2020 Copa América

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The 2020 Copa América will be the 47th edition of the Copa América, the international men's football championship organized by South America's football ruling body CONMEBOL. The tournament will take place in Colombia and Argentina from 11 June to 11 July 2021. This will mark the first time it will be hosted by more than one country since 1983, when it was played in a home–away basis, and the first time in two countries.

2020 Copa América
CONMEBOL Copa América Argentina-Colombia 2020
2020 Copa América logo.svg
Tournament details
Host countriesArgentina
Colombia
Dates11 June – 11 July 2021
Teams12 (from 2 confederations)
Venue(s)9 (in 9 host cities)
2019
2024

The tournament was originally scheduled to take place from 12 June to 12 July 2020. On 17 March 2020, CONMEBOL announced that due to the coronavirus pandemic, the tournament had been postponed for a year, in conjunction with UEFA's decision to also postpone UEFA Euro 2020 to 2021.[1]

Brazil are the title holders, having won their ninth title in 2019.

BackgroundEdit

In March 2017, CONMEBOL reportedly proposed that the Copa América take place in 2020 as part of a calendar change.[2] Following the 2019 edition in Brazil, the quadrennial tournament would move from odd to even years starting in 2020, with the following edition taking place in Ecuador in 2024. This would move the tournament in line with the UEFA European Championship, which is also held in even years with a 2020 edition taking place.[3] Reports suggested that the United States may host the tournament, having previously held the one-off Copa América Centenario in 2016, which celebrated the centenary of CONMEBOL and the Copa América.[4] On 18 September 2018, plans for a calendar change were confirmed by CONMEBOL president Alejandro Domínguez after submitting an official request to FIFA.[5]

On 26 October 2018 at the FIFA Council meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, the request was approved for the Copa América to take place in even years, starting with the 2020 edition.[6] The tournament will take place between 12 June and 12 July 2020, the same dates as UEFA Euro 2020.[7]

On 13 March 2019 CONMEBOL announced Argentina and Colombia as co-hosts of the 2020 event after the United States bid was rejected.[8][9] It was officially announced the same day when CONMEBOL approved of the joint hosting. It was officially awarded on 9 April 2019 at the CONMEBOL Congress in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[10]

Coronavirus pandemic and postponementEdit

In March 2020, the pandemic in South America of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) began impacting football. FIFA announced that the first two rounds of the South American qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup, due to take place in March, were postponed,[11] while CONMEBOL temporarily suspended the Copa Libertadores.[12] On 17 March 2020, CONMEBOL announced that the Copa América would be postponed to the following year, taking place from 11 June to 11 July 2021, in order to protect the health and safety of the teams, media, visitors and host cities.[1] On the following day, the Bureau of the FIFA Council approved the date change in the FIFA International Match Calendar. As a result, the expanded FIFA Club World Cup, which was due to take place in June and July 2021, will be rescheduled.[13]

VenuesEdit

The tournament will take place in 9 venues in 9 cities, five in Argentina and four in Colombia. On 20 November 2019, CONMEBOL published a document confirming 8 venues, Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes in Córdoba, Estadio Malvinas Argentinas in Mendoza, Estadio Monumental in Buenos Aires and Estadio Ciudad de La Plata in La Plata for Argentina and Estadio Olímpico Pascual Guerrero in Cali, Estadio Atanasio Girardot in Medellín, Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez in Barranquilla and Estadio El Campín in Bogotá for Colombia. Moreover, Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario in San Juan and Estadio Hernán Ramírez Villegas in Pereira were also nominated but not confirmed,[14] being finally dismissed.

On 3 December 2019, prior to the draw, it was known that Estadio Único in Santiago del Estero was included as one of the Argentine venues.[15][16]

Colombia will host the North Zone group, while Argentina will host the South Zone group. Each country will also host two quarter-finals and one semi-final. The third place match and final will be played in Colombia.[17]

  Argentina
Buenos Aires Córdoba La Plata Mendoza Santiago del Estero
Estadio Monumental Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes Estadio Ciudad de La Plata Estadio Malvinas Argentinas Estadio Único
Capacity: 70,074 Capacity: 57,000 Capacity: 53,000 Capacity: 49,268 Capacity: 33,000
(under construction)
       

Argentina

Colombia

  Colombia
Barranquilla Medellín Bogotá Cali
Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez Atanasio Girardot Sports Complex Estadio El Campín Estadio Olímpico Pascual Guerrero
Capacity: 60,000 Capacity: 46,000 Capacity: 40,000 Capacity: 36,000
       

TeamsEdit

All ten CONMEBOL national teams will participate in the competition, divided into two geographical zones for the group stage.[18]

In June 2019, the CONMEBOL Council officially approved the participation of Australia and Qatar as the two invited teams, who were the previous two winners of the AFC Asian Cup.[19] Australia would be making their debut appearance in the Copa América, while Qatar would be making their second appearance, having participated in the previous edition.

