The Copa America is the international football competition for Men’s national teams in South America. The championship is organized by CONMEBOL, the regulatory body responsible for regulating football in the South American region. The competition takes place every four years and it is hosted by countries selected by the CONMEBOL. The championship features all the 10 CONMEBOL teams, with additional two or four teams from other Confederations. The 2021 edition will be co-hosted by Colombia and Argentina, and it will make it the first time the tournament will be staged in more than one country since 1983.
The tournament was initially billed to be Copa America 2020, taking place between June 12- July 12 2020. However, on March 17 2020, CONMEBOL announced the postponement of the tournament due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The competition has since been rescheduled to take place from June 13 to July 10 2021.
Copa América 2021 tips
It comes as a little surprise that it is Brazil and Argentina to meet in the Copa America final. Both teams have enjoyed long unbeaten runs up to this stage (Brazil 13 games, Argentina 19 games). Brazil can count on home advantage to give them an extra boost in this game. For Argentina, the motivation ... More
Having lost their Semifinals to Argentina and Brazil respectively, Colombia and Peru will lock horns on Saturday in search of a consolatory third-place finish. Although Colombia have a better head-to-head record, Peru’s recent form will make them a tough nut to crack in this fixture. Hence, we expect an intense battle as both sides hope ... More
Brazil’s quest to defend their Copa America title continued in earnest with a workman-like 1-0 quarterfinal win over Chile at the Estádio Olímpico Nilton Santos. PSG midfielder Lukas Paqueta bagged the all-decisive goal shortly after halftime but the defending champions had to hang onto dear life for most of that second period after Jesus got ... More
Argentina are on their road to win the Copa America title and their main man Messi has been on form recently. Colombia has for sure surprised us by qualifying to the next stages and they have another major hurdle the Argentina with whom they stand in between them and heading to the final. They will ... More
Argentina, as expected, topped their Group A with 10 points from 3 wins and 1 draw. Their last game was an emphatic 4-1 over Bolivia, an indication that the team is getting better as the tournament progresses. Their new opponents Ecuador took the last qualifying spot in group B after 3 draws and 1 loss. ... More
Copa America has reached the quarter-finals, with a match between Uruguay and Colombia on the schedule. Colombia struggled in the preliminary round, winning only one game. Uruguay, for their part, was able to considerably improve and win the final two group games. Colombia is not a clear favorite to win Copa America due to its ... More
Brazil’s 100% start to this year’s Copa America was tainted by the 1-1 draw against Ecuador in the last Group game. The defending Champions would set out to get back to winning ways here as they continue their hunt for a 10th continental title. Meanwhile, Chile would be facing a huge task in this tie ... More
Peru bounced back from a a 4-0 opening day loss to Brazil with 2 wins and a draw in the remaining three Group B matches to finish second in the group behind the Samba Boys. Two wins and two losses in their matches have seen Paraguay finishing third in Group A which was good enough ... More
The thrills of South American football will continue on Tuesday when Uruguay take on Paraguay. For Uruguay, this game is highly crucial if they intend to keep their tournament hopes alive as they continue their search for a first win in this competition. Meanwhile, Paraguay will be looking to earn a win in this game ... More
Group B leaders Argentina will play the whipping boys of the group in what looks like a David vs Goliath fixture. The Bolivians have been dismal and that run is expected to continue against Argentina. And with Messi in the ranks, the Bolivians are in for a hiding. Hence, we are backing Argentina to win ... More
After 2 draws and 1 loss in their opening 3 matches of the tournament, Venezuela are rooted at the bottom of Group B. This final group game against Peru is a must-win for the Venezuelans if they want to have hopes of making it to the second round. Peru have managed a win and a ... More
Hosts Brazil will be aiming to maintain their 100% start with another win here. The Samba Boys have won all three of their opening games, although they had to really work in their last win against Colombia, coming from a goal down to win 2-1 with a Casemiro winner deep in stoppage time Ecuador missed ... More
Chile has won three of their past six matches, lost one, and drawn two. Paraguay has won three of their past six matches, lost one, and drawn two. The most recent encounter between Chile and Paraguay concluded in a 0-3 victory for Paraguay. Chile has played two Copa America matches, winning one, drawing one, and ... More
Uruguay’s opening match of the tournament saw them going 1-0 down to Argentina in a hard-fought encounter played in Brazil’s Estádio Nacional de Brasília. Óscar Tabárez will demand a better showing from his boys when in this match. Bolivia have been woeful to start the tournament, losing to Chile and Paraguay in their opening two ... More
Ecuador will be looking to earn their first win at this year’s Copa America when they take on Peru on Wednesday. Alfaro’s men find themselves bottom of Group B having picked up just one point from two games. Hence, they are in dire need of points to keep their tournament hopes alive. Meanwhile, Peru rose ... More
Argentina have had a slow start t the tournament but this has not dampened the mood at all within the camp. They have generally played well but failed a lack of concentration at the end of games has seen them throw away many points from winning positions. Paraguay had a bright start against one f ... More
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Copa America 2021 tournament format
Copa America 2021 will mark the transition from staging the competition in odd years to even years. The tournament has always had a tradition of handing out invitations to other teams from other confederations, but the 2021 tournament will solely have teams from South America.
