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South American U-20 Championship Profile: Uruguay

The South American U-20 Championships in Venezuela are sure to provide a footballing feast this winter. Here we profile one of the tournament favourites: Uruguay.

Uruguay are always a force to be reckoned with at youth level and one of the main reasons is the exodus of the country's best players leaving to play in foreign leagues so young players have more chance to play regularly in the domestic top flight.

This year is set to be no exception and the Charrúas go to Venezuela with a squad full of players that know what it is like to play at the highest level of the game.

Coached by Diego Aguirre, the Celestita want to repeat or improve upon their performance in the Sudamericano's in Paraguay in 2007 when they managed to qualify for the World Championships in their age group. There was a sour note though as the team lost out on automatic qualification to the Olympic Games in the last minute of the last game against Argentina.

According to Aguirre, the aim for the team this year is to not only to qualify for the World Cup in Egypt, but "to win the Sudamericano" trophy that they have not lifted since 1981.


20/1 vs. Bolivia
22/1 vs. Chile
24/1 vs. Paraguay
26/1 Free
28/1 vs. Brazil

Top Players

Tabaré Viudez - Milan (ITA) - 19 years old - Midfielder
The former Defensor Sporting starlet is a creative right-sided player that has very quick feet, great speed, superb technique and excellent vision. He will be asked to be the creative force in the team and the brains at the centre of everything that Uruguay produce. The 19-year-old midfielder was surprisingly signed by AC Milan in the middle of 2008 and went on to make his debut in the summer in a friendly.

Santiago García - Nacional (URU) - 18 years old - Forward
One of the most promising forwards in Uruguayan football. Known as el Morro, García is a pacey striker with a great eye for goal and good technical skills on the ball. He made his debut at the end of July in the final of the pre-Libertadores league and he scored the goal that won the title for Nacional. There is already a lot of interest in his services from overseas.

Jonathan Urretavizcaya - Benfica (POR) - 19 years old - Winger
The winger is the player with the most contact with players of the highest level as he is regularly named in the Benfica squad and has shown his ability in Portugal. Speed is the main asset of the wide player that can operate on either flank, but he also has a good cross and can score goals due to his strong technique and good balance.

Facundo Píriz - Nacional (URU) - 18 years old - Midfielder
A no-nonsense midfielder, he is the physical presence in the centre of the team and will be employed to win the ball and move the team forward. Píriz also has an eye for a pass and likes to move forward and join in with the attack. Strong on the ground, the 18-year-old is also strong in the air and has a good shot from distance. His leadership skills have seen him named as the Under-20 team's captain while his dual passport has seen Napoli register their interest in his services.

Other players:

Abel Hernández - Peñarol (URU) - 18 years old - Forward
Nicknamed 'the Jewel' (la Joya) the forward came through the ranks at Central Español, but looked set to have to retire from the game due to a heart problem before being given the all clear by medics. Since then he has gone on to show that he is one of the most promising forwards in Uruguay. Very fast and very technical, Hernández has a powerful shot and a goalscoring touch.

Matías Aguirregaray - Peñarol (URU) - 19 years old - Defender
Son of one of Peñarol's legendary defenders, Óscar Aguirregaray, Matás was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil when his father was playing for Internacional, but he is committed to Uruguay. He can play at full-back or right-midfield and has a promising future ahead of him thanks to his strength, technique and speed going forward, which he often likes to do. He is a regular starter for Peñarol and is set to join Udinese later this year.

Marcelo Nicolás Lodeiro - Nacional (URU) - 19 years old - Midfielder
Another young talent to have come from Nacional's ranks, the central midfielder has a cultured left foot and has been compared to Lionel Messi despite his more physical appearance. While speed may not be a main asset, his precision passing is a key feature of his game and it is that which has made him a crucial player in the middle of the pitch.

Diego Aguirre
The former striker was recommended for the job of guiding the country's rising stars by Uruguay's first team coach Óscar Washington Tabárez. Having previously coached Wanderers and Peñarol at home, Aguirre has also taken charge of Ecuador's Aucas and Alianza Lima in Peru. Having been in charge for a year, the trainer is waiting to make his official debut against Venezuela.


