Another international match window is fast approaching, and as usual it's looking like Napoli will be well-represented on the pitch all around the world.
So far, six Napoli players have been called up to international duty, with a number of squads still to be named. It's an impressive set of fixtures that are lined up, with one headline-maker and a bunch of important qualifiers. And as always, there's a few interesting friendlies mixed in, though international friendlies give most fans heartburn as they watch and pray that none of their club's players get hurt.
Rafael Cabral and Gonzalo Higuain will both be involved to some extent in the headline match of these internationals, as Brazil takes on Argentina in Beijing on October 11th. It's always an event when the Seleção and the Albiceleste meet, and this should be no different. That said, both Napoli players will likely start on the bench, with Brazil manager Dunga so far preferring Jefferson in goal, and Gerardo Martino still experimenting with Argentina's front line to find the right combination of some incredible talents.
Brazil will face Japan in a friendly in Singapore on the 14th, and Argentina plays against Hong Kong in Hong Kong on the same day.
Elsewhere, Marek Hamsik will be leading Slovakia in a pair of European Championship qualifiers, at home against Spain on the 9th and away to Belarus on the 12th. Slovakia won their first qualifying match of the cycle earlier this month, going to the Ukraine and beating their hosts 1-0 through a brilliant Roberto Mak goal that Hamsik assisted on. If Slovakia can somehow hold Spain to a draw and beat Belarus, they'll be in excellent position to continue their qualifying run later on.
Speaking of qualifying, Faouzi Ghoulam is hoping to help Algeria take a commanding step forward in their qualification run for this winter's African Cup of Nations tournament. Algeria is already in a commanding position in their group as the only team to have won both of their matches so far, and with two matches against group minnows Malawi (away on the 11th, and home on the 15th), they have a good chance to all but sealing the group and qualification next month.
Camilo Zuniga will be joining Colombia as they play a pair of friendlies in New York City, against El Salvador on the 10th, and against Canada on the 14th. Walter Gargano has also been named to Uruguay's squad as they prepare to travel to the Middle East to face Saudi Arabia on the 10th and Oman on the 13th.
This makes for quite a few matches to pay varying degrees of attention to during the break, with more sure to be added as more nations names their squads. As always, we'll update you as we get more information and news to bring.