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Venezuela

 By Tim Vickery

Walter Roque -- a Uruguayan pioneer who served South American football

Uruguayan and South American football as a whole owe much to the work down by Walter Roque, on and off the pitch.

Walter Roque was hardly a household name all over the football world, but he was an important figure in South America, and his death last Tuesday at the age of 77 was a significant event. So much of the glorious history of the South American game can be told through his life story.

A small left winger, Roque was part of the Uruguay side that won the 1956 Copa America, and it is worth pausing to reflect on the significance of the sky blue shirt at that time.

Uruguay had won the World Cup twice,...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

FIFA award Japan 3-0 forfeit victory after Venezuela selection error

Japan have been awarded a 3-0 win over Venezuela by FIFA after the South Americans fielded Salomon Rondon despite the striker being ineligible for the friendly.

The game in Yokohama on Sep. 9 ended as a 2-2 draw, though Rondon's appearance has caused football's governing body to act given that he was sent off late in Venezuela's 3-1 friendly defeat to South Korea on Sep. 5.

"We have heard from FIFA that Japan won't be affected negatively," AFP reports JFA technical director Hiromi Hara as telling...

 By Tim Vickery

Reviewing the results of CONMEBOL teams since the World Cup

With his comeback from suspension close, Luis Suarez has come to terms with his actions, which saw him sent home from the World Cup in disgrace.

After the FIFA dates of September and October, how have the South American national teams progressed as they warm up for next year's Copa America followed by the 2018 World Cup qualifiers?

ARGENTINA: Won 4-2 away to Germany, lost 2-0 to Brazil and beat Hong Kong 7-0

New coach Gerardo Martino has built on the work of predecessor Alejandro Sabella but has also made a tweak. The base formation remains 4-3-3 (which Sabella's Argentina abandoned in the World Cup due to injuries), but with a difference.

Instead...

By ESPN Staff
Sep 9, 2014

Highlights: Japan 2-2 Venezuela

Two second-half goals apiece in this International Friendly as Japan and Venezuela draw 1-1.

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Brazil top Colombia in Dunga's first game, Uruguay beat Japan

The ESPN FC panel discuss Neymar's recent captaincy appointment for the Brazil national team, and if this is a step in the wrong direction.

In their first game under new manager Dunga, Brazil squeaked out a 1-0 victory over neighboring Colombia at Sun Life stadium in Miami, Fla.

Neymar scored in the 83rd minute on a free kick from 22 yards out in the young striker's first game as Brazil captain. Brazil controlled 60 percent of the possession during the game.

- Is Neymar a good fit as Brazil's captain?

The game also marked Brazil's first international competition since suffering back-to-back defeats in the semifinals and consolation...