The program is now known. As expected, France will play three games in October. The French Federation announced this Wednesday morning that the Blues will face Ukraine on October 7 at the Stade de France in a friendly match. A meeting which will launch the autumn tour and which will serve as a test before the two Nations League matches. The first against Portugal, on October 11, still on the lawn of the enclosure of Saint-Denis, for the shock of the leaders of the group, then the second in Croatia on October 14.
The Fifa council had, in June, recorded “the extension of one day of the windows of October and November 2020 to allow three matches to be played instead of two”. This news should allow the countries concerned to add a friendly match to these two international windows, planned to play in the League of Nations.
It remains to be seen whether the Blues enclosure will be able to accommodate more than 5,000 spectators or if this meeting will be played behind closed doors.
Originally scheduled for March, the match against Ukraine was canceled due to the health crisis. The last confrontation between these two nations dates back to November 2013 and brings back good memories for fans of the Blues. Beaten 2-0 in the first leg in the play-offs for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Didier Deschamps’ players had reversed the situation and won (3-0, double from Sakho and goal from Benzema) on return to Saint- Denis. This match remains the founding act of the world champion team in 2018.