Copa America, the third major international football event after the World Cup and Euro Cup, will begin on Sunday with the match between defending champions Brazil and Venezuela. 28 matches will be played in 28 days between the ten great teams of South America.
Star players like Argentina’s Lionel Messi, Brazil’s Neymar and Uruguay’s Luis Suarez will put all their efforts to make their teams champions. Next year’s World Cup in Qatar could be Messi’s last tournament. In such a situation, the 34-year-old Messi may have his last chance to win a title for his national team. Fourteen-time champions Argentina have not won the title for 28 years (since 1993). Captain Messi would like to end the long-running title drought of not only himself but also the team.
Brazil will get the advantage of playing at home. The Brazilian players have agreed to play after the protest, making their team a strong contender to defend their title. Brazil will face a tough challenge from Argentina. However, Argentina will not get a chance to play on their home soil. Argentina and Colombia were the joint hosts of the Copa America at first but were later dropped from hosting for various reasons and Brazil was given the responsibility of organizing the football tournament.
Due to Covid-19, spectators are not allowed to come to the stadium. Due to this pandemic, this tournament is being organized after a year.
Teams are divided into two groups
Group A: Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay, Chile, Paraguay.
Group B: Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru.