COPA America 2024 – Top 3 Teams to Watch

 

America is in the spotlight and the eye of the soccer world over the next 2 years and it all starts with COPA America 2024 and will of course end with the FIFA World Cup in 2026. As the Best Soccer talents in the Western Hemisphere descend on American soil in 2024, we quickly dive into the details and top 3 teams to start to make your travel plans around.

North and South America Soccer Superstars are on a collision course this upcoming summer, and anticipation is high as teams gear up for the tournament. The Copa America is poised to make a return to the United States, marking a significant occasion where CONMEBOL and CONCACAF sides will compete to determine the premier team in the Western Hemisphere.

The tournament promises to be a spectacle, with an abundance of star power taking center stage. Lionel Messi and Argentina, reigning champions, will undoubtedly be the focal point. The legendary attacker leads his team not only as the reigning Copa America titleholders but also as the reigning world champions following their triumph in Qatar in 2022. Since then, Messi and Argentina have solidified themselves as a dominant force in international soccer.

However, the journey for Argentina won’t be a walk in the park. Brazil, perennial powerhouses, are as formidable as ever, and rising teams like Uruguay and Colombia add an extra layer of competition. The inclusion of CONCACAF representatives, including the U.S. men’s national team, Mexico, Panama, and Jamaica (with more teams expected to join), adds further excitement to the mix.

As the tournament draws near, the stage is set for a thrilling competition, showcasing the best of North and South American football.

Things to know

Location – Where is Copa América 2024?

Copa America 2024 kicks off in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Thursday 20 June and ends with the final in Miami on Sunday 14 July.

Start date – When will copa america 2024 start

The tournament will be held from June 20 to July 14, 2024, and the winner will later compete in the 2025 CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions against the UEFA Euro 2024 winner. Argentina are the defending champions. The final will be played on July 14, 2024, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Hosts – Who is hosting copa america 2024

The United States will host the 2024 Copa America, which will once again feature six guest nations as part of a new “strategic collaboration agreement” announced by CONMEBOL and CONCACAF and a brilliant 2024 Copa America group stage draw has us all ready to roll this summer.

Team list – 2024 copa américa teams

Pot 1: Argentina (1, and reigning world and Copa America champions), Brazil (3), USMNT (11), Mexico (12). Pot 2: Uruguay (15), Colombia (17), Peru (26), Ecuador (36). Pot 3: Chile (37), Panama (44), Venezuela (49), Paraguay (53). Pot 4: Jamaica (55), Bolivia (85), Play-in 1 winner, Play-in 2 winner.

Top 3 Teams to Watch

Argentina 

There is no question about the favorites as Messi and Argentina aim to defend their Copa America title. Despite a setback against Uruguay in November, marking their first loss since Saudi Arabia surprised them in the World Cup opener, they swiftly recovered with a significant victory against Brazil. Despite the defeat, Argentina is currently a formidable force, with Messi steering the team, showcasing why he is considered the greatest player in the sport.

The Copa America might just be the final showcase of Messi’s peak performance, and with back-to-back major trophies secured in the last three years, it’s evident that Argentina has no intentions of slowing down as they pursue another triumph.

United States 

The upcoming Copa America presents a significant challenge for the rising squad of young talents in the USMNT. Christian Pulisic and his teammates left an impression at the World Cup, progressing from their group before bowing out to the Netherlands in the last 16. However, the team is vocal about reshaping the perception of American soccer, and the Copa America stands as their next major opportunity.

With an abundance of talent, arguably more than ever in the team’s history, they must demonstrate their ability to compete against some of the world’s best to make a substantial impact on home soil. Their early test awaits with a group stage finale against Uruguay, followed by a likely encounter with either Colombia or Brazil in the quarterfinals. If they sought a challenge, it’s certainly on the horizon.

Brazil 

Before Neymar’s injury, Brazil could have arguably claimed the top spot. However, in the aftermath of his unfortunate injury, they face an uphill battle next summer, especially considering their current form.

Neymar’s significant injury casts doubt on his availability for the upcoming summer, dealing a major blow to Brazil’s aspirations. While the Selecao still boasts numerous attacking talents, as is customary, the absence of Neymar leaves a notable void.

This reality has become evident in the early stages of World Cup qualifying. Three consecutive defeats to Uruguay, Colombia, and Argentina suggest that other powerhouses in CONMEBOL may currently have the edge. The defeat to Argentina, especially, stings, marking Brazil’s first-ever qualifying loss on home soil.

Despite possessing the talent to overcome challenges, Brazil faces a period of introspection and adjustment before the approaching summer tournament.

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