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.