To be confirmed

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Profile: Bolivia

The South American U-20 Championships in Venezuela are sure to provide a footballing feast this winter and here we profile one of the sides in the 'Group Of Death': Bolivia.

Bolivia arrive at this tournament with some valuable experience from the Under-17 Championships in Ecuador last year where, despite failing to reach the final, they did impress with some of their play.

Oscar Villegas has chosen many members from that team to travel to Venezuela for this tournament but their job has seemingly been made harder by the expulsion of Peru from international competition.

Previously, the Bolivians were in an easier group on paper but now find themselves with Uruguay, Brazil, Chile and Paraguay, in what has predictably been labelled as the 'Group Of Death.'

The coach has a real mixed blend in the squad, with a couple of under sixteen players, but many who are regular starters for their respective club teams.

Their recent victory over Argentina in a friendly signals them out as a decent side; anyone who underestimates them could well pay.


20/1 vs. Uruguay
22/1 vs. Brazil
24/1 vs. Chile
26/1 vs. Paraguay

Key Players

Vladimir Castellón - Aurora (Bolivia) - 18 years old

Castellón was singled out as a star in the last Bolivian season when he helped Aurora win their first ever title in the club's history by scoring 12 times in the championship. He is a physical striker despite his nonthreatening appearance and he will be a handful in Venezuela.

Ricardo Verduguez - Blooming (Bolivia) - 19 years old

The left-winger is one of the more experienced members of the squad and has already played for the full Bolivian side despite his young age. He has plenty of pace and skill and, having contributed in the last South American Under-20 Championships, he should have no problem finding his feet.

Amilcar Sánchez - Jorge Wilstermann (Bolivia) - 19 years old

A battling player, Sánchez can either play in the middle of the park, controlling the play or out on the right. He has an eye for goal and should be a key piece in the Bolivian puzzle at this tournament.

Diego Suarez - Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine) - 16 years old

The youngest ever player to feature in the Copa Libertadores, Suarez has bags of potential and is certainly one of the most exciting players in this Bolivian side. The midfielder was an important part of the team back in the Under-17 tournament and he should be an integral member of their squad once again.

Other Players

Sebastián Molina - Guabirá (Bolivia) - 18 years old

One of the fastest players in this Bolivian squad, Molina usually plays behind the front men and possesses great technique and has a good eye for a pass too.

Samuel Galindo - Real America (Bolivia) - 16 years old

Not a typical Bolivian forward, Galindo gets goals with his height and aerial presence; expect him to be a handful in and around the box.

Juan Pablo Zabala - Ironi Ramat (Israel) - 18 years old

Despite not having played much for the Under-20 side, the coach knows Zabala scores goals and his attitude and determination could be key in this side.

The Coach

Oscar Villegas has been in charge of all the Bolivian youth teams since August 2006 and whilst they have not won trophies, they have impressed and improved. He is familiar with most of these players so should have a good understanding and this side could be a surprise package.

The Squad

Yet to be announced.

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Profile: Argentina

The South American U-20 Championships in Venezuela are sure to provide a footballing fArgentina are the world leaders at this level of football. Six world titles - including five in the last 13 years - make that clear.

But strangely enough, the Albiceleste tend to struggle in the local arena. At the "Youth of South America" tournaments they have won just four times, as opposed to Brazil's nine and Uruguay's seven.

The usual excuses come from the coaches, who claim that they can't bring a full-strength squad to this tournament because they'd rather save players for the World Championships.

But this is not the case with Sergio Batista, who has absolutely everyone at his disposal. There are to be no big names left out.

This raises its own problems because, in this age group, the star-studded parts of the team look somewhat unbalanced. Indeed, we do not know the formation, much less the line-up, that Batista will take to Venezuela as a first eleven.


19/1 vs. Venezuela
21/1 none
23/1 vs. Peru
25/1 vs. Colombia
27/1 vs. Ecuador

Top Players

Franco Di Santo - Chelsea (ENG) - 18 years old - attacker

At 193cm tall, Franco isn't your usual Argentina striker. But he's quick, has good control and basically only lacks accuracy in front of goal. With the right training he can be world-class. That's why Chelsea had no qualms about parting with €5 million for him even though his scoring record with Audax Italiano wasn't exemplary and he'd never even played professionally outside Chile. In short, he's a rough diamond just waiting to be polished.

