BRAZIL Goalkeepers: Alisson (Internacional), Diego Alves (Valencia), Marcelo Grohe (Gremio) Defenders: Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Fabinho (Monaco), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Douglas Santos (Atletico Mineiro), Miranda (Inter Milan), Gil (Shandong Luneng), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Rodrigo Caio (Sao Paulo) Midfielders: Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Elias (Corinthians), Casemiro (Real Madrid), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Lucas Lima (Santos), Willian (Chelsea), Lucas Moura (Paris Saint-Germain), Ganso (Sao Paulo) Forwards: Hulk (Zenit), Ricardo Oliveira (Santos), Gabriel (Santos)
The big news is no Neymar who will be going to the Olympics instead, that's without mentioning still no Thiago Silva for Dunga. Also left out were the likes of David Luiz, Firmino, Oscar and Fernandinho. Players selected but ruled out to injury include Douglas Costa, Kaka and Rafinha. While the Copa doesn't seem to important for Brazil I'm still reading that Dunga will be heavily judged by this tournament. True or not Brazil fans?
ECUADOR Goalkeepers: Alexander Dominguez (LDU de Quito), Esteban Dreer (C.S. Emelec), Maximo Banguera (Barcelona SC) Defenders: Juan Carlos Paredes (Watford), Arturo Mina (Independiente del Valle), Gabriel Achilier (C.S. Emelec), Frickson Erazo (Atletico Mineiro), Robert Arboleda (U. Catolica), Walter Ayovi (Monterrey), Cristian Ramirez (Ferencvarosi) Midfielders: Antonio Valencia (Manchester United), Angel Mena (C.S. Emelec), Christian Noboa (Rostov), Fernando Gaibor (C.S. Emelec), Pedro Larrea (El Nacional), Carlos Gruezo (FC Dallas), Jefferson Montero (Swansea), Michael Arroyo (Club America), Fidel Martinez (Pumas) Forwards: Enner Valencia (West Ham), Jaime Ayovi (Godoy Cruz), Juan Cazares (Atletico Mineiro), Miller Bolanos (Gremio)
Other than an injury to Felipe Caicedo this is their strongest squad, will be interesting to see how they do in this tournament, they got off to a flying start in World Cup qualifying but are winless in 2016 and didn't look so great in a friendly against the US. The question for them is can they do it consistently outside of Quito, they failed to get out the group stage at the 2014 World Cup (only South American team to fail to do so) and last summer's Copa
PERU Goalkeepers: Carlos Caceda (Universitario), Pedro Gallese (Juan Aurich), Diego Penny (Sporting Cristal) Defenders: Luis Abram (Sporting Cristal), Miguel Araujo (Alianza Lima), Jair Cespedes (Sporting Cristal), Aldo Corzo (Deportivo Municipal), Christian Ramos (Juan Aurich), Alberto Rodriguez (Sporting Cristal), Miguel Trauco (Universitario), Yoshimar Yotun (Malmo) Midfielders: Armando Alfageme (Deportivo Municipal), Adan Balbin (Universitario), Cristian Benavente (Charleroi), Christian Cueva (Toluca), Luiz da Silva (PSV Eindhoven), Alejandro Hohberg (Universidad Cesar Vallejo), Renato Tapia (Feyenoord), Oscar Vilchez (Alianza Lima) Forwards: Edison Flores (Universitario), Paolo Guerrero (Flamengo), Andy Polo (Universitario), Raul Ruidiaz (Universitario)
There were many rumors in the lead up to this tournament of South American teams not taking their strongest teams, for the most part it wasn't true but in Peru's case they did exactly what they promised. Nearly half the squad has less than 10 caps and average age of the squad is 25. Notable absences include Lobaton, Vargas, Zambrano, Farfan, Reyna and Pizarro. Outside of Guerrero their attack in this tournament is all youth players without much experience.
HAITI Goalkeepers: Steward Ceus (Minnesota United), Luis Valendi Odelus (Aigle Noir), Johny Placide (Reims) Defenders: Romain Genevois (Nice), Jerome Mechack (Jacksonville Armada), Judelin Aveska (Atletico Uruguay), Reginal Goreux (Standard Liege), Kim Jaggy (Aarau), Alex Christian (Vila Real), Jean Sony Alcenat (Voluntari), Stephane Lambese (Paris Saint-Germain) Midfielders: Jean Marc Alexandre (Fort Lauderdale Strikers), Kevin Lafrance (Chrobry Glogow), Soni Mustivar (Sporting Kansas City), Max Hilaire (Cholet), Pascal Millien (Jacksonville Armada), Sony Norde (Mohun Bagan), James Marcelin (Carolina RailHawks) Forwards: Wilde-Donald Guerrier (Wisla Krakow), Kervens Belfort (1461 Trabzon), Jeff Louis (Caen), Jean-Eudes Maurice (Ha Noi), Duckens Nazon (Laval)
Fantastic achievement for Haiti to make the tournament but I fear they will make up the numbers. The team is well organized and disciplined but struggles massively to score goals. In their last five competitive fixtures they have scored only one goal but at the same time only conceded three. They have a diverse squad, players playing in the USA lower leagues, India, Vietnam, European lowers league and only one plays domestically.
Despite the amount of injuries they had and maybe not coming into this tournament in the best of form, Brazil should win the group as they will be well supported and are still probably the strongest team. Peru, Ecuador though will be tough tests and will be and interesting fight for second. I don't see Haiti doing much but its a good shop window for some of their players
Peru blowing a two goal lead hurt their chances to advance, they pretty much need to beat Brazil now as its unlikely their GD will be good enough even if they draw Brazil. Brazil still need a result to win the group but they are practically in the quarters. Ecuador are 99% through if they beat Haiti by 2 goals, even if they win by 1 goal things are looking good for them unless Peru have a high scoring draw with Brazil
So far at this QF of COPA2016:
1- MVP (best player) candidates:
Messi (leading *surely)
.. any names?
2- TOP SCORER
A Sanchez (3goals)
3- Best Goal keeper: