Road to Brazil 2014: City’s International departures
- 11 October 2012 11:48
- Posted by Mark Booth, Infographic: Simon Thorley
Where in the world is City’s galaxy of talent going to be this week?
With 15 players out serving their nations in this international break, Carrington is close to deserted as City’s stars disperse across four continents help their nations along on the road to Brazil 2014.
Although England play a couple of World Cup qualifiers, perhaps the most critical fixture for City fans is taking place in Dakar on Saturday evening where the Toure brothers' Ivory Coast take on Senegal.
This second leg qualifier will decide if Yaya Toure, Kolo Toure and Abdul Razak will be missing in January for the African Cup of Nations. It’s looking likely that they will be as Ivory Coast lead 4-2 from the first-leg, putting Les Éléphants on the brink of South Africa 2013.
There’s a retro feel to England’s pair of qualifiers as the Three Lions take on San Marino and Poland – enough to bring nostalgic images of Graham Taylor, Stuart Pearce and Paul Gascoigne to the front of your mind.
Argentina are currently top of the CONMEBOL qualifying group with four wins and two draws from seven matches, they play Uruguay in Mendoza, Argentina on Friday night before facing off against Chile in Santiago on Tuesday.
Edin Dzeko’s Bosnia-Herzegovina are also in action in a group-defining encounter against Greece in Piraeu and then play Lithuania in Zenica. Meanwhile, Mario Balotelli’s Italy take on Armenia and Denmark as the Azzurri look to stay on top of Group B and Gael Clichy’s France play Japan and David Silva’s Spain in a pair of friendlies.
Aleksandar Kolarov and Matija Nastasic can share a flight to Belgrade for the first time for Serbia’s match against Vincent Kompany’s Belgium. Serbia then play Macedonia mid next week, while Belgium take on Scotland. Costel Pantilimon's Romania play against Turkey and the Netherlands.
While we might mourn this gap in the domestic calendar, we also celebrate the achievements of our 15 players looking to add to their collections of caps with this handy infographic, displaying where our boys are plying their trade this week:
We'll keep you updated with how our 15 internationals fare in the coming week on mcfc.co.uk.