With Venezuela having just equalled their highest ever FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking position, FIFA.com assesses the progress made by a side still hoping for a place at Brazil 2014.
Newly-promoted French Ligue 1 side Nantes have signed Venezuela centre-back Oswaldo Vizcarrondo on a three-year deal.
Venezuela are battling to earn a place at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil and FIFA.com recently caught up with centre-back Oswaldo Vizcarrondo, who is determined to lead La Vinotinto to their first ever FIFA World Cup.
One point separates the top five teams in the South American Zone, with Argentina lying second after Lionel Messi helped them conjure up a win in Colombia.
FIFA.com looks back at the 2011 Copa America, which was won by in-form Uruguay, while there were disappointments for Argentina and Brazil, but fresh hope for semi-finalists Peru and Venezuela.
Venezuela are through to the Copa America semi-finals, where they will face Paraguay, for the first time in their history after they beat Chile 2-1 at the Estadio del Bicentenario.