy - Unavailable (friendlies vs Turkey and Bosnia & H)
Albania - Unavailable (friendlies vs Liechtenstein and Azerbaijan)

Group C
Slovenia - Unavailable (friendlies vs Armenia and Bulgaria)
Denmark - Unavailable (friendlies vs Sweden and Norway)
Serbia - Unavailable (friendlies vs Austria and Sweden)
England - Unavailable (friendlies vs Bosnia & H and Iceland)

Group D
Austria - Unavailable (friendlies vs Serbia and Switzerland)
France - will play friendlies on June 5th (in Metz) and June 9th (Bordeaux). Opponents TBD

Group E
Belgium - Unavailable (friendlies vs Montenegro and Luxembourg)
Slovakia - Unavailable (friendlies vs San Marino and Wales)
Romania - Unavailable (friendlies vs Bulgaria and Liechtenstein)

Group F
Turkey - likely unavailable (friendlies vs Italy and Malta)
Portugal - Unavailable (friendlies vs Finland, Croatia and Ireland)
Czech Republic - likely unavailable (a friendly vs North Macedonia on June 10th?)

Teams in the playoffs:
Wales - likely unavailable (friendly vs Slovakia June 9th)
Finland - likely unavailable (friendlies vs Portugal and Scotland)
Poland  - No friendlies scheduled
Estonia - friendly vs Switzerland on June 4th, they may be free after

Bosnia and Herzegovina - Unavailable (friendlies vs England and Italy)
Ukraine - likely unavailable (friendly vs Moldova on June 11th?)
Israel - likely unavailable (friendly vs Hungary on June 8th?)
Iceland - likely unavailable (friendly vs England on June 8th?)

Georgia - likely unavailable (friendly vs Montenegro on June 9th?)
Luxembourg - likely unavailable (friendly vs Montenegro on June 8th)
Greece - could be available (wikipedia says they will play a friendly vs Germany on June 7th ?)
Kazakhstan - could be available (they will play a friendly vs Armenia on June 7th)

 

If I have the energy I'll look through the other UEFA teams another time.

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17 minutes ago, Olympique_de_Marseille said:

Lots of this info is from Wikipedia and a lot of it is a repeat of what @Unnamed Trialist already posted.

Teams playing in the EUROs:

Group A
Germany - No June friendlies announced but Wikipedia says they are playing Greece June 7th. First EURO match is June 14. Too tight.
Scotland - Unavailable (friendlies vs Gibraltar and Finland)
Hungary - Unavailable (friendlies vs Ireland and Israel)
Switzerland  - Unavailable (friendlies vs Estonia and Austria)

Group B
Spain - Friendlies vs Andorra and as @Unnamed Trialist said they could be free for a 2nd friendly
Croatia - Unavailable (friendlies vs North Macedonia and Portugal)
Italy - Unavailable (friendlies vs Turkey and Bosnia & H)
Albania - Unavailable (friendlies vs Liechtenstein and Azerbaijan)

Group C
Slovenia - Unavailable (friendlies vs Armenia and Bulgaria)
Denmark - Unavailable (friendlies vs Sweden and Norway)
Serbia - Unavailable (friendlies vs Austria and Sweden)
England - Unavailable (friendlies vs Bosnia & H and Iceland)

Group D
Austria - Unavailable (friendlies vs Serbia and Switzerland)
France - will play friendlies on June 5th (in Metz) and June 9th (Bordeaux). Opponents TBD

Group E
Belgium - Unavailable (friendlies vs Montenegro and Luxembourg)
Slovakia - Unavailable (friendlies vs San Marino and Wales)
Romania - Unavailable (friendlies vs Bulgaria and Liechtenstein)

Group F
Turkey - likely unavailable (friendlies vs Italy and Malta)
Portugal - Unavailable (friendlies vs Finland, Croatia and Ireland)
Czech Republic - likely unavailable (a friendly vs North Macedonia on June 10th?)