DrawEdit

The team allocations of the CONMEBOL members, divided into North Zone and South Zone, were announced on 9 April 2019.[20] The group stage draw was held on 3 December 2019, 19:30 COT (UTC−5), in Cartagena, Colombia to decide the zones of the two invited nations, Australia and Qatar, as well as the schedule of both groups. As hosts, Argentina and Colombia were automatically allocated to positions A1 and B1, respectively.[21] The opening match of the tournament will involve Argentina.[22]

Group A
(South Zone)
Pos Team
A1   Argentina
A2   Australia
A3   Bolivia
A4   Uruguay
A5   Chile
A6   Paraguay
Group B
(North Zone)
Pos Team
B1   Colombia
B2   Brazil
B3   Qatar
B4   Venezuela
B5   Ecuador
B6   Peru

The fixtures for the group stage were decided based on the draw results, as follows:[23]

Group stage schedule
Matchday Dates Matches
Matchday 1 12–14 June 2020 1 v 5, 2 v 4, 6 v 3
Matchday 2 16–18 June 2020 1 v 4, 6 v 2, 5 v 3
Matchday 3 20–23 June 2020 1 v 6, 2 v 3, 4 v 5
Matchday 4 25–28 June 2020 2 v 1, 3 v 4, 5 v 6
Matchday 5 30 June – 1 July 2020 3 v 1, 5 v 2, 4 v 6

Group stageEdit

The kick-off times for the tournament were announced on 4 March 2020. All match times listed are local, ART (UTC−3) in Argentina and COT (UTC−5) in Colombia.[24]

The top four teams of each group will advance to the quarter-finals.

Group A (South Zone)Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Argentina (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2   Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3   Bolivia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4   Uruguay 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5   Chile 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6   Paraguay 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 12 June 2020. Source: CONMEBOL
(H) Host.
Argentina  Match 1  Chile
Australia  Match 3  Uruguay
Paraguay  Match 4  Bolivia

Chile  Match 8  Bolivia
Argentina  Match 7  Uruguay
Paraguay  Match 9  Australia

Argentina  Match 13  Paraguay
Uruguay  Match 14  Chile
Australia  Match 16  Bolivia

Chile  Match 19  Paraguay
Bolivia  Match 21  Uruguay
Australia  Match 20  Argentina

Chile  Match 25  Australia
Bolivia  Match 26  Argentina
Uruguay  Match 27  Paraguay

Group B (North Zone)Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Colombia (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2   Brazil 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3   Qatar 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4   Venezuela 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5   Ecuador 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6   Peru 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 13 June 2020. Source: CONMEBOL
(H) Host.
Colombia  Match 2  Ecuador
Brazil  Match 5  Venezuela
Peru  Match 6  Qatar

Colombia  Match 10  Venezuela
Ecuador  Match 11  Qatar
Peru  Match 12  Brazil

Colombia  Match 15  Peru
Venezuela  Match 17  Ecuador
Brazil  Match 18  Qatar

Ecuador  Match 23  Peru
Brazil  Match 22  Colombia
Qatar  Match 24  Venezuela

Qatar  Match 28  Colombia
Ecuador  Match 29  Brazil
Venezuela  Match 30  Peru

Knockout stageEdit

BracketEdit

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
5 July – Buenos Aires
 
 
Winner Group A
 
8 July – Córdoba
 
4th Group B
 
Winner Match 33
 
5 July – La Plata
 
Winner Match 34
 
Runner-up Group A
 
12 July – Barranquilla
 
3rd Group B
 
Winner Match 35
 
4 July – Cali
 
Winner Match 36
 
Runner-up Group B
 
8 July – Medellín
 
3rd Group A
 
Winner Match 32
 
4 July – Barranquilla
 
Winner Match 31Third place play-off
 
Winner Group B
 
11 July – Bogotá
 
4th Group A
 
Loser Match 35
 
 
Loser Match 36
 

Quarter-finalsEdit

Runner-up Group BMatch 323rd Group A

Winner Group BMatch 314th Group A

Runner-up Group AMatch 343rd Group B

Winner Group AMatch 334th Group B

Semi-finalsEdit

Winner Match 33Match 35Winner Match 34

Winner Match 32Match 36Winner Match 31

Third place play-offEdit

Loser Match 35Match 37Loser Match 36

FinalEdit

Winner Match 35Match 38Winner Match 36

ReferencesEdit

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