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Crunch Time for FC Bayern National Team – Ribéry, Mandžukić Have One More Chance

France and Croatia face a possible absence from Brazilian Summer Festivities, and the rest of the FC Bayern National Team is just playing for fun

David Rogers

If France and Croatia had problems in the past, both will need to pass them aside. UEFA's World Cup Qualification is coming to a close this transfer break, and the two legs against Ukraine and Iceland respectively is the last chance for Franck Ribéry and Mario Mandžukić  to wear their countries colors in Brazil.

France is one spot below Ukraine in the FIFA World Rankings, which makes this bout more evenly matched. Croatia, ranked 18th, will have to stave off 46th ranked Iceland, trying to become the smallest nation to feature in a World Cup.

The rest of the FC Bayern National Team will be in friendly play. Belgium, Brazil, Germany, The Netherlands, and Spain are all in, while Austria finished third behind Sweden.

UEFA World Cup Qualifiers

Croatia CroatiaMario Mandžukić
11/15 @ Iceland (Laugardalsvollur) – 2:45 PM EST
11/19 vs. Iceland (Maksimir Stadium) – 2:15 PM EST

France FranceFranck Ribéry
11/15 @ Ukraine (Kiev Olympic Stadium) – 2:45 PM EST
11/19 vs. Ukraine (Stade de France) – 3:00 PM EST

International Friendlies

Austria AustriaDavid Alaba
11/19 vs. United States (Ernst Happel Stadium) – 2:00 PM EST

Brazil Brazil – Dante
11/16 vs. Honduras (Sun Life Stadium, Miami, USA) – 7:30 PM EST
11/19 vs. Chile (Rogers Centre, Toronto, Canada) – 7:00 PM EST

Belgium Belgium – Daniel van Buyten
11/14 vs. Columbia (Koning Boudewijn Stadion) – 3:00 PM EST
11/19 vs. Japan (Koning Boudewijn Stadiion) – 7:00 AM EST

Germany GermanyJerome Boateng, Mario Götze, Toni Kroos, Philipp Lahm, Thomas Müller, Manuel Neuer
11/15 @ Italy (Giuseppe Meazza) – 2:45 PM EST
11/19 @ England (Wembley Stadium) – 3:00 PM EST

Netherlands The NetherlandsArjen Robben
11/16 vs. Japan (Cristal Arena, Genk, Belgium) – 7:15 AM EST
11/19 vs. Columbia (Amsterdam ArenA) – 2:30 PM EST

Spain SpainJavi Martinez
11/15 @ Equatorial Guinea (Nuevo Estadio de Malabo) – 4:00 PM EST
11/19 @ South Africa (FNB Stadium) – 2:00 PM EST

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