The Copa América (Spanish and Portuguese for “America Cup”), formerly known as the South American Football Championship(Campeonato Sudamericano de Fútbol in Spanish), is a men’s international football tournament contested between the national teams of CONMEBOL, determining the continental champion of South America. It is the oldest international continental football competition.
This time Copa America has arrived in the United States of America, Centenario. U.S. is hosting Copa America for the first time. The Americans will have a first taste of football played in their southern continent. South American nations are the most passionate consumer of football, whether it’s about playing football or following the game. They are most competitive nations when we talk about football.
Copa America has been dominated by the two sides Uruguay(15) and Argentina(14) both, while Brazil is quite behind in the race with only trophies. Brazil is looking forward to match their most competitive nations in the CONMEBOL region. As Brazil is most admired nation in international football and six time winner of world cup, they hate to be compared by their neighbor Argentina which has won the trophy 14 times.
Argentina on the other hand would like to forget their bitter memories of 2015 final lost to Chile on penalties. They didn’t have won the Copa America since 1993. It’s twenty-three years since last they won a major trophy. They would like to capitalize on their chances as well with the best in the world is playing along side them. Lionel Messi is coming to U.S. to play in Copa America and it is good enough reason for other competing nations to fear Argentina. And cherry on the cake Angel Di Maria is also fit to take care of the quality assists which will give Messi more time to play forward and score in Argentine shirt.
Uruguay, the fifteen time champion and most successful team of the tournament have their best chance as well. They have got some of the lethal strikers in the world in their side. Luis Suarez and Edison Cavani will lead the attack and they have organized back with Diego Godin, Maxi Pereira, and Jose Gimenes in the side. By the way Uruguay will be playing without Suarez till knockout stages because of Suarez hamstring problem.
U.S. do have a chance as a host nation because this tournament has a history of being favorable to host nations. Twenty-one time host nations have won the tournament and Brazil & Uruguay have never lost it whenever they have hosted the Copa America. Client Dempsey and Tim Howard the most admired son of America will have to give their best if they want to win the tournament.
Chile the tournament first time winner in 2015 and defending champion of Copa America wouldn’t like to let it go from their own hands but the local support may go to the favorite nations like Brazil and Argentina. Chile do have the fire power in likes of Alexis Sanchez and Jeisson vargas, in defence they have experience of Gary Medel and Paulo Diaz, and top of all the Barcelona goal-keeper Claudio bravo.
The tournament have everything to give to the fans and the best are competing in USA Centenario but Euro 2016 will also be going on to the other side of planet. Euro 2016 and Copa America may get the distribution rights but the fans who will watch football have an advantage of different timings due to different time zones.