The Argentine national team, world champions in Qatar 2022 led by the already legendary Lionel Messi, will return to Asia next June to play a couple of friendlies. They will be against Australia in Beijing and against Indonesia in Jakarta, as confirmed by the Argentine Football Federation through its social networks on Monday.
The duel in Beijing will mark the great return of international football to China after three years of strict health restrictions that have caused the cancellation of all its world-class sporting competitions”. On June 15, Lionel Messi will lead the Argentina national team in a friendly against Australia in Beijing,” the Argentine embassy said in a message posted on social network Weibo.
The match will be a rematch of the last 16 of the World Cup in Qatar in which Albiceleste beat the Socceroos 2-1 on their way to the title.
“Our men’s national team has not played in China for 15 years and we are delighted to be back to face Argentina at the newly refurbished Workers’ Stadium in Beijing,” said James Johnson, president of the Football Association of Australia.
Four days later, on 19 June, Argentina will face Indonesia in Jakarta. They will be the last two tests for the team led by Lionel Scaloni before the first ever in the United States, Canada and Mexico 2026 World Cup Qualifiers.
La Scaloneta will preview his title of world champion in an official match when he receives Ecuador at the Monumental stadium. After the debut against the Italian flag, Messi and company will visit Bolivia at La Paz. The two matches will be played from 4 to 10 September.
The qualifiers will continue with four more dates. For the third day, in October, they will receive Paraguay and a few days later they will go to Lima to face Peru. Finally, in the last window of 2023, in November, it will be local to Uruguay and will visit Brazil.
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