Goalkeepers: José Contreras (Deportivo Táchira), Daniel Hernández (Tenerife), Wuilker Fariñez (Caracas FC)

Defenders: Roberto Rosales (Málaga), Alexander González (Huesca), Oswaldo Vizcarrondo (Nantes), José Manuel Velásquez (Arouca), Wilker Ángel (Deportivo Táchira), Mikel Villanueva (Málaga), Rolf Feltscher (Duisburg)

Midfielders: Tomás Rincón (Genoa), Arquímedes Figuera (Deportivo La Guaira), Yangel Herrera (Atlético Venezuela), Carlos Suárez (Carabobo FC), Rómulo Otero (Huachipato), Juan Pablo Añor (Málaga), Luis Manuel Seijas (Santa Fe), Alejandro Guerra (Atlético Nacional), Adalberto Peñaranda (Granada)

Attackers: Salomón Rondón (Wes Bromwich Albion), Josef Martínez (Torino), Christian Santos (NEC Nimega), Yonathan del Valle (Kasimpasa)

The Skinny: Venezuela are another team that most expect to be relatively quiet and miss out on the knockout stage. However, Venezuela have the potential to catch a team by surprise and shake things up early.

Led by West Brom striker Salomon Rondon, Venezuela have some underrated talent on their team. Take Rondon for example. While he scored a mediocre nine goals for West Brom, he was a nuisance to opposing defenses all season long and forced other teams to be on constant alert of his physical play.


Salomon Rondon up front is Venezuela’s biggest threat

Venezuela’s lineup is very experienced, both in the midfield and in defense, and they should be a solid team from front to back. Their veterans are bolstered by promising young players, like Wilker Angel at centre back and Josef Martinez up front.

Not much is expected of Venezuela in the tournament for good reason. They have a tough group, and on paper, should not make it to the knockout stages. However, this perception of them could cause teams to overlook them, and see them nonthreatening, when they are anything but. If Uruguay or Mexico come out of the gate jogging, look for Venezuela to hit them, and hit them hard, and keep them under pressure until the Venezuelans get the respect they deserve.

Key Performers: Salomon Rondon, Josef Martinez, Oswaldo Vizcarrondo

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