Like most sports activities occasions all over the world, the Copa America, too, has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The soccer championship was scheduled to begin in June final 12 months, however given the devastation brought on by the pandemic it was postponed.
The most recent iteration, scheduled to be held in June-July this 12 months, has hit a few early roadblocks. Barely a month earlier than kick-off, Colombia was eliminated as co-host as a consequence of violent protests and political unrest within the nation. COVID-19 continues to wreck the nation — one other issue which went in opposition to Colombia.
The month-long event was moved solely to Argentina. There was a change on this plan too, as Argentina was stripped of internet hosting rights after the nation entered a lockdown to fight a spike in COVID-19 circumstances.
South America’s premier event will now be held in Brazil, with no change in dates. Matches will probably be held with out spectators, Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro confirmed.
New host Brazil enters because the favorite. The powerhouse unit dominated the earlier version in 2019, occurring an unbeaten run to win the title. In Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar and Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino, Brazil possess two strikers of the very best high quality.
The duo will possible be joined by Gabriel Jesus and Richarlison — each scored in Brazil’s 3-1 win over Peru within the 2019 ultimate — up entrance.
The well-rounded squad additionally consists of a robust backline. Thiago Silva, a constant drive for Chelsea, leads the defence. Marquinhos has raised his inventory with nice performances for Paris Saint-Germain and likewise presents a potent attacking menace. Actual Madrid teenager Eder Militao is a flexible centre-back, who can even play as a right-back or defensive midfielder. In Ederson (Manchester Metropolis) and Alisson Becker (Liverpool), coach Tite has two advantageous goalkeepers to select from.
Although among the many listing of perennial favourites, Argentina doesn’t have a fantastic current document. The aspect final received the event in 1993, and has completed runner-up 4 instances since (2004, 2007, 2015 and 2016).
The crew boasts of great attacking prowess, with the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angel di Maria prowling the ultimate third. Slotted in Group ‘A’ alongside Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay and Chile, Argentina ought to cruise by way of to the knockout rounds. Argentina is helmed by caretaker supervisor Lionel Scaloni.
Regardless of current disappointments, Uruguay enters the sphere as probably the most profitable crew within the historical past of the championship. As soon as once more, Uruguay will rely closely on the star pair of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani. Suarez is on prime of the world, having not too long ago helped Atletico Madrid to the La Liga title. Cavani can also be on tune, occurring a goal-scoring spree at Manchester United. Suarez and Cavani have to return good if Uruguay, having exited within the quarterfinal stage final time, hopes to win a primary title since 2011.
Chile, the 2015 and 2016 champion, may emerge because the darkish horse. Inter Milan striker Alexis Sanchez will lead the cost. The squad additionally contains Blackburn ahead Ben Brereton, who was born in England. Brereton grew to become eligible to symbolize Chile as his mom was born there.
In a shock transfer, Colombia has not included James Rodriguez within the squad. Rodriguez was hampered by accidents for Everton this season, however was anticipated to get match and be prepared for the Copa America.