Brazil will face tough competition from Argentina (Lionel Messi, Neymar/Instagram)
The Brazilian international has agreed to play the Copa America football tournament, making his team a strong contender to defend their title.
Sao Paulo. The Brazilian international has agreed to play the Copa America football tournament, making his team a strong contender to defend their title. Brazil will face a tough challenge from Argentina, whose team will try to win a major tournament after 1993. However, Argentina will not get a chance to play on their home soil.
Argentina and Colombia were the joint hosts of the Copa America at first, but were later dropped from hosting for various reasons and Brazil was given the responsibility of organizing it. Lionel Messi and his team can also get some benefit from this, because there will be no pressure on them to play at home.
The Copa America starts on Sunday, with the first match being played between defending champions Brazil and Venezuela in Brasilia. The final will take place on July 10 at the Maracan Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Due to Kovid-19, spectators are not allowed to come to the stadium for Copa America matches. Due to this epidemic, this tournament is being organized after a year.
The Brazilian players were not happy with the decision to hand over the hosting to their country but are now ready to represent their national team. Brazil currently remains on top of the South American World Cup qualifiers with six wins from six matches. They are six points ahead of Argentina and in the presence of players like Neymar, coach Tite will not only try to save the title but also prepare for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Argentina finished third in the Copa America 2019. But the team has improved a lot since Lionel Scaloni became the coach. The Argentine team is no longer completely dependent on Messi and has other match-winning players as well.
The claim of Colombia also cannot be underestimated, which has improved steadily since the arrival of coach Reynaldo Ruida. Uruguay is struggling despite the presence of players like Louis Suarez and Edison Cavani. Uruguay has not won the last three World Cup qualifying matches.
Peru, the runner-up of the Copa America 2019, has also not been able to do well in the World Cup qualifying. He hopes his team will regain momentum with last week’s 2-1 win over Ecuador. Chile coach Martin Lasarte has decided to field a less experienced team in the Copa America.
Two groups of five teams each have been formed in the tournament. Group A consists of Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay, Chile and Paraguay while Group B consists of Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru. The top four teams from each group will advance to the knockout rounds. The quarter-finals will be played on July 2 and 3 while the semi-finals will be played on July 5 and 6.