COPA AMERICA FOOTBALL 2021: TEAMS, FACTS, AND FULL SCHEDULE
Copa America 2021 from today
CONMEBOL Copa América or CONMEBOL America Cup, known until 1975 as the South American Football Championship, is the main men’s football tournament contested among national teams from CONMEBOL or the South American Football Confederation.
It is the oldest and still running, as well as the third most-watched international football competition in the world. The competition determines the champions of South America. Since the 1990s, teams from North America and Asia have also been invited to participate in it.
Brazil and Venezuela are scheduled to kick off the Copa America 2021 at the Mane Garrincha Stadium today, Monday (14) morning Sri Lanka time. The tournament was postponed from last year due to the pandemic. It was initially scheduled to take place in Columbia and Argentina.
Last month, Colombia was dropped out after the citizens protested against President Ivan Duque. Later on, Argentina was ruled out due to an increase in Covid-19 cases in the country, thus CONMEBOL shifted the tournament to Brazil.
This tournament was originally scheduled to feature 12 teams, 10 members of South American Football Confederation with Qatar and Australia invited as guest nations. However, Qatar and Australia pulled out due to the busy scheduled with the World Cup 2022 qualifiers.
Now the ten participating teams are divided into two Groups. The top four of each Group will proceed to the quarter-finals.
Group A: Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela
Group B: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay
Head Coach: Lionel Scaloni
Key Players: Lionel Messi, Serigo Aguero, Leandro Peredes, Lautaro Martinez
Goalkeepers: Agustin Marchesin, Emiliano Martinez, Juan Musso, Franco Armani
Defenders: Nicolas Tagliafico, German Pezzella, Jose Luis Palomino, Nicolas Otamendi, Cristian Romero, Nahuel Molina, Lucas Martinez Quarta, Lisandro Martinez, Juan Foyth, Gonzalo Montiel
Midfielders: Marcos Acuna, Joaquin Correa, Rodrigo De Paul, Angel Di Mara, Nicolas Domnguez, Giovanni Lo Celso, Guido Rodriguez, Lucas Ocampos, Exequiel Palacios, Leandro Paredes
Forwards: Lionel Messi, Emiliano Buendia, Lucas Alario, Sergio Aguero, Alejandro Gomez, Angel Correa, Nicolas Gonzalez, Lautaro Martinez, Julian Alvarez
Head Coach: Cesar Farias
Key Players: Marcelo Moreno, Erwin Saavedra, Carlos Lampe
Goalkeepers: Carlos Lampe, Ruben Cordano, Javier Rojas
Defenders: Jairo Quinteros, Jose Sagredo, Luis Haquin, Luis Barboza, Diego Bejarano, Enrique Flores
Midfielders: Leonel Justiniano, Henry Vaca, Diego Wayar, Jeyson Chura, Erwin Saavedra, Roberto Fernandez, Ramiro Vaca, Erwin Sanchez, Danny Bejarano.