Pablo Piatti - Almeria (ESP) - 19 years old - left-winger

This wonder-winger gallops, not trots, up the left flank. He's compared by some to Lionel Messi; in reality he does have a sense of skill and a turn of pace reminiscent of the Barcelona hero. What's more, he has a powerful shot and is generous in playing a final ball. A Cantera product at Estudiantes, he cost Almeria €5m last summer.

Eduardo Salvio - Lanus (ARG) - 18 years old - attacker

Salvio only made his professional debut during the last Argentine Apertura championship but he did so in some style: he turned out to be a gem on the far right of the attack. He's a superb dribbler - complete with heel-flicks - and has pace. Moreover, he plays without nerves and thus can find the back of the net. He's been linked with AC Milan, Juventus, Bayern Munich and Arsenal. Diego Maradona, meanwhile, calls him one of Argentina's "great hopes."

Franco Zuculini - Racing (ARG) - 18 years old - central midfielder

A box-to-box midfielder who draws comparisons with Javier Mascherano. This season saw him step up from Racing's academy into the first team, where he swiftly won the adulation of the support. By the summer of 2008 he had attracted the interest of Juventus.

Other Players

Luis Ojeda - Union (ARG) - 18 years old

The Santa Fe-born ace is known for his key performances in the U-17 World Championships in South Korea, wherein Ojeda helped the Albiceleste to the quarter-finals.

Fernando Tobi - Velez (ARG) - 19 years old - centre-back

Of all the centre-backs in the squad he is the most experienced. Velez coach Hugo Tocalli has marked him out as a first-teamer and Tobi responded to this show of faith with gusto. At 190cm tall he is an aerial presence at the back and a threat at the front but he also has fine anticipation skills.

Jonathan Cristaldo - Velez (ARG) - 19 years old - second-striker

Despite being of considerable build, this forward has plenty of mobility. Yet it is in getting his back to the goal, holding up play and switching onto his good foot that he seems to be the most adept. He's scored five goals in seventeen Apertura matches.

Coach: Sergio Batista

This is the first 'official' test for the man who led a strong U-23 side to the Olympic Games gold medal this summer. Batista serves as the youth co-ordinator for the AFA so he has enough knowledge; does he have the motivational abilities for this troop of youngsters, though?

Squad (teams in Argentina unless noted)

Goalkeepers: Luis Ojeda (Unión de Santa Fe), Diego Rodríguez (Independiente).

Defenders: Fernando Meza (San Lorenzo), Mateo Musacchio (River Plate), Fernando Tobio (Vélez Sarsfield), Julián Fernández (Atlético de Rafaela), Maximiliano Oliva (Tigre), Emiliano Insúa (Liverpool, ING).

Midfielders: Franco Zuculini (Racing), Exequiel Benavídes (Boca Juniors), Marcelo Benítez y Eduardo Salvio (Lanús), Iván Bella (Vélez Sarsfield), Cristian Gaitán (Estudiantes de La Plata)

Attackers: Pablo Piatti (Almería, ESP), Franco Di Santo (Chelsea (ENG)), Andrés Ríos (River Plate), Andrés Fabricio Romero (Argentinos Juniors) y Leandro Velázquez, Jonathan Cristaldo (Vélez Sarsfield).

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Diego Aguirre's 20-Man Uruguay Squad

Matias Aguirregaray (Penarol)

Leandro Cabrera (Defensor)

Maximiliano Calzada (Nacional)

Jonathan Charquero (Wanderers)

Sebastian Coates (Nacional)

Maximiliano Cordoba (Liverpool)

Santiago Garcia (Nacional)

Adrian Gunino (Danubio)

Abel Hernandez (Penarol)

Robert Herrera (Defensor)

Nicolas Lodeiro (Nacional)

Agustin Pena (Wanderers)

Mauricio Pereyra (Nacional)

Nicola Perez (Nacional)

Facundo Piriz (Nacional)

Diego Rodriguez (Defensor)

Martin Rodriguez (Wanderers)

Marcelo Silva (Danubio)

Jonathan Urretaviscaya (Benfica)

Tabare Viudez (Milan)

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Profile: Peru

Peru arrive in Venezuela knowing that they could, and should, be hosting this tournament - but due to off the pitch matters, they lost the right.

