With the returns of River Plate, Maxi Rodriguez and Diego Placente, the new Torneo Inicial promises much in Argentina. FIFA.com sets the scene.
Though not among the FIFA World Cup's best-known players, Paraguay defenders Paulo da Silva, Antolin Alcaraz, Carlos Bonet and Claudio Morel have excelled so far.
A jubilant Paraguay side confirmed their growing stature by clinching a fourth consecutive FIFA World Cup finals appearance on Wednesday.
Australia and Rio de Janeiro will crown champions this weekend, while the early stages of several championships outside Europe will gather pace.
The second half of the South American preliminary competition for South Africa 2010 gets underway this week with another five enticing games.