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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...

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...

Ex-Uruguay striker Sebastian 'Loco' Abreu extends world record, joins Brazil's Rio Branco

Sebastian Abreu pictured at the Imperatriz Leopoldinense performance at the Rio de Janeiro Carnival in February 2017.
Loco Abreu is set to join another club.

Former Uruguay international striker Sebastian "El Loco" Abreu is set to play for the 28th club of his career after signing a deal to join Brazilian fourth-division side Rio Branco.

Abreu, 42, made his senior debut with Uruguay's Defensor Sporting in 1994 and last year set a Guinness world record for the most professional clubs played for when he joined Chilean side Audax Italiano.

The Uruguayan had a brief spell at Audax before joining Chile's Magallanes and is now set to continue his career...

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.
Gianni Infantino believes Russia 2018 is the benchmark for Qatar to live up to at the 2022 World Cup.
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.

ARGENTINA

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,...


Olivier Giroud scores in France win against Uruguay in World Cup rematch

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France striker Kylian Mbappe went off nursing a shoulder injury as they beat Uruguay 1-0 with an Olivier Giroud penalty in a rematch of their World Cup quarterfinal on Tuesday.

The 19-year-old Mbappe was substituted in the 36th minute after being injured during a France attack.

Tanguy Ndombele threaded a pass through the Uruguay defence to set Mbappe clear, goalkeeper Martin Campana came out to block the ball with his feet but the Paris Saint-Germain teenager was sent flying and landed awkwardly...