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2002 FIFA World Cup Draw Preview: South America

The final of five 2002 FIFA World Cup Final Draw previews from U.S. Soccer follows. Today's preview features the five World Cup representatives from South America.

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Current FIFA World Ranking: 2nd
2002 World Cup qualifying: Finished first in CONMEBOL Final Group (13-1-4; 42 GF, 15 GA)
2001 Overall Record: 6-0-3
World Cup final appearances: 13 – 1930 (2nd), 1934 (9th), 1958 (13th), 1962 (10th), 1966 (5th), 1974 (8th), 1978 (1st), 1982 (11th), 1986 (1st), 1990 (2nd), 1994 (10th), 1998 (6th), 2002.
Overall Record in WC: 29-18-10.
Record vs. USA: 4-2-0; 24 GF, 7 GA.
Most Recent Match vs. USA: USA 1, Argentina 0 in Washington, D.C.; June 13, 1999 (Moore)
Manager: Marcelo Bielsa (ARG)
Championship Honors: 1978 & 1986 World Cup champions; 1921, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1937, 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1957, 1959, 1991, & 1993 Copa America Champions (13 times); 1992 Confederations Cup champions
Key Players: Hernan Crespo (F, Lazio), Gabriel Batistuta (F, AS Roma), Juan Sebastian Veron (M, Manchester United)

Fast Facts:  Were led in qualifying by Hernan Crespo’s nine goals, which tied for tops in CONMEBOL … Easily won CONMEBOL’s 10-team group phase, clinching a spot with four games remaining on their schedule … Are two-time winners of the World Cup, in 1978 at home in Buenos Aires and the Diego Maradona-led side in 1986 in Mexico …Argentina have
won three of the last four World Youth Championships. 

BRAZIL Profile:
Current FIFA World Ranking: 3rd
2002 World Cup qualifying: Finished third in CONMEBOL Final Group (9-6-3; 31 GF, 17 GA)
2001 Overall Record: 8-8-4
World Cup final appearances: 17– 1930 (6th), 1934 (14th), 1938 (3rd), 1950 (2nd), 1954 (5th), 1958 (1st), 1962 (1st), 1966 (11th), 1970 (1st), 1974 (4th), 1978 (3rd), 1982 (5th), 1986 (5th), 1990 (9th), 1994 (1st), 1998 (2nd), 2002.
Overall Record in WC: 53-13-14
Record vs. USA: 9-1-0; 16 GF, 5 GA
Most Recent Match vs. USA: Brazil 2, USA 1 in Pasadena, Calif.; March 3, 2001 (Ronaldinho, Roque Junior; Mathis)
Manager: Luiz Felipe Scolari (BRA)
Championship Honors: 1958, 1962, 1970 & 1994 World Cup champions; 1919, 1922, 1949, 1989, 1997, & 1999 Copa America champions; 1997 Confederations Cup champions.
Key Players: Rivaldo (M, Barcelona), Ronaldo (F, Inter Milan), Emerson (M, AS Roma)

Fast Facts: Brazil is the only country in the world to appear in every World Cup Finals … In addition to winning a record four World Cups, they have also reached the final on two other occassions … Both Rivaldo and Romario had eight goals in qualifying, equal to second best in South America … Only four teams in South America had more defeats than Brazil’s
staggering total of six. 

ECUADOR Profile:
Current FIFA World Ranking: 38th.
2002 World Cup qualifying: Finished second in CONMEBOL Final Group (9-5-4; 23 GF, 20 GA).
2001 Overall Record: 6-4-4.
World Cup final appearances: 1 – 2002.
Overall Record in WC: First appearance.
Record vs. USA: 4-0-3; 8 GF, 2 GA.
Most Recent Match vs. USA: USA 0, Ecuador 0 in Columbus, Ohio; June 7, 2001
Manager: Hernan Dario Gomez (COL)
Key Players: Alex Aguinaga (M, Necaxa), Agustin Delgado (F, Southampton), Ulises de la Cruz (D, Hibernian)

Fast Facts: Making their first appearance in a World Cup … One of four rookie nations in the 2002 tournament (China, Senegal and Slovenia are the others) … Were the darling of 2002 qualifying, finishing in an improbable second place in CONMEBOL … Led on the field by goalscorer Agustin Delgado and the crafty veteran midfield play of Alex Aguinaga.  

Current FIFA World Ranking:
2002 World Cup qualifying: Finished fourth in CONMEBOL Final Group (9-6-3; 29 GF, 23 GA)
2001 Overall Record: 4-6-4
World Cup final appearances: 6– 1930 (9th), 1950 (11th), 1958 (12th), 1986 (13th), 1998 (14th), 2002
Overall Record in WC: 4-5-6
Record vs. USA: 0-1-2; 2 GF, 5 GA
Most Recent Match vs. USA: USA 2, Paraguay 2 in San Diego, Calif.; March 14, 1998 (Deering, Balboa; Caniza, Arce)
Manager: None
Championship Honors: 1953 Copa America champions
Key Players: Jose Luis Chilavert (GK, Panathinaikos), Roque Santa Cruz (F, Bayern Munich)

Fast Facts: Led by headline grabbing goalkeeper Jose Luis Chilavert, Paraguay have qualified for their second consecutive World Cup … Despite Chilavert’s presence, Paraguay allowed 1.28 goals per game (and 23 overall goals) across 18 qualifiers, both the worst of all 29 qualifying nations … Chilavert is suspended for the first two games of the World Cup, part of a four-game suspension handed out during qualifying ... Almost rained on France’s championship parade in 1998 by taking the eventual champions into overtime before finally losing in the second round.

URUGUAY Profile:
Current FIFA World Ranking: 23rd
2002 World Cup qualifying: Finished fifth in CONMEBOL Final Group (7-5-6; 19 GF, 13 GA); defeated Australia in home-and-home playoff 3-1 on aggregate score. 
2001 Overall Record: 7-5-5
World Cup final appearances: 10 – 1930 (1st), 1950 (1st), 1954 (4th), 1962 (12th), 1966 (7th), 1970 (4th), 1974 (13th), 1986 (16th), 1990 (16th), 2002.
Overall Record in WC: 15-14-8
Record vs. USA: 2-1-2; 7 GF, 4 GA
Most Recent Match vs. USA: USA 2, Uruguay 2 in Dallas; March 25, 1995 (Kerr, Stewart; Otero, Poyet)
Manager: Victor Pua (URU)
Championship Honors: 1930 & 1950 World Cup champions; 1916, 1917, 1920, 1923, 1924, 1926, 1935, 1942, 1956, 1959, 1967, 1987, & 1995 Copa America champions  (13 times).
Key Players: Alvaro Recoba (F, Inter Milan), Dario Silva (F, Malaga)

Fast Facts: Successfully qualified for their 10th overall World Cup, but their first in 12 years …  To qualify they came from behind to earn a 3-1 aggregate playoff series victory over Australia (winning 3-0 at home, after losing 1-0 on the road) … Won the first two World Cups they entered (in 1930 and 1950, which included an upset of host Brazil in the final game)
… The last time the U.S. played Uruguay, the match was abandoned with less than 10 minutes remaining when a torrential storm hit the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.