Losing the tournament means they don't get to play at home and therefore stand less chance of qualifying for the Under-20 World Championships next year.

A complication is the fact that the team have done a lot of their training in the high altitude area of Arequipa, and will now have to adapt to the new conditions in Venezuela.

To add to their woes they will also be without striker Jairsinho Baylón, after he was ruled out with injury for four months.

The good news though is that they are not in the so called 'Group of Death' and will have the talented Reimond Manco available, along with goalkeeper Eder Hermoza.


19/1 vs. Equator
21/1 vs. Colombia
23/1 vs. Argentina
25/1 vs. Venezuela

Star Players

Reimond Manco - PSV Eindhoven (Holland) - 18 years old

Named as the best player of the Under-17 tournament back in 2007, Manco arrives in Venezuela as one of the brightest hopes for his country. The PSV player will no doubt be hoping to follow in the footsteps of countryman Jefferson Farfán and he has plenty of similar attributes. The youngster can play behind the front men or as a striker himself, and his pace and skill are sure to torment plenty of defenders over the next few weeks.

Anderson Cueto - Lech Poznán (Poland) - 19 years old

Creative midfielder Cueto has a great eye for a pass and a superb technique, but even that could not be enough to see him start for Peru. The Lech Poznán player will have to compete with plenty of other stars in the centre of the pitch but if given his chance he is sure to impress for his side.

Damián Ísmodes - Racing Santander (Spain) - 19 years old

'Damichón' has been hailed as one of the most exciting players in this current crop, and it is hardly surprising watching him play. His ability to play on both wings and his dashing forward runs have earned him the nickname the 'Peruvian Robinho', and already he has played for the senior team five times.

Carlos Zambrano - Schalke 04 (Germany) - 19 years old

The central defender and captain of the side looks as though he could soon he leaving Schalke for pastures new, but it is unlikely that he will be stepping down. Hailed by his coach as a 'great defender and a natural leader' he has played three times for the full Peru team already and will be key at the back for this side.

Other Players

Daniel Sánchez - Sporting Cristal (Peru) - 18 years old

Like Cueto, Sánchez is a midfield player with plenty of potential but he could be forced to watch from the sidelines due to the wealth of talent in the attacking positions for Peru. The youngster was impressive at the Under-17 tournament last year and he will hope to be given an opportunity again.

Juan José Barros - Bolognesi (Peru) - 19 years old

With Baylón absent from the squad the onus is on Barros to grab the goals and there is no doubt he already has plenty of experience for his age. The striker has played in the Copa Libertadores for the Peruvian champions, and his imposing physical presence should be a handful for plenty of defenders.

Aurelio Saco-Vertiz - Universidad San Martín (Peru) - 19 years old

The vice-captain of the side, Vertiz is a key player down the left flank for Peru with his power, strength and running. Often gets forward to join the attacks and may well grab a goal or two during this tournament.


Héctor Eleazar "Tito" Chumpitaz arrived in this job in July 2008 and there is no doubt the pressure is on to repeat the success of the
Under-17 side in 2007. He has a talented bunch of players at his disposal and despite never having worked at the top level before, he will be confident of doing well in Venezuela with this group.


Yet to be announced.

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Profile: Colombia

Colombia’s U-20 squad arrives in Venezuela with a thirst for revenge after not being able to qualify from their last World Cup section, despite in 2007 in Paraguay being one of the best teams in the first phase of the tournament.

With the presence of two figures who were at that championship, Reina and Cardenas, coach Jose Silva Helmer has added experience to a very talented squad, which has great hopes of attempting to repeat their superb triumph in Egypt in 2005.

Colombia are the only nation that has managed to break the dominance of Brazil and Argentina in this event in the last 25 years, winning two tournaments, in 1987 and 2005, and they also finished an excellent 3rd place in the Under-20 World Cup in 2003. Colombia should feel at home too, as the tournament is being hosted in neighbouring Venezuela and they can expect to be supported by a good number of fans.

