BUENOS AIRES - Argentina, looking to move
on from a disappointing World Cup and try to win the Copa
America at home next year, will meet arch-rivals Brazil in a
friendly in Qatar in November.
Looking for games against prominent rivals, the Argentine
Football Association (AFA) announced on its website the team would play Japan in Tokyo on Oct. 8
and Brazil in Doha on November 17.
In their second match under coach Sergio Batista, Argentina
face world champions Spain at the River Plate stadium on September 7 having already won a friendly 1-0 against Ireland in Dublin
Argentina were knocked out of the World Cup by Germany in
the quarter-finals in July and coach Diego Maradona did not
have his contract renewed over differences with the AFA
concerning his staff.
Batista, like Maradona a member of Argentina's 1986 World
Cup-winning team, has retained the core of the squad that went
to South Africa while bringing back players surprise omissions
like Inter Milan pair Esteban Cambiasso and Javier Zanetti.
Real Madrid midfielder Fernando Gago, another recalled
player who was in the side in Dublin, has withdrawn from the
squad to face Spain after suffering a knee ligament injury in a
club friendly on Tuesday.
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