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Unleashing Passion: Copa America 2024

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By Sriparna MallickPublished 28 days ago 6 min read

The Copa América, the oldest international football competition in the world, begins play in Atlanta on 21st June. Established in 1916, the competition is typically held every four years for countries in South America, with visitors from other continents on occasion. As part of the new strategic collaboration between Concacaf and Conmebol , the United States is hosting the 2024 edition, which brings together both North and South America. The tournament included sixteen teams – ten from CONMEBOL and six from CONCACAF. All ten CONMEBOL national teams were eligible to enter.

The six CONCACAF participants qualified through the 2023–24 CONCACAF Nations League. Fourteen stadiums around the country will host Copa América, with Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia serving as the venue for the opening match. Miami Gardens, Florida's Hard Rock Stadium will host the championship game.

There will be four groups of four teams apiece in Copa América 2024. The top two teams from each group advance to the quarterfinals following round-robin play. There will be a single elimination knockout stage, where the victor advances and the loser is eliminated from the competition.

Favorites:

Argentina

As defending champions of both this competition and the FIFA World Cup, 'La Albiceleste' are huge favorites to win the 2024 Copa America. Argentina is now the favorite to win this event given they are the defending champions of both the Copa America and the World Cup. With Inter Miami, Lionel Messi is demonstrating once again how much is left in him.

Even when they reach the national squad, players like Nico Gonzalez and Gio Lo Celso tend to kick it up a notch. Players like Alexis Mac Allister, Rodrigo De Paul, and Julian Alvarez are in excellent club form. When it comes to the national team, only Lautaro Martinez experiences a decline in performance; all other players work well as a cohesive unit.

Despite speculations of his possible departure, world-class coach Lionel Scaloni has been able to keep this team cohesive. They ought to win again with comparatively little fuss.

Uruguay

A formidable force in Conmebol's continental championship, the Celeste share the record with 15 titles. The consequences of head coach Marcelo Bielsa's extensive overhaul are evident, as he has favored younger players over guys with more history like Edinson Cavani and Fernando Muslera. Despite being in a transitional phase, Marcelo Bielsa, the world-renowned strategist and former Leeds United manager, has a squad full of skill and experience.

In an easy group, by Matchday 3, the USA and Uruguay may be guaranteed a spot in the next round. Due in part to the fact that most of Uruguay's finest football years occurred in the early 20th century, the Celeste and Argentina are tied for the most Copa America titles with 15. Since then, Uruguay hasn't made it past the quarterfinals. Their previous appearance was in 2011.

Darwin Nunez of Liverpool, although occasionally a wasteful finisher, is a real threat for Uruguay anytime he is in the attacking third. Though not as effective as he once was, Luis Suarez, his countrymen and Lionel Messi's Inter Miami partner, is still lethal in front of goal.

Brazil

The favorites to win their group are Brazil, although the Selecao has not benefited from the draw. However, it is impossible to rule Brazil out of any competition due to their exceptional talents. Moving past the Neymar era, Vinicius Jr. of Real Madrid, who many consider to be the finest player in the world right now after helping Real Madrid win the Champions League twice, will be difficult to stop if he decides to show his skills in the US.

The good news for Brazil's opponents in 2024 is that they have only won four of the nine Copa America titles in history when they have not been the host country. The unfortunate tidings? Since 1997, those four tournament wins have all taken place.

Respectfully, Brazil and Colombia will work very hard to keep Uruguay out of the quarterfinals. The United States is a formidable team. As the only South American country to beat Brazil in a World Cup final-round encounter, it would be a potentially explosive contest for Brazil versus a legendary border rival.

Dark Horses:

United States

In international competitions, the home team is usually the favorite, and this Copa América won't be any different. When the United States placed fourth in 1995, it astonished a lot of people, but less so when it did it again as hosts in 2016.

When it comes to winning the group, the United States trails Uruguay by a hair. They have a lot of playing to do before they meet up in the third group stage game. To have any chance of making the group, the USA needs to defeat Bolivia in their opening game on Sunday and then obtain a second victory over Panama on June 27.

USA's wunderkind Christian Pulisic is excited to demonstrate why the 2023 Gold Cup roster should have included him. The midfielder for AC Milan was a noticeable presence in Serie A last season, scoring 12 goals and dishing out eight assists. Expect Pulisic to be at the top of the list of the Yanks' goal scorers, or close to it, since he is the most threat for the USMNT in the scoring third.

Ecuador

Ecuador boasts a youthful and talented youth together with expertise. They want to prove their worth this summer and get rid of their typical dark horses tag under Felix Sanchez.

Ecuador is a side that can launch a successful transitional attack. Against the best South American teams. They closed down space fast and frustrated Lionel Messi with well-timed tackles and disciplined defending during a 1-0 World Cup qualifying loss to Argentina in September.

Despite not being the standout of Ecuador's national team, Sparta Prague's right full-back, Angelo Preciado is unquestionably a player to watch in the Copa America. Enner Valencia, Ecuador's No. 9, is a legitimate goal scorer, Even at 34 years old, the former West Ham United striker remains Ecuador's all-time greatest scorer and match-winner. Ecuador also has talented players who can play with the ball, like Piero Hincapie, a versatile left-footed center-back for Bayer Leverkusen who played for the unbeaten Bundesliga champions, and young sensation Kendry Paez of Chelsea.

Colombia

Since the 1990s, the Cafeteros have been the undisputed dark horse of international football and have never been out of the picture. Ignore Colombia at your own peril, having won the championship at home in 2001 and finished third in 2016 and 2019. Néstor Lorenzo's team, which is in Group D with Brazil, Paraguay, and Costa Rica, is moving away from the generation that shocked the world in Brazil 2014.

Naturally, with such a talented and wealthy team, Colombia is expected for some extraordinary performences in this Copa America. Colombia's Copa America team is a well-rounded combination of young players and seasoned pros. One of the strongest contenders for the crown is them because of their strong defense, agile midfield, and strong offensive.

All eyes will be on these important players as the competition goes on; they might win it all for Colombia if they perform to the highest standards. The top player for Colombia is Luis Diaz, an engaging and vivacious winger who enjoys assaulting fullbacks and frequently sets up offensive opportunities for his team. Colombia's seasoned James Rodriguez will be essential to their success in this year's Copa America. Any rival squad is always vulnerable to the creativity and link-up play of this former Real Madrid and Bayern Munich star.

Aston Villa's John Duran and Watford's Yasper Aspirilla, both 20 years old, are the only two players in a side full of players over 25, which may not come as a surprise given their performance this season. They are definitely important characters to take into account for the upcoming generational shift.

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  • Sanjib Bagdi28 days ago

    Truly Amazing!

  • Fascinating! Great work!

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