International Friendlies, 7-8 October 2020
Viewers on DStv and GOtv can look forward to more football action on Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 October, with no less than 10 international friendlies.
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One of the top international friendlies on Wednesday 7 October is the Iberian derby between Portugal and Spain at Estadio Jose Alvalade. One of the major narratives surrounding this match is the great form of Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, whose blistering start to the 2020-21 season has defied his advancing years – with the Juventus star recently insisting that he wants to keep playing into his 40s.
“Cristiano is ready to play until he’s 40, but he doesn’t know if it will happen,” said Portugal national team manager Fernando Santos. “At some point he may feel that he no longer has the same conditions. He’s not a player who will lower his level, when he feels like he can’t be Ronaldo, he won’t.”
Wednesday also features European heavyweights Germany, Italy, Netherlands and France facing Turkey, Moldova, Mexico and Ukraine respectively. The Netherlands v Mexico match will be particularly interesting, as it represents the start of Frank de Boer’s tenure in charge of the ‘Oranje’, with the former Ajax legend replacing Ronald Koeman (who has taken over at Spanish giants Barcelona).
Thursday 8 October is headlined by a British derby between England and Wales. For the ‘Three Lions’, Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin will be hoping to make a major impact on his first call-up to Gareth Southgate’s team, having enjoyed a goal-laden start to the campaign with the Toffees.
“He is a complete striker. It is not easy to find a striker with these characteristics,” said Calvert-Lewin’s club manager Carlo Ancelotti. “He has a lot of energy, is really fast. I am really pleased he is doing well and scoring goals because at the end a striker is judged on the goals he scores. It’s a great achievement for him [the England call-up]. I hope it will not be the last. It depends on him. He is doing really well. He needs to have consistency.”
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International Friendlies broadcast details, 7-8 October 2020
Wednesday 7 October
15:00: Armenia v Albania – LIVE on SuperSport Premier League and SuperSport Maximo 1
18:00: Denmark v Faroe Islands – LIVE on SuperSport Premier League and SuperSport Maximo 1
20:45: Portugal v Spain – LIVE on SuperSport Grandstand, SuperSport Premier League, SuperSport Maximo 1 and SuperSport GOtv Football
20:45: Germany v Turkey – LIVE on SuperSport PSL
20:45: Italy v Moldova – LIVE on SuperSport Football and SuperSport GOtv Select 1
20:45: Netherlands v Mexico – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 3 and SuperSport Maximo 360
21:00: France v Ukraine – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga, SuperSport Maximo 2 and SuperSport GOtv La Liga
Thursday 8 October
18:30: Russia v Sweden – LIVE on SuperSport Premier League and SuperSport Maximo 1
20:45: Belgium v New Zealand – LIVE on SuperSport PSL and SuperSport Maximo 360
20:45: England v Wales – LIVE on SuperSport Premier League, SuperSport Maximo 1 and SuperSport GOtv Football