Jiri Pavlenka has been the first choice goalkeeper for the Czech side under Jaroslav Silhavy for all of the competitive fixtures so far this season. His team will first take on Albania (12/10) to try and seize the number one spot in the EURO qualifying Group E, and then go on to face the Faroe Islands (15/10), against whom they will be the clear favourites. After being provisionally called up for the Polish national team, Dawid Kownacki will be competing in the same group. Poland desperately need the points from their games against the Faroe Islands (12/10) and Moldova (15/10) in order to qualify.
Milos Veljkovic and Serbia are currently sat in a more comfortable position in Group G, where their upcoming fixtures will see them take on group leaders Hungary (14/10) and third place Montenegro (17/10). The upcoming clash of Austria against Belgium (13/10) should be nothing short of a spectacle; Romano Schmid was selected by Austrian coach Ralf Rangnick, and could come up against fellow Green-White Olivier Deman. Belgium’s coach Domenico Tedesco is currently yet to announce his squad, so the winger’s selection is not yet confirmed, as is the case with Nick Woltemade (Germany U21s) and Rafael Borré (Colombia).
Following the top clash against the “Diables Rouges”, Schmid and the Austrians are scheduled to take on Azerbaijan (16/10). After he missed out on a call-up in the last international break, Schmid worked hard to regain the attention and trust of Rangnick. “We have a great national team with many talented players,” explained Romano at the start of September. “The boss knows that I always put my all into everything and perform to the best of my ability. That’s why I wasn’t stressing too much, I simply carried on working hard.” This ambitious attitude clearly paid off and left a lasting impression on the Austria coach over the past few weeks.
Naby Keïta and Guinea have already secured their place at the next Africa Cup of Nations. Before their competitive fixtures, the team will take on Togo (13/10) and Guinea-Bissau in friendlies over this international break in Portugal, for which the 28-year-old has received a provisional call-up. Leon Opitz will represent Germany U19s in Poland against Kazakhstan (11/10), North Macedonia (14/10), and the hosts (17/10) to fight for their place in the next qualifying round. Spyros Angelidis and Greece U19s will face Croatia (11/10) and Estonia (14/10) in a friendly tournament in Zagreb.