Teams in the playoffs:
Wales - likely unavailable (friendly vs Slovakia June 9th)
Finland - likely unavailable (friendlies vs Portugal and Scotland)
Poland  - No friendlies scheduled
Estonia - friendly vs Switzerland on June 4th, they may be free after

Bosnia and Herzegovina - Unavailable (friendlies vs England and Italy)
Ukraine - likely unavailable (friendly vs Moldova on June 11th?)
Israel - likely unavailable (friendly vs Hungary on June 8th?)
Iceland - likely unavailable (friendly vs England on June 8th?)

Georgia - likely unavailable (friendly vs Montenegro on June 9th?)
Luxembourg - likely unavailable (friendly vs Montenegro on June 8th)
Greece - could be available (wikipedia says they will play a friendly vs Germany on June 7th ?)
Kazakhstan - could be available (they will play a friendly vs Armenia on June 7th)

 

If I have the energy I'll look through the other UEFA teams another time.

France, Poland, Greece....

or a team not in Euros like Northern Ireland. 

Staying with the Normandy theme, how about playing France in that stadium in Le Havre. Though in fact Paris is also very close.

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9 hours ago, Olympique_de_Marseille said:

The venues have been decided.

Metz and Bordeaux. If we play France it would be in Bordeaux on Sunday, June 9th.

I think it's too tight for us. We don't have time to recover properly because we have to play an A team vs Netherlands and France, we can't come out with too many subs in either. 

Nothing wrong with the venue or location though. 

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2 minutes ago, gator said:

I am so close to going to the Netherlands match, wife and daughter want to do a bit of a Euro tour so another match over there in an interesting country not far from Holland would be perfect!😀

The wife and daughter:

"Amsterdam and its historic canals would be so wonderful to visit in June."

@gator

"How about the concrete tower blocks of Rotterdam instead?"

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15 hours ago, Unnamed Trialist said:

I think it's too tight for us. We don't have time to recover properly because we have to play an A team vs Netherlands and France, we can't come out with too many subs in either. 

Nothing wrong with the venue or location though. 

What about a French speaking African country?

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Just now, nolando said:

What about a French speaking African country?

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On 3/7/2024 at 7:23 PM, Olympique_de_Marseille said:

Ok, let's start with the non-UEFA teams.

OFC - Unavailable due to OFC Nations Cup
AFC - Unavailable due to World Cup Qualifying
CAF - Unavailable due to World Cup Qualifying
CONCACAF - Unavailable due to World Cup Qualifying or other friendlies ( + why travel to Europe to play a CONCACAF team)


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These are the teams that have confirmed friendlies in the USA in June and would not be available:
Argentina
Ecuador
Brazil
Uruguay
Colombia

These are the teams that may yet travel to Europe:
Paraguay
Venezuela
Bolivia

Peru (but we can't play them in a friendly if we qualify for the Copa America since they would be in our group)
Chile (but we can't play them in a friendly if we qualify for Copa America since they would be in our group)

 

 @Unnamed Trialist has done a good job with that opening post and the UEFA teams but I will try to take a look.

 

 

 

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On 3/10/2024 at 8:04 PM, Unnamed Trialist said:

or a team not in Euros like Northern Ireland. 

The rumour is Nothern Ireland will play Spain:

https://www.mundodeportivo.com/futbol/20240301/1002200604/espana-jupgara-segundo-amistoso-eurocopa.html

 

On 3/10/2024 at 8:04 PM, Unnamed Trialist said:

France, Poland, Greece....

That would make France in Bordeaux or Poland or Greece the most likely candidates.

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28 minutes ago, Olympique_de_Marseille said:

The rumour is Nothern Ireland will play Spain:

https://www.mundodeportivo.com/futbol/20240301/1002200604/espana-jupgara-segundo-amistoso-eurocopa.html

 

That would make France in Bordeaux or Poland or Greece the most likely candidates.

So maybe it is Spain.

Will we play them in Mallorca? Did the Larin factor give us an edge?

 

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