The 2021 Copa América is the ongoing 47th edition of the Copa América, the international men’s football championship organised by South America’s football ruling body CONMEBOL. The tournament is taking place in Brazil from 13 June to 10 July 2021.The tournament was originally scheduled to take place from 12 June to 12 July 2020 in Argentina and Colombia as the 2020 Copa América. Copa America 2021 began on Sunday 13th, with nobody 100% sure whether the tournament would be held or not, or if the complete complement of ten CONMEBOL teams would all show at the eleventh hour hosts Brazil or undue to the expansion of the COVID pandemic.
The continent only has ten teams and that they were split into two groups of 5, with the highest four in each group all browsing to the knockout rounds. The group stage only existed for teams to jockey for position and to eliminate the 2 worst teams within the tournament. Two AFC representatives Australia and Qatar were thanks for playing because the guest nations but withdrew with the change in tournament dates. WATCH HERE
In the knockout rounds, games that are still tied after ninety minutes will attend overtime then penalties if needed. CONMEBOL has also allowed each team to call a squad of 23 players.
Copa America 2021 Fixtures List
Friday, July 2
21 – Peru vs. Paraguay
22 – Brazil vs. Chile
Saturday, July 3
23 – Uruguay vs. Colombia
24 – Argentina vs. Ecuador
Monday, July 5
25 – Winners Match 22 vs. Winners Match 21
Tuesday, July 6
26 – Winners Match 24 vs. Winners Match 23
Third Place Playoff
Friday, July 9
Losers Match 25 vs. Losers Match 26
Saturday, July 10
Winners Match 25 vs. Winners Match 26
Group A – 1st Argentina, 2nd Uruguay, 3rd Paraguay, 4th Chile
Lionel Messi has looked more sort of a Barcelona player than an Argentina player, which is excellent news for the Albiceleste who is loaded with talent as usual; they’ve looked somewhat cohesive too and will be within the final in Rio.
Despite their aging defense and attack, Uruguay’s young prospects are carrying the team to offer a number of their older players one last chance at glory.
Paraguay surprised Chile to climb above them and has thus avoided the burden of getting to play Brazil within the quarterfinals. Their defense has been stout and that they are going to be a difficult match-up.
Chile has looked old and stodgy, and therefore the only reason they made the knockout round is that they beat a hapless Bolivia. However, with all their veterans, an upset is usually possible.
Group B – 1st Brazil, 2nd Peru, 3rd Colombia, 4th Ecuador
The overwhelming favorites once more, Brazil are looking to feature another trophy to the overflowing cabinet. Tite’s side remains unbeaten since their 2018 World Cup disappointment against Belgium but faces a difficult opponent in Chile next.
Peru has done well in big competitions in recent years and to no one’s surprise do it again, bouncing back from a trouncing by Brazil to end second in B.
Colombia’s expansive 4-2-3-1 formation has struggled and quite one critic has mentioned that the presence of James Rodriguez within the middle would have taken the creative burden off the shoulders of Juan Cuadrado.
Ecuador is a quick and disciplined side that has proven difficult to beat but will likely see their campaign end here as they combat Argentina.