Everything you need to know about Copa America 2021

The Euro 2020 is not the only major tournament in the city in the summer, but Copa America is held from June 13. 

The season will hold in Brazil 10 South American sides will contest. Moreover, in the delayed 47th edition of the Copa America. And all together 28 games will be played on.

The game was originally scheduled for 2020. But the games were postponed due to the emerging outbreak of coronavirus. 

To a large extent, a mirroring the Euros, the Copa America gets underway on June 13. When Brazil takes on the island in the night.

Furthermore, the final will take place on July 10. Due to the difference in time across Europe. It will be seen in the early hours of the morning of July 11. 

Initially, Argentina and Colombia, where it is supposed to be the co-host of the tournament. Before it moved to Brazil, and on May 31. 

Why is the Copa America tournament moved? 

In South America, the rally was set to be hosted by more than one country. For the first time since 1983. And will be hosted by Brazil for the second year in a row. 

Colombia is in the games to have been taken from them in May. Amid the ongoing unrest, a series of protests were held against the government. To carry out a controversial tax plan. 

Argentina had offered to be the host for all of the games. But it was stripped of the tournament on May 30. Two weeks before the opening of the game. 

Copa America 2021 moved to Brazil (Source: Marca)
Copa America 2021 moved to Brazil (Source: Marca)

The governing body Conmebol said the Argentine was removed from hosting. Due to the country’s current situation, reaching a peak in Covid-19 cases. 

Brazil itself, which has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic threat. Had stepped in to host the event. Even though none of the fans will be able to participate in the games. 

Jair Bolsonaro, the country’s president, has said that the decision to host the tournament. However, it was not open to discussion despite much criticism. 

Brazil has registered more than 460,000 Covid-19 deaths. Which is the highest toll in the world after the united states. 

It also has the third-highest number of recorded coronavirus cases, with more than 16 million people. 

Bolsonaro said: “right from the beginning. I have always said about the pandemic. I’m sorry for the deaths. But we’ll also have to live with it.” 

Which teams are getting involved? 

With the Copa America frequently comes with 12 teams. Along with two guests and North America, or Asia, are invited to play. 

And also, the ten members of the South American football confederation will play for Copa America. 

As with the two previous winners of the Asian Cup. Australia and Qatar were set to participate this year. 

But the two nations and subsequently retired. Due to a collision of the fixtures to organize the 2022 world Cup qualifiers.

Copa America frequently comes with 12 teams (Source: Goal .com)
Copa America frequently comes with 12 teams (Source: Goal .com)

That leaves Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela, in the continent of the world. 

The ten teams were significantly divided into two different groups of five teams each. Furthermore, the top four teams from each group progressing to the quarter-finals. 

Group A: Brazil, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, 

Group B: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay

The matches will be played in Brasilia, Goiania, Cuiaba, Rio de Janeiro. The city’s iconic Maracana stadium will host the final round of the election. 

Who are the favorites in Copa America? 

Even though Lionel Messi would no longer be playing on their ground. Argentina is among the favorites, with Both Sides looking for a supply of silver. 

Lionel Messi, 33, has won 10 La Liga titles. And the UEFA Champions League four times with Barcelona. But he has yet to lift a major trophy with his country. 

And the forward has also been on the losing side in three Copa America finals. The most recent of which is the club’s lack in 2016, in a match against the Republic of Chile. 

However, the penalty miss prompted Messi’s retirement from international football. Before he has reversed his decision just two months later.

Victory for Argentina is intended to be on par with 15-time winners. Uruguay in a match of one of the most successful in the country. 

Even though they have not lifted the trophy since 2011. However, Uruguay will still be a team to watch. Especially with a view of the impressive season. The strikers Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani have enjoyed it. 

The favorites in Copa America (Source: Foot The Ball)
The favorites in Copa America (Source: Foot The Ball)

And the current holder of Brazil is also one of the candidates as they seek to reach the 10th title. Neymar, hoping that it will be compensated for missing out. On their 2019 triumph with a torn ankle ligament. 

Who are the stars to look out for in Copa America? 

Messi, Neymar, Aguero, Dybala, Rodriguez, Sanchez, Jesus, Ederson, Casemiro and Marquinhos is the star players. The Copa America will eventually showcase South America’s biggest names.

And there are plenty of players. Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez was arguably Argentina’s breakout star at the time of 2019 Copa America. 

The 23-year-old has enjoyed an impressive season for Inter Milan, with 18 goals in all competitions. 

And he has established himself as a regular in the starting line-up. In addition to Madrid, for La Albiceleste. 

His Inter team-mate Arturo Vidal, 34, is on his way. To a fourth victory in the Copa America in Chile. And he has been in good form with four goals in Chile’s first 2022 world Cup qualifiers. 

Colombia’s Luis Muriel is another Serie A star to look at. But, unfortunately, the 30-year-old Atlanta-the-forward has been out. 

Only that of Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku in Italy this season. With 22 goals in all competitions. 

Roberto Firmino will be keen to show what he can do. On the biggest stage of the continent. 

Despite a disappointing season for Liverpool, he scored just nine goals in 48 outings. However, he has taken on a much more consistent in Brazil. 

Fans will be delighted to see Cavani and Suarez lead the charge for Uruguay. 

Moreover, the pair of 34-year-olds has been very strong in Manchester United and Atletico Madrid. With having scored 38 goals between them in all competitions. 

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