Forwards: Juan Carlos Arce, Marcelo Moreno, Rodrigo Ramallo, Jaume Cuellar, Gilbert Alvarez
Head Coach: Martin Lasarte
Key Players: Alexis Sanchez, Arturo Vidal
Goalkeepers: Gabriel Arias, Claudio Bravo, Gabriel Castellon
Defenders: Yonathan Anda, Jean Beausejour, Eugenio Mena, Mauricio Isla, Guillermo Maripan, Francisco Sierralta, Gary Medel, Enzo Roco, Sebastian Vegas
Midfielders: Toms Alarcon, Claudio Baeza, Pablo Galdames, Juan Leiva, Clemente Montes, Carlos Palacios, Charles Aranguiz, Cesar Pinares, Erick Pulgar, Arturo Vidal
Forwards: Ben Brereton, Bryan Carrasco, Luis Jimenez, Jean Meneses, Felipe Mora, Fabian Orellana, Alexis Sanchez
Head Coach: Oscar Tabarez
Key Players: Luis Suarez, Federico Valverde, Diego Godin
Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera, Martin Campana
Defenders: Diego Godin, Jose Maria Gimenez, Sebastian Coates, Damian Suarez, Ronald Araujo, Matias Vina, Martn Caceres
Midfielders: Nahitan Nandez, Lucas Torreira, Rodrigo Bentancur, Mauro Arambarri, Matias Vecino, Federico Valverde, Fernando Gorriaran, Nicolas de la Cruz
Forwards: Brian Rodriguez, Jonathan Rodriguez, Luis Suarez, Giorgian De Arrascaeta, Cristhian Stuani, Darwin Nunez, Maxi Gomez
Head Coach: Eduardo Berizzo
Key Players: Fabian Balbuena, Miguel Almiron
Goalkeepers: Antony Silva, Gerardo Ortiz, Juan Espinola
Defenders: Robert Rojas, David Martinez, Omar Alderete, Gustavo Gomez, Junior Alonso, Fabian Balbuena, Juan Escobar
Midfielders: Gaston Gimenez, Andres Cubas, Oscar Romero, Robert Piris da Motta, Miguel Almiron, Angel Romero
Forwards: Carlos Gonzalez, Braian Samudio, Alejandro Romero Gamarra, Gabriel Avalos
Head Coach: Tite
Key Players: Gabriel Jesus, Neymar, Thiago Silva, Danilo
Goalkeepers: Alisson, Ederson, Weverton
Defenders: Emerson, Danilo, Alex Sandro, Renan Lodi, Eder Militao, Lucas Verissimo, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva
Midfielders: Casemiro, Douglas Luiz, Everton Ribeiro, Fabinho, Fred, Lucas Paqueta
Forwards: Everton, Roberto Firmino, Gabriel Barbosa, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar, Richarlison, Vinicius Junior
Head Coach: Reinaldo Rueda
Key Players: Miguel Angel Borja, Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, Yerry Mina
Goalkeepers: David Ospina, Camilo Vargas, Aldar Quintana
Defenders: Carlos Cuesta, Daniel Munoz, Davinson Sanchez, Oscar Murillo, William Tesillo, Stefan Medina, Yairo Moreno, Yerry Mina
Midfielders: Baldomero Perlaza, Gustavo Cuellar, Jefferson Lerma, Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, Mateus Uribe, Juan Fernando Quintero, Sebastin Perez, Wilmar Barrios
Forwards: Alfredo Morelos, Duvan Zapata, Luis Diaz, Luis Muriel, Miguel Angel Borja, Rafael Santos Borre
Head Coach: Gustavo Alfaro
Key Players: Pervis Estupinan
Goalkeepers: Alexander Dominguez, Pedro Ortiz, Hernan Galindez
Defenders: Angelo Preciado, Robert Arboleda, Xavier Arreaga, Pervis Estupinan, Fernando Leon, Mario Pineida, Felix Torres
Midfielders: Alan Franco, Jhegson Sebastian Mendez Carabali, Carlos Gruezo, Ayrton Eduar Preciado Garcia, Damian Diaz, Dixon Arroyo, Juan Cazares, Christian Noboa
Forwards: Enner Valencia, Angel Israel Mena Delgado, Michael Steveen Estrada Martinez, Jordy Caicedo, Fidel Martinez
Head Coach: Ricardo Gareca
Key Players: Renato Tapia
Goalkeepers: Renato Solis, Jose Carvallo, Pedro Gallese
Defenders: Luis Abram, Luis Advincula, Miguel Araujo, Alexander Callens, Aldo Corzo, Marcos Lopez, Jhilmar Lora, Christian Ramos, Anderson Santamaria, Miguel Trauco
Midfielders: Pedro Aquino, Christian Cueva, Martin Tavara, Sergio Pea, Edison Flores, Christopher Gonzales, Yoshimar Yotun, Renato Tapia
Forwards: Luis Ibrico, Andre Carrillo, Paolo Guerrero, Gianluca Lapadula, Alex Valera, Raul Ruidiaz
Head Coach: Jose Poseiro
Key Players: Josef Martinez, Romulo Otero
Goalkeepers: Joel Graterol, Rafael Romo, Wuilker Farinez, Yhonatann Yustiz, Giancarlo Schiavone and Luis Romero
Defenders: Roberto Rosales, Wilker Angel, Jhon Chancellor, Mikel Villanueva, Nahuel Ferraresi, Luis Mago, Jose Cumana, Eduardo Ferreira, Diego Osorio, Francisco La Mantía
Midfielders: Junior Moreno, Alexander Gonzalez, Cristian Casseres, Tomas Rincon, Romulo Otero, Jefferson Savarino Quintero, Jose Martinez, Edson Castillo, Bernaldo Manzano, Leonardo Flores, Christian Rivas, Christian Larotonda, Abraham Bahachille
Forwards: Richard Celis, Jhonder Cadiz, Josef Martinez, Fernando Aristeguieta, Richard Figueroa, Daniel Pérez, Eric Ramírez, Robinson Flores, Jan Hurtado
COPA AMERICA 2021 SCHEDULE
Match 1: Brazil vs. Venezuela, Group B at Brasilia (2.30 a.m.*)
Match 2: Colombia vs. Ecuador, Group B at Cuiaba (5.30 a.m.)
