The 19th U-17 South American Championship starts this Thursday in Guayaquil (Ecuador) with Argentina defending the title and with four places at stake for the World Cup Category, which will be held in Peru this 2023.
The ‘Albiceleste’, led by Diego Placento, will begin the defense of the trophy on Friday against Venezuela, after being placed in Group B, which also includes Bolivia, Paraguay and Peru, which has secured its presence in the next World Cup. guest of the country
In Group A are Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Colombia and the Ecuadorian army; which will surely start its journey in the tournament against “canarinha”, which in this tournament will seek to increase its journey as the winner of twelve of the eighteen editions of the championship.
Colombian Football Federation
Three of the twelve titles won by the Brazilian team were in Ecuador, as the “verdemarela” won the trophy every time it held the championship on Ecuadorian soil (1988, 2007 and 2011).
“Brazil will have to debut against Ecuador, for which he is well prepared. The competition generates great expectations because Ecuador will also propose a great game, but the expectations of Brazil, this match will be a match”.said Brazilian coach Felipe Leal.
For his part, the Ecuadorian coach, Diego Martínez, stated that “the quadruple is ready” and “without pressure” to see the king of the category, while the next one that follows him in the titles is Argentina, which has won the quadruple. .
While Brazil will have Endrick as the top figure in their attack, Palmeiras youth player signed by Real Madrid; Ecuador will be Kendry Páez, who due to his great physical and technical condition already made his debut at the age of 15 in the first division of Ecuador with Independiente del Valle.
The previous match between Ecuador and Brazil; will face Colombia, winner of the category title in 1993and Uruguay, which last reached in 1991, 2005 and 2011, all losing to Brazil.
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Colombia is another team that has prepared very well under the technical direction of Juan Carlos Ramírez and will have among its figures the champion and leader of the team Nicola Profeta, born in Venezuela, but based and educated in the smaller parts of Colombia. Deportivo Cali
The first two games in the stadium of Christiano Benítez, in the north of Guayaquil in the so-called Ecologic Park Samanes, with Chile, which completes Group A, will be free for the first time.
Group B will play at the George Capwell stadium, owned by Emelec, located in the center of the port city of Guayaquil.
After the group stage has been completed in Guayaquil, there will be a tournament discussion with the best three of each group in the final hexagons, as they say, the last hexagon, where the first four will qualify for the World Cup in Peru.