Copa America

News, commentary, tickets, pre and post match reaction alongside opinion about the Copa America tournament.

Tickets, World Cup

Premier League And FIFA Dispute Rumbles On

The impact of COVID and travel restrictions is beginning to impact Premier League sides as nine clubs refused to allow players to travel to South America for the recent World Cup qualifiers. A clear violation of FIFA guidelines.

Fifa can ban players not released in an international window for a period of five days after the window ends and Wolves, Newcastle, Watford and Blackburn will all lose players this weekend after complaints from the Chilean, Mexican and Paraguayan associations.

The big issue is what happens to the six Premier League clubs who refused to release players for Brazil’s World Cup qualifiers.

News

Copa America Moved To Brazil

Copa America 2021

The 2021 Copa America will be hosted by Brazil, after Argentina was stripped of the tournament just two weeks before it starts.

The South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) said Argentina was removed as host because of the “present circumstances”. Argentina is currently experiencing a surge in Covid-19 cases.

“Conmebol thanks the president @jairbolsonaro and his team, as well as the Brazilian Football Confederation for opening the doors of that country to what is today the safest sporting event in the world. South America will shine in Brazil with all its stars!” Conmebol said on Twitter.

World Cup

Brazil Sack Dunga After Copa America Disaster

dunga-firedSo much for Federations not putting much importance on the Copa America results. Just two days after seeing his side losing 1-0 to Peru, Dunga has been sacked as the Brazil manager, a result that saw the Samba Boys fail to reach the knockout phase for the first time since 1987.

Dunga, who was sacked from his first spell in charge of the Selecao after their last-eight exit at the 2010 World Cup, said after the Peru game:

“The president of the federation knows what we do and how we work. When you work for the Brazilian team, you know very well that the criticism will intensify when results do not come.

Barcelona

Suarez Expected To Make Uruguay Copa America Squad Despite Injury

suarez-goalBad news for Uruguay heading into the Copa America tournament next month is that star striker Luis Suarez pulled his hamstring during Barcelona’s 2-0 win over Sevilla in the Copa del Rey at the weekend.

Suarez left the field in tears as it was feared that he would the tournament but that does not seem to be the case after Barcelona released this statement today:

Tests on Monday morning have confirmed that FC Barcelona striker Luis Suárez has suffered an injury to the semimembranosus muscle in his right leg. Following the recommendations of the Club’s medical services team, the 2015/16 Golden Shoe winner will begin his rehabilitation in Barcelona. On 1 June, Suárez will join the Uruguay national team in the United States, where he’ll continue with the second phase of his recovery.