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FIFA World Cup 2022 – News – BUILD-UP: World Cup qualifying in South America

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FIFA World Cup 2022™ - News - BUILD-UP: World Cup qualifying in South America
  • All ten CONMEBOL groups are in Qatar 2022 qualifying motion immediately
  • has all of the construct-as much as the video games
  • We will put up dwell updates all through them

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Leading scorers in CONMEBOL qualifying for Qatar 2022

Goals Player Country
4 Luis Suarez Uruguay
3 Andre Carrillo Peru
3 Firmino Brazil
3 Neymar Brazil
3 Angel Romero Paraguay
3 Arturo Vidal Chile


World Cup qualifying head-to-head report:
8 Colombia wins; 6 attracts; 4 Ecuador wins

Did you understand?

  • Colombia have stored 11 clear sheets from their final 14 conferences with Ecuador in World Cup qualifying.
  • Last month, in a 4-2 victory over Uruguay, on the age of 18 years and 347 days, Moises Caicedo grew to become the primary participant born in the twenty first century to attain in World Cup qualifying. It made the midfielder the fifth-youngest participant in historical past to attain in the South American qualifiers and the youngest Ecuadorian, breaking Antonio Valencia’s report.
  • James Rodriguez is about to grow to be the ninth Colombia to achieve 80 caps.
  • Colombia have gained their final 4 conferences with Ecuador in all matches.


Gustavo Alfaro: “We have the vision of putting on a great performance and finishing this year, which has been very difficult for everybody, in the best way possible. We want to win this game and, more than anything, qualify for the World Cup.”

Carlos Queiroz: “We know what difficult rivals Ecuador are. They have been playing well, scoring goals. We respect them a lot. But we are ready to get back to business: to fight, to play well, to win. Defeat makes us stronger.”

Alfaro: I’ll put my heart and soul into getting Ecuador to Qatar

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Leading all-time scorers in CONMEBOL qualifying

Player Country Goals Games Ratio
Luis Suarez Uruguay 25 51 0.49
Lionel Messi Argentina 22 48 0.46
Hernan Crespo Argentina 19 33 0.58
Marcelo Salas Chile 18 32 0.56
Ivan Zamorano Chile 17 24 0.71


World Cup qualifying head-to-head report:
11 Chile wins; 2 attracts; 1 Venezuela win

Did you understand?

  • Chile’s largest-ever win in World Cup qualifying got here towards Venezuela: 6-0 in 1997. Ivan Zamorano scored 5, together with two trademark headers and two volleys.
  • Twenty-five caps is what Wuilker Farinez has on the age of simply 22 – an extremely uncommon prevalence for a goalkeeper. He stands at simply 1.75m tall – once more very uncommon for a participant of his place – and have become the primary goalkeeper to attain at a FIFA U-20 World Cup™ at Korea Republic 2017.
  • Arturo Vidal’s double in Peru made Chile the primary nation to have 4 gamers attain 15 objectives in South American qualifying for the World Cup. Marcelo Salas (18), Ivan Zamorano (17) and Alexis Sanchez (16) have all reached the determine. Uruguay boast three: Luis Suarez (25), Edinson Cavani (17) and Diego Forlan (15).
  • Venezuela reached their highest-ever place on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking – twenty fifth – in November 2019. They are at the moment twenty eighth, above the likes of African champions Algeria, Serbia, Russia and regional rivals Paraguay, Ecuador and Bolivia.
  • Venezuela are the one South American nation to have by no means reached the World Cup.


Alain Baroja: “The mood, despite the results, is better. We would have liked another result against Brazil, but the team looked much better on the pitch, much more compact, and that was our main idea. Now we must go for the victory against Chile.”

Arturo Vidal: “Every national team you face in South America is difficult. We have to play every game at 100 per cent. The most important thing is the national team and fighting to make sure we are at the next World Cup.”

Rolf Feltscher to “Imagining myself serving to Venezuela qualify for his or her first World Cup offers me goosebumps. I could not put a value on that. It can be the final word.”

Feltscher: I get goosebumps imagining Venezuela in Qatar

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World Cup qualifying head-to-head report:

5 attracts; 4 Brazil wins; 1 Uruguay win

Did you understand?

  • Brazil are unbeaten in World Cup qualifying since Tite took cost in 2016, successful 13 and drawing two of 15 video games, scoring 40 objectives and conceding simply 5 in the method.
  • Oscar Tabarez has by no means tasted victory towards Brazil since taking the Uruguay reins, dropping six and drawing two.
  • Thiago Silva is about to make his 93rd worldwide look and tie Gilberto Silva as Brazil’s twelfth most-capped participant.
  • Edinson Cavani has scored in every of his final three aggressive appearances towards Brazil.
  • Brazil have scored 4 objectives on every of their final two journeys to Uruguay in World Cup qualifying, with Kaka inspiring a 4-0 win in 2009 and Paulinho hitting a hat-trick in a 4-1 triumph in 2017.

Tite has confirmed that Brazil will line up as follows, supplied Allan is match to start out: Ederson; Danilo, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Renan Lodi; Allan (Arthur), Douglas Luiz, Everton Ribeiro; Gabriel Jesus, Roberto Firmino, Richarlison.

Renan Lodi: I'm almost another striker for Brazil

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Renan Lodi to “I’m almost another striker! (laughs) I have more freedom to attack with the Seleção. It’s not like this at my club. I really enjoy it.”

