It's no secret that without the top South American players, European soccer's biggest club competition -- the UEFA Champions League -- wouldn't be nearly as entertaining. With the amount of South American talent integrated into the competition in recent years, the quality of play has reached a level never imagined before.
When people name their favorites for the World Cup, Brazil comes up every time. The Seleção conjures up images of excitement and artful soccer. With a record five World Cup titles, it's the most successful team as well, and is the favorite to add a sixth crown in South Africa in July.
Croatian striker Eduardo, who won his appeal against a UEFA suspension on Monday, grabbed the winner as Arsenal fought back from going 2-0 down inside five minutes to win their opening Champions League Group H clash 3-2 at Standard Liege.
Five-times world champions Brazil booked their place at next year's World Cup finals in South Africa with a 3-1 win in Argentina that keeps the home side's qualification prospects -- and coach Diego Maradona's future -- in the balance.
JOHANNESBURG -- Pedigree matters. If it didn't, we might not have witnessed what happened at Ellis Park on Sunday, an unstoppable rally that gave Brazil the Confederations Cup title in a 3-2 win over the U.S. (RECAP). Heck, when was the last time you saw a team come back from two goals down at halftime in a major final? (Apart from the 2005 Champions League final, that is.)
It may have taken Luís Fabiano four seasons to adjust to European soccer, but he has clearly emerged at Sevilla. The Brazilian is leading the Spanish league in scoring with 19 goals, and is a key reason why the club is into the knockout rounds of the Champions League in its first-ever appearance in Europe's top club competition. The 27-year-old striker recently chatted with World Soccer's Dan Brennan.
Arsenal defeated Steaua Bucharest 2-1 in the final Champions League Group H match, but it was not enough to finish top as Sevilla won 3-0 at Slavia Prague to go into the knockout stage as group winners.
Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano and Real Zaragoza defender Carlos Diogo have been suspended for five matches each by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) after a fight at the end of Saturday's Primera Liga match.