With one year to go until the World Cup kicks off, we asked writers from around the world to summarise the state of qualifying play in their region.
For a while it looked as if Brazil would be South America's only worthy World Cup qualifier, but Argentina and Colombia seem to be finding their form.
Argentina were missing Lionel Messi but still managed to thrash Singapore 6-0 in an international friendly at Singapore National Stadium on Tuesday.
Brazil legend Pele says Argentina forward Paulo Dybala is not the next Diego Maradona.
The Jorge Sampaoli era began with a morale boosting win over Brazil but the Argentina coach knows tougher battles lie ahead in World Cup qualifying.
Jorge Sampaoli is keen to see how Lionel Messi and Paulo Dybala get on together with Argentina.