Copa America match schedule (South American Football Championship)

Copa America is a South American football championship organized annually by the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL). With a long history and the presence of A-class teams such as Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay, this tournament always attracts the attention of football fans around the world. This year, with the official name “Copa America 2021”, the tournament will take place in Brazil from June 13 to July 10, 2021.

In this article, we will review the 2019 SEA Games schedule and learn about the participating teams, opportunities and predictions about the final results. Let’s wait for the fierce battle of South American football talents!

Match schedule and venue

a) Match schedule

The Copa America 2024 schedule is divided into four main stages: group stage, quarterfinals, semi-finals and finals. The group stage will take place from June 13 to June 28 with each team facing three matches. The teams are divided into three groups, in which the top two teams and the third-best team will advance to the semi-finals.

The quarter-finals will take place from July 2 to July 3, followed by the semi-finals on July 6 and July 7. Finally, the final will take place on July 10 at the stadium Maracana Cave in Rio de Janeiro city.

Participating football teams

Copa America is a tournament that brings together the top teams of South America. A total of 10 teams will participate in this tournament, including 2 guest teams from Europe, Qatar and Australia. Below is the list of participating teams in order of division.

a) Brazil

Brazil is the defending Copa America champion, after defeating Peru in the 2019 final with a score of 3-1. With the presence of stars like Neymar, Roberto Firmino, Casemiro and Alisson Becker, the green and yellow team hopes to continue to create history in this year’s tournament.

b) Argentina

Brazil’s main opponent in the Copa America championship race is Argentina. The blue and white team has not won a title in the past 28 years since winning the Copa America in 1993. But with the arrival of Lionel Messi, Lautaro Martinez, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria, Argentina hopes to ended the drought and was crowned in this year’s tournament.

c) Uruguay

Uruguay is a 15-time Copa America champion and is considered the most successful team in the tournament. Like Argentina, Uruguay is also in a drought of titles since 2011. However, with the presence of veteran players such as Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani and Diego Godin, no one can underestimate the Austrian team. Cerulean.

d) Colombia

Colombia is one of the highly rated teams in this year’s tournament. The green and yellow team won the Copa America championship in 2001 and successfully hosted the tournament in 2004. With the participation of stars such as James Rodriguez, Duvan Zapata and Juan Cuadrado, Colombia hopes to advance further in this year’s tournament.

e) Chile

Chile is the reigning runner-up of the Copa America and is also the team that won two consecutive crowns in 2015 and 2016. However, after being eliminated in the Copa America group stage in 2019, the healthy, red-shirted team was defeated. going through a difficult period. But with the arrival of Arturo Vidal, Alexis Sanchez and Eduardo Vargas, this team is still formidable and ready for a revenge in this year’s tournament.

f) Peru

Peru is the opponent who lost in the final to Brazil in 2019. With the runner-up position, the white shirt team is highly motivated to try to regain the title they were very close to last year. With the presence of talented players like Paolo Guerrero, Christian Cueva and Edison Flores, Peru will be a formidable opponent in this year’s tournament.

g) Paraguay

Paraguay has gradually advanced to the semi-finals of the Copa America in the last three tournaments. The white team had a successful campaign in 2011 when they reached the final but lost to Uruguay. However, with their reliance on aging players and the absence of star Miguel Almiron, Paraguay may have difficulty getting past the group stage.

h) Bolivia

Bolivia is one of the weakest teams in this year’s tournament. The blue-red shirt team has not won the Copa America championship since 1963. They have not even reached the semi-finals since 1997. With the appearance of strong opponents, Bolivia may face Difficulty in earning points at this year’s tournament.

i) Venezuela

Venezuela is a team that is growing very quickly and has the highest score since starting to participate in Copa America in 1987. However, the red-yellow team has not yet achieved high results in this tournament. With the appearance of Salomon Rondon, Tomas Rincon and Yangel Herrera, Venezuela may become a formidable opponent in this year’s tournament.

j) Guest team: Qatar

Qatar is the co-host of the 2022 World Cup and is trying to perfect its football skills by participating in important tournaments. This year, they were invited to attend Copa America to prepare for the upcoming World Cup. Although rated lower than the other teams, Qatar can still surprise and be an opponent worth watching in this year’s tournament.

k) Guest team: Australia

Australia is the most impressive team in Southeast Asia and has won the Asian Cup twice in the past 15 years. For that reason, they were also invited to attend this year’s Copa America. However, having to face strong teams from South America, Australia will have a difficult challenge.

Opportunities and predictions

Copa America is always a place for competitors to perform and win. The competition is not only between the top teams but also between potential future teams. So who will win glory in this year’s tournament?

a) Top candidates

Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay are the highest rated teams in this year’s tournament. Brazil is in the best situation, while Argentina and Uruguay are in unstable form recently.

As mentioned above, Brazil is the defending Copa America champion and has an extremely formidable force with stars like Neymar, Casemiro and Alisson Becker. They will also be able to play at home and enjoy support from the audience. Therefore, Brazil will be a top candidate for this year’s championship.

Argentina and Uruguay also own top stars in world football such as Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani. Despite recent difficulties, they are still formidable opponents in the championship race.

b) Teams that can surprise

While the above teams are considered the top contenders for the championship, other teams could also surprise in this year’s tournament.

Colombia is one of them with the presence of stars like James Rodriguez and Duvan Zapata. They had a successful campaign in Copa America in 2019 and are expected to go further this year.

Peru are also unknown given their runner-up position in 2019. With the arrival of Paolo Guerrero and Christian Cueva, Peru could be a formidable opponent in the race for the championship.

c) Conclusion

Copa America 2021 promises to be a dramatic and exciting tournament with the participation of top teams from South America and two guest teams, Qatar and Australia. Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay will be the leading candidates for the championship, but other teams such as Colombia and Peru could also create surprises in this year’s tournament. Let’s wait and see who will become the champion of Copa America 2021.