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With the appointment of Nelson Acosta as coach of Bolivia the teams are set to start their final preparations for the most difficult Qualifying group in the World!!!!

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Argentina: which team will show up under Bielsa's tutelage, the dissapointing WC squad or or the world beater team that cruise through the last qualifying campaign.

Ecuador: cinderella no more. Teams are now aware of them and will be prepared. Besides can Gomez perfomed more magic??? especially now with Aguinaga gone.

Brasil: Wold cup champ but to be honest I have only seen them play well for 1 month in the last 4 years. Yeah you know what month was that. Parreira better start getting better play or he will not last as long as Luxemburgo did.

Paraguay: with Chilavert gone and a new generation coming on, it will be very interesting to see what they can do this time around. Though one thing is for sure they will be tough to play against and more than likely they will beat Brasil ;)

Uruguay: Carreño is supossed to be bringing a new approach, "attacking football". Yes that's right Uruguay playing attacking football outside of Montevideo. I have to see it to believe it.

Colombia: Copa America champs seem to be putting together a very competitive team, but the lack of goalscoring will held them back IMO. This time they are playing next door to hell, at least temperature wise, in Barranquilla.

Peru: As usual will display good technical football but unless Pizarro scores like he does for Bayern. They will have a hard time fighting for one of the top spots.

Bolivia: Bolivia has some talented players but organizationally they are a mess. Only team besides Venezuela without a TV contract. Last team to get a coach. In fighting between clubs and NT. But the altitude is eternal equalizer.

Venezuela: Ever improving, this Vinitinto team is IMO their best ever. The continuation of Paez was a huge plus. Still second or third from the bottom is the best they can hope realistically.

Chile; nothing to go for them but up. After embarrasingly finishing last last time around, the Chileans have the talent to fight for a qualifying spot. They just need to believe in themselves and without Zamorano it will not be easy.
 

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Coach Autori of the Peru NT said that they are long shots at best to qualify. Also that if Peru wanted to get to a WC they needed to stop living in the past. "The 70's are not coming back"

Tough Words;)
 

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Brasil: Wold cup champ but to be honest I have only seen them play well for 1 month in the last 4 years. Yeah you know what month was that. Parreira better start getting better play or he will not last as long as Luxemburgo did.

as a matter of fact, they didnt play well th whole month. referees helped thm against turkey, belguim (i still cannot believe the goal the fuking ref disallowed), among others. they also had the luck that we lacked. for example, ronaldinhos goal agaisnt england, kahn commiting his only silly mistake in the WC in the final against brazil, that let ronaldo score the first goal.
 

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The schedule for the first 2 rounds of the qualifiers

06 SEP, Quito 16:00 ECUADOR-VENEZUELA
06 SEP, Buenos Aires 20:10 ARGENTINA-CHILE
06 SEP, Lima 20:20 PERU-PARAGUAY
07 SEP, Montevideo 16:00 URUGUAY-BOLIVIA
07 SEP, Barranquilla 16:10 COLOMBIA-BRASIL
09 SEP, Caracas 19:00 VENEZUELA-ARGENTINA
09 SEP, Santiago 21:10 CHILE-PERU
10 SEP, La Paz 16:00 BOLIVIA-COLOMBIA
10 SEP, Asunción 18:30 PARAGUAY-URUGUAY
10 SEP, Sao Paulo 21:45 BRASIL-ECUADOR

Can't hardly wait:D
 

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Olmos has been confirmed as coach for Chile NT, but I think it is just a matter of time before he's gone. There is bad blood between him and the president of the Chilean federation.

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With the exception of Brasil and Bolivia. All the rest of NTs are playing today their preparation match for the upcoming WCQs.


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Chile announce 26 squad members

The following are the players called up for the WCQs games against Argentina and Peru.


Keepers: Nelson Tapia (Cobreloa), Nicolás Peric (Rangers), Alex Varas (Wanderers).

Defenders: Cristián Alvarez (Universidad Católica), Luis Fuentes, Rodrigo Pérez, Boris González (Cobreloa), Ricardo Rojas (América, México), Jorge Vargas (sin club), Pablo Contreras (Celta de Vigo, España), Rafael Olarra (Independiente, Argentina).

Midfielders: Jorge Acuña (Feyenoord, Holanda), Pablo Galdames, Milovan Mirosevic (Racing, Argentina), Fernando Martel (Jaguares de Chiapas, México), Marcos González (Universidad de Chile), Rodrigo Meléndez (Quilmes, Argentina), David Pizarro (Udinese, Italia), Mark González (U. Católica).

