Rising standards across the board at international level have not been reflected in South American club football.
Another painful defeat for the Libertadores Cup winners highlights the gulf in class between Europe and South America.
Eighteen months since his World Cup humiliation, Luiz Felipe Scolari is looking to restore his battered reputation.
Tim Vickery reports on a number of dramatic climaxes across South America.
After eight months out through a mysterious ankle injury, Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery is poised for a return to action.
Tim Vickery wonders why Chile's most successful clubs have been unable to repeat their domestic success on the continental stage.
Ecuador sit atop the south American qualifying standards - a reflection of the improving standards of the continent's smaller nations.
Lyng ninth place out of ten in their World Cup qualifying group, Argentina cannot aford to drop too many more points.
The Argentina-Brazil showdown has been eagerly anticipated, but the big match in South America is taking place in Quito where Ecuador face Uruguay.
Title success for Boca Juniors and further north, Corinthians are on course for another triumph.