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The World Cup will be expanding to 48 teams in 2026.
After Brazil, things get intense.
For comparison, concacafs six-team Hex round has zero countries in that top 14, with half the competitors ranking below the very worst conmebol squad.
Their voices have been distorted to protect their identities.Not to keep belaboring the point, but these are four of the top 14 teams in the world, powered by some of the planets very best soccer players, all desperately trying to avoid what would be a crushing failure on a scale we as Americans.Contrary to what youd typically expect of an underdog, however, Peru win by scoringgenerally with a mix of contributors but most often with the young winger Edison Flores, whos barely able to make an impact with his club in Denmark but somehow keeps finding the.After months living under isis' brutal rule, Maha finally escaped.After dropping their very first game to Chile, Brazil have steamrolled through the competition, putting together bread love and dream episode an undefeated stretch filled with emphatic wins, most notably a vintage 3-0 drubbing of Argentina back in November.
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Chile were thumped 3-0 against Paraguay last week, then lost 1-0 to Bolivia to slip out of a qualifying place.
Like all the other continents, conmebol teams only have two games remaining before the qualifiers are decided.
A mere seven points separate seven teams.There are teams about to put all their pride on the line in fiercely hostile environments.Nothing prepares you to fight for your life in a World Cup the way fighting for your life to get to the World Cup does.Someone saw it in flight, there was a noise when it landed but it happened so quick.It just shows the world we live.Qualifying in conmebol is like its own intensely competitive domestic league, with an 18-game, true Round Robin campaign packed with rivalries and superstars and screaming fans in nearly every single match.The only South American team to clinch a World Cup berth so far is Brazils, who are on the comeback trail after a couple of disappointing Copa América exits in recent years.Photo credit: Quinn Rooney getty, for most of the worlds elite national teams, qualifying for the World Cup is a charade.While this change will mostly be for the benefit of confederations that feature fewer giants (like concacaf, Asia, and Africa powers like Argentina will still likely never again find their place in the final stage under threat.