Fixtures in the South American Under-20 Championship:

19/1 Free
21/1 vs. Peru
23/1 vs. Ecuador
25/1 vs. Argentina
27/1 vs. Venezuela


Mauricio Arroyo - Real Cartagena (COL) - 18 years old

Arroyo is a key player for the Colombian starting line-up and also the reason that Real Cartagena achieved promotion to the First Division in their domestic league. His personality has earned him the captain’s armband of his country and has recently made his debut for the senior squad in a friendly against Nigeria in November of last year.
Javier Reina - Vitória (BRA) - 20 years old
It will be the second South American U-20 tournament for the young Vitoria playmaker. Reina is a driving, left-footed creative midfielder who usually plays just behind the front two. Known for being skilful and fast, Reina shone for America de Cali in 2007 and his talent attracted the interest of Cruzeiro, who immediately loaned him out to Vitoria to gain some valuable experience.

Ricardo Chará - Cagliari (ITA) - 18 years old

Chara is one of the most promising players in this Colombia team. He joined the Under-17 line-up in 2007 where they reached the World Cup in October, and he was snapped up by Serie A side Udinese and transferred Chara on loan to Cagliari. His most striking attribute is his tremendous physical presence, as he stands at 1.92m tall.
Sherman Cardenas - Bucaramanga (COL) - 19 years old
Along with Reina, Cardenas is the other survivor of the South American U-20 tournament in 2007. He debuted in the Primera Division at just 16 years old and immediately there were comparisons made with the great Carlos Valderrama. While not quite at his level yet, Cardenas remains a great promise, and proof this is the interest shown by European teams. Cardenas is an left-footed who isfast, and with exquisite skill. He is hoping to use the tournament in Venezuela to take the next step in his promising career.
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Marco Pérez - Boyacá Chicó (COL) - 18 years old

He was one of the revelations of Boyacá Chico side who became champion of Colombia in the first half of 2008. Perez is an explosive striker and is the first choice forward for the under-20 side. In mid-2008 he sparked the interest of Spanish teams in the tournament after shining in an international tournament in L'Alcudia, Spain.

Cristian Nazarith - Santa Fe (COL) - 18 years old

Nazarith was a regular in the Colombia side that reached the quarter finals of the Under-17 World Cup in 2007. He emerged from the youth team of America de Cali and in 2008 was transferred to Santa Fe, but not before passing a trial period at River Plate of Argentina. He is a typical front man, with skill, height, physical strength and power.

Camilo Vargas - Santa Fe (COL) - 20 years old

The first-choice goalkeeper aims to follow in the footsteps of great goalkeepers such as René Higuita, Eduardo Niño, Oscar Cordoba, Miguel Calero and David Ospina, all those who stood in goal in the U-20 category. Vargas is number two at his club Santa Fe, to the Colombian number one Agustin Julio.

Manager: Jose Silva Helmer

Helmer took charge of the Colombian youth system after Eduardo Lara was confirmed as manager in October 2008. However, he is not an unknown to the players, because he served as an assistant coach of the U-20 squad. Helmer is fully confident that Colombia will produce "an outstanding performance" in the event.

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South American U-20 Championship Profile: Chile.

Goal.com .- Chile reaches the South American U-20 with the mission to begin to repeat the great performances that met in 2007, first in the "Youth of America" and then the Youth World Cup in Canada, where he obtained third place of the event.

In the two previous U-20 tournaments Chile were under the command of Jose Sulantay, and under his leadership they reached the World Cups in Netherlands 2005 and Canada 2007. The task is now handed to Ivo Basay, who will lead Chile into competition for the first time.

Basay initially selected 33 players, and has been slowly trimming some names as we approach the final registration required by Conmebol. It's been a lengthy process, but overall a positive one: due to the fact they do not have many players who are based with foreign teams, Chile have had the advantage of time to prepare for this competition.

Fixtures in the South American U-20 Championship:

20/1 Free
22/1 vs. Uruguay
24/1 vs. Bolivia
26/1 vs. Brazil
28/1 vs. Paraguay


Paulo Magalhaes - Cobreloa (CHI) - 19 years old

The right-sided midfielder has a game based on speed, and Magalhaes is a player who was featured in the Cobreloa side that reached the semifinals of the last Clausura tournament, losing only to Colo Colo. The 19-year old constantly demonstrates a mature, offensive approach to the game.

