Tuesday, October 18, 2011
The Road for South America in World Cup 2014!
World Cup qualification is competitive all over the world, perhaps none greater than South America. So far, two rounds have gone, and of the nine teams in contention, only two have yet to win a game. The other seven teams have a win to their name, but nobody has two wins, showing once again how tough it is to qualify in South America. Even taking facts aside, anyone who has watched the recent qualifiers in South America has mentioned of how competitive and even the teams appear to be. Obviously, Brazil is not in the field this time, qualifying automatically as the 2014 host, but even without Brazil, teams will probably win a trip to the world cup at the end of a long and bumpy road, full of pitfalls, particularly away from home.
Of the eight soccer games played in the first two rounds, six went to the home side. To prove how competitive the qualification rounds have been, Argentina fell victims to a 1-0 defeat visiting Venezuela; History was made as Venezuela has never beaten Argentina before. However, no one should really be surprised, because like Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela is another South American team that is on the rise, and is more than capable of pulling off an upset. As well as being ultra competitive, the continent's World Cup qualifiers also have the potential to provide an outstanding spectacle, as 27 goals have been scored so far in the opening two rounds, a huge difference from the tight, conservative football the teams produced just three months ago in Copa America.