20 Home-Based South Americans Who Will Shine at the World Cup

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20 Home-Based South Americans Who Will Shine at the World Cup
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Here we select 20 of the locally-based South American footballers who will have the opportunity to make a big impression at the Brazil 2014 World Cup.

These days it is far less common to see entire squads from the continent made up of players who ply their trade in their home country. In fact, the opposite is more often than not the case.

With so many top-class footballers poached by foreign clubs when they are in their late teens or early 20s, the majority of South American sides' starting 11s are nowadays play their club football away from their own countries.

There are still a smattering of home-based players, however, who are poised to have an impact on the biggest stage next year.

Though CONMEBOL qualification is not yet complete, and the intercontinental playoff is yet to take place, for argument's sake we are counting Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Chile and Uruguay as the teams most likely to make it to the finals. 

 

 

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