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End of Euro qualifiers and start of World Cup marathon.. What can you expect in the November international break?

The official last international break period of 2023 has officially begun today, and is expected to witness some exciting events.

The current international break for November is scheduled between the 13th and 21st, and will see two matches played by each team according to the FIFA international schedule.

What sets this month’s international break apart is the scarcity of friendly matches, as official decisive matches are being played on different continents.

In the following lines, Yalla Kora will highlight the most anticipated events in the current November international break.

World Cup Qualifiers Kick Off
This month will see the first two rounds of the African qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup, which will continue until 2025.

The draw for the African World Cup qualifiers placed Egypt in Group A alongside Burkina Faso, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Guinea-Bissau, and Sierra Leone.

Egypt will kick off their journey in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers at home against Djibouti in the first round next Thursday, then play away against Sierra Leone on November 19 in the second round.

Arab teams will also be in action, with Algeria facing Somalia and Mozambique, Tunisia playing against Sao Tome and Malawi, and Morocco facing Eritrea and Tanzania.

The Sudan and Mauritania national teams will also meet, with the Falcons playing against Togo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Mauritania will also play against the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan.

Double Qualifiers in Asia
This month, the second stage of the double qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup and the 2027 Asian Cup will begin in Asia.

This stage sees the teams divided into 9 groups, with 4 teams in each group. The group winners and runners-up will advance to the final stage of the World Cup qualifiers, while the third and fourth-placed teams will continue to compete for a place in the 2027 Asian Cup.

Notably, all Arab teams in Asia, totaling 12 teams, are also participating in this stage of the Asian qualifiers (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, UAE, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Yemen, Jordan, and Oman).

The current stage of the Asian qualifiers will continue until June of next year.

Continuing the Excitement in South America
This month, the World Cup 2026 qualifiers in South America will continue with the fifth and sixth rounds, featuring several thrilling matches.

In the fifth round, Brazil will face Colombia, and Argentina will take on Uruguay. The sixth round will feature the Superclasico between Argentina and Brazil.

Euro 2024 Qualifiers Wrap Up
The current international break will conclude the Euro 2024 qualifiers with rounds 9 and 10.

Aside from Germany, the host nation, 20 teams will directly qualify for the finals through the qualifiers (group winners and runners-up), along with 3 teams through the playoffs.

So far, 9 teams have qualified for Euro 2024, including Germany, Belgium, Portugal, France, England, Austria, Turkey, Spain, and Scotland.

In the final two rounds, several teams will be vying for a place in the finals, including Italy, who have already secured at least a spot in the playoffs.

Italy currently sits in third place in Group D with 10 points, and will face North Macedonia (fourth with 7 points) before taking on Ukraine (second with 13 points) to compete for qualification.

Several other teams, including Croatia, Poland, and Iceland, are also chasing the dream of qualifying in the final meters.

You can also follow all the details of the Euro 2024 qualifiers here.

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