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Neymar Looking To Play In Copa America, Olympics

Jan 13, 2020 12:13 PM

Neymar has expressed his desire to play in both Copa America and the Olympics for Brazil this summer.

"I am in form. I am willing to play at both the Copa America and the Olympics. However, I think it is a bit complicated -- ask PSG," said Neymar following a recent match against Monaco.

Neymar then called PSG's attacking four of Mauro Icardi, Angel di Maria, Kylian Mbappe, and himself among the best in the world. 

"I strongly believe this formation [with PSG's 'fantastic four' attackers] will work. It does not matter if you play with four, five or six strikers. If everyone runs and everyone helps each other, PSG can play in any formation. We know we have quality and we are among the best in the world."

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Tags: Paris Saint-Germain, Copa America

Edinson Cavani Says Confrontation With Messi A 'Part Of Football'

Nov 19, 2019 3:09 PM

Edinson Cavani spoke of his confrontation with Lionel Messi during Uruguay's 2-2 draw with Argentina.

Cavani reportedly challenged Messi to a fight, to which Messi responded "whenever you want."

"It's part of football, Clasicos are like this. The truth is that it was at times a game that had friction, there were challenges and things that are part of football, especially of South American [football]," said Cavani.

Messi also made headlines for a confrontation with Brazil manager Tite last week. 

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Tags: Argentina, Uruguay, Copa America

Messi Brought Argentine Teammates To Tears, Says Angel Di Maria

Oct 3, 2019 2:31 PM

Lionel Messi took on a more vocal role for Argentina during the 2019 Copa America, according to Angel Di Maria.

"Messi told us he was proud of the team we had built. That we had not been together much as some had not been called up [to the senior team] before. Yet, it felt as though we had all been together for many years. He said that we had all rowed in the same direction from the first day. That he was very proud of the youngsters for their commitment to this jersey and if they were there and gave what they gave at the Copa America, it was because they more than deserved to be there. Once he finished, everyone was in tears because it touched everyone's hearts, especially the youngsters," said Di Maria.

Argentina lost to Brazil 2-0 in the semifinals in the tournament.

Di Maria said he's seeing an evolution in Messi.

"The important thing is that Leo is like this. I like this Messi."

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Tags: Argentina, Copa America

Messi Receives Three-Month Conmebol Ban

Aug 3, 2019 11:19 AM

Conmebol has suspended Lionel Messi for three months following comments he made during the 2019 Copa America.

The organization also fined Messi $50,000.

Messi accused Conmebol of favoring Brazil following Argentina's 2-0 loss in the semifinals.


Tags: Argentina, Copa America

Eder Militao Officially Unveiled At Real Madrid

Jul 10, 2019 1:23 PM

Real Madrid finally unveiled Eder Militao at a press conference following his $56.5 million transfer from Porto.

Militao was playing for Brazil in their Copa America winning run.

"I am a versatile player who always plays with a love of what he does [for a job]. I don't like to lose and I always expect the best from myself. I'm very competitive. You can expect a very competitive player who will give his all for this shirt. I'm going to play every match like it's my last," said the 21-year-old defender.

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Tags: Brazil, Real Madrid, Copa America

Dani Alves Named Best Player At 2019 Copa America

Jul 8, 2019 1:37 AM

Dani Alves was named as the player of the tournament for the 2019 Copa America as he lead Brazil to the title.

It was the 40th trophy of Alves' career.

The 36-year-old Alves is a free agent this summer.

Everton was named man of the match in their final, a 3-1 win over Peru.

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Tags: Brazil, Copa America

Willian Replaces Neymar On Brazil's Copa America Squad

Jun 8, 2019 1:56 PM

Willian will take Neymar's place on the Brazilian national team for the upcoming Copa America.

Neymar ruptured ligaments in his ankle in a recent friendly against Qatar.

Willian has scored 8 goals in 65 appearances for Brazil.


