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Body of Colombia player Leidy Asprilla recovered

Leidy Asprilla in action for Colombia against the United States women's national soccer team.
Police in Colombia are investigating the death of women's U20 player Leidy Asprilla.

The body of Colombian U20 and U17 player Leidy Asprilla was recovered on Wednesday on a highway in the southwest of Colombia, police have confirmed. 

Asprilla, 22, had been missing since Sunday. Police said they found the body in heavy forest at dawn on a highway that runs from El Cerrito to Rozo, in Valle del Cauca, near Cali. 

"We are deeply saddened by the death of our player," the Colombian League said in a news release. "The 36 clubs that make up DiMayor [the league] and our...

 By Tim Vickery

U-20 South American Championship a path to stardom for many

Lionel Messi announced his presence as a future star at the 2005 U-20 South American Championships in Colombia.

In the run to three finals in the last three years, the Argentina team has been carried by two outstanding players, the Barcelona pair of Javier Mascherano and Lionel Messi. Both men are products of the South American Under-20 Championships. 

Mascherano appeared in the tournament 14 years ago, when it was held in Uruguay. He impressed as a gutsy central midfielder with a safe range of passing, a crunching tackle, good positional sense and the capacity to rise to the occasion, and dig...