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Brazil, Uruguay clear Copa America favorites amid CONMEBOL's widespread instability

Roberto Firmino equalized and Gabriel Jesus scored the winning brace to give Brazil 3-1 come-from-behind victory against the Czech Republic.

South America flips the switch very quickly from international football back to the club game. In some places, domestic football even continued as normal during the FIFA dates -- Brazil's regional championships, for example, which are starting to reach the business end. In others the focus swiftly alters. The Argentine title could be decided in the weekend's penultimate round, and the Copa Libertadores is back in full swing next week.

That said, it is worthwhile to pause to reflect on what the national...

LIVE Transfer Talk: Luis Suarez tells Liverpool to buy £35 million-rated Maxi Gomez

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol laments Liverpool's missed chances and inability to find a way to win when they're not at their very best.
Jurgen Klopp says he's felt worse after draws as he reflects on Liverpool's missed chances and dropped points at rivals Everton.

The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is closed, but click here for all the deals, and keep track of who has joined the big boys. Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world's media and set correspondents loose to see what's on the agenda for the summer.

TOP STORY: Liverpool to the Maxi

They may have drawn a blank in Sunday's Merseyside derby, but Liverpool are hoping to add more goal power to their ranks by splashing the cash on Celta Vigo star Maxi Gomez.

And if the move comes off,...

Who might emerge -- as Messi once did -- at South America Under-20 Championships?

In 2005, South America's under-20 tournament proved a springboard for Lionel Messi to U20 Wrld Cup and global stardom.

Venezuela are the only South American nation never to have made it to a World Cup. But they are convinced that their time will come in 2022 -- and their optimism is based on much more than mere faith. Two years ago they went to the final of the Under-20 World Cup, where they missed a penalty before losing 1-0 to England.

In Venezuela, they believe this generation will carry them all the way to Qatar -- an illustration of the importance that South America attaches to its under-20 teams.

There is...

Juve's Rodrigo Bentancur's star was hatched in the rugged incubator that is Argentina's Superclasico

At just 21, Rodrigo Bentancur is already becoming a staple in Juventus' midfield and one the brightest young stars in all of Serie A.
At just 21, Rodrigo Bentancur is already becoming a staple in Juventus' midfield and one the brightest young stars in all of Serie A.

Winning the Derby d'Italia and putting 14 points between you and your bitter title rivals is one thing. Knowing you now have the weekend off and that the Superclasico is in Madrid on Sunday was definitely a moment to savour for a group of Juventus players earlier this month.

"Who's up for it then?"

As an Argentine, Paulo Dybala had to be there. Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci didn't want to miss out either. Let's be honest what else would you expect? If ever there was a game in their...

If the 2022 World Cup started today: Looking at the major nations

ESPN FC's Stewart Robson shares his thoughts on the team most likely to win the World Cup if it were to take place tomorrow.
Watch E:60's eye-opening segment on the migrant worker issues in Qatar.

The next World Cup is four years away, but if the tournament began today, how would the biggest countries line up? Further, what do they need to do between now and kickoff on Nov. 21, 2022?

We asked our writers to look into the future. Click on the flags below to see that nation.


Starting XI if the World Cup began today
Sergio Romero; Renzo Saravia, Juan Foyth, Nicolas Otamendi, Nicolas Tagliafico; Giovani Lo Celso, Leandro Paredes, Exequiel Palacios; Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala,...

Tite yet to find the right blend in Brazil's unsatisfactory win over Uruguay

Neymar reacts during Brazil's friendly win over Uruguay.
Brazil earned a friendly win over Uruguay without ever getting out of second gear.

Brazil's past two games have ended up in 1-0 wins over their historic South American rivals -- first Argentina, and now Uruguay. Even so, there is something unsatisfactory about the scenario, and not just because Argentina have a caretaker coach in charge of an experimental team and Uruguay's defensive resources were so depleted and the victory came as a consequence of a disputed penalty.

Much more important than results at this stage of the South American calendar are performances. As hosts...