Tags: Brazil, Copa America

Neymar To Miss Copa America With Ankle Injury

Jun 6, 2019 2:57 PM

Neymar will be out of the Copa America after rupturing ligaments in his ankle in a friendly against Qatar.

"Today I played one of the most difficult games of my career, if not the most difficult," said Neymar following the match.

Brazil open their tourney play against Bolivia on June 14th. 

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Tags: Brazil, Copa America, Injury

Lionel Messi To Skip Remainder Of Argentina's Matches In 2018

Aug 14, 2018 10:48 PM

Lionel Messi won't play for Argentina again in 2018, skipping friendlies against Guatemala and Colombia.

Messi is not sure whether he will play in the 2019 Copa America.

The fallout from the World Cup debacle saw Jorge Sampaoli leave his role as Argentina manager with Lionel Scaloni named for the interim.


Tags: Argentina, Barcelona, Copa America

Spain, France, Italy, Portugal To Receive 2019 Copa America Invites

Mar 31, 2017 11:44 AM

France, Spain, Italy and Portugal will be invited to play in the 2019 Copa America held in Brazil.

There is a growing desire among Conmebol chiefs to include the four “Latin” European countries.

The Copa and Euros will begin to run in parallel from 2020, which would make the 2019 tournament the last time it could feasibly happen.

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Tags: France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Copa America

United States Advance To Knockout Stage With 1-0 Win Over Paraguay
Clint Dempsey scored in the 27th minute and the United States played nearly the entire second half with 10 men after DeAndre Yedlin was sent off.

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United States Could Become Permanent Copa America Host
They could essentially merge the Copa America and the Gold Cup into one tournament.

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Lionel Messi Trains Alone Ahead Of Copa Opener
Lionel Messi is recovering from a back injury suffered in a friendly against Honduras.

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Luis Suarez Out For Beginning Of Copa America With Hamstring Injury
Luis Suarez suffered the hamstring injury in the Copa del Rey final.


Jozy Altidore To Miss Copa America With Hamstring Injury
Jozy Altidore, who has yet to score for Toronto FC in this season, was hurt while taking a penalty that was saved.


Colombia Leaves Falcao, Jackson Martinez Off Copa Roster
Radamel Falcao missed the 2014 World Cup due to a torn ACL and he has never recaptured his form.

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Neymar To Skip Copa America, Play For Brazil In Olympics
The Brazilian Football Confederation had been lobbying for Neymar to play in the Copa America and the Olympics.


Neymar Suspended For Remainder Of Copa America
Neymar was sent off at the conclusion of Wednesday's game for an attempted head-butt of Colombia defender Jeison Murillo.


Lionel Messi Would 'Give It All Up' For Copa America Trophy
Lionel Messi has won La Liga seven times and the Champions League four times, but he has never won a trophy with Argentina's senior team.

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Neymar Receives Provisional Two-Match Ban
Neymar kicked the ball at Pablo Armero and then seemed to head-butt Jeison Murillo.


Arturo Vidal Crashes Ferrari While Driving Under Influence
Arturo Vidal suffered minor injuries in the crash and is being held until Wednesday morning when he'll face a local judge.


Suarez's FIFA Suspension Could Be Appealed After Corruption Charges
The suspension means Luis Suarez will miss this summer's Copa America tournament in Chile, although the MUFP could appeal the sanction.


Coutinho Replaces Oscar On Brazil's Copa America Squad
Philippe Coutinho, who was left out of Luiz Felipe Scolari's World Cup squad, will take Oscar's place.

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Tim Howard To Take One-Year Sabbatical From USMNT
Tim Howard is not retiring from international competition and will continue to play for Everton in the English Premier League.


Clint Dempsey Wants To Continue Playing For U.S. Through 2016
The USA will host a special 100th anniversary edition of the Copa America, South America's continental championship in 2016.

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Brazil To Name Dunga As Scolari's Replacement As Manager
Dunga coached the national team in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. He departed after Brazil lost 2-1 in the quarter-finals to Holland.


Copa America 2016 To Be Held In United States
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, Mexico, the United States and four other countries will compete.

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