Created on 12-11-2012 at 00:00 AM
The final round of internationals for 2012 takes place on Wednesday 14 November. From a Bayern point of view, in the period between the Bundesliga fixtures at home to Eintracht Frankfurt and away to FC Nürnberg, 11 of the senior squad are away from Munich for friendly matches with their national teams in locations ranging from Amsterdam to Panama City. fcbayern.de surveys the schedule.
The biggest Bayern contingent go head-to-head in Amsterdam on Wednesday, where World Cup runners-up the Netherlands and Arjen Robben host Germany, who feature captain Philipp Lahm, keeper Manuel Neuer, and versatile forward Thomas Müller. The number would normally be much greater, but Bastian Schweinsteiger and Toni Kroos are both ill, Mario Gomez is deep into a sports rehab programme, and Holger Badstuber and Jerome Boateng are injured (ruptured muscles).
The man with the farthest to go is Javi Martinez, as world and European champions Spain play Panama in Panama City. By contrast, Franck Ribéry and France make the relatively short trip to Parma for a prestige clash with Italy. Belgium stopper Daniel van Buyten is set to feature against Romania in Bucharest, with Anatoliy Tymoshchuk and Ukraine taking on Bulgaria in Sofia.
David Alaba, scorer of Bayern's vital second goal from the penalty spot against Frankfurt at the weekend, joins up with Austria for an intriguing home encounter with Côte d'Ivoire in Linz. Further down to the south, Xherdan Shaqiri and his Switzerland team-mates travel to Sousse to face Tunisia. Finally, Mario Mandzukic joins up with the Croatia squad, although their friendly on Wednesday is an internal affair against a domestic league XI.