The Copa America is set to be one of 2015’s greatest sporting events and some of the best footballers in world football shall feature throughout the tournament. Chile are hosting this year’s competition and they will get the tournament underway as they face Ecuador in the opening clash of the event on June 11th. The likes of Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez – who are all set to feature for Barcelona in Saturday’s Champions League final – are all due to meet up with their international team-mates as they bid to be crowned as the greatest team in South America.
Uruguay – who have won a record 15 Copa America titles – won the last competition in 2011 and will be looking to defend their crown, but will face stiff competition from the likes of Brazil, Argentina and hosts Chile. We take a look at a few of the leading candidates, while also discussing some of the players on show, and give our thoughts on who could emerge victorious at the end of the competition. For more information regarding the tournament and key dates to watch out for, you can visit Bookies’ website.
Dunga’s Brazil side will fancy their chances
After a disappointing home World Cup, Brazil will look to respond in the best possible way and win their ninth Copa America crown. With the sensational Neymar in attack and the improving David Luiz and Thiago Silva in defence, Brazil have match winners all over the field and are more than capable of winning the tournament. With a bit of luck, they stand an excellent chance of achieving their goal of success – despite legend Rinaldi claiming that they are not obliged to lift the trophy.
Chile have a strong squad
The hosts have announced an incredibly talented 23 man squad for the tournament that includes the likes of Juventus’ Arturo Vidal and Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez. Coach Jorge Sampaoli gave a surprise call-up to Edson Punch – who has been playing his football in Argentina’s First Division this season. Chile will hope that home advantage can see them reach the latter stages and they will be targeting a quarter-final spot at the very least.
Argentina are favourites… and have Messi
Gerardo Martini’s side is the strongest in the competition and they will fancy their chances of winning South America’s major tournament. Furthermore, they also have the greatest player on the planet – and possibly of all-time – in their ranks and Messi alone will give them the edge over their near rivals. Argentina will be aiming for nothing less than the title and it would take a brave man to back against them as they hunt a record-equalling 15th crown.