Top players from South America have gathered in Santiago as the 44th edition of the South American Championship is all set to start fromThursday, June 11.
The tournament that is organized by South America’s football governing body, CONMEBOL will 10 teams participate along with two invitees from CONCACAF, Jamaica and Mexico.
Jamaica got the opportunity to play in the tournament after Japan and China turned down the proposals.
Teams to watch for:
The hosts will try to break their curse of failed attempts to win the title for 99 years. It will mark their 37th attempt in trying to win the tournament. Having Gunner Alexis Sanchez who almost single handedly led Arsenal to finish third in Premier League, and win the FA Cup as well, will definitely provide an encouragement to Jorge Sampaoli’s side.
Under the guidance of Jose Pekerman, the team produced a phenomenal performance in 2014 FIFA World Cup. They are hungry to avenge their world cup loss to Brazil, and will definitely look to cause a major upset with their attacking style of playing. With players like James Rodriguez, the Golden Boot winner of 2014 World Cup who enjoyed a fantastic first season at Real Madrid, Carlos Bacca, and Radamel Falcao, the possibility looks achievable.
No one can forget the look on Lionel Messi’s face when Argentina suffered an extra-time defeat to Germany in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The team always faced criticism in bringing out Messi’s best form due to the lack of assists like Xavi, Iniesta and Dani Alves in Barcelona. In 2014 World Cup they showed a more compact team, and a wonderful execution of football that won them a shot in winning the tournament for the third time. The loss to Germany is still afresh in their minds, and with the likes of Messi, Aguero, and Di Maria, they are a one of the strongest contenders to win Copa America.
Neymar is back, and so is Brazil’s hope in winning Copa America. After suffering a heartbreaking and shameful 7-1 defeat to Germany in 2014 FIFA World Cup, the home crowd of Brazil was shattered into pieces. Neymar’s absence due to a spinal cord injury caused by a foul by Columbian player Juan Camilo Zuniga in the quarter finals was anticipated to be the major reason behind their loss to Germany in the semi finals.
With the presence of all the ingredients required to win a major international tournament, Brazil is the second strongest contender for winning the title beside Argentina.
Players to watch for
Words could never be enough to pen down what a magnificent player, Lionel Messi is. The reigning Golden Ball winner at 2014 FIFA World Cup, the little man’s attacking football is formidable and unmatchable. Coming off after a painful loss to Germany in last year’s World Cup, he’ll certainly give in his all to help his country lift the Copa America title.
Another star player of Barcelona, the tournament will see Messi and Neymar playing against each other for their respective countries that could land in a final showdown against one another. Known for his ability to play with both legs, and execute fantastic dribbling abilities, Neymar is definitely ready to up the level of football in Brazil.
The former Barcelona star is also coming off after a superb season with Arsenal where he was the star player, helping the Gunners finish third in the Premier League as well as clinch the FA Cup title. The host nation will resort upon him to spread his magic that has stunned the football world since his arrival in Arsenal.
The 23-year-old, Columbian is the brightest start of his team. After winning the Golden Boot in 2014 FIFA World Cup for scoring the most number of goals, he has had a wonderful season in Real Madrid. He definitely promises to produce some amazing football.
Schedule: Check it in their official website
TV and Live Streaming: All matches will be shown on beIN Sports with live streaming option on http://www.beinsportsconnect.tv/