No minnows in South America's WWQ

South America's World Cup qualifying shows the continent's strength in depth

Updated: May 30, 2012, 12:55 PM ET
By Tim Vickery | Special to ESPN.com

The European championships may showcase some of the best national teams around, but two years ago in the most recent World Cup, South America gave ample demonstration of its strength in depth.

For the likes of Brazil and Argentina, a quarterfinal exit is considered a failure. Chile only reached the last 16, but won the hearts of neutrals along the way. Paraguay gave eventual champion Spain its hardest, most even game, and Uruguay went all the way to the semifinals despite having ...

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