1. Predicting the 2018 World Cup CONMEBOL Qualifiers

    Compared to the massive qualifying competitions that UEFA and AFC use to determine which countries will and will not get to send teams to the World Cup, the CONMEBOL qualifiers are downright simplistic. Featuring just 10 teams who play each other in a round robin series of home and away matches, the 2018 World Cup CONMEBOL qualifiers don't involve any complicated group stage calculations or multi-round qualification steps. Instead, each team plays 18 matches apiece, and the four or five at the top of the standings when those are done get to participate in FIFA's global football tournament.

    Still, while the CONMEBOL qualifiers look simple on paper, South American football teams actually have to play more matches apiece than any UEFA countries do. As a result, CONMEBOL qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup will begin relatively soon-October 2015, versus the UEFA start date of September 2016. So what does the schedule look like for the first matches? And which teams should be expected to rise to the top of the CONMEBOL crop? Read on for our guide to the South American World Cup qualifying proceedings.

    CONMEBOL Teams and Recent Qualifiers 

    As usual, the 2018 World Cup qualifiers for CONMEBOL will feature all 10 countries in the South American Football Confederation: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela. The top four finishers qualify for the World Cup automatically, while the fifth-placer progresses to the Intercontinental Playoffs for one more chance at a spot in the tournament.

    The 2014 World Cup actually featured six teams from
    CONMEBOL, thanks to the fact that Brazil automatically qualified as hosts. As a result, the Brazilian national football team didn't have to participate in the qualifying rounds, leaving Argentina, Colombia, Chile, and Ecuador (in that order) to take the top four spots.


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  2. Copa America 2015 Group B: Our Predictions

    Lionel Messi is widely considered the greatest living football player, and arguably the greatest of all time. Yet despite his seemingly limitless skill and his long list of awards, superlatives, and titles, the 27-year-Copa America 2015 Group B Teamsold soccer star has yet to lead his home country to a victory at the Copa America. This year, the Argentine star and team captain will look to change that fact with a strong run at the Copa America 2015. The event, which will commence in Chile this Thursday, June 11th, will be the first incarnation of the tournament since Argentina lost at home in 2011. Argentina is in Copa America 2015 Group B, we take a look at their group stage competition.

    The Copa America 2011 was a heartily disappointing competition for Argentina football fans. With the event actually taking place in Argentina, many supporters in the blue and white soccer shirt were hopeful that Messi would finally cross the South American tournament off his bucket list of football accomplishments. But Argentina struggled from the beginning of the tournament, only winning one game in the group stage (against Costa Rica), and then losing to eventual champions Uruguay in a round of 16 penalty kick shootout.

    The Copa America 2015: A Do-Over for Argentina?

    As the White and Sky Blues prepare to don the Argentina home shirt 2015 2016 for the first match of the Copa America 2015-a June 13th fixture against Paraguay-memories of 2011's disappointments are Argentina Home Shirt 2015/16surely still fresh in their minds. However, Argentina also has considerable momentum at the moment-momentum

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  3. Paraguay Aims for First Copa America Victory Since 1979

    Could the Paraguay national football team have what it takes to win the 2015 Copa America? The last time the country won the prestigious South and Central American tournament, it was the end of the Paraguay Home Shirt 2015 - 20161970s. However, the White and Red did finish as runner-up at the 2011 incarnation of the event, which means they certainly can't be written off as potential contenders this year. Root for the team today with a brand new Paraguay soccer jersey, available at Soccer Box.

    When we say "brand new" in this context, we truly mean "brand new." We've just received stock of the new Paraguay home shirt 2015 2016 from Adidas. The jersey, a beautiful home shirt with white and red vertical striping and slight V-neck, is the shirt that Paraguayan players will wear at this summer's Copa event. Get your hands on the football jersey today, and prepare for the June commencement of this anticipated contest.

    Paraguayan Football History 

    The Paraguay national team is not considered in modern football in the same way that fellow South American sides like Brazil and Argentina are. Currently, the club is slotted at number 79 on FIFA's world rankings, sandwiched between Jamaica and China. Meanwhile, the Brazilian side is at number six, and Argentina is ranked second.

    Still, all rankings aside, the Paraguayan football team does have a respectable legacy in the sport of soccer. The club has won Copa America twice, first in 1953 and most recently in 1979. They've also made eight appearances at the World Cup over the years, including a run through to the quarterfinals in 2010.

    Recent tournaments have shown some strong signs of life among the wearers of the Paraguay soccer jersey. First was the 2010 World Cup. Paraguay

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