Copa America is one of the major soccer events that people eagerly wait to watch. The competition used to take place among the South American countries. But North American and Asian teams started participating as well since 1993.
This event was scheduled to take place this year. But due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it has been postponed to summer next year. Here are some things you need to know about Copa America in 2021.
The event will take place across Argentina and Columbia. In addition to the ten South American nations, Australia and Qatar are invited to take part in the event next year. So far, the non-South American countries have never won the title.
However, the North American country Mexico managed to get to the finals twice. These statistics will be a relief to the South American nations, and they will be confident than ever to compete.
Australia is on their journey towards qualifying for the FIFA World Cup 2022. So, Copa America will allow them to know how much they can give in the field and how much more they need to train. It will also demonstrate their skills and capabilities in front of other nations.
Australia will be in Group A and they will play against Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Paraguay and Bolivia. In the past, Australia beat Uruguay four times and Paraguay twice in other tournaments.
With Argentina, they have lost five times, won and drawn once. They have never won against Chile and with Bolivia, this is the first-ever match they will be playing. The statistics show both promise and challenge for the Australian team.
Due to the pandemic, club matches may also get suspended. The organizers are losing money and the players are getting frustrated as they are not able to train themselves due to travel restrictions.
However, there is no alternative than to postpone the events and wait. The players must get trained within the limitations and they need to stay positive and confident.
People are waiting to see Messi and his team in action next year. Along with Argentina, we will be observing the actions from other strong contenders like Chile and Uruguay. The newcomers Australia and Qatar also have a chance to show some amazing actions on the field.