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If the 2022 World Cup started today: Looking at the major nations

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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.


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,...

Tite yet to find the right blend in Brazil's unsatisfactory win over Uruguay

Neymar reacts during Brazil's friendly win over Uruguay.
Brazil earned a friendly win over Uruguay without ever getting out of second gear.

Brazil's past two games have ended up in 1-0 wins over their historic South American rivals -- first Argentina, and now Uruguay. Even so, there is something unsatisfactory about the scenario, and not just because Argentina have a caretaker coach in charge of an experimental team and Uruguay's defensive resources were so depleted and the victory came as a consequence of a disputed penalty.

Much more important than results at this stage of the South American calendar are performances. As hosts...

Neymar penalty decides battle of big forwards as Brazil better Uruguay

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LONDON -- Three quick thoughts from Brazil's 1-0 friendly win over Uruguay at the Emirates Stadium on Friday.

1. Neymar decides battle of the forwards

You don't usually associate a game featuring Neymar, Luis Suarez, Roberto Firmino and Edinson Cavani with a cold, drizzly night in north London, but the Emirates played host to one of South America's most historic rivalries on Friday.

Brazil came out on top, beating Uruguay 1-0 in this slightly underwhelming friendly thanks to a contentious...

Brazil, Uruguay have opportunity to experiment with attacking options

Take an in-depth look at how Neymar's tattoos were brought to life in this unique comic book.

With no competitive games until next June, national team football in South America is still going through its silly season.

Colombia have no permanent coach and no games lined up for these FIFA dates. Argentina still have a caretaker coach in charge for their two games against Mexico. Ecuador have appointed Hernan Dario Gomez, but he admits that his team to face Peru and Panama is still at the experimental stage.

Some friendlies, though, are more serious than others. And the South American highlight...

Brazilian football exposed by Copa Libertadores failures

Quite rightly, the Copa Libertadores headlines will all go the fact that Boca Juniors and River Plate are to meet in the final. Not only is it South America's biggest derby and one of the world game's great clashes, this will be the first time the great rivals have clashed in a match-up of this magnitude. It is a wonderful story, one which deserves full attention.

But there is time to look ahead to the final and, in the wake of the semifinals, there is another side to the story: Argentina's success...

Neymar a superhero? PSG star's tattoos come alive in new comic book series

Take an in-depth look at how Neymar's tattoos were brought to life in this unique comic book.

Turning international soccer star Neymar into a comic book superhero wouldn't be all that much of a stretch. So a pair of comic book mavens decided to breathe life into Neymar's tattoos instead.

That's the premise behind the new comic book series "Inked," which was launched in mid-September and showcased at New York Comic Con in early October.

Neymar Sports will donate 1 percent of every issue sold to the Neymar Jr. Project Institute in Jardim Gloria, São Paulo, Brazil. The institute helps...