The November international break includes loads and loads of games. Most of them are pretty obscure (St. Kitts and Nevis vs. Andorra in a friendly is one in particular) but others are important. For example, the biggest CONCACAF squads begin their road to Russia in 2018 World Cup qualifying, UEFA holds a playoff for the remaining teams looking to sneak into Euro 2016 and the largest South American sides continue in their quest to qualify for the World Cup.
This is your one-stop shop for all, yes I mean all, of the games from Nov. 11-18. Hey, no MLS on, so what else to you want me to do?
We start in Africa, where CAF WCQ is well underway. Already, there is a list of teams that have been eliminated:
Central African Republic, Gambia, Mauritius, Eritrea, Lesotho, Malawi, Seychelles, South Sudan, Djibouti, Kei Kamara's Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau, Sao Tome e Principe, and Somalia.
On Wednesday, the second round began with Mozambique defeating Gabon and Zambia beating Sudan in the first legs. Thursday will contain a series of games as well:
-Togo vs. Cedric Mabwati's DR Congo
-Namibia vs. Guinea
-Benin vs. Burkina Faso
-Togo vs. Uganda
-Morocco vs. Equatorial Guinea
Friday will also hold games:
-Libya vs. Rwanda
-Madagascar vs. Senegal
-Comoros vs. Harrison Afful and David Accam's Ghana
-Kenya vs. Cape Verde
-Niger vs. Ambroise Oyongo and Tony Tchani's Cameroon
-Liberia vs. Cote D'Ivoire
-Mauritania vs. Tunisia
-Swaziland vs. Obafemi Martins's Nigeria
See another set of games on Saturday:
-Ethiopia vs. Congo (not to be confused with DR Congo)
-Tanzania vs. Algeria
-Botswana vs. Mali
-Chad vs. Egypt
-Gabon vs. Mozambique
The second legs of all these games will come later (except for Gabon-Mozambique), but you get the idea: Africa is a big continent.
Moving on, Wednesday also saw two international friendlies:
If this interests you, here are the other friendlies:
-Atiba Harris's St. Kitts and Nevis vs. Andorra
-Qatar vs. Turkey
-Northern Ireland vs. Latvia
-Poland vs. Iceland
-Russia vs. Portugal
-Albania vs. Georgia
-England vs. France
-Poland vs. Czech Republic
-Italy vs. Romania
-Turkey vs. Greece
-Estonia vs. St. Kitts and Nevis
-Azerbaijan vs. Moldova
-Portugal vs. Luxumbourg
-Germany vs. Netherlands
-Belgium vs. Spain
-Austria vs. Switzerland
-Slovakia vs. Iceland
-Macedonia vs. Lebanon
-Russia vs. Croatia
Aaaaand that's it. *Sigh of relief*
That brings us to Asia. To spare myself the duty of writing all of those games out and to spare you the duty of scrolling through them, I'll just take you to the FIFA website if you want to look at all the games. Hopefully the site isn't as corrupted as the company.
*Laughs* Thanks folks, I'll be here all day.
So now that that's all over, it's time to take a look at the final Euro 2016 matches until next summer:
-Bosnia & Herzegovina vs. Kevin Doyle and Robbie Keane's Ireland (Friday)
-Hungary vs. Norway (Mon., second leg)
-Ireland vs. Bosnia (Tue., sec. leg)
-Denmark vs. Sweden (Wed., sec. leg)
-Slovenia vs. Ukraine (Wed., sec. leg) Again, GO SLOVENIA
The South American qualifiers begin Thursday, with the following games taking place:
-Bolivia vs. Venezuela
On Friday, Peru face Nelson Valdez's Paraguay in a rivalry matchup.
Tuesday concludes South American WCQ, not to be resumed until March.
-Colombia vs. Argentina
-Brazil vs. Peru
-Ecuador vs. Venezuela
-Bolivia vs. Paraguay
-Chile vs. Uruguay
Now back to our favorite (yet controversial) confederation: CONCACAF.
Here are Friday's games:
-Possibly Cubo Torres's Mexico (in the future) vs. El Salvador
-Giles Barnes's Jamaica vs. Anibal Godoy and Blas Perez's Panama
-Cyle Larin's Canada vs. Boniek Garcia and Luis Garrido's Honduras
-Kendall Waston's Costa Rica vs. Soni Mustivar's Haiti
-Everybody's United States vs. St. Vincent and the Grenadines
-Marco Pappa's Guatemela vs. Joevin Jones's Trinidad and Tobago
-Honduras vs. Mexico
-El Salvador vs. Canada
-United States vs. Trinidad and Tobago
-St. Vincent and the Grenadines vs. Guatemala
-Haiti vs. Jamaica
-Costa Rica vs. Panama
And that should get you through the lack of club soccer.