Italy has a friendly scheduled on Feb 9, a month or so ahead of their next World Cup Qualifier vs Scotland. To date, nobody has been lined up that I know of. Lippi has stated he'll call the first team to this match. So who would be a good opponent? Here's the status of some possible opponents:- British/Irish teams: Wales - playing Hungary England - playing the Netherlands Ireland - playing Portugal Northern Ireland appears to be available Scandinavian teams: Sweden - playing France Denmark - playing Greece Finland and Iceland are available (no, thank you) Top European teams: Among other qualifying group leaders, only Serbia&Montenegro does not have a game scheduled (per fifa.com). Among second-place teams: Romania, Slovakia, Poland and Belgium seem to be free. The best teams in other confederations are either involved in qualifying or pretty much already lined up. I haven't checked out every single one. I suppose China would be available, but a trip to Asia for a mid-week fixture doesn't seem likely, and they're probably not in the mood to travel to Europe. My preference - I hope they try to get the best team available and play Serbia&Montenegro. They are always a difficult test for Italy. If that doesn't work out, I guess my next choice would be Northern Ireland, as they might be considered to be stylistically similar to Scotland.