Several protesters had approached the Brazilian Supreme Court to stop the event. An 11-member Supreme Court bench on early Friday morning ruled in favour of organising the tournament with 6-5 majority. After a chaotic last few months, CONMEBOL has finally decided to host the Copa America
in Brazil. The tournament was meant to be held in Colombia and Argentina in 2020. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was postponed. In 2021, Colombia was removed as co-host of the tournament after protests against the country's president. Later, Argentina was removed as host because of Covid-19 related issues. The South American confederation finally decided to give the hosting rights to Brazil, just two weeks before the tournament was scheduled to begin. It is scheduled to begin on 13th June and end on 10th July 2021.
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Copa America venues
Five stadiums in four cities of Brazil will host the Copa America
2021. The fans are not allowed in the stadiums.
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Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janiero
Estadio Nilson Santos Stadium, Rio de Janiero
Estadio Olimpico Stadium in Goiania
Arena Pantanal Stadium in Cuiaba
The Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia.
A total of 10 teams will participate in Copa America. They are divided into two groups of five teams each.
Copa America 2021 groups
Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay, Chile, Paraguay
Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru
Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, and Chile are the favourites of the tournament. Argentina, which has lost too many finals in the last few years, will be hoping to do it this time. Despite having the superstar Lionel Messi, Argentina lost the 2014 World Cup. Then it lost in the Copa America final in 2015, 2016, and finished third in the 2019 edition. However, Argentina is the second most successful team in the tournament with 14 titles, just one behind Uruguay’s 15. Argentina’s biggest rival Brazil has 9 titles. Chile have two titles, both won after defeating Argentina in the finals of 2015 and 2016 edition.
Format of Copa America 2021
The top four teams from each group will qualify for the quarterfinals after the group stages matches. The quarterfinals of Copa America will be a knock-out affair and the winners will qualify for semifinals. The winner of semis will play the final on July 11, 2021.
Opening match of the tournament?
The opening match of Copa America 2021 will be played between Brazil and Venezuela in Brasilia on June 14 at 2:30 AM (IST).
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