It’s here and it’s happening in our very own backyard! The prestigious Copa America is about to kick off in the good ol’ USA, with the hosts playing a tricky opening match against one of the tournaments’ best teams, Colombia on June 3. But what do you know about the Copa America? Let us fill you in with the scoop!
‘The Beautiful Game’ comes back to America for the first time since the 1994 World Cup, as Copa America fever sweeps the nation. The prestigious soccer competition gets underway on June 3 as Tim Howard and the USA take on the mighty Colombia, who have the very good-looking James Rodriguez pulling the strings for their team. But what do you know about the Copa America? Join HollywoodLife.com for a history lesson in top-class soccer!
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What is the Copa America?
The Copa America is a international soccer tournament that features 16 soccer nations competing for the trophy starting on June 3 and going on till June 26. It’s the first time the USA has featured in the competition after it was expanded by FIFA. That means we get more soccer!
Who are the favorites?
The teams that have always had pedigree in the competition over the years have been Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. In fact, the latter has won the Copa America a record 15 times, with Argentina winning 14 titles. Shockingly, despite amassing more World Cup wins than their rivals, Brazil has only mustered 8 wins since the tournament began all the way back in 1916.
What players do I need to know?
Well, there’s obviously the best player in the world, Lionel Messi. He will be leading favorites Argentina as far as he can with his incredible skills. Then there’s USA‘s top striker Clint Dempsey, who must be thrilled with the prospect of playing his first ever Copa America. Sadly, Brazil‘s Samba hero Neymar won’t be playing in the tournament after withdrawing from selection.
Where is it being played?
Soccer fans all over the US are in for a treat and have the opportunity of catching a game. The tournament kicks off across 9 states, with games being played in California, Washington, New Jersey, Illinois, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Texas and Florida. Check the official site for the match-listings.
Who is the all-time leading goalscorer in the competition?
A long way before our time, Norberto Mendez did his thing in the 40s for Argentina. In three tournaments, he managed a massive 17 goals. And he really was a big-game player because he only ever scored 20 goals in his whole international career!
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