Brazil has not won Copa America in a dozen years, and the Selecao are looking to break that streak as the host of the event this summer. They are nearly odds-on favorites to win Copa America, and hundreds of millions will be cheering them on. For the first time ever, this competition will feature two teams from Asia too as Japan and Qatar look to make some noise at Copa America.
The 2019 Copa America will take place in Brazil. It will begin on Friday, June 14, and run through the final on Sunday, July 7. All of the action can be seen on ESPN Plus and Telemundo.
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You have to consider Brazil the favorites. Not only are they hosting the competition, they have the most talented team of anyone involved. Neymar will be out to lead Brazil to glory once more, and he will have a lot of help in this endeavor. Philippe Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus are likely to join on the attack, and Roberto Firmino will be out to make his mark too. Youngsters like Richarlison, Lucas Paqueta, and Arthur give this team an extraordinary amount of options on the attack.
The back line is led by captain Dani Alves, and he will be flanked by veterans Marquinhos, Miranda, and Thiago Silva. Alisson is the best goalkeeper that Brazil has had in decades, and back-up goalkeeper Ederson is one of the best in the game too. This is Brazil’s tournament to lose.
Argentina are out to win their first international competition since claiming the Copa America over Mexico in 1993. The Argentines will have talisman Lionel Messi, and he will aim to overcome the heartbreak from losing the last two Gold Cups to neighbor Chile. Other veterans like Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria, and Nicolas Otamendi are still involved, but this is largely a green, inexperienced side. All but five players have fewer than 20 caps for the national team, and that could be an issue.
The only country that has yet to name a preliminary Copa America squad is Uruguay. This country’s golden generation has just about passed, but they can achieve glory one last time at this competition. Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani have combined for over 100 goals in their time on the national team, and other veterans like Maxi Pereira, Diego Godin, and Fernando Muslera are likely to be involved. The key will be the midfielders, as there are no proven playmakers on the international level.
Colombia are the wildcards at Copa America. James Rodriguez has always shined for Los Cafateros on the big stage, and he will look to make his presence felt once more. This could very well be Radamel Falcao’s last run with the national team as well, and he would love to go out a winner. The play of the back line will be very important in this regard. Cristian Zapata is proven, but Davinson Sanchez and Yerry Mina are known for their offense as much as their defense. They will need to hold the line against some of the best countries in the world.
The last team the oddsmakers consider to have a real chance of winning Copa America is Chile. La Roja claimed the last two Copa America titles, but this veteran squad is on its last legs. Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sanchez aren’t the players they once were, and this back line has experience, but all four starters are 30 are older too.
For this team to pull off the unthinkable and win three straight Copa America titles, they will need to find other playmakers. Eduardo Vargas is somewhat proven, but Chile needs more if they are going to top the best countries on the continent once again.
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