June 15 (Tuesday)
Match 3: Argentina vs. Chile (Group A) at Rio de Janeiro (2.30 a.m.)
Match 4: Paraguay vs. Bolivia (Group A) at Goiania (5.30 a.m.)
June 18 (Friday)
Match 5: Colombia vs. Venezuela (Group B) at Goiania (2.30 a.m.)
Match 6: Brazil vs. Peru (Group B) at Rio de Janeiro (5.30 a.m.)
June 19 (Saturday)
Match 7: Chile vs. Bolivia (Group A) at Cuiaba (2.30 a.m.)
Match 8: Argentina vs. Uruguay (Group A) at Brasilia (5.30 a.m.)
June 21 (Monday)
Match 9: Venezuela vs. Ecuador (Group B) at Rio de Janeiro (2.30 a.m.)
Match 10: Colombia vs. Peru (Group B) at Goiania (5.30 a.m.)
June 22 (Tuesday)
Match 11: Uruguay vs. Chile (Group A) at Cuiaba (2.30 a.m.)
Match 12: Argentina vs. Paraguay (Group A) at Brasilia (5.30 a.m.)
June 24 (Thursday)
Match 13: Ecuador vs. Peru (Group B) at Goiania (2.30 a.m.)
Match 14: Brazil vs. Colombia (Group B) at Rio de Janeiro (5.30 a.m.)
June 25 (Friday)
Match 15: Bolivia vs. Uruguay (Group A) at Cuiaba (2.30 a.m.)
Match 16: Chile vs. Paraguay (Group A) at Brasilia (5.30 a.m.)
June 28 (Monday)
Match 17: Ecuador vs. Brazil (Group B) at Goiania (2.30 a.m.)
Match 18: Venezuela vs. Peru (Group B) at Brasilia (5.30 a.m.)
June 29 (Tuesday)
Match 19: Uruguay vs. Paraguay (Group A) at Rio de Janeiro (2.30 a.m.)
Match 20: Bolivia vs. Argentina (Group A) at Cuiaba (5.30 a.m.)
July 3 (Saturday)
No. 2 Group A vs. No. 3 Group B – 4.30 a.m.
June 4 (Sunday)
No. 1 Group A vs. No. 4 Group B – 4.30 a.m.
July 5 (Monday)
No. 2 Group B vs. No. 3 Group A – 3.30 a.m.
No. 1 Group B vs. No. 4 Group A – 6.30 a.m.
July 7 (Wednesday)
QF 1 Winner vs. QF 2 winner – 4.30 a.m.
July 8 (Thursday)
QF 3 Winner vs. QF 4 winner – 6.30 a.m.
July 11 (Sunday)
Semi-final 1 loser vs. Semi-final 2 loser – 3.30 a.m.
July 11 (Sunday)
SF 1 Winner vs. SF 2 Winner – 5.30 a.m.
* All times in Sri Lanka Time