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Heading into the World Cup, each of the six South American nations look well-placed to either challenge for the trophy or make a run into the knockout stages.
Brazil head into the competition as favourites and are buoyant following their Confederations Cup success.
Argentina, blessed with unrivaled striking talent and Lionel Messi, finished top of CONMEBOL qualifying under Alejandro Sabella, who has brought a balanced approach and adaptability to the side. Handed a straightforward group, they should make at least the last eight and will want to go further.
Jorge Sampaoli's Chile are perhaps the most improved of all nations in the last 12 months, having tossed aside the Claudio Borghi overcoat and returned to the determined attacking ways which made them such fan favourites under Marcelo Bielsa in 2010.
Oscar Tabarez and Uruguay were the big surprise package of 2010, reaching the semi-finals, and continue to be blessed with the attacking prowess of both Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez. Can they go as far again?
Colombia were arguably the most must-see side in CONMEBOL qualifying, mixing the thrilling direct running of Juan Cuadrado and Pablo Armero with the technique of James Rodriguez and the goalscoring prowess of Radamel Falcao.
Ecuador, perhaps the weakest of all the South American nations, have been handed a group where they will perhaps expect to make progress (Switzerland, Honduras, Ecuador) and have plenty of pace and attacking power in the likes of Jefferson Montero, Antonio Valencia and Felipe Caicedo.
All will make for fiercely difficult opponents, and it's by no means foolish to suggest as many as four (possibly five) could reach the quarter-finals.