Forwards: Marcelo Salas (River Plate, Argentina), Héctor Tapia (Lille, Francia), Reinaldo Navia (Morelia, México), Manuel Neira (Colo Colo), Arturo Norambuena (U. Católica), Mauricio Pinilla (Chievo Verona, Italia).
 

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Uruguay names 21 players

The is the list of players based outside of Uruguay, called up for the first 2 games of the WCQs. To this list players based in Uruguay will be added.


Nelson Abeijón (Como, Italia), Sebastián Abreu (América, México), Javier Chevantón (Lecce, Italia), Diego Forlán (Manchester United, Inglaterra), Guillermo Giacomazzi (Lecce, Italia), Gianni Guigou (Roma, Italia), Germán Hornos (Sevilla, España), Alejandro Lembo (Betis, España), Diego López (Cagliari, Italia), Sebastián Morquio (Alianza Lima, Perú), Richard Núñez (Grasshoppers, Suiza), Ruben Olivera (Juventus, Italia), Sergio Orteman (Olimpia, Paraguay), Walter Pandiani (Deportivo La Coruña, España), Diego Perrone (Atlas, México), Alvaro Recoba (Internazionale, Italia), Mario Regueiro (Racing Santander, España), Vicente Sánchez (Toluca, México), Gonzalo Sorondo (Internazionale, Italia), Sebastián Taborda (UNAM, México) y Marcelo Zalayeta (Juventus, Italia).
 

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Ecuador names 18 players

This is the squad called up for the first game against Venezuela

Keepers: José Cevallos (Barcelona) y Jacinto Espinoza (Liga de Quito).

Defenders: Ulises De la Cruz (Aston Villa-ING), Neicer Reascos (Liga de Quito),Giovanni Espinoza (Liga de Quito), Iván Hurtado (Barcelona), Augusto Poroso (Emelec) y Fricson George (Barcelona).

Midfielders: Marlon Ayoví (Deportivo Quito), Santiago Morales (Deportivo Quito), Luis Saritama (Deportivo Quito), Edwin Tenorio (Barcelona), Alfonso Obregón (Liga de Quito), Kléber Chalá (El Nacional), Edison Méndez (El Nacional), Franklin Salas (Liga de Quito) y Alex Aguinaga (Cruz Azul-MEX).

Forwards: Carlos Tenorio (Saad-Qatar), Otilino Tenorio (Al Nassr-Arabia), Angel Fernández (El Nacional) y Johnny Baldeón (Deportivo Quito
 

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I am sorry, but the referee that helped us against turkey, disallowed a legitime goal from brazil and did not called a clear pk later over rivaldo and Brazil, won the Copa America in 1999 playing well and in 2000 keep well until the olympic disaster, then we have One bad year, not 4.

The names have of "europeans" have been called today:

Dida,Cafu, Roque, Rivaldo, Kaka (Milan), Beletti (Vilareal), Junior (Parma), Lucio, Juan (Bayer Lev), Edmilson (Lyon), Emerson (Roma), Gilberto Silva (Arsenal), Roberto Carlos, Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Ronaldinho (Barcelona), Ze Roberto (Barcelona), Kleberson (Manchester).
5 local player still to be called for the first games against Colombia and Ecuador.
 

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Argentina relies on old guard for the WCQs

Keepers: Pablo Cavallero (Celta de Vigo, España) y Leonardo Franco (Mallorca, España).

Defenders: Facundo Quiroga (Sporting Lisboa, Portugal), Gabriel Heinze (Paris Saint Germain, Francia), Roberto Ayala (Valencia, España), Diego Placente (Bayer Leverkusen, Alemania) y Walter Samuel (Roma, Italia).

Midfielders: Cristian González (Valencia), Daniel Díaz (Cruz Azul, México), Javier Zanetti (Inter, Italia), Sebastián Verón (Chelsea, Inglaterra), Matías Almeyda (Inter), Esteban Cambiasso (Real Madrid, España), Pablo Aimar (Valencia) y Andrés D'Alessandro (Wolfsburgo, Alemania).

Forwards: César Delgado (Cruz Azul), Claudio López (Lazio, Italia), Javier Saviola (Barcelona, España) y Hernán Crespo (Chelsea).
 

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Colombia calls players for the WCQs

Oscar Córdoba (Besiktas de Turquía) y Farid Mondragón (Galatasaray de Turquía).

Defensas: Iván Ramiro Córdoba (Inter de Milán, Italia), Mario Alberto Yépez (Nantes de Francia), Gonzalo Martínez (Reggina de Italia), Amaranto Perea (Boca Juniors de Argentina), Gerardo Bedoya (Deportivo Cali Colombia), Iván López (Santa Fe Colombia), Roberto Carlos Cortés (Medellín Colombia).