The 10 South American countries will be divided into two groups of five, namely Groups A and B based on geographical zoning. Group A which is designated the Southern Zone comprises Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay, Chile and Paraguay, while Group B which is also known as the North Zone is composed of co-hosts, Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru. Group matches will be played in Argentina and Colombia, and the top four teams in each group will progress to the Quater final, while the bottom-placed teams will be eliminated.
The first and second-placed teams will remain in the country where they played their group games, while the third and fourth-placed teams will move to the other country. Each country will host two-quarter final and one semi-final matches each. Colombia will host the third place and final matches.
Copa America 2021 Tournament Groups
Copa America 2021 will have 10 teams in two groups (A and B) with each group consisting of five teams. The 10 teams were allocated into the North and South Zones, with Argentina playing host to teams in the South Zone, while Colombia will be the host of games in the North Zone. A total of 28 matches will be played at the 2021 Copa America.
Group A (South Zone)
Group B (North Zone)
The group matches will be played on 13th – 28th June 2021.
The top four teams in each group will advance to the Quater final stage of the competition.
Copa America 2021 Knockout Phase
The knockout phase starts with the Quater final matches which begins on the 2nd-3rd July 2021.
The Semi-finals are on 5th – 6th July 2021.
The Third-place playoff will be held on 9th July 2021.
The Finals is on 10th July 2021.
Copa America Tournament Rules
In line with the latest International Football Association Board (IFAB) rule changes, teams will be able to make up to a maximum of five substitutions in a game, as against the traditional three changes. This is a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic which disrupted the football calendar, leaving the players to deal with fixture congestion.
Players who are subbed will have to exit the pitch at the nearest boundary to not slow down the game. For penalties, goalkeepers only need to have a foot on the line and players can receive treatment before a penalty is taken. A foul will be awarded against the attacking team if there is an accidental handball leading to a goal.
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Copa America Host Cities/Stadiums
Buenos Aires – Estadio Monumental, 66,269 capacity
Cordoba – Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes, 57,000 capacity
Mendoza – Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, 38,500 capacity
Santiago del Estero – Estadio Unico, 30,000 capacity
Bogota – Estadio Elcampin 36,343 capacity
Barranquilla – Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Melendez, 46,692 capacity
Cali – Estadio Olimpico Pascual Guerrero, 46,000 capacity
Medellin – Atanasio Girardot Sports Comples, 44,739 capacity
Both the Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario in San Juan, Argentina and Estadio Hernan Ramirez Villegas in Pereira were also nominated, but they did not make the cut as part of the venues.
Copa America Qualification Path
All the 10 countries that are members of the CONMEBOL have automatic qualification and they will all participate in the competition. In June 2019, CONMEBOL announced that former AFC Asian Cup champions, Australia, will be making their debut at the Copa America along with current Asian champions, Qatar. However, both countries withdrew as a result of the postponement of the second round 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying to June 2021.
Therefore, only the 10 South American nations will compete at the 2021 Copa America.
Interesting facts about Copa America
- Uruguay is the country with the most Copa America titles, having won the trophy 15 times
- The Copa America is the oldest continental football competition and the second oldest international football competition after the Olympic Football competition.
- The Copa America tournament is switching from happening every two odd years to even
- Instead of having the customary three groups of four, the Copa America will have two groups of five, with the top four teams qualifying for the Quater final stage
- Copa America 2021 will be the first tournament without a team from the North American region present since 1993
- Co-hosts, Argentina, have scored the most number of goals in the history of the Copa America with 455 goals
- Brazil holds the record for the most goals in a single tournament with 49 goals scored in the 1949 edition of the tournament.