With Brazil 2014 fast approaching, thoughts are turning towards potential top performers who will rise to the occasion of the World Cup.
Brazil 2014 promises to light up the footballing world, with football returning to its spiritual home after a 64-year absence.
Brazilian players and fans alike will be keen to eradicate the memories of that tournament in 1950 where Uruguay beat Brazil to earn a famous victory on Brazilian soil. The South American climate appears to favour the ‘locals’ on the same continent, with their attacking styles of play and exciting football they will no doubt excite on the global stage.
Brazil and Argentina are the true South American giants with a host of world-class players spread amongst their ranks. They are always among the favourites in any tournament and with Brazil’s home advantage, they are sure to be the nation to avoid.
Despite the dominance of Argentina in the South American qualifying campaign, Colombia, Chile and Ecuador have all excelled and excited. Colombia are undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with and with a front line of Falcao, Martinez and Rodiguez they will frighten defenders across the world.
Brazil and Argentina will grab the headlines but it is the likes of Colombia, Chile and Ecuador who will excite the football purists. With so much un-tapped talent there are sure to be some relatively unknown players who really announce themselves as world-class players.
Young and talented players are a plenty in South American football and a world cup in Brazil will be the perfect opportunity for these South American minnows to finally step out of the giant shadow of Brazil and Argentina and announce themselves on the global stage.
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