Centrocampistas: Giovanny Hernández (Colón de Argentina), Jairo Patiño (Newell's Old Boys de Argentina), Jhon Javier Restrepo (Cruz Azul de México), Freddy Grisales (Nacional Colombia), Jhon Viáfara (Caldas Colombia), Rafael Castillo (Bucaramanga Colombia), Mauricio Molina (Morelia de México), Fabián Vargas (Boca Juniors de Argentina), Jorge López Caballero (Millonarios Colombia).

Delanteros: Víctor Hugo Aristizabal (Cruzeiro de Brasil), Juan Pablo Angel (Aston Villa de Inglaterra), Elson Becerra (Al Jazzira de Emiratos Arabes) y Leider Calimenio Preciado (Deportivo Cali Colombia).
 

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Vanezuela calls 18 players for the first 2 games

Luis Vera (Caracas Fútbol Club)
Luis Vallenilla (Caracas Fútbol Club)
Miguel Mea Vitali (Caracas Fútbol Club)
Wilfredo Alvarado (Deportivo Italchacao)
Leopoldo Jiménez (Deportivo Italchacao)
Cristian Cásseres (Deportivo Italchacao)
Daniel Noriega (Deportivo Italchacao)
Ruberth Morán (Maracaibo)
Gioanny Pérez (Maracaibo)
Leonel Vielma (Maracaibo)
Ricardo David Páez (Maracaibo)
Wilfredo Moreno (Mineros de Guayana)
Gilberto Angelucci (Mineros de Guayana)
Juan Arango (Puebla de México)
Jorge Rojas (Emelec de Ecuador)
José Mannuel Rey (Emelec de Ecuador)
Manuel Sanhouse (Espoli de Ecuador)
Gabriel Urdaneta (Kriens de Suiza)
Hector Gonzalez (Colón de Argentina)
Alejandro Cichero (Cerro de Uruguay)
 

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The other five players called by Parreira to the Brazilian team are:
Marcos (Palmeiras), Renato (Santos), Diego (Santos), Alex (Cruzeiro), Luis Fabiano (Sao Paulo)
 

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Paraguay names veteran squad for WCQs

Arqueros: Ricardo Tavarelli (Olimpia, Paraguay), Justo Villar (Libertad, Paraguay).

Defensores: Néstor Isasi (Olimpia), Carlos Alberto Gamarra (Inter, Italia), Paulo Da Silva (Toluca, México), Delio Toledo (Real Zaragoza, España), Emilio Martínez (Libertad), Julio césar Cáceres (Olimpia), Francisco Arce (Osaka Gamba, Japón).

Mediocampistas: Carlos Bonet (Libertad), Julio César Enciso (Olimpia), Carlos Humberto Paredes (Regina, Italia), Jorge Campos (Universidad Católica, Chile), Guido Alvarenga (Olimpia), Angel Ortiz (Guaraní, Paraguay), Víctor Hugo Ortiz (Sportivo Luqueño, Paraguay), Diego Gavilán (Inter Brasil).

Delanteros: José Cardozo (Toluca), Roque Santa Cruz (Bayern Munich, Alemania), Erwin Avalos (Cerro Porteño, Paraguay), Freddy Bareiro (Libertad). REUTERS DD JRP/
 

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Bolivia drew with Cobreloa 2-2 in their first and only preparation game before they meet Uruguay.

Peru tied with Guatemala 0-0 and more importantly Claudio Pizarro is now cleared to play in their first WCQ
 

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Analysis of South American World Cup qualifiers



By Brian Homewood

RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept 5 (Reuters) - Following is an analysis of the South American World Cup qualifying competition which starts on Saturday. The ten teams play each other twice, the top four qualify directly for Germany 2006 and the fifth plays off against teams from other Confederations for another place.

ARGENTINA

Previous World Cup appearances: 13 (did not take part in 1938, 1950 and 1954, did not qualify in 1970).

Best performances at the World Cup: winners 1978 and 1986, runners-up in 1930 and 1990.

Position in last qualifiers: 1st.

Still feeling the repercussions after their shock first round exit at last year's finals in Japan and South Korea. Coach Marcelo Bielsa, who surprisingly kept his job, needs to regain public confidence and is under pressure to bring in younger players rather than continuing to rely on the foreign legion.

History and tradition are on their side but they can be vulnerable away, especially at altitude, and sometimes lose control when the going gets tough. Should still qualify with matches to spare.

