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Suarez makes list

World Fame 100
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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...

 By Tim Vickery

Uruguay, Venezuela to face off in all-South American U20 World Cup semi

Uruguay beat Portugal 5-4 in a penalty shootout to advance to the U-20 World Cup semi-finals.
U.S. U-20 coach Tab Ramos laments their exit to Venezuela, but staunchly affirms the side's immense talent for the future.

Brazil failed even to qualify, Argentina got over the line by a miracle and Ecuador were clearly boosted by home advantage, so no one who followed the South American Under-20 Championships since the start of the year will be surprised that the continent's best two teams in the current World Cup in South Korea have been Uruguay and Venezuela. This Thursday, they meet in an all-South American semifinal.

Uruguay have been consistent performers at this level in the last decade. Four years ago, they...

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World Fame 100: Uruguay's Luis Suarez makes list of popular athletes

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.

Uruguay landed one player on our list:

No. 38: Luis Suarez

Why he's got fame: For someone who has courted as much controversy as Uruguay's hero, whose bad behavior has included episodes of biting...

 By Tim Vickery

Brazil through to 2018 World Cup while Uruguay and Argentina fret

In stoppage time of the last game of the round, Uruguay captain Diego Godin headed a free kick against the Peruvian bar. It came down, from the Uruguayan point of view, on the wrong side of the line. They lost 2-1, and as a result of that, Brazil became the first team to qualify for Russia 2018.

Earlier in the evening Brazil had beaten Paraguay 3-0. It was their eighth consecutive victory, all of them since coach Tite took command of a struggling side.

Paraguay did not make it easy for them in...

Recent success follows Brazil, Uruguay in World Cup qualifier

Brazil will look to continue their winning run under coach Tite, while Uruguay will try to protect their unblemished home record in 2018 World Cup qualifiers when the two teams meet on Thursday.

Tite, who was hired in June, has led Brazil to six consecutive victories and helped them claim the top spot in the CONMEBOL standings after 12 rounds.

They have outscored opponents 15-1 with Tite in charge, including a 3-0 victory away at Ecuador in his first game, a 5-0 win against Bolivia in October in...

 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...