Teams competing in the 2022 World Cup have a very short window to prepare for the tournament. As the Qatar World Cup takes place at an unusual time, the teams have much less time to train together before the competition.
Most European clubs have matches scheduled until November 13. This is just a week before the opening match of the World Cup. Obviously, most of the nations that have players in European competitions will be together less than seven days before the start of the tournament.
Despite this small window, there will be a plethora of international friendlies before the World Cup. There are currently 23 international clashes involving World Cup teams on the calendar. However, most of these matches will not be broadcast on ESPN+.
The first day the streaming service will broadcast international matches involving World Cup teams is November 16, when Poland takes on Chile in Warsaw. ESPN+ will also broadcast 10 other men’s international matches that day involving nations not competing in the upcoming tournament.
Watch international friendlies on ESPN+
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In total, the streaming service broadcasts 35 international friendlies between November 15 and 20. Two of the games available on ESPN+ involve World Cup nations. Along with the Poland game, Portugal plays Nigeria on November 17 on ESPN+.
Upcoming international friendlies available on ESPN+
Hamburger SV vs Orange County SC
Kosovo vs. Armenia, Andorra vs. Austria, Lithuania vs. Iceland, Cyprus vs. Bulgaria, Latvia vs. Estonia, Czech Republic vs. Faroe Islands, Turkey vs. Scotland, Gibraltar vs. Liechtenstein, Moldova vs. Azerbaijan, Poland vs. Chile and Albania vs. Italy.
Romania vs. Slovenia, North Macedonia vs. Finland, Montenegro vs. Slovakia, Malta vs. Greece, Israel vs. Zambia, Portugal vs. Nigeria, Luxembourg vs. Hungary and Republic of Ireland vs. Norway.
Albania vs. Armenia, Kosovo vs. Faroe Islands, Turkey vs. Czech Republic, Gibraltar vs. Andorra, Sweden vs. Algeria and Stuttgart vs. FC Cologne.
Slovakia vs. Chile, North Macedonia vs. Azerbaijan, Norway vs. Finland, Slovenia vs. Montenegro, Israel vs. Cyprus, Moldova vs. Romania, Malta vs. Republic of Ireland, Hungary vs. Greece, Luxembourg vs. Bulgaria and Austria vs. Italy.
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