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South American Qualifiers for 2022 World Cup: favorite teams and players to watch

CONMEBOL’s FIFA World Cup qualifiers kicked off on October 8, but there is still a long road ahead. A total of 10 teams will participate in this journey towards the big dream, but only 4 of them (maybe 5) will be able to win a place. For many people, these are the most difficult and demanding qualifiers in the world. On top of that, everything seems to indicate that this time they will be more unpredictable and exciting than usual.  Not to mention the large number of stars that will be playing in them.

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Brazil has long since become the absolute dominator of soccer in South America. They are a team full of elite players that subdue any opponent they are put in front of. In these qualifiers they have won all four games they have played (scoring a total of 12 goals). It seems more likely that it will rain unicorns than that Brazil will not qualify for the World Cup.

Another great candidate is Argentina. The Albiceleste is consolidating an interesting and effective style of play, with a renewed generation of players that will have the legendary Lionel Messi as a reference. They currently have 10 points and everything indicates that Argentina will qualify for the World Cup in a much more comfortable way than last time.

But it’s not just the big teams that are interesting. Ecuador’s national team is showing an excellent performance and at the moment is a pleasant surprise in the qualifiers. In their last match, they trashed Colombia 6-1. After failing to qualify for Russia 2018, the Ecuadorians have a great opportunity to redeem themselves.

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Players such as Lionel Messi, Neymar, Luis Suarez, Sergio Aguero and Alexis Sanchez will attract the most attention, but they are not the only interesting names. Angel Romero (Paraguay) and Arturo Vidal) have shown a great performance and are the current top scorers (four goals each). In addition to them, we have Michael Estrada, Angel Mena and Moises Caicedo (Ecuador), as well as Andre Carrillo (Peru). Bolivia will be led by veteran Marcelo Moreno. James Rodriguez will be tasked with helping Colombia get back on track while Lautaro Martinez is looking to play an important role for Argentina.

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