5 things to know about the 2019 Copa América

Between 14 June and 7 July the 46th edition

of the Copa América will take place in Brazil.

 

The competition includes 10 South American

nations and two guest participants and will

feature some of the best national teams in

football.

 

Who will be crowned champions? For that we

will have to wait for the final in Rio de Janeiro

but before we can take a look at what makes

the tournament so attractive.

1. Which teams will be taking part in the Copa América?

The ten nations, Brazil, Bolivia, Venezuela,

Peru, Argentina, Colombia, Paraguay,

Uruguay, Ecuador and Chile, which form the

South American Football Federation

(CONMEBOL) plus Japan and Qatar.

 

The last two have been invited by

CONMEBOL to take part in the tournament,

a tradition which goes back to 1993.

2. Luis Suárez’s Uruguay most successful nation

The ‘celeste’ are the team with most wins in

the Copa América having lifted the trophy a

record 15 times.

 

The most recent victory came in 2011 with

Luis Suárez opening the scoring in a 3-0 win

over a Paraguay side coached by former

Barça boss Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino.

3. The final in the Maracanã Stadium

The final on 7 July will be played in the

legendary Maracanã Stadium in Rio de

Janiero.

 

The opening fixture of the tournament, Brazil

v Bolivia, will be played on 14 June in the

Morumbi Stadium in São Paulo.

4. Barça players involved

Up to seven blaugranes could take part in the

tournament: Leo Messi (Argentina), Malcom,

Philippe Coutinho, Arthur (Brazil), Luis

Suárez (Uruguay), Arturo Vidal (Chile) and

Jeison Murillo (Colombia)

 

 

5. Barça v Barça

There are two possible clashes between

blaugranes in the initial phase of the

competition.

 

In Group B Leo Messi’s Argentina come up

against Jeison Murillo’s Colombia and in

Group C Luis Suárez’s Uruguay face Arturo

Vidal’s Chile.

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