Weekend international previews and open thread

Lars Baron

Saturday and Sunday's UEFA U-21 games added at the bottom.

There are a good number of senior international matches all weekend including many World Cup qualifiers. Let's take a closer look at the matches involving Bayern players.

Indonesia vs Netherlands - Friendly

When: Friday, June 7 - 9:30 PM ET (8:30 PM local)

Where: Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Central Jakarta, Croatia

TV/Streaming: ESPN (UK)

I hope the Dutch are getting a healthy sum of money out of this trip to Indonesia. Also, Arjen Robben better stay healthy.

Croatia vs Scotland - UEFA World Cup Qualifying Group A

When: Friday, June 7 - 2:15 PM ET (8:15 PM local)

Where: Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb, Croatia

TV/Streaming: ESPN3.com (USA), The Score (Canada), ESPN (UK)

Mario Mandzukic and Croatia are tied at the top of Group A with the Belgians, and it looks like the race will go down to the bitter end. We've seen what Mario can do wearing the Bayern shirt this season, and they'll probably get a couple of goals from him against teh Scots.

Belgium vs Serbia - UEFA World Cup Qualifying Group A

When: Friday, June 7 - 2:45 PM ET (8:45 PM local)

Where: King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium

TV/Streaming: ESPN3.com (USA), Sportsnet World (Canada)

Daniel Van Buyten and Belgium should walk away from Friday's match against Serbia with a share of the Group A lead with Croatia. Serbia gave up three goals the last time these two sides played in October, and will likely see something similar again this time.

Austria vs Sweden - UEFA World Cup Qualifying Group C

When: Friday, June 7 - 2:45 PM ET (8:45 PM local)

Where: Ernst Happel Stadion, Vienna, Austria

TV/Streaming: Gol TV (USA), Gol TV (Canada)

While Germany has a commanding eight point lead over both Austria and Sweden, the two sides will look to take lead in the race for the playoff place awarded to the group. David Alaba will be instrumental in helping control the midfield and avoid being Zlatan'd by Sweden.

Peru vs Ecuador - CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying

When: Friday, June 7 - 10:10 PM ET (9:10 PM local)

Where: Estadio Nacional, Lima, Peru

TV/Streaming: beIN Sport Play (USA)

Claudio Pizarro and Peru need to take all three points at home against Ecuador to avoid falling too far behind in the race for South America's qualifying positions. Next week, they'll travel to Colombia, so Friday's match is very important in their qualifying hopes.

Switzerland vs Cyprus - UEFA World Cup Qualifying Group E

When: Saturday, June 8 - 11:30 AM ET (5:30 PM local)

Where: Stade de Geneve, Geneva, Switzerland

TV/Streaming: ESPN 3 (USA)

Xherdan Shaqiri will get the starring role for Switzerland as they look to stay atop their qualifying group. Cyprus are struggling down in fifth place in the group and really shouldn't be too much of an issue for the Swiss.

Spain vs Haiti - Friendly

When: Saturday, June 8 - 4:00 PM ET

Where: Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida, USA

TV/Streaming: beIN Sport (USA)

Javi Martinez and his Spanish teammates have the lightest of workouts ahead of them in the Florida heat on Saturday when they face Haiti in a Confederations Cup tune-up. A part of the proceeds is being donated back to the continued relief effort to rebuild Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake.

Brazil vs France - Friendly

When: Sunday, June 9 - 3:00 PM ET (4:00 PM local)

Where: Arena do Gremio, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

TV/Streaming: beIN Sport (USA)

Brazil has our Dante and Luiz Gustavo. Franck Ribery, however, is not with the France squad. This friendly is mostly a prep for next weekend's Confederations Cup for Brazil. Yes, we're all still rightly furious with the CBF for not allowing Dante and Gustavo to play in the Pokal Final and rightly so. Hopefully, the two will play well if they get into the match.

England vs Norway - UEFA U-21 Championship

When: Saturday, June 8 - 12:00 PM ET (7:00 PM local)

Where: HaMoshava Stadium, Petah Tikva, Israel

TV/Streaming: ESPN3.com (USA)

Italy vs Israel - UEFA U-21 Championship

When: Saturday, June 8 - 2:30 PM ET (9:30 PM local)

Where: Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel

TV/Streaming: ESPN3.com (USA)

Netherlands vs Russia - UEFA U-21 Championship

When: Sunday, June 9 - 12:00 PM ET (7:00 PM local)

Where: Teddy Stadium, Jerusalem, Israel

TV/Streaming: ESPN3.com (USA)

Germany vs Spain - UEFA U-21 Championship

When: Sunday, June 9 - 2:30 PM ET (9:30 PM local)

Where: Netanya Stadium, Netanya, Israel

TV/Streaming: ESPN3.com (USA)

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