South America boasts some of the biggest stars in world football and they are set to collide on the international stage this June and July.
he 46th edition of the Copa America will take place this summer as South America’s best teams fight it out for the continental crown.
Heavyweights of world football such as Argentina and Brazil will lock horns, as well as the tournament’s most successful team, Uruguay.
With some of the best players in the world on display, Lionel Messi, it boasts a unique allure, with the continent’s Joga Bonito philosophy strongly imbued.
The 2019 Copa America got underway on June 14 and it will run for three weeks until the final on July 7.
Group games will finish on June 24 and there will be a three-day break before knockout fixtures are played from June 27.
Chile is the defending champions after winning the 2016 Copa America Centenario in the United States.
La Roja, then managed by Juan Antonio Pizzi, defeated Argentina on penalties in the final. It was Chile’s second consecutive title win following their maiden triumph in 2015.
After the sides could not be separated in regulation or extra time, the game went to penalties and Chile triumphed 4-2 in the shootout, with Francisco Silva scoring the winning spot kick.
Lionel Messi, who failed to convert his spot kick, famously retired in the aftermath. It was his third consecutive defeat in the final of a major tournament – having lost in the previous year’s Copa and the 2014 World Cup against Germany – and his fourth overall with Argentina.
“This is a tough and difficult time,” Messi said after the loss. “The first thing that comes to my mind and that I have thought is that the end has come for me and our team [Argentina].”
“It has been four finals — it just wasn’t for me, unfortunately. I looked for it and wanted it so bad, but it didn’t happen for me,”
The Barcelona star eventually reversed his decision and subsequently competed in the 2018 World Cup, but again, without success.