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  1. Quinonez stars as Bolivar make Libertadores challenge

    Tim Vickery

    One of the most famous images of the final game of the 1950 World Cup, where Uruguay came from behind to beat hosts Brazil 2-1, is that of Danilo Alvim, the prince of the hosts' midfield, overcome with the emotion of defeat and having to be helped aw...

    Blog | April 14, 2014
  2. Stars and teams emerging as Copa Libertadores group stage closes

    Tim Vickery

    To watch South America's Copa Libertadores straight after the quarterfinals of Europe's Champions League is to invite a come down. Perhaps this is not the fairest comparison; we are judging the group phase of one competition against the closing st...

    Blog | April 07, 2014
  3. Domestic league turbulence won't affect Uruguay at World Cup

    Tim Vickery

    The directors of Uruguay's FA resigned earlier this week, and a scare story was doing the rounds suggesting that this would result in the country's national team being kicked out of the World Cup. There was never the slightest chance of this happenin...

    Blog | April 02, 2014
  4. Kaka surge may come too late for Brazil

    Tim Vickery

    Kaka celebrated his 300th game for Milan at the weekend with two goals against Chievo Verona, and afterward made it clear that he is still clinging to hopes of crashing Brazil's World Cup party. What he has to do, he says, is continue to play well fo...

    Blog | April 01, 2014
  5. Brazil's physical preparation could be World Cup key

    Tim Vickery

    "The ideal would be having a month to prepare," says Brazil's technical co-ordinator Carlos Alberto Parreira about the gap between the end of the European season and the start of the World Cup. Twenty years ago he was Brazil's coach when the long wai...

    Blog | March 30, 2014
  6. Vidangossy offers glimpse of the past (and future?)

    Tim Vickery

    There are few more scenic places to watch football than in the Monumental Stadium in Santiago, home of Colo Colo, Chile's most popular club. Glistening in an almost impossibly blue sky, the Andes mountains supply a dazzling backdrop as a 40,000-pl...

    Blog | March 24, 2014
  7. Remembering Bellini -- the World Cup's immortal captain

    Tim Vickery

    If all goes according to the plan for the World Cup hosts, then in Rio de Janeiro on July 13 Brazil captain Thiago Silva will hold aloft the World Cup, imitating a famous gesture by Bellini, his predecessor both as skipper and centre back of the Sele...

    Blog | March 22, 2014
  8. Sabella's attacking thinking has Argentina ready for the World Cu...

    Tim Vickery

    Javier Mascherano may turn out for Barcelona at centre-back these days, but he affirms that he still thinks like a midfielder, which is just as well for Argentina's World Cup challenge. Mascherano will have a key role to play in Brazil in three month...

    Blog | March 18, 2014
  9. Home sides dominant halfway through Libertadores

    Tim Vickery

    It is halftime in the group phase of the Copa Libertadores, South America's equivalent of the Champions League. The 32 teams are distributed in eight groups, and now each team has played all of its group rivals once. An ideal time, then, to draw ear...

    Blog | March 15, 2014
  10. Ticket sales show World Cup's appeal, difficulties

    Tim Vickery

    I suspect I am far from the only one with this type of experience to relate: I woke up early on Wednesday morning to have a go at buying some World Cup tickets, as a new batch of 345,000 went on sale on the FIFA website at 8 o'clock Rio time. I go...

    Blog | March 12, 2014
  11. Defensive deficiencies still plague South American hopefuls

    Tim Vickery

    One of the themes of South America's World Cup qualification campaign was the lack of quality of the centre-backs -- and in the final straight of 2014 preparations, it is not an issue that is going to go away. Colombia's first-choice defensive pai...

    Blog | March 06, 2014
  12. New Pele, next Pele? Brazil's struggles in emulating the legend

    Tim Vickery

    Eight years ago, in the buildup to Germany 2006, the Brazilian media speculated that this would be the tournament where Ronaldinho proved that he was even better than Pele. Yet history has shown that it's a tag more closely linked with failure than g...

    Blog | March 05, 2014
  13. Brazil's team success could save otherwise controversial World Cu...

    Tim Vickery

    Brazil had 11 years to prepare for the 2014 World Cup, and now it has just 100 days. A couple of the stadiums are cutting it very close, others are also late, and they have cost a lot of money. Some are still presenting problems (such as in Belo...

    Blog | March 04, 2014
  14. Scolari keeps faith in Fred, Jo and Julio Cesar

    Tim Vickery

    Just over two months ago, Luiz Felipe Scolari, his faithful assistant Murtosa and veteran coordinator Carlos Alberto Parreira gave a lecture to an audience of Brazilian coaches. Brazil's coaching team radiated joy and confidence. Anyone capable of...

    Blog | February 24, 2014
  15. Will Pinilla, Valdivia seize their final chance with Chile?

    Tim Vickery

    As he prepares for the March 5 friendlies -- the last FIFA date friendlies before the World Cup squads are picked -- a coach will be pondering a question that might appear like a mathematical puzzle; is it better to play with a false nine or a genuin...

    Blog | February 22, 2014
  16. Curitiba spared embarrassment but work still to do

    Tim Vickery

    Brazil 2014 will have 12 host cities after all. On Tuesday, FIFA announced that the southern city of Curitiba will not be removed from the tournament and that the four group games scheduled for the city's Arena da Baixada stadium will be go ahead as ...

    Blog | February 18, 2014