Category Archives: South America

Copa America Centenario Power Rankings: Who will win it?

 

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Four score and twenty years ago, the South American Football Championship was born. Now simply known as the Copa America, the world’s oldest continental football tournament celebrates its centenary.

It was only last year when a Jorge Sampaoli inspired Chile lifted the Copa America on home soil. And yet to the chagrin of many who decry the value of international tournaments in this club-filled modernistic age, the South American nations are Read the rest of this entry

Copa America Power Rankings: Brazil stutter as Argentina remain favourites

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The 2015 Copa America is making for a fantastic spectacle. So far, nobody has won twice while the second round saw the resurgence of Colombia and Bolivia. Mexico and Peru on the other hand finally showed that their attacking football does have some flourish to it while danger signs loom for Brazil and Read the rest of this entry

Copa America Power Rankings: Round One

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Fireworks display at the opening ceremony

It certainly seems so much more indefinite and uncertain. After the first round of matches at the 2015 Copa America, there is no clear indication of who might win this tournament. That certainly points to the depth of talent in South America that makes the gaps in quality between nations that much smaller.

However, patterns are formed over time and there is some sense to be made out of all the chaos. Indeed, if any lesson is to come from the early games of Copa America, it is that those who seemed to be pre-tournament favourites are not Read the rest of this entry

Brazil’s nightmare semi-final

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It was not as heart-breaking as 1950, neither as regrettable as 1982. Brazil’s 7-1 semi-final loss to Germany was downright embarrassing.

Indeed, a stadium and a nation endured a harrowing experience. The rollercoaster of emotions flowed one way — downwards. Shock turned into despair, gasp, and finally a delusional reality. Was Brazil really that bad? Was the weight of a nation too much of a burden to carry? In the end, it was a little of both.

Not only was it the weight of a nation; it was also the scales of history. The most successful nation in World Cup history had not won the World Cup on Read the rest of this entry

CONTROVERSY AS SAO PAULO WINS COPA SUDAMERICANA

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Lucas Moura (right) and Rogerio Ceni (left) celebrate Sao Paulo’s Copa Sudamericana triumph *** image courtesy of thenational.ae ***

Confetti and ticker tape filled the podium. Lucas Moura was standing high. He lifted the Copa Sudamericana trophy – South America’s version of the UEFA Europa League – high into the skies. That could only mean one thing. Sao Paulo FC were Copa Sudamericana 2012 champions.

However, it is not as easy as that.

The story surrounding Sao Paulo’s win can only be referred to as bizarre. The 2nd leg of the Final between the Brazilian club and Argentina’s Club Atletico Tigre started at exactly 00.00 GMT on 12/12/12 at the Estadio Morumbi in Brazil’s largest city, Sao Paulo. This game however, did not end… Read the rest of this entry

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