South American World Cup Thrilling Marathon

By: Claudia Beckford

Among the 10 nations which form the South American group are all time big names such as: Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, Colombia and the growing ones Paraguay, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Venezuela. Up to this point in the qualification rounds Paraguay leads the pack with a total of 10 points close followed by Argentina (9) and Brazil (8).

Quietly but efficiently the Paraguayan team continues at the top of the list ahead of the favourites after three consecutive wins and a draw. The team's latest victory over Chile, 3-0, confirms the team is the most likely to qualify directly.

On the other hand, we have Argentina, a strong team that has indeed suffered unexpected setbacks like the recent lost 2-1 in Bogota against Colombia. Despite having the assistance of players such as; Lionel Messi and Juan Roman Riquelme whose performances continue to impress the football world, these proved not to be enough to overcome the Colombian warriors who are still undefeated after four matches with a total of 8 points and whose next test will be Peru in June.

Brazil, so far undefeated, still has an uncertain future, as Coach Dunga has not been able yet to find the winning formula to make the team unite as one soul as we are used to see them perform. Supporters are disappointed and unhappy and after four games only KakÃ? has been the most regular player.

Uruguay, from all the CONMEBOL qualifiers has been the most amazing team with plenty of talented players like; Cristian"Cebolla" Rodriguez, Luis Suarez, and Sebastian "El Loco" Abreu, The team has only four points but it is very likely they will move up next June once they play Venezuela and Peru.

After Sunday's 2-2 draw, Chile, could only take one point after managing a tie against Uruguay. The two goals from captain Marcelo Salas were not sufficient for Chile to live the first ever win at Montevideo's Centenary Stadium. Although, Chile was controlling possession, it was Uruguay who took the lead against the run of play. With a total of four points they will need to gain extra points during the next round in other to qualify.

Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia have been extremely disappointing during the campaign and have only picked up a few points not much is expected as the top names become more clear.

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