The October Break: What to Look Forward To & What To Do
As most football followers know, there's no top-tier club football for the next 13 days in most parts of the world. While this is not genuinely a great ideal, the international break does have some interesting games to boot. Here's a look ahead to the football this week:
9th of October
Expected to be a blow out (San Marino have only won 1 international ever), it will be interesting to see who and how England line-up.
Switzerland didn't have a poor showing at the World Cup but are expected to bounce back after their loss to England. Slovenia could be a tricky opponent for them however.
The marquee match-up of the day. Russia's infertility at the World Cup, with the expectations of being something better, against a Zaltan Ibrahimovic led Sweden who are nothing to snuff at.
10th of October
Turkey has yet to replicate any quality or form that landed them the bronze at the 2002 World Cup. Despite this they are not a side that will roll over easily and should provide a decent test for a Czech side that is coming off beating the Dutch just a month ago.
Wales-Bosnia & Herzegovina
Wales are an improving side with a decent lot of players going up against a Bosnian side fresh off their first World Cup appearance. Edin Dzeko will surely star for Bosnia & Herzegovina as the fight for a spot in the Euros.
Landon Donovan's swan song. While I am not a very big fan of his, LD has been an influential giant for the sport of football in the US. From that magical goal he scored against Algeria in 2010, to his time with David Beckham in LA, and now the MLS all time leading scorer and assist record holder, Donovan is surely due an emotion and well deserved final game.
11th of October
While I think the Finland-Greece game might be worth watching in terms of being a close game, Greek football is general very very dry, very slow, very dull. Germany face a half-decent Poland but it's really about seeing how Germany will rebuild after all the post-World Cup retirements.
Philadelphia Union-Columbus Crew & New York Red Bulls-Toronto FC
Two HUGE games with MASSIVE play-off implications for all four teams involved. Massive weekend for the MLS with these two games.
13th of October
The highlight of the Monday-to-Monday week. Two big teams here, the Bosnians well organized against a stacked Belgian squad with Eden Hazard to boost. Should be a cracker.