Oscar Tabarez on Neymar’s absence: “I don’t know if it will be an advantage for us, but for me personally it’s a relief. But we’ll still face the best team in these qualifiers, and the last ones, and several others. We’ll try and limit our opponents output and then try and create problems for them.”

Firmino to on how a lot he desires to win Qatar 2022: “So, so, so, so much. Much more than you can imagine. I’ve won the Champions League, the FIFA Club World Cup, the Premier League. [The World Cup] is what’s missing for me.”

Firmino: I want to be the No9 Brazil can rely on

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Firmino: I need to be the No9 Brazil can depend on

“It’s my trademark! Of course I’ve imagined doing the pigeon dance in the World Cup. The supporters really like it, it especially appeals to kids. I’ve done it for the Seleção together with Neymar, I do it for my club, and I want to score goals and do it many times at the 2022 World Cup.”

Richarlison to

Richarlison exclusive on Neymar, James Rodriguez & Qatar 2022

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World Cup participations

Participations Country Best Finish
21 Brazil Winners (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)
17 Argentina Winners (1978, 1986)
13 Uruguay Winners (1930, 1950)
9 Chile Third (1962)
8 Paraguay Quarter-finals (2010)
6 Colombia Quarter-finals (2014)
5 Peru Quarter-finals (1970), second group stage (1978)
3 Bolivia Group stage (1930, 1950, 1994)
3 Ecuador Round of 16 (2006)
0 Venezuela N/A


World Cup qualifying head-to-head report:
10 Paraguay wins; 5 Bolivia wins; 3 attracts

Did you understand?

  • Paraguay have gained all 9 of their World Cup qualifiers at house to Bolivia, scoring 27 objectives and conceding simply 4.
  • Marcelo Martins’ aim towards Ecuador noticed him grow to be Bolivia’s joint-main all-time marksman alongside Joaquin Botero (20 objectives apiece).
  • No participant in Paraguay’s squad has greater than 5 worldwide objectives to his identify.
  • Juan Carlos Arce netted his twelfth worldwide aim final outing. The 35-12 months-outdated requires another to go joint-seventh on Bolivia’s all-time main marksmen alongside two nationwide legends: Maximo Alcocer and Marco Etcheverry.


Antony Silva to “Bolivia are having a tough time right now, so it’s imperative we get three points in Paraguay, especially having already dropped points at home to Peru. The responsibility will be ours, but we’ve shown already that we’re able to assume it.”

Marcelo Martins: “It’s a joy to be my country’s all-time leading goalscorer. It’s a really beautiful thing for a Bolivian player, and I want to keep scoring goals to help the national team. I think we lacked a little bit of luck against Argentina and Ecuador – games we could have won – and I hope we can get the victory against Paraguay.”

Antony Silva: I'm putting all my chips on being in Qatar

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Antony Silva: I’m placing all my chips on being in Qatar


World Cup qualifying head-to-head report:
9 Argentina wins; 7 attracts; 2 Peru wins

Did you understand?

  • Lionel Messi is about to make his 142nd Argentina look and equal Cafu as South America’s fifth most-capped worldwide behind Javier Zanetti (143), Javier Mascherano (147), Paulo da Silva (148) and Ivan Hurtado (168).
  • Peru have confronted Lionel Messi 5 occasions in World Cup qualifying and, surprisingly, prevented him scoring each time.
  • Gianluca Lapadula, who scored a hat-trick on his solitary outing for Italy B and was a non-enjoying member of the Azzurri squad for a Russia 2018 qualifier, made his Peru debut towards Chile, turning into the primary Italy-born participant to look in South American qualifying.
  • No South American aspect has certified for the World Cup having collected lower than two factors from their first three video games. Can Peru grow to be the primary?
  • Argentina haven’t misplaced any match away to Peru in 35 years. Juan Carlos Oblitas secured La Blanquirroja a defeat of La Albiceleste in a Mexico 1986 preliminary. It left Peru requiring victory in Buenos Aires to achieve their fourth World Cup in 5 makes an attempt, and so they have been 9 minutes away from getting it till Ricardo Gareca bundled house an equaliser to grab Argentina a ticket to the finals. ‘El Tigre’ was duly neglected of the Argentinians’ squad, and so they went on to grow to be champions on the Azteca.


Ricardo Gareca: “We are not used to giving special marking to individuals, but we do pay attention to our opponents’ strengths. That said, Argentina are much more than just Messi. We’re in a tricky position. If we don’t get three points it will make things more difficult, but it won’t rule us out from qualifying.”

Rodrigo De Paul on Lionel Messi to “When you start sharing things with him, he is so transparent that, instead of telling him what you think of him, you feel more like asking him about his little kids or of reminding him of the time he took you out with his studs up in a Valencia-Barcelona game (laughs). When he becomes your captain, you’d go to war for him if he asked you to.”

De Paul: I’d go to war for Messi if he asked me to

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Renato Tapia to “I know we’re going to qualify, I’m absolutely certain. I say that from the heart, just as I said it after the opening game of the previous qualifiers.”

Lionel Scaloni on Nico Gonzalez’s efficiency towards Paraguay: “We had no doubts about what Nico could bring to the team, and he played a good game. He’s in good form. He linked up well with Lo Celso the other day.”

Franco Armani: “Peru are a great team with good players. It will be difficult as they’re coming off a loss. They’re patient and then try and hit you on the counter-attack at extreme pace.”

Tapia: I’m absolutely certain Peru will qualify

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