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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...

Colombia deny offering former Brazil boss Scolari managerial role

Former Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari led Palmeiras to his country's top-flight title last year.

World Cup-winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said he's been declining requests to be the new Colombia coach, while the Colombian Football Federation maintained it has not been offering him the job.

Scolari said in a news conference on Tuesday the Colombian federation keeps approaching him to succeed Jose Pekerman, who left the job last year.

But Scolari said he wants to stay at Brazilian club Palmeiras.

"It seems Colombia do not understand I am not leaving, and they are raising their offering," Scolari...

Marcelo has unfinished business at left-back before inevitable move to midfield

Real Madrid's Marcelo holds onto his place as the best left-back, but there's controversy amongst his challengers.

Back in 2006, when a teenage left-back called Marcelo made a huge impression with Fluminense in his home city of Rio de Janeiro, a consensus was already forming: this was a player whose long-term future was likely to be in midfield.

Thirteen years later, the consensus remains.

Many believe that he is still destined to feature in midfield. It will surely take place one day, but Marcelo is already 30; he has spent more than a decade as Real Madrid's left-back. Whatever happens in the future, he...

West Ham's Felipe Anderson making a strong case for a role with Tite's Brazil

Nathan Redmond's opener was cancelled out by a pair of goals from Felipe Anderson, who propelled West Ham over Southampton at St. Mary's.

The Felipe Anderson bandwagon is starting to roll.

The Brazilian, who arrived from Lazio in the summer, is suddenly exceeding expectations in his debut season with West Ham. There were fitful signs of promise in an uncertain start for him and Manuel Pellegrini's new look lineup.

After just one goal in his first 10 Premier League games, Anderson has now hit the target seven times in his last nine matches. Many of these have been match-winners -- like the pair against Southampton on Thursday night...