Boris Sagredo - Palestino (CHI) - 19 years old

The offensive midfielder has recently moved back to his first club, Palestino, on loan after an unsuccessful spell at Colo Colo. He only played the first match before Luis Musrri took him out, citing the reason that "it weighed on him too much to be a Colo Colo player." Sagredo became a leading figure in second-half of the season for Palestino, and his ability to control the play with his left foot is his main weapon of attack. Perhaps another big move awaits him...

Marcos Medel - Audax Italiano (CHI) - 19 years old

Medel is the natural successor at Audax Italiano to former player Carlos Villanueva, with his sweet left foot. The creative player is one of the alternatives Basay has to address the link between midfield and attack.. However, the coach of Chile sometimes uses a formation with only one striker.

Sebastian Barrientos - U. Católica (CHI) - 19 years old

Barrientos leapt to the fore when Fernando Carvallo gave him his first team debut at Universidad Catolica in in a Copa Sudamericana match against Porto Alegre. The young striker was born in the southern city of Osorno and he has been attracting glances from all sectors of Chilean football. 'Seba' has won a permanent place among the U-20, and he is skilful striker, small, with great mobility and the ability to score.

Rafael Caroca - Colo Colo (CHI) - 19 years old

Caroca has moved on loan from Colo Colo last year to play for O'Higgins Rancagua, where he managed to get regular first-team action. He has great experience becomes he has played in the U-23 Toulon tournament in 2008, and recently made his debut for the senior national side.

Sebastián Parot - U. Católica (CHI) - 19 years old

Parot currently plays with Universidad Catolica, where he played fairly regularly throughout the year of 2008. He is a great defender and has a strong physical presence, which could seen him establish himself as the central defender alongside Rafael Caroca.

Francisco Pizarro - U. Católica (CHI) - 19 years old

Another Universidad Catolica player, the striker has already entered into the full consideration of Marcelo Bielsa for the Chile senior squad, and his physical game allows him to worry rival defenders. He is one of the most experienced players that Basay could select, and he could emerge as a holding-up-play forward with two attackers off him.

Coach: Ivo Basay

Basay seemed headed for Chile's youth wings since before current national team boss Marcelo 'El Loco' Bielsa took over. After being consistently linked with the job for a while he finally was given it in order to provide the bridge between the youth and Loco's senior national side. His first outings were extremely successful, such as when he led the side to second place at the Milk Cup in Ireland. But it's been downhill since then: the recent friendlies against Uruguay ended badly, and qualification was a rocky path. Nonetheless few doubt Basay's aptitude too much, and confidence is high that he can lead the team to success at the 'Juventud de América' tournament.


Goalkeepers: Fabián Cerda Valdés (U. Católica), Gregory Saavedra Morales (U. Española).

Defenders: Carlos Labrín Candia (Huachipato), Bastián Arce Ramírez (Colo Colo),Bruno Romo Rojas (Colo Colo), Fabián Torres Cuello (U. de Chile), Agustín Parra Repetto (Stgo. Wanderers), Paulo Magalhaes Lobos (Cobreloa) and Alfonso Parot Rojas (U. Católica).

Midfielders: Esteban Sáez Mondaca (Palestino), Boris Sagredo Romero (Colo Colo), Charles Aránguiz Sandoval (Cobreloa), Rafael Caroca Cordero (Colo Colo), Ariel Salinas Salinas (Colo Colo), Sebastián Barrientos Olivares (U. Católica) and Marco Medel de la Fuente (Audax Italiano).

Attackers: Mauricio Gómez Ríos (U. de Chile), David Llanos Almonacid (Huachipato), Francisco Pizarro Cartes (U. Católica) and Eduardo Vargas Rojas (Cobreloa).


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Cachamay Stadium, Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela

Very HOT and sticky, even now that is not the HOT rainy Season yet .....

