United States (hosts)
The Copa América Centenario is a celebration of the centenary of CONMEBOL and the Copa América, and is to be the first Copa América hosted outside of South America.
The tournament, 100 years in the making, which will be the 45th edition of Copa América since its inception in 1916, will be held as part of an agreement between CONMEBOL (the South American football confederation) and CONCACAF (the football confederation for North and Central America and the Caribbean) as a special edition between the usual four-year cycle, and will feature an expanded field of 16 teams (an increase from the usual 12), with all ten teams from CONMEBOL and six teams from CONCACAF.
The football will kick off on 3rd June and run for just over three weeks in ten venues across ten American cities in nine states: Seattle (WA), Chicago (IL), Foxborough (MA), Santa Clara (CA), Philadelphia (PA), Pasadena (CA), Glendale (AZ), Houston (TX), Orlando (FL), and East Rutherford (NJ), which will host the final at the MetLife Stadium on June 26th.
The tournament is purely ceremonial; the winner of this tournament will not receive an invitation to the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, as Chile have already qualified by winning the 2015 Copa América.
Premier Sports are the UK television broadcasters.
GROUP A Chile (hosts) Mexico Ecuador Bolivia GROUP B Argentina Uruguay Paraguay Jamaica GROUP C Brazil Colombia Peru Venezuela
The 2015 Copa America starts in just over a month on 11 June in Chile. 12 teams will compete for the title currently held by defending champions Uruguay.
Originally, the tournament was due to be held in Brazil, but because of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics in the country, Brazil decided against hosting the tournament. Chile were due to host the competition in 2019 and swapped with Brazil to hold it this year. The football will kick off on 11th June and run for just under a month in nine venues across eight Chilean cities, Antofagasta, La Serena, Valparaiso, Rancagua, Temuco, Concepcion, Vina del Mar and the capital, Santiago, which will host the final in the Estadio Nacional on 4 July. Argentina are currently the bookies' favourites to win the tournament, ahead of Brazil, Colombia and Chile, with Uruguay only fifth favourites because star man Luis Suarez is banned for the entire tournament because of his suspension for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini. No UK television broadcaster has picked up the rights to the tournament yet, but all matches will be streamed on Xbox Live and YouTube.
Is anybody interested in it? Starts tomorrow night here in England. Any of the Americans here know why the US squad is weaker than their Gold Cup squad despite the Copa America being more prestigious and with harder competition? Can't quite work it out, unless they're all feeling a bit jaded. They're in the hardest group too, so they're gonna be really up against it.
As you've all come to expect, here's a plug for the fantasy league going on BS about it. It's quite an interesting idea, and so I hope a few of you will check it out and sign up. Won't require any maintenance either, so once you've picked your squad you canjust sit back and relax.
anyone watching it?
Colombia is beating Venezuela 1-0 in the opener so far.
The tournament is taking place in my home country, Peru so I'm hoping they can do something with the home-team advantage. I'm also hoping that Jefferson Farfan kid plays well, he reminds me of Rooney. Young and talented. Brazil are favorites to take the whole thing, but Argentina isn't too far off.
So anyone else keeping track of this? It's on the spanish channel.
The winners and runners-up of each group and the two best third-placed teams among all groups advance to the quarter-finals. The tournament runs 14th June – 7th July. The UK broadcasting rights are held by Premier Sports. ---
2019 Copa América squads
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