Abid Tharavattath is a soccer fan from India who watch and predict the results systematically
Who will smile finally?
The 47th edition of Copa America is about to reach the final whistle. The world's most favored teams Argentina and Brazil are face to face in the final match in Maracana stadium. Moreover, superstars of world football and former teammates in Barcelona FC Lionel Messi and Neymar are going to fight each other. Two big questions are haunting soccer fans all over the world. They are –
- Can the present God of football Lionel Messi claim the first major title for his national team ending a 28-year drought for an international tournament trophy?
- Will Neymar bag his first Copa America championship?
What is Copa America?
Copa America championship is world’s one of the most famous international men’s football championships. It is organized by South America's football ruling body CONMEBOL (The South American Football Confederation ). The championship regularly takes place every four years. But the last championship was in 2019. This edition was already scheduled for 2020 to be co-hosted by Argentina and Columbia which was postponed to 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The venue also shifted to Brazil.
When and where is the Copa America 2021 final?
The final between arch rival Brazil and Argentina will take place on Sunday, July 11 at 5:30 AM IST. The match will be played at Brazil’s iconic Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Maracana is the largest stadium in Brazil and the second largest in South America. The FIFA world cup final of 2014 between Argentina and Germany also was in this stadium.
Some Copa statistics
Among the encounters in Copa America so far, the best record is in favor of Brazil. The last dream match was in the 2019 championship semi finals. The host Brazil won the match by 3 – 0 and lifted the trophy also which was the final nail on the coffin. But Argentina has a better overall record of bagging the trophy than Brazil. Argentina had won 14 titles while Brazil had only 9. If Argentina emerges as champions they will equal the record of Uruguay who won the most number of titles in the Copa America championship. The last Copa America title of Argentina was in 1993. So it is prestigious to Messi and the team to lift the trophy by any means.
For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.
- Which country won most Copa America championship ?
- Argentina & Uruguay
- Argentina & Uruguay
Has Messi won any international trophy?
One of the World’s ever football legend Messi has a lot of victories at the club level. But at the international level, the history is totally disappointing. Messi has not yet won a single major title with Argentina. Messi and team lost in four Copa America finals and one world cup final. The only relief is the 2008 Olympic football gold medal which is not considered a major championship.
The Way to final
Argentina started with a draw in their first match against Chile. They won the second match 1-0 against much expected Uruguay. The third group stage match was also tough. But they beat Paraguay 1-0. The last group match was a wild one in which they thrashed Bolivia by 4-1. The quarter-final match was a bit easy. They comfortably beat Ecuador 3-0. The thrilling penalty shootout wins over Colombia in the semi-final secured them a spot in the final.
As hosts and defending champions, Brazil was the favorite of the championship. Brazil started the group stage with 3-0 against Venezuela. The second team to bow the head was Peru by 4-0. They also won the third group game against Colombia. The last group match against Ecuador ended in a draw. In the quarter-final, they beat former champions Chile. In semi finals, Peru again came in front but the history didn’t change. Brazil won by 1-0 in the semi-final and easily marched to the grand finale.
Which is the best ?
Brazil - Argentina head-to-head in Copa America
In the Copa America tournament, Argentina has won 15 matches out of a total of 33. Brazil won in 10 matches. The last five encounters were as follows -
- 1995 quarter final – The match ended in a draw 2-2. In a penalty shootout, Argentina won by 4-2.
- 1999 quarter final – Brazil won by 2-1. Ronaldo and Rivaldo scored for Brazil while Pablo Sorin scored for Argentina.
- 2004 Final - The match ended in a draw 2-2. In a penalty shootout, Brazil won by 4-2 and lifted the cup.
- 2007 Final – Brazil easily won by 3-0.
- 2019 Semi final – Brazil won the match by 2-0. Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino scored the goals.
Key players of Argentina
- Lionel Messi
- Emiliano Martínez
- Angel Di Maria
- Nicolas Otamendi
- Angel Correa
- Lautaro Martínez
Key players of Brazil
- Thiago Silva
- Roberto Firmino
- Lucas Paquetá