Brazil is looking for its first Copa America title in 12 years and is the favorite to win the cup at home. But the team will have to do it without superstar Neymar, who is missing the cup due to injury.
What used to be a quadrennial tournament has occurred fairly irregularly recently, with the last edition held in the U. This year's tournament will be followed by another Copa America in 12 months, as the competition switches to be held in even-numbered years.
However, the hosts' excitement has been somewhat tempered before a ball has been kicked, as Neymar will miss the tournament with an ankle injury sustained against Qatar.
Argentina, meanwhile, looks to end a drought that stretches back all the way to as Lionel Messi continues to seek an elusive first international trophy at senior level — the Olympic gold medal in remains his only success with Argentina.
Two-time defending champions Chile look ill-equipped to retain the title, while Uruguay will don the familiar clothes of perennial dark horse but face an anxious wait over Luis Suarez's fitness. Here's everything you need to know ahead of the tournament.
Argentina's Lionel Messi takes part in a training session of the national team in Ezeiza, Buenos Aires, on June 5 ahead of the Copa America football tournament to be held in Brazil.
The tournament kicks off on Saturday, June 14 and ends with the final on July 7. Where is the Copa America? The latter is the only city with two venues and the final will be held at the famous Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, which also hosted the World Cup final.
TV channel Every game of the tournament will be available in the U. Meanwhile, Telemundo Deportes will broadcast every game in Spanish across their networks of Telemundo and Universo.
Which teams are in the Copa America? The former will return to the competition for the first time since , while the latter will be the first Arab nation to play in the tournament.
Format The 12 teams have been divided into three groups of four, with the two top in each pool progressing to the next stage. The two highest-ranked third-placed teams will also qualify for the quarter-finals.
From the quarter-finals onward, the tournament follows the traditional knock-out stage format. Schedule The schedule for the first round of games is as follows all times ET. Friday, June 14 Brazil vs Bolivia p.