Brazil Announced As New Copa America 2021 Host And Their Odds To Win Tumble
The 2021 Copa America has switched venues once again. Originally set to be hosted jointly by Argentina and Colombia, the virus situation in Colombia led to that country being unable to host the event and withdrawing, before Argentina were forced to do likewise for the same reasons just a few days later.
Given the infrastructure in the other countries in CONMEBOL, it was hugely obvious that only Brazil would have the infrastructure to host the event at such short notice, especially having hosted the World Cup in 2014, the Olympic Games in 2019 and the last Copa America tournament back in 2019.
Despite making the announcement before the Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) had chance to officially request the tournament be hosted in the country to the government, it seems likely that football-mad Brazil will step in at very short notice to host the tournament, of which they are the defending champions.
As a result of this, the odds on Brazil to win the event have been slashed as people have lumped on the defending Champions to win back-to-back tournaments. If you are a member at bet365 Sport and you have some bet365 bet credits available, then this is a good opportunity to use them on the world’s oldest international football tournament.
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First off, let us learn a little more about this historic tournament, which teams have been the most successful in it over the years and who has been dominating the more recent tournaments across South America.
Copa America History
The Copa America was first held in 1916 when just four teams took part (Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil and Chile) and it was Uruguay who landed the first ever tournament victory, finishing top of the four team table ahead of the hosts Argentina.
The tournament comprised of four teams playing in a league format until 1922, when five teams competed in the finals. The number of teams competing changed over the years until 1937, when six teams took part and by 1942, there were seven teams competing.
The next big change in the tournament came in 1975, when nine teams entered, playing across the year in three separate groups before a finals tournament, which was won by Peru. This format continued until 1989, when the ten CONMEBOL teams competed for the first time, split into two groups of five just as in this year’s tournament.
Since then, the Copa America has expanded some years to include specially invited teams including the likes of Honduras, Haiti, the United States and Mexico, however this year’s tournament sees just the 10 CONMEBOL teams competing once again.
Copa America Winners
Uruguay are the most successful team in Copa America history having landed 15 wins in total. They are one ahead of Argentina on 14, but they are some way ahead of Brazil who have won just nine Copa America titles, five of those since 1997.
Paraguay, Peru and Chile have each won the tournament on two occasions, with Colombia and Bolivia both managing one win apiece. Of the CONMEBOL nations, only Ecuador and Venezuela have not lifted the trophy in its history.
Brazil are the current defending champions having beaten Peru in the final by a 3-1 scoreline a couple of years ago. Prior to that, Chile had won the trophy twice in consecutive years.
Copa America 2021 Group Draw
The ten teams competing in this year’s tournament have been drawn into two groups of five. The draw has produced the following results.
- Group A – Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela
- Group B – Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay
While the really big clash in the tournament is generally regarded as Brazil V Argentina (and that can’t happen in the tournament until the quarterfinal stage at the earliest) there are a number of big games between contenders set to take place in the Group Stages.
We have outlined these games below together with the dates for each game shoukd you wish to make a bet on the outcome.
- June 13 – Argentina v Chile
- June 15 – Colombia v Ecuador
- June 18 – Argentina v Uruguay
- June 19 – Peru v Brazil
- June 20 – Uruguay v Chile
- June 21 – Argentina v Paraguay
- June 24 – Chile v Paraguay
- June 25 – Colombia v Brazil
- June 27 – Uruguay v Paraguay
- June 29 – Ecuador v Brazil
The top four teams from each group qualify for the quarterfinals, which will be a seeded draw and see the top team in Group A take on the 4th placed team in Group B and so on. After this, there are two semi finals, a third placed playoff and lastly the final, which takes place on July 11th, the same date as the European Championships Final.
Star Men At Copa America 2021
So who are the stars to watch for the top teams at Copa America 2021? We have listed some of the players to watch at this year’s tournament.
- Neymar (Brazil)
Brazil’s superstar will carry the hopes of the nation on his shoulders as they seek to reclaim the crown they won last time out. After injury robbed him of a chance to star in the latter stages of the 2014 World Cup (he missed Brazil’s humiliating 7-1 semifinal defeat to Germany that year), this could be a chance for Neymar to shine on home soil once again.
- Lionel Messi (Argentina)
After making a return to the international team after retiring a few years back, Lionel Messi remains Argentina’s best hope of success in Brazil. The brilliant Barcelona star remains one of the world’s top talents and this could be his last chance to shine in this tournament. If he does, Argentina’s chances of victory will sky-rocket.
- Luis Suarez (Uruguay)
Lionel Messi’s great friend has enjoyed a fine season for Atletico Madrid, firing his new club to the La Liga title and he will spearhead Uruguay’s attack in the tournament, likely alongside Edinson Cavani at Manchester United. This will likely be Suarez’s last chance to make a big impression in this tournament given his advancing years.
Who Will Win The 2021 Copa America?
Given the amount of upheaval we have had before this tournament begins, I think the teams are going to be a little discombobulated in the opening stages of this tournament, especially Colombia and Argentina who were expecting to play their games on home soil and now face the task of taking on their biggest rivals on their home soil instead.
As well as the change of venue favouring Brazil, the form of the teams competing in the tournament this year also points towards the holders defending their title. Brazil have been the most consistent team in World Cup Qualifying and over the last 18 months, they have a superb squad with strength in depth at all positions and they are the most polished of all the teams competing.
They will face a stern test from the likes of Argentina, Uruguay and an improving Ecuador team, but it is hard to see any of those sides having the quality to beat the Brazilians in a big tournament in Brazil’s own back yard.
As such, I am backing Brazil at 11/10 with bet365 to win the tournament and I think those odds are only likely to shorten in the run up to the tournament kick off on the 11th June.