The 2015 Copa América in Chile is getting underway with some of the top players in the world competing. Always an exciting tournament to watch and this year is no different with Argentina and Brazil keen to lift the trophy after their World Cup’s each ended disappointingly 12 months ago.
Here are our five reasons to watch the 2015 Copa América:
A list of who’s-who currently in the game are playing in Chile this summer – there’s Barcelona duo Lionel Messi and Neymar (unfortunately Luis Suárez is suspended), Arsenal’s Alexis Sánchez, Manchester City’s Sergio Agüero, all amongst the very elite players in world football write now, all participating in this summer’s tournament.
For Americans, the timing of the games is great too. Not so much for Europeans, but with similar time slots as last summer’s World Cup, we know the avid football fan won’t mind staying up late to watch these players in action.
A brilliant football rivalry between two of the most successful nations in world football. They didn’t meet last summer in Brazil (probably a good thing for the Brazilians) but they could meet this summer in Chile. They are the top two favourites and if you want any football betting odds from us – we’re going with Argentina to come out on top at 15/8!
Lionel Messi vs Thiago Silva, Neymar vs Nicolás Otamendi, Ángel Di María vs Dani Alves – there are some mouth-watering clashes if these two meet.
Premier League stars
The Premier League is represented by a wealth of talent in the Copa América this summer. Here are the players currently contracted to Premier League clubs that have been selected in the squads:
Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal & Chile)
Ángelo Henríquez (Manchester United & Chile)
Juan Carlos Paredes (Ecuador & Watford)
Enner Valencia (Ecuador & West Ham)
Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City & Argentina)
Ángel Di María (Manchester United & Argentina)
Sergio Agüero (Manchester City & Argentina)
Martín Demichelis (Mancheter City & Argentina)
Marcos Rojo (Manchester United & Argentina)
Érik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur & Argentina)
Sebastián Coates (Liverpool & Uruguay)
Wes Morgan (Leicester City & Jamaica)
Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace & Jamaica)
Fernandinho (Manchester City & Brazil)
Filipe Luís (Chelsea & Brazil)
Willian (Chelsea & Brazil)
Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool & Brazil)
David Ospina (Arsenal & Colombia)
Carlos Sánchez (Aston Villa & Colombia)
Juan Cuadrado (Chelsea & Colombia)
And a few former Premier League faces we thought we’d mention: David Luiz, Robinho and Carlos Tevez all feature!