2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™

14 June - 15 July

CONMEBOL coaches have their say

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Interested in finding out the verdict of South America’s national team coaches on the back of the qualifying phase for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™? FIFA.com has all the results of our customary post-qualifying survey for your perusal.

Diego Armando Maradona (ARG)Best team: *Brazil
*Best player: *Juan Sebastian Veron (ARG)
*Breakthrough player:
Luis Antonio Valencia (ECU)
Biggest disappointment: Ecuador
Best match: *Ecuador 2-0 Argentina (10/6/2009)
*Favourite memory:
“Clinching automatic qualification for South Africa 2010.”

Erwin Sanchez (BOL)Best team: Brazil
Best player: Alexis Sanchez (CHI)
Breakthrough player: Marcelo Martins (BOL)
Biggest disappointment: All those teams that, despite having the necessary tools at their disposal, failed to qualify.
Best coach: Marcelo Bielsa (CHI)
Best match: Bolivia 2-1 Brazil (11/10/2009)
Favourite memory: “The 6-1 win over Argentina, the kind of result that doesn’t happen every day against such star-studded opponents.”

Eduardo Lara (COL)Best team: Brazil
Best player: Luis Fabiano (BRA)
Biggest disappointment: Argentina
Best coach: Marcelo Bielsa (CHI)
Best match: Argentina 1-0 Colombia (6/6/2009)
Favourite memory: “Our excellent performance against Brazil in the Maracana.”

Sixto Vizuete (ECU)Best team: Chile
Best player: Humberto Suazo (CHI)
Breakthrough player: *Jefferson Montero (ECU)
*Biggest disappointment:
Ecuador, for having missed out on qualification despite playing well.
Best coach: Marcelo Bielsa (CHI)
Best match: *Ecuador 1-1 Brazil (29/3/2009)
*Favourite memory:
“The overall experience of taking part in the qualifying phase and still being in the running come the final matchday.”

Gerardo Martino (PAR)Best team: Chile
Best player: *Salvador Cabanas (PAR)
*Breakthrough player:
Luis Fabiano (BRA)
Best coach: Marcelo Bielsa (CHI)
*Best match: *Paraguay 5-1 Ecuador (17/11/2007)
*Favourite memory: *“The 1-0 win over Argentina which sealed qualification.”

Jose Del Solar (PER)Best team: Brazil
Best player: Kaka (BRA)
Breakthrough player: *Gary Medel (CHI)
*Biggest disappointment:
All those who failed to qualify for South Africa 2010.
Best coach: Gerardo Martino (PAR)
Best match: Argentina 1-3 Brazil (5/9/2009)
Favourite memory: “The party atmosphere experienced in every stadium for every match.”

Oscar Tabarez (URU)Best team: Paraguay, Brazil and Chile. They all dominated during different phases of the qualifying tournament.
Best player: Julio Cesar (BRA), Luis Fabiano (BRA), Salvador Cabanas (PAR) and Humberto Suazo (CHI)
Best coach: Marcelo Bielsa (CHI) and Gerardo Martino (PAR)

Cesar Farias (VEN)Best team: Brazil
Best player: *Humberto Suazo (CHI)
*Breakthrough player:
Tomas Rincon (VEN)
Biggest disappointment: *Colombia
*Best coach:
Oscar Tabarez (URU)
Best match: Venezuela 3-1 Ecuador (15/10/2008)
Favourite memory: “Beating Bolivia in La Paz, a place where the big boys slipped up. We got our planning right and it felt great to banish the myth (and win at altitude).”

Dunga and Marcelo Bielsa, coaches of Brazil and Chile respectively, did not take part in the survey.*

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