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The Copa America draw is as follows

Group A
Perú
Bolivia
Colombia
Venezuela

Group B
Argentina
Ecuador
Uruguay
México

Group C
Brasil
Chile
Costa Rica
Paraguay
 

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The strongest group by far is Group B with four teams that made it to the last WC. While then you have Group C with 3 teams that made it to the WC, while in Group A ( the hosts group) none of those teams made it to the WC, though Colombia is thecurrent copa America champion.
 

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The main question is if the teams will go with their best staff.Noone would like to see the travesy of Colombia's 1999 Copa.An other question can be the TV rights and what (sat) channels will give it.

Thinking that teams will take the majority of their importnant members in this tournament,he is my opinion (quite early but it's just predictions :) ).

A)
Peru will have the home advantage while Colombia is a strong team,despite it's absence from the last World Cup.Venezuela have the outsider's role in this group while i don't give Bolivia much hopes.

B)
Maybe the hardest group.I think Argentina will not meet many problems.Uruguay is the favorite for the second spot but Mexico,Ecuador are always dangerous.

C)Brazil has so many players that even with their second team they could win this group.Considering that Costa Rica will not succeed many things then Brazil,Chile,Paraguay can all qualify for the quarters.
 

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Copa America fixtures

Group A

July 6 Venezuela v Colombia Lima

July 6 Peru v Bolivia Lima

July 9 Peru v Venezuela Lima

July 9 Colombia v Bolivia Lima

July 12 Peru v Colombia Trujillo

July 12 Venezuela v Bolivia Trujillo

Group B

July 7 Mexico v Uruguay Chiclayo

July 7 Argentina v Ecuador Chiclayo

July 10 Argentina v Mexico Chiclayo

July 10 Ecuador v Uruguay Chiclayo

July 13 Argentina v Uruguay Piura

July 13 Mexico v Ecuador Piura

Group C

July 8 Brazil v Chile Arequipa

July 8 Costa Rica v Paraguay Arequipa

July 11 Brazil v Costa Rica Arequipa

July 11 Paraguay v Chile Arequipa

July 14 Brazil v Paraguay Arequipa

July 14 Costa Rica v Chile Tacna

Quarter-finals

July 17 Runners-up Group A v Runners-up Group B Chiclayo

July 17 Winners Group A v 2nd best 3rd place team Trujillo

July 18 Winners Group B v Runners-up Group C Piura

July 18 Winners Group C v best 3rd place team Tacna

Semi-finals

July 20 Winner quarter-final 1 v Winner quarter-final 2 Lima

July 21 Winner quarter-final 3 v Winner quarter-final 4 Lima

Third-place match

July 24 Cusco

Final

July 25 Lima
 

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Kostas I think Costa Rica will cause trouble, they have a talented team. But as you say everything will depend on how strong the teams are. So far none of the coaches has said what players they will take.


The only sure thing is that Peru will have their strongest team.
 

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Argentina, Uruguay drawn together in Copa America



By Brian Homewood

LIMA, March 8 (Reuters) - Arch-rivals Argentina and Uruguay were thrown together when the draw for this year´s Copa America was made in Peru on Monday.

The two teams from across the River Plate were drawn in Group B alongside Mexico and Ecuador.

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Norberto Alonso, who played in Argentina´s victorious 1978 World Cup team, pulled out the ball which sent Uruguay into Group B.

Host nation Peru were given an easier draw against defending champions Colombia, Venezuela and Bolivia in Group A, which will be based in the capital Lima.

Venezuela and Bolivia are looked upon as the two weakest sides in the competition.

World champions Brazil will face Paraguay, Costa Rica and Chile in Group C in the Andean city of Arequipa at 2,300 metres above sea level.

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The tournament, which in recent years has struggled to maintain its prestige in an increasingly crowded international calendar, will be held from July 6 to 25 but it is not certain whether teams such as Brazil and Argentina will send all their top players.

The competition takes place in the European close season and in the middle of the South American qualifiers for the 2006 World Cup.

The last Copa America in Colombia three years ago was dogged by worries over security. It eventually went ahead at only five days´ notice after previously having been re-confirmed and then suspended.

Argentina pulled out as a result of the confusion.

Only six of the 12 teams were effectively involved in Monday´s draw, the South American Football Confederation (CSF) having previously hand-picked where the other six teams would play.

Top seeds Peru, Argentina and Brazil had already been allocated their groups and venues at a CSF meeting in Asuncion last year.

The CSF also placed Chile in Group C, which is closest to the Chilean border, Ecuador in Group B for geographical reasons and Bolivia in Group A.
 

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Gabe,i would like to see Costa Rica performing well,as they were really good in WC'2002 playing an open football.

So,let's see what the coaches will decide about what players they will take.I stll can't understand why big teams like Brazil and Argentina underestimate the tournament,as the report say.:confused:

We talk for the oldest internetional competition plus now it is organized every 4 years like the Euro Cup,which is so popular and prestigious here in Europe.
 

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Hello guys, I'm from Costa Rica... is nice to see that some of you like how Costa Rica performs...
Now, I have to say that the way that we played in the WC and the way we played now is not very similar... Our current coach is not a great one in my opinion...
Still, I will like that Costa Rica show some great soccer, and maybe we can pass trough the next round... but it will be very hard, so my realistic hope is that we can play a nice kind of soccer and leave a good performance in each game
 

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mmmmmmm hanky panky ???????

Ecuador threatens Copa pull out in hotel row



QUITO, March 24 (Reuters) - Ecuador threatened on Wednesday to pull out of the Copa America in neighbouring Peru, saying their hotel accommodation had been cancelled in favour of Argentina.

"If they hotel doesn't respect our reservation then, logically, we wouldn't have anywhere to stay, so we wouldn't go," Ecuador Football Federation (FEF) president Luis Chiriboga told Reuters. "Logically, it's a question of respect."

Chiriboga said Ecuador reserved their accomodation in the northern city of Chiclayo, where they will be based in the first round, on March 3.

He said Ecuador were later told that Argentina had reserved the entire hotel.

Chiriboga added that Ecuador would happily share the hotel with another team, including Argentina.

"I hope they sort this out and respect Ecuador's reservation," he said.

Ecuador face Argentina, Mexico and Uruguay in their first round group, which is considered the most difficult.

The tournament will be held from July 6 to 25.

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Copa host defuse Ecuador hotel row


LIMA, March 28 (Reuters) - Copa America hosts Peru have defused a row over hotel accommodation, which had prompted Ecuador to threaten a boycott of the competition.

Peruvian Football Federation (FPF) president Manuel Burga said on Sunday that Argentina had agreed to share their hotel with the Ecuadoreans, who claimed their reservations had been cancelled in favour of the twice world champions.

"Ecuador and Argentina can share the hotel," Burga said.

Ecuador said last Wednesday that they would pull out of the tournament in July if they had nowhere to stay.

Ecuador Football Federation president Luis Chiriboga added it was a question of respect.

Ecuador and Argentina will be based in the northern city of Chiclayo for the first round.

Argentina refused to take part in the last Copa America in Colombia three years ago after the competition went ahead at five days' notice, having previously been postponed over security concerns.
 
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