By RICARDO RAMOS
The Copa America is quickly approaching, exactly a month away with exciting matches, players and coaches to watch. The Copa America will take place in Brazil this year, making it the fifth time that Brazil will host the cup competition. The most Copa Americas held by a nation is Argentina with nine. The Copa America is a South American Soccer competition featuring Japan and Qatar due to the two nations accepting an invitation to take part in the cup competition, making this the first Copa America not to feature any CONCACAF teams. This year marks Japan’s second appearance in the competition and Qatar’s first appearance in the competition, making it their debut and also giving the nation an opportunity to stand out in front of millions watching the cup competition.
The nations are formed into three groups: Group A, Group B and Group C. The nations in group A are Brazil, which has won the competition eight times; Peru won the cup competition twice, counting past Copa America finals and the South America Championship era; Venezuela, which has not won the cup competition; and Bolivia, which has won the cup competition once. In group B, the nations are Argentina, which has won the cup competition 14 times; Colombia, which has won it once; Paraguay, which has won the cup competition twice; and Qatar, making their debut in the competition. The nations in Group C are Uruguay, which has won the most cup competitions with an outstanding number of 15; Chile, which has won the competition twice back-to-back in 2015 and 2016; Japan, which has never won the cup competition; and Ecuador, which has not won the cup competition. The first match of the Copa America will be Brazil vs Bolivia on June 14.
When is the Copa America? The 2019 Copa America will kick off its first match on June 14, with Brazil facing Bolivia. The Copa America will last from June 14 to July 7, making the cup competition run for three weeks. A nation will be crowned the winner on July 7. The Copa America brings excitement to all soccer fans this summer due to it possibly being Lionel Messi’s last chance to win Argentina an international trophy.