Copa America 2011 fact file – Venezuela

Venezuela may be one of the rank outsiders for the Copa America but anybody thinking they are in for an easy ride against Los Vinotintos could be in for a surprise. Despite having an abysmal record in the competition – played 49, Won two, Drawn nine, Lost 38, For 34, Against 155 – football in the baseball-obsessed country is on the up and with more quality players emerging than ever before.

Most Venezuelans consider the defining moment in their football history came just four years ago when they were chosen to host the 42nd staging of the tournament, the first time ever. After drawing the opening game against Bolivia, the 2-0 victory over Peru in San Crist

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