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Euro 2020 is not the one main match on the town this summer time.
In Brazil, 10 South American sides will contest the delayed forty seventh version of the Copa America, with all 28 video games broadcast live on the BBC.
The competitors was initially scheduled to happen in 2020, however was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Largely mirroring the Euros, the Copa America kicks off on 13 June when Brazil tackle Venezuela within the opening recreation. The ultimate takes place on 10 July – though the time distinction signifies that in Europe, it will likely be seen within the early hours of 11 July, the identical day because the Euro 2020 closing.
Argentina and Colombia had been initially set to co-host the match, earlier than it was moved to Brazil on 31 Might.
Why was the match moved?
South America’s historic competitors was set to be hosted by a couple of nation for the primary time since 1983, however will now be hosted by Brazil for the second time in a row.
Colombia’s games were taken off them in Might amid ongoing civil unrest, with a sequence of protests held in opposition to the nation’s authorities after it tried to implement a controversial tax plan.
Argentina had supplied to host all matches, however was stripped of the tournament on 30 Might, simply two weeks earlier than the opening recreation.
Governing physique Conmebol stated Argentina was eliminated as host due to the “current circumstances”, with the nation experiencing a surge in Covid-19 instances.
Brazil – itself hit exhausting by the coronavirus pandemic – stepped in to host the occasion, though no followers will have the ability to attend matches.
Jair Bolsonaro, the nation’s president, stated the choice to host the match was not up for dialogue, regardless of receiving widespread criticism.
Brazil has registered greater than 460,000 Covid-19 deaths – the second-highest toll on this planet, after the USA. It additionally has the third-highest variety of recorded coronavirus instances, at greater than 16 million.
Bolsonaro stated: “From the start I’ve stated in regards to the pandemic: I remorse the deaths, however we now have to dwell.”
Which groups are concerned?
The Copa America often options 12 groups, with two visitor nations from North America or Asia invited to play alongside the ten members of South America’s soccer confederation.
As the 2 earlier winners of the Asian Cup, Australia and Qatar had been set to participate this 12 months, however each nations later withdrew due to a conflict of fixtures with rearranged 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
That leaves Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela to function within the continent’s championship.
The ten groups have been break up into two teams of 5, with the highest 4 groups from every group advancing to the quarter-finals.
- Group A: Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela
- Group B: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay
Matches will likely be performed throughout the cities of Brasilia, Goiania, Cuiaba and Rio de Janeiro, with the long-lasting Maracana stadium internet hosting the ultimate.
Who’re the favourites?
Regardless of not taking part in on dwelling soil, Argentina are among the many favourites, with Lionel Messi trying to ship silverware.
Messi, 33, has received 10 La Liga titles and the Champions League 4 occasions with Barcelona, however is but to elevate a significant trophy along with his nation.
The ahead has been on the dropping facet in three Copa America finals, most not too long ago lacking a penalty within the 2016 shootout in opposition to Chile.
Victory for Argentina would put them degree with 15-time winners Uruguay because the competitors’s most profitable nation.
Although they have not lifted the trophy since 2011, Uruguay will nonetheless be a staff to look at, particularly given the spectacular seasons that strikers Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani have loved.
Present holders Brazil are additionally among the many contenders as they search to clinch a tenth title, with Neymar hoping to make amends for lacking out on their 2019 triumph with a ruptured ankle ligament.
Who’re the star names to be careful for?
Messi. Neymar. Aguero. Dybala. Rodriguez. Sanchez. Jesus. Ederson. Casemiro. Marquinhos. The Copa America will showcase South America’s greatest names.
And there are lots. Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez was arguably Argentina’s breakout star on the 2019 Copa America. The 23-year-old has had one other spectacular season for Inter, with 18 objectives in all competitions and has established himself as an everyday starter alongside Messi for La Albiceleste.
His Inter team-mate Arturo Vidal, 34, is heading into his fourth Copa America with Chile, and is in good kind, having scored 4 objectives in Chile’s first 5 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
Colombia’s Luis Muriel is one other Serie A star to look at. The 30-year-old Atalanta ahead has been outscored solely by Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku in Italy this season, with 22 objectives in all competitions.
Roberto Firmino will likely be eager to indicate what he is able to on the continent’s greatest stage. Regardless of a disappointing season for Liverpool, scoring simply 9 objectives in 48 outings, he has struck extra persistently for Brazil.
Followers will likely be excited to see Cavani and Suarez main the cost for Uruguay. The pair of 34-year-olds have had sturdy seasons for Manchester United and Atletico Madrid, with 38 objectives between them in all competitions.