International friendlies: Mouthwatering midweek matches on the slate

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With the international break in full swing, there’s plenty of action to look forward to in the next few days.

Some monster European nations clash, plus the USA face Czech Republic in Prague on Wednesday (Watch live, 2:15 p.m. ET on NBCSN, online via Live Extra) in their first game since the World Cup ended.

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In Europe, England host Norway at Wembley with a new-look side for Roy Hodgson but three epic clashes top the bill. On Wednesday Germany play Argentina in a repeat of the World Cup final, what a cracker that will be as Gerardo Martino takes charge of his first game as the boss of Albiceleste. His side will be looking to avenge their narrow World Cup final defeat to the Germans, but will have to do so without an injured Lionel Messi who didn’t make the trip to Dusseldorf.

Elsewhere, on Thursday Italy face the Netherlands, plus France host Spain as four of Europe’s elite soccer nations lock horns in their first games since the World Cup this summer.

Below is a full list of the friendlies coming up over the next two days, plus we will have a roundup of all the games and plenty more reaction from the USA’s game in Prague.

Czech Republic vs. USA – 2:15 p.m. ET on NBCSN, live online
England vs. Norway – Fox Sports 2, 3 p.m. ET
Germany vs. Argentina – ESPN News, 2:30 p.m. ET
Russia vs. Azerbaijan
Lithuania vs.United Arab Emirates
Ukraine vs.Moldova
Latvia vs. Armenia
Denmark vs. Turkey
Republic of Ireland vs. Oman

Italy vs. Netherlands
France vs. Spain – ESPN Deportes, 3 p.m. ET
Bos-Herce vs. Liechtenstein
Slovakia vs. Malta
Sweden vs. Estonia
Croatia vs. Cyprus
Belgium vs. Australia

Report: New Arsenal manager will have small budget to re-shape squad

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Whoever takes the helm as Arsenal’s next manager will have to do some math gymnastics this summer to stretch every penny available.

According to a report from The Telegraph, Arsenal is giving Arsene Wenger‘s successor a little less than $70 million to work with in this summer’s transfer market, citing back-to-back transfer windows with club-record signings (Alexandre Lacazette last summer and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January) and three raises given to players. Arsenal paid around $78 million alone to sign Aubameyang and around $65 million for Lacazette.

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That means whoever comes in next to lead Arsenal will likely have to sell one or two players this summer to raise additional money for world-class signings.

For the last decade, Arsenal has been crying out for a new pair of centerbacks and a holding midfielder in the mould of Patrick Vieira. In addition, with Petr Cech getting older, the prospect of needing a new goalkeeper is also on the horizon.

Luckily for Arsenal, they seem to be just fine up front. From Aubameyang and Lacazette to Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aaron Ramsey, the club has the talent to challenge for a title next season in that department.

A dozen different names have been bandied about as to who will be Arsenal’s next manager, with out-of-contract and former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique reportedly on the shortlist. Vieira, former Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta, Germany National Team coach Joachim Low, Juventus boss Max Allegri and Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsman have all also been linked with the job.

Tunisian player who collapsed in Spain regains consciousness

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MADRID (AP) Spanish third-division club Toledo says a Tunisian player who collapsed from heart failure during practice 10 days ago has regained consciousness.

The club says doctors removed sedative medication and Lassad Nouioui was responding well to treatment on Monday.

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They will consider removing the 32-year-old Nouioui from the intensive care unit if his condition keeps improving. Nouioui has played for a number of clubs during his 14-year professional career, notably a four-year stay at Deportivo La Coruna and a one-year spell with Celtic.

Nouioui collapsed on April 14.

The game against Real Madrid B the following day was postponed because of the problem with Nouioui.

FIFA force pace on $25B Club World Cup, global league plan

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GENEVA (AP) FIFA is forcing the pace on talks over a $25 billion offer to revamp the Club World Cup and create a global national team competition.

FIFA says President Gianni Infantino hosted a meeting last Friday with invited officials from some top European clubs.

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The European Club Association has strongly opposed FIFA’s hope for a four-yearly club tournament starting in 2021, which could rival the UEFA-organized Champions League.

UEFA has also proposed a Global Nations League. A similar project is tied to the FIFA-controlled $25 billion, 12-year offer from a consortium including investors from Saudi Arabia and China.

FIFA says it’s holding “informal ongoing discussions with different stakeholders on the topic of the future Club World Cups.”

Infantino is set to meet confederation presidents and general secretaries “in the near future,” FIFA says.

Video: De Rossi, Roma make classy visit to Hillsborough memorial

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On many occasions there are instances where teams and individuals exemplify the fact that real-life occurrences are more meaningful than sports.

Ahead of Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League meeting, Italian giants AS Roma visited Anfield –where they will face Liverpool in the competition’s semifinals.

After walking around the venue where the two sides will compete in less than 24 hours, Roma captain Daniele de Rossi and the rest of the Roma squad visited the Hillsborough memorial at Anfield to pay tribute to the 96 victims lost in the 1989 event that rocked the entire country.

De Rossi was seen laying a floral arrangement on the site, along with a note from the club that read, “In memoria delle vittime di Hillsborough AS Rome.”