To celebrate its title of world champion, Lionel Messi’s Argentina will face Panama then Curaçao in a friendly.
In 2018, it was during a League of Nations meeting against the Netherlands, at the Stade de France, that the French team had released its title of world champion, and communed with its supporters. A little over four years later, it is against a much less prestigious opponent that Argentina will celebrate its third planetary title.
The Argentine federation has indeed confirmed this Thursday the identity of two next opponents of the Albiceleste, for friendly matches. It will be Panama and Curaçao, two selections from the Concacaf zone (North and Central America). To situate, these are two nations ranked 61st and 85th in the FIFA rankings. To compare the European scale, Panama is ranked between Northern Ireland and Slovenia, while Curaçao is placed between Georgia and Luxembourg in the hierarchy.
The party promises to be beautiful, however, as the Argentine public wants to celebrate its heroes. Lionel Messi and his teammates will first perform at the Monumental Stadium in Buenos Aires, the home of River Plate, on March 23 against Panama. Five days later, on March 28, the world champions will set sail for the north of the country, and the city of Santiago del Estero, where the Madre de Ciudades stadium was built.
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For Argentina’s first official match, it will be necessary to wait for the dates of the 2026 World Cup qualifiers to be announced.