Argentina, Czech Republic to play friendly in Germany in March

Buenos Aires, Jan 11 (efe-epa).- Argentina's national team will play a friendly against the Czech Republic in Dresden, Germany, on March 26, Argentina's soccer federation (AFA) said Friday.

Four days earlier, on March 22, the Albiceleste will face Venezuela at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid.

The match against the Czech Republic will be played at Stadion Dresden, which seats up to 32,000 people.

Those contests will be Argentina's first two friendlies of 2019.

FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, who has not played for his national side since the 2018 World Cup in Russia, could return to the Albiceleste for the March friendlies.

Those matches will help the team prepare for the Copa America, a quadrennial international tournament involving teams from South America (as well as Japan and Qatar) that will be held in Brazil from June 14 to July 7.

On Thursday, the AFA announced that Roberto Ayala has been named as one of head coach Lionel Scaloni's assistants.