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BOLIVIA

Previous World Cup appearances: 3.

Best performance at the World Cup: Have never past the first round.

Position in last qualifiers: 7th

Hiring Uruguay-born coach Nelson Acosta, who led Chile to the 1998 World Cup and has a successful record at club level, was a major boost for Bolivia. The team appears to be overdependent on the advantage of playing home games at high altitude in La Paz and is fragile away from home. Picked up only two away points in the previous qualifiers and have not won at low altitude since 1999 when they beat Guatemala away.

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BRAZIL

Previous World Cup appearances: 17 (Brazil are the only country to have played at every World Cup final tournament).

Best performance at the World Cup: winners 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002.

Position in last qualifiers: 3rd.

The five-times world champions often find the qualifiers more difficult than the World Cup itself. Used four coaches and lost six matches in the qualifiers for 2002, when Ronaldo missed the entire campaign through injury. This time, the "Phenomenon" is fit and coach Carlos Alberto Parreira is determined they will achieve qualification, which in theory is a formality, with games to spare.

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CHILE

Previous World Cup appearances: 7.

Best performance at the World Cup: 3rd place in 1962.

Position in last qualifiers: 10th.

The retirement of Ivan Zamorano and the injuries to his former-strike partner Marcelo Salas have been a huge blow to the team, which has been further weakened by bickering over bonuses and political in-fighting. But Chile still have gifted players, led by Italian-based midfielder David Pizarro, an ambitious young coach in Juvenal Olmos and are always a handful in Santiago.

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COLOMBIA

Previous World Cup appearances: 4.

Best performance at the World Cup: second round in 1990.

Position in last qualifiers: 6th.

After missing out on qualifying for the 2002 World Cup the general consensus is that the team, which has a number of players in the top European leagues, has improved considerably. Much will depend on whether young midfielder Giovanni Hernandez can fulfil his early promise and if strikers Juan Pablo Angel and Victor Aristizabal can find their scoring touch at international level.

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ECUADOR

Previous World Cup appearances: 1.

Best performance at the World Cup: Have never past the first round.

Position in last qualifiers: 2nd.

The Andean team have stuck by the same group of players who took them to their first World Cup finals in 2002. However, striker Agustin Delgado has been plagued by injury since then, while other key players such as Ivan Kaviedes and Kleber Chala have lost form after unsuccessful transfers while veteran midfielder Alex Aguinaga, now 34, is slowing up.

They still enjoy the advantage of playing home games at high altitude and have acquired a winning mentality.

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PARAGUAY

Previous World Cup appearances: 6.

Best performance at the World Cup: Second round in 1990, 1998 and 2002.

Position in last qualifiers: 4th.

Qualified for the last two World Cups and reached the last 16 at both with basically the same group of players. However, many of those players, such as Francisco Arce, Carlos Gamarra, Celso Ayala and Roberto Acuna, may now be past their prime while flamboyant goalkeeper Jose Luis Chilavert has quit the team after yet another explosive outburst.

They will therefore depend more than ever on their famed tenacity, the intimidating Defenders of the Chaco stadium and German-based striker Roque Santa Cruz.

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PERU

Previous World Cup appearances: 4.

Best performance at the World Cup: Quarter-finalists 1970, semi-final group stage 1978.

Position in last qualifiers: 8th.

"They played like never before and lost as usual" is the phrase most commonly used to describe Peru's performances. The team is technically gifted but lightweight and has been criticised for lacking a winning mentality. Brazil's Paulo Autuori has been given the job of changing that and ending Peru's long wait for a finals appearance.

Their chances will get a huge boost if Bayern Munich's Claudio Pizarro gets the service he needs and can produce his best form.

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URUGUAY

Previous World Cup appearances: 10.

Best performance at the World Cup: winners 1930 and 1950, 4th in 1954 and 1970.

Position in last qualifiers: 5th.

New coach Juan Carrasco has bravely abandoned the Sky Blues' long tradition of defensive football for a more attacking outlook. Time will tell if he is being over-ambitious with a team which has lost top striker Dario Silva because of internal bickering. The left-foot of Alvaro Recoba remains the team's most potent weapon and the Uruguayans determination, dubbed "Garra Charrua", is as strong as ever.

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VENEZUELA

Previous World Cup appearances: 0.

Position in last qualifiers: 9th.

Venezuela, where baseball is more popular than soccer, won only two World Cup qualifiers between 1965, when they entered the fray, and 1997. But in the qualifiers for 2002, the "Red wine team" won five games, including three in a row. The run has brought fresh confidence to a team which has always been technically gifted but has tended to collapse after conceding the first goal.
 
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