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 By Tim Vickery

Argentina and Colombia finding form at the right time, Uruguay slipping

Jorge Sampaoli started just two defenders in Argentina's 6-0 thrashing of Singapore.
Diego Souza hit home in the first minute for Brazil on route to a 4-0 win over Australia.
A lethargic Spain were able to narrowly draw against a feisty Colombia side that provided end-to-end action.
Argentina head coach Jorge Sampaoli is pleased with the way Mauro Icardi has fit in with the team.
Brazil coach Tite expresses his love for his players' creativity on the pitch, but not without a foundation of organisation.

Brazil's charge to secure World Cup qualification with four rounds still to go can be explained in two ways.

One factor has been their own excellence, finding under their coach, Tite, a collective idea of play which has been bringing the best out of their individual talents.

The other explanation is the weakness of the opposition.The overall standard of the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers has been disappointing. It is a gruelling competition, and no one is able to maintain consistency over the full...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

World Fame 100: Colombia's James Rodriguez, Radamel Falcao make list

We asked Ben Alamar, ESPN's director of sports analytics, to figure out the most famous athletes in the world. Using a formula that combines endorsements with social media fan base and Google search popularity, he ranked the globe's most famous athletes in our second annual World Fame 100.

Colombia landed two players on our list:

No. 27: James Rodriguez

Why he's got fame: Colombia's baby-faced star of the 2014 World Cup has found it hard to live up to that initial piece of global showstopping...

 By Tim Vickery

How many of the remaining Copa Libertadores slots will Colombia grab?

As the group phase of the Copa Libertadores moves into the home straight, only four teams have so far booked their place in the knockout rounds -- Barcelona of Ecuador, Godoy Cruz and River Plate of Argentina and Atletico Mineiro of Brazil.

Twelve places remain. One of the themes of this week's action is clear; how many, if any, of these slots will go to Colombia?

The idea of a Colombian wipeout seems strange. But the possibility exists that all three Colombian representatives will fail to make...

 By Tim Vickery

Atletico Nacional beat Chapecoense for Recopa title on celebratory night

Chapecoense visited the site of November's crash ahead of the Copa Sudamericana final against Atletico Nacional.

More than five months after that tragic air crash, Chapecoense made it safely up to Medellin to face Atletico Nacional in a game that will enrich the history of football.

In the wake of the tragedy the two clubs became firm friends, and the ties were strengthened on a moving night in Medellin.

Centre-back Neto, one of the survivors, met up with the Colombian policeman who found him lying in the wreckage and began his rescue at a moment when the search was in danger of being abandoned. A ceremony...

 By Tim Vickery

Ecuador vs. Colombia puts CONMEBOL qualifying sides' deficiencies on display

Gab Marcotti and Alejandro Moreno enthusiastically debate whether Brazil can be called the world's best team right now.
Steve Nicol expresses surprise in Brazil's defensive improvement under Tite, made evident in their win at Uruguay.
Alejandro Moreno says Argentina's win over Chile in qualifying covered up glaring problems for Edgardo Bauza's side.

With five rounds of the 18 to go, there are now four separate competitions taking place in CONMEBOL's World Cup qualifying campaign.

Brazil are in a category of their own. Seven consecutive victories have given them a seven-point lead at the top of the table. They are all but mathematically qualified for Russia 2018 and can use the rest of competition to try to ensure that they have not peaked too soon.

At the other end of the scale are Venezuela and Bolivia, down at the foot of the table with no...

 By Tim Vickery

The state of play in South America's World Cup qualifiers

Gab Marcotti explains why FIFA's decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams has its benefits, but not everyone agrees.

There are no real prizes for coming first. Or second for that matter. World Cup qualification in South America is all about crossing the line and making it through to Russia.

The first four teams qualify automatically for next year's tournament, with the side finishing fifth having to play off against opponents from Oceania. And as the competition moves into the final third, only Brazil are really sitting pretty.

Those six consecutive wins under new coach Tite have carried Brazil to 27 points. In...