Copa America saved as new hosts found
Among all of the activity surrounding the delayed European Championships this summer, it is easy to forget that there is another competition running alongside.
The Copa America is the nearest equivalent to the EUROs in South America, and will feature the likes of Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, and Brazil.
The tournament was due to be played in Colombia and Argentina, but both host nations pulled out amid rising coronavirus cases in their countries. There was subsequently speculation that the whole event could be delayed.
However, Brazil have stepped in and agreed to host the competition. The 2014 World Cup hosts already have the infrastructure to cater to such an event, and the country is slowly recovering from the pandemic, although cases remain above 60,000 per day.
¡La CONMEBOL @CopaAmerica 2021 se jugará en Brasil! Las fechas de inicio y finalización del torneo están confirmadas. Las sedes y el fixture serán informados por la CONMEBOL en las próximas horas. ¡El torneo de selecciones más antiguo del mundo hará vibrar a todo el continente!
— CONMEBOL.com (@CONMEBOL) May 31, 2021
Brazil were amongst the favourites to win the tournament, with the likes of Neymar, Thiago Silva, Roberto Firmino and Gabriel Jesus all featuring in a star-studded squad.
Now playing at home, the Selecao will surely fancy their chances even more, given that they have a 100% record of winning the tournament when on home soil.
A reminder that Brazil won every single time they’ve hosted the Copa America: 1919, 1922, 1949, 1989 & 2019.
— Roberto Rojas (@RobertoRojas97) May 31, 2021
With the competition due to kick off in just under two weeks from now, Brazil have been handed the easier of the two groups. The hosts have been drawn against Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela, meaning that they will avoid Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay until the knockout rounds.
It remains to be seen how successful the impromptu decision to host the tournament will be, however fans across South America will be very happy that their tournament will continue.