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Suarez is another talent in danger of not making it to Brazil
La Celeste are fifth in the South American table and are underperforming. The inaugural winners of the event have been represented 12 times, and there is so much talent that it would be criminal not to be there once more this time.
Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani, Diego Forlan and Cristian Rodriguez are some of their bigger names. The 2011 Copa America champions, who finished the 2010 in fourth place, have the potential to do as well, if not better if they can make Brazil.
Arturo Vidal, Alexis Sanchez, Humberto Suazo, Mauricio Isla, Jorge Valdivia and Gary Medel are some of Chile’s top footballing talents right now.
Eight-time qualifiers, they are struggling along with Uruguay on 12 points in sixth. But unless they can overhaul Venezuela, in which case one of the pair would go into the playoff with Oceania, they risk losing out.
A managerial change mid-campaign, with Jorge Sampaoli now in and Claudio Borghi sacked in November 2012 for poor performances, is a risky manoeuvre. Chile continue to struggle to adequately replace Marcelo Bielsa who led the side to the last 16 in South Africa in 2010.
Played one, lost one so far in CONCACAF, so hardly a reason to push the panic button just yet. It is early days but still a warning for Jurgen Klinsmann. A surprise 2-1 defeat in Honduras is hardly likely to prove fatal, but it leaves no room for further complacency.
Despite a shaky start, the U.S. have reached the World Cup nine times in their history—the last six consecutively. Don’t expect them to miss out this time.
Perhaps not the biggest of names, but individually they are a highly talented side. Currently third in Group A, six points behind Croatia with four games gone, Belgium are romping away at the top. It was a tough draw, but there is enough quality in the side for Sinisa Mihajlovic's men to expect to do better.