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Copa America Football Championship 2015 (Chile) and 2016 (USA)

Updated on March 6, 2016
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COPA America is one of the most popular and oldest football championships in the world. It basically incorporated by the South American countries. The tournament is also giving opportunity for other nations as invitee or guest. South American continent has a special passion to football. Even though most of the Latin countries are economically very poor countries, they are producing highly valuable and richest football players of the world. In olden times the tournament known as the South American Championship until 1975. Since then, the tournament is conducted almost at a different interval of four years. In 2015, Chile is the host of the tournament. No doubts that, it will be fantastic tournament since each team have their own players with higher market value. The format of Copa America came in to existence only in 1975. Till that time it was popularly known as the South American Football Championship. A brief history of major teams, notable players, winners etc will are mentioned below.

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No of Times Won the Tournament

Team War (Powerful Teams)

In 2015, the championship consists of 12 countries. Of course there are some great teams as well as some average teams. But, each team is capable of writing new history in the championship. Generally there are few teams coming with domination over the minds of others. Some of the teams are listed below.

1. Argentina

Argentina expecting is many achievements from the world football. Their strength is the availability of fantastic players. Most of their players are playing in the European football clubs. The team lineup of Argentina consists of great players such as Lional Messi, Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez, Angel de Maria Harvier Masheano etc. But sometimes they lost many of the tournaments, may be because of bad luck. Generally, their playing style is beautiful and interesting one. They have great players. But they can do best in any tournament only when they can make good team work in the ground. Argentina had good record in the Copa American championship. They won the tournament 14 times. It was in 1993, Argentina got the cup lastly. They also got runners-up 12 times. They had also produced many great players from the tournament.

2. Brazil

Brazil is another highly rated team in the tournament. Now, the national football team of Brazil is young blood. So, they can do bitterly in the future also. They have also a list of great players like Neymer, Tiago Silva, Robinho, Kaka, Tiago Alvas and many others. Almost all the players of Brazil are playing in t6he top clubs of European continent.

So far, Brazil won the championship 8 times and 2007 was the last time. Brazil also bagged runners-up status 11 times. In the coming years, the world football can expect great players from the young team of Brazil. Brazil is always regarded as one of the best teams of all the time in the football world. They played every world cup ever witnessed. They are one of the favorites of the tournament.

3. Uruguay

Uruguay may be the third powerful team in the Copa America football tournament. They won the tournament in 2011 and they also regarded as the highest titles of the tournament (15 times) than any others. They also got the runners-up position 6 times. Uruguay also brings a lineup of great players like Edin Cavani, Muslera(goal keeper) and many others. But the absence of Suarez in 2015 tournament championship may create some troubles in their journey. The world football can also expect some raising stars from the Uruguay.

4. Colombia

The present Colombian team is more dangerous one. Everybody must be aware of them. This fact is their actual strength. They never claim decent and higher positions in the world of football, but sometimes they did more than expectations. Further, their present team is more powerful than old eleven. Colombia won the tournament only in 2011. They also bagged the runner-up in 1975. Generally, their statistics is an average one. But, they have some potential players like R. Falkovo, James Rodriguez, Carlos Boca and many others. In the Brazil world cup, they did well. So it is difficult to predict their performance. But they can do more; they have good players, coach etc. At the same time, everybody fears Colombia even upfront teams.

5. Chile

Chile is also another different team. They did not win many championships. But they may win at any time, because they have committed teachers. Some of them are highly valuable in the international football world such as Alexis Sanchez, Cladiyo Bravo (goal keeper), Artooro Vidan and so on. Chile is the host of 2015 Copa America. They may have its pressure. But nothing they have to lose. In the last fifteen years, they did not perform well in the tournament. Totally, they got runners-up – 4 time, Third place – 5 times and fourth place – 10 times. They have some revolutionary stories in the international football world. In a recent world cup they beat Spain. Whatever, their performance will be unpredictable… it may be lose… or win ….

6. Mexico

Mexico is a common visitor of the Copa American football championship. They were participated the international football world cup 15 times. They played final match in Copa America in 2 times (2001 and 1993). Similar to Chile, this team is also a dangerous one. They are performing well as a team even though they have not a list of great players. Everybody fears about this team and their dedication. Their performance is also unpredictable.

Other Teams

There are many other teams also. Some of them coming from within the region and some others are coming from outside the demography as invitee or guests.

Common teams: Paraguay, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela

Invitees: Mexico, USA, Jamaica, Honduras, Costa Rica. Japan played as invitee in 1999.

Copa America – 2016 – USA

2016 will be the 100th years of celebration of the tournament. Actually it was started in 1916. So far more than 40 tournaments conducted. In the celebration of 100th year, USA will be the host. However, there are no more chances for changes among players in the team from 2015. USA is also a strong team. They are also playing attractive football. As a host country of Copa American Football Championship, we can expect great movements and performance from them. Anyhow, in 2016, USA will be one among 12 teams. So, a highly competitive tournament can see in 2016.


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    • icv profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      Thanks teaches12345.. Football has wide coverage in India even the national team is not much known to others

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      Dianna Mendez 

      3 years ago

      Living in South Florida one sees soccer, or futbol as we say it here, broadcasted in most restaurants having TV for customers. It is a sport well played and so interesting to follow.

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      3 years ago

      We are always expecting great battles. But in football many revolutionary wins of unexpected teams are happening....

      thanks lawrence01 for yoyr comment

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Between Argentina and Brazil, that I can't predict! Both are superb on the day but it depends on how Brazil's rebuild is coming on after the World cup debacle.

      Great hub


    • icv profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      Thanks Larry Rankin... You are welcome to the world of football. It is very interesting

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      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      I'm a novice as to understanding the national sport of football, but your articles are helping me to understand.

      Helpful read.


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