Wednesday, 7 November 2007

South American U-15 Championship Update

Since the 27th October, the southern Brazilian cities of Porto Alegre and Bento Goncalves have played host to the new generation of talent on show in the South American U-15 Championship.

All ten CONMEBOL member nations entered the tournament's first stage, which saw the teams split into two groups of five, with the top two teams in each, qualifying for the four team round-robin stage that completes the tournament.

The nations who qualified for the final stage were Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and the current holders, Brazil. They will now all face off against one another in a round-robin format to decide the winner of the title.

This stage kicks off tonight, with Chile facing Uruguay and Argentina against Brazil.

Brazil and Chile have looked the most impressive of the sides who have made it to the final four, with Guilherme (Gremio) and Felipinho (Vasco da Gama) for Brazil, and Frank Fernandez (Universidad Catolica) for Chile, standing out so far.

Even at such a young age, scouts from Europe will still be keeping an eye on the players involved in this tournament. Argentine striker Federico Laurel moved to Spain immediately after the 2005 edition, and Brazilian youngster Fabio has since been signed by Manchester United. There will no doubt be similar stories from this year's competition.

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