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19-Jan-09 - Matchday 1 Group A Peru - Ecuador
19-Jan-09 Group A Venezuela - Argentina
20-Jan-09 Group B Bolivia - Uruguay
20-Jan-09 Group B Brazil - Paraguay

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U-20 South American Championship on GolTV

All Soccer Network Follows CONMEBOL Youth Teams to Venezuela as they Compete to Represent South America in the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup

MIAMI – Jan. 12, 2009 - GolTV, the only live bilingual channel delivering 24/7 soccer, will telecast the 2009 CONMEBOL U-20 South American Youth Championship live from Venezuela from Jan. 19 – Feb. 8. Only GolTV viewers will score live coverage of the competition that determines which teams will represent South America in the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Monday, Jan. 19
· LIVE – Peru vs. Ecuador at 6 p.m. ET
· LIVE – Venezuela vs. Argentina at 8 p.m. ET

Tuesday, Jan. 20
· LIVE – Bolivia vs. Uruguay at 6 p.m. ET
· LIVE – Brazil vs. Paraguay at 8 p.m. ET

Wednesday, Jan. 21
· LIVE – Colombia vs. Peru at 6 p.m. ET
· LIVE – Ecuador vs. Venezuela at 8:30 p.m. ET

Thursday, Jan. 22
· LIVE – Uruguay vs. Chile at 6 p.m. ET
· LIVE – Brazil vs. Bolivia at 8 p.m. ET

Friday, Jan. 23
· LIVE – Ecuador vs. Colombia at 6 p.m. ET
· LIVE – Argentina vs. Peru at 8 p.m. ET

Saturday, Jan. 24
· LIVE – Chile vs. Bolivia at 4 p.m. ET
· LIVE – Paraguay vs. Uruguay at 6 p.m. ET

Sunday, Jan. 25
· LIVE – Colombia vs. Argentina at 4 p.m. ET
· LIVE – Peru vs. Venezuela at 6 p.m. ET

Monday, Jan. 26
· LIVE – Bolivia vs. Paraguay at 6 p.m. ET
· LIVE – Chile vs. Brazil at 8 p.m. ET

Tuesday, Jan. 27
· LIVE – Argentina vs. Ecuador at 6 p.m. ET
· LIVE – Venezuela vs. Colombia at 8 p.m. ET

Wednesday, Jan. 28
· LIVE – Paraguay vs. Chile at 6 p.m. ET
· LIVE – Uruguay vs. Brazil at 8 p.m. ET

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Tuesday, Jan. 20
· LIVE – Bolivia vs. Uruguay at 6 p.m. ET
· LIVE – Brazil vs. Paraguay at 8 p.m. ET

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Venezuela Make Argentina Sweat For A Point

Argentina could only afford a 1-1 draw with Venezuela in their U-20 South American Championship opener in Maturin. The host nation made life extremely difficult for Sergio Batista's side...

World Champions Argentina came from behind to draw 1-1 with Venezuela in their U-20 South American Championship debut on Monday night.

Venezuela, the hosts of the tournament, were awarded a penalty in the 2nd minute when Exequiel Benavidez brought Rafael Acosta down in the area.

Union Deportiva Las Palmas striker Salomon Rondon stepped up to the spot, but although his effort was saved by Luis Ojeda, he knocked in the rebound.

After the goal Argentina reacted, and they began to dominate their opponents with crisp passing and speedy runs down both sets of wings.

Boca Juniors midfielder, Benavidez, was very dangerous as Argentina looked to get level.

After extensive pressure, Argentina hit back in the 23rd minute with an exquisite individual goal from exciting Lanus attacker Eduardo Salvio.

Towards the end of the half both sides had their chances to find the back of the net, but they failed to do so.

In the second period the match continued at an electrifying pace, as both teams looked for the win.

The Venezuelans almost went ahead when a long-range Carlos Fernandez effort came close to beating Ojeda.

Argentina were the more offensive side in the final twenty minutes, but although they pressed in large numbers the Venezuelan defense stood extremely firm at all moments.

The best opportunity of the half fell to the feet of Liverpool defender Emiliano Insua in the 84th minute, but he couldn't get the better of Rafael Romo in the Venezuela goal.

Both sides ended up settling for a fair 1-1 draw in a very tight contest that contained high-quality football.

Ecuador edged Peru 2-1 in the inaugurating match of the tournament, and they lead Group A.

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Snatch 81 .... Try Goal TV's web site...its in both languages...and since they're broadcasting MOST of these games, they probably have the line ups there...

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