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Whirlwind sweeps through football match in Bolivia – video

There was a whirlwind start to a match in Bolivia after a ‘dust devil’ rolled across the pitch as teams lined up before kick-off. ‘Dust devils’ are small whirlwinds that pick up dust and debris as they roll over land. They are often mistaken for tornad…

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Lionel Messi scores twice as Argentina overrun Bolivia at Copa América

Captain sets new all-time appearance record for ArgentinaConvincing win sets up quarter-final against EcuadorLionel Messi passed Javier Mascherano as Argentina’s most capped international on Monday and scored twice as they beat Bolivia 4-1 to set up a …

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Copa América: Ben Brereton caps full Chile debut with winner against Bolivia

Ben Brereton enjoyed a dream full debut for Chile, as his early strike sealed a 1-0 win over Bolivia in their Copa América match in Cuiabá.The Blackburn forward was born in Stoke and played for England at youth level, but is eligible to play for La Roj…

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Copa América: Ben Brereton caps full Chile debut with winner against Bolivia

Ben Brereton enjoyed a dream full debut for Chile, as his early strike sealed a 1-0 win over Bolivia in their Copa América match in Cuiabá.The Blackburn forward was born in Stoke and played for England at youth level, but is eligible to play for La Roj…

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7 v 11: Covid-stricken Bolivian football team left outnumbered for match – video

A first division match in Bolivia saw seven versus 11 after a number of players were sidelined with Covid-19. Royal Pari had only youth players at their disposal and faced the uphill challenge of playing league leaders, The Strongest. The hosts went 3-…

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Pooch invader: dog disrupts match and steals football boot in Bolivia – video

A friendly and furry pitch invader stole the show after a dog ran on to the field in Potosi, Bolivia. The happy hound was seen skipping across the turf with a boot in its mouth. The game was disrupted for a couple of minutes before the dog was carried …

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Neymar second only to Pelé on Brazil scoring list after hat-trick defeats Peru

Neymar overtakes Ronaldo in 4-2 World Cup qualifying winArgentina beat Bolivia in La Paz for first time since 2005Neymar is second only to Pelé among Brazil’s all-time leading scorers after his hat-trick gave the team a 4-2 win in Peru and top spot in …

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Brazilians are falling out of love with their distant, expensive football team

Copa América tickets cost too much but the gap between fans and the Seleção has been growing for some timeBy Tom Sanderson and Bruno FreitasThe organisers of the Copa América insisted the opening match between Brazil and Bolivia on Friday evening would…

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Striker storms off pitch in protest at racial abuse in Bolivia – video

Brazilian striker Serginho walked off the pitch after being subjected to monkey chants during a Bolivian Primera División match between Jorge Wilstermann and Blooming. “We all endure certain things, but I reached my limit,” he said of the protest. “God…

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George Weah’s son Tim among teenage US goalscorers against Bolivia

Young USA side beat Bolivia 3-0 in friendly as team look to futureAmericans will miss World Cup for first time since 1986Josh Sargent scores on USA debut with alert passage of playJosh Sargent scored on debut, fellow 18-year-old Tim Weah added a goal i…

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South American roundup: Uruguay kept waiting after Venezuela stalemate

  • Venezuela 0-0 Uruguay; Bolivia 0-0 Brazil
  • Luis Suárez and Edinson Cavani unable to find breakthrough

Uruguay failed to break down Venezuela in a 0-0 draw and must wait until Tuesday to seal what looks a certain World Cup place.

Óscar Tabárez’s team are second in the South American round-robin group with 28 points, behind only already qualified Brazil. Uruguay could secure their place in Russia when the latest round of Conmebol qualifiers is completed.

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Ronaldo, nightclubs and my summer at the 1997 Copa América | Jack Carroll

When he wasn’t winning the Copa América for Brazil or breaking the world transfer record, the original Ronaldo enjoyed a few big nights out in La Paz

By Jack Carroll for The Set Pieces, part of the Guardian Sport Network

It was a good time to be a young man looking to break into the big, bad world of football writing. I started a week’s work experience at the Sunday Telegraph sports desk on the day England lost on penalties to Germany at Euro 96. It turned into another week and so on. I had no journalistic training, did not know shorthand and was completely winging it, but ended up staying for five years.

In the summer of 1997 the internet was in its infancy – people used to buy newspapers – and if you wanted to work in sports journalism, the Telegraph was highly regarded. The sports editor, Colin Gibson, was a former chief football writer, and he knew everyone. Rumour has it that Sepp Blatter once held up a Uefa press conference as Colin was late in arriving, saying: “Ve vill vait for Mister Big.”

