The 2019 Copa America is set to start with hosts Brazil playing Bolivia in the opening game at Cícero Pompeu de Toledo Stadium.
The first Copa America / South American Football Championship was held in 1916, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and was won by the host nation.
Brazil have 8 titles, with their last win coming in 2007. They have failed to get past the quarter-final stage since 2011.
Bolivia have one title to their name which came in 1963
The Copa America match will be played between Brazil and Bolivia at Cícero Pompeu de Toledo Stadium, in the Morumbi district in São Paulo, Brazil. The ground has a capacity of 66,795. The game will start at 06:00 AM (IST), on Saturday morning, June 15.
Copa America 2019 failed to get any broadcaster in India.
Recent form (Last six matches) Brazil – W L D W W W Bolivia – D L D L L L
Brazil will be without superstar Neymar after the Paris Saint-Germain playmaker suffered ankle ligament damage in one of Brazil’s warm-up games.
Barcelona midfielder Arthur will be missing the opener as well after picking up a knock during Brazil’s warm-up game against Honduras.
Tite named Chelsea winger Willian as the replacement for the former Barcelona player.
Midfielder Fabinho, who starred for Liverpool in the 2nd half of the season and helped the Reds bag their sixth European title, was controversially overlooked. The former Monaco man is not part of the squad.
Full Brazil squad for the tournament:
Goalkeepers: Alisson Becker, Ederson, Cássio
Defenders: Miranda, Éder Militão, Thiago Silva, Filipe Luís, Dani Alves, Marquinhos, Fagner, Alex Sandro
Midfielders: Arthur, Philippe Coutinho, Casemiro, Allan, Lucas Paquetá, Fernandinho
Forwards: Gabriel Jesus, Willian, David Neres, Everton, Richardson, Roberto Firmino
Possible ins or outs of this game:
With both Alisson and Ederson in the squad, one of them will have to be on the bench. Though we expect Tite to go with Alisson in goal.
Dani Alves is the captain of the team and will surely be on the right side of the defence, with his club teammates Thiago Silva and Marquinhos partnering at the centre. Felipe Luis should start at left-back.
With Arthur put, Tite could go either with Fernandinho or Allan in the midfield.
Philippe Coutinho may start in the midfield if David Neres starts the match.
While Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmono will battle for a place in the starting 11.