Copa America : Brazil OR Argentina the Favorites ?

By Arnav Puri
Jun. 10, 2019

Chile wining the last edition on penalties 4-2


Its 4 days to go for the biggest football tournament on American soil, its time for another Copa America and this time it's in Brazil and probably one of the favorites to win. This time the invite teams are AFC ASIAN CUP Winner and new Asian heavy weights Qatar also the host of 2022 FIFA World Cup and joined by another Asian heavy weight Japan and no teams from North America. 12 teams were divided into 3 group the top two each group qualify for quaterfinals directly and the last two places given to the third position teams of each group based on their ranking within them.

Group A has Brazil, Venezuela, Bolivia and Peru. Brazil are sure favorites to win the group and also the tournament whereas,Venezuela or Peru could end as runners up in the group. Brazil's 23 man squad has 11 players more then 30 appearances and only has 3 players from the subcontinent so if the want a good tournament the big Europe need to fire all the way along, though they are expected to go with a 4-3-3 with UEFA Champions League winner Alisson at the post followed by Miranda, Dani, Alex Sandro and Marquinoes. Midfield with the likes of Arthur, Allan and Coutinho .The toughest area to decided the attack they haves the likes of Firmino, Willian, Gabriel Jesus and David Neres. This might the toughest area to decide for the manager.

Group B has 2 time consecutive runner ups and 14 time champions Argentina, also Paraguay, Colombia and AFC CUP winner Qatar. Without a doubt Argentine are expected to win the group but when it comes to the tournament certain areas need to be worked upon. Lionel Scaloni has backed domestic talent Franco Armani instead of experienced Man. utd keeper Sergio Romero who hasn't even made the squad yet.The defense looks good with now Ajax high playing season's player NIcholas Taglafico who is expected to be the leader of defense. The midfield is actually good but the only question you have is why isn't Erik Llamela their. The attack is one of the best in the tournament with Lionel Messi, Aguero, Di Maria, Dybala and some promising talents. While Argentina look to top the group, the second place could be backed by Colombia but the Paraguian attack has promising fierce talents and led by Almiron and Qatar should benefit from the exposure so that they have run like Russia

2022 World Cup

Group C the most challenging group with the likes of consecutive champions Chile along with tournaments most successful team Uruguay , Asian heavy weights Japan and and Ecuadar. Nothing looks certain in this group at all but it's looks like the Ecuadorians might be first to leave but their U-20 team is the semifinals in Poland and stunned everyone, so can the senior team follow the lead.Uruguay on the other land have a star studded attack with the likes of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani but midfield doesn't look that promising and star studded likes of Bentacur who playes CM but same can't be said for Lucas who has played the majority of the season CDM for Arsenal and the defense is in experienced hands but no new characters who are ready to express themselves. While, Chile aren't looking that great for a third consecutive Copa as the mixture that well balanced they are got senior players ans then some of them who haven't crossed the 30 appearances marks but all we know they might be on the way to glory with this squad.Japan set to the team what was under looked in the draw but have the combination right and the potential but they will miss their captain Mayo Yoshida who was't included in the squad.

Well, Tournament intensifies the debate between who is the greatest player of all time Messi or Ronaldo(Hint:Argentine😊) but with Ronaldo scarping the Nations League Final,Messi need to have this Copa to Argentine and let tag of losing the finals depart from them but they haven't won it in the 21st century but came close twice in the past two editions.It' going down to the wire.