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Goalkeeper scores goal from own penalty area in Bolivia – video

Matías Dituro, goalkeeper for the Bolivian side Bolívar, scores from inside his own penalty area against Club San José on Sunday. With his opposite number up for a corner late in the game, Dituro collects the loose ball and fires it the full length of the pitch and into the unguarded net. Bolívar won the game 3-1

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Will a 48-team World Cup lead to a Concacaf-Conmebol merger?

The increase in teams at the World Cup will inevitably lead to qualification changes – and a proposal to merge Concacaf and Conmebol is an intriguing one

When Fifa decided to expand the 2026 World Cup to 48 teams in a 16-group tournament on Tuesday, the worry from many soccer associations was not the World Cup itself – but, rather, how they’d get there.

Related: Money makes the World Cup go round: more teams means more cash | David Conn

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Conmebol round-up: Argentina shocked by Paraguay as Brazil win fourth straight

  • Sergio Agüero misses penalty for as Paraguay win 1-0 in Cordoba
  • Brazil win but lights go out in Venezuela, causing 22-minute delay
  • Luis Suarez equals Hernan Crespo’s record of 19 goals in qualifying

After 10 matches, Brazil sit top of Conmebol qualifying, thanks to a 2-0 victory in Venezuela. But Argentina were shocked 1-0 at home by Paraguay and find themselves in a precarious fifth place, which yields a play-off against the Oceania representative rather than automatic qualification. The two heavyweights face each other in Belo Horizonte on 10 November.

Related: International football: 10 talking points from the World Cup qualifiers

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Conmebol enters gruelling second half and Chile need to pull their socks up

The South American section of World Cup qualifying has reached the halfway stage, and while Uruguay and Brazil look well placed, Chile could get left behind

With Conmebol at the halfway stage, and with an important round of fixtures on Tuesday, it might seem timely to ponder the following: is this the most difficult confederation from which to qualify for the World Cup? Luis Suárez certainly thinks so. “Yes, yes, yes,” the Uruguay dynamo said last year when pressed on the how hard it was, so to speak. “The Argentinians can tell you, so can the Brazilians and the Colombians, all of them can tell you. It’s the most difficult thing there can be, qualifying for a World Cup from South America.”

Related: Everton’s Enner Valencia chased by police while being carried off

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Conmebol enters gruelling second half and Chile need to pull their socks up

The South American section of World Cup qualifying has reached the halfway stage, and while Uruguay and Brazil look well placed, Chile could get left behind

With Conmebol at the halfway stage, and with an important round of fixtures on Tuesday, it might seem timely to ponder the following: is this the most difficult confederation from which to qualify for the World Cup? Luis Suárez certainly thinks so. “Yes, yes, yes,” the Uruguay dynamo said last year when pressed on the how hard it was, so to speak. “The Argentinians can tell you, so can the Brazilians and the Colombians, all of them can tell you. It’s the most difficult thing there can be, qualifying for a World Cup from South America.”

Related: Everton’s Enner Valencia chased by police while being carried off

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Vargas and Sánchez take Chile through as Argentina top Copa América group

  • Argentina top group and will play Venezuela in the quarter-finals
  • Chile clinch second place with win over Panama and will face Mexico

Chile advanced to the Copa América quarter-finals after two goals in the first half from Eduardo Vargas and two in the second from Alexis Sánchez gave them a 4-2 win over Panama, while Argentina took top spot by beating Bolivia 3-0 in Group D.

Defending champions Chile will play Mexico in the next round on Saturday with Argentina facing Venezuela the same day.

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Copa América predictions: Argentina to win, hosts USA may struggle

Our Latin America soccer experts pick their winners for this summer’s Centenario, and wonder whether USA and Brazil could be early casualties

… Argentina. They have a ridiculously good squad, particularly in forward areas, and, wracked by the fact they’ve won no senior international tournament since 1993, they’re one of the few major nations to be treating the competition with full seriousness. Gonzalo Higuain, whose missed chances cost Argentina at the World Cup and 2015 Copa America, is in the form of his life. Jonathan Wilson

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USA v Bolivia: international friendly – live!

Jürgen Klinsmann’s team play their final warm up before Friday’s Copa America opener. Can they beat Bolivia in Kansas City? Find out with Tim Hill

12.39am BST

Confirmation of these teams:

USA: Guzan; Besler, Brooks, Cameron, Orozco; Jones, Bradley, Bedoya; Wood, Dempsey, Zardes.

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Here is the #USMNT Starting XI for #USAvBOL at 7 p.m. CT on @FS1 & @UniMas. pic.twitter.com/S1P88BpX8y

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