When is the Copa America in 2021? Dates, Time, TV Channel, and Odds
Even in South American soccer’s basket case climate, the 47th edition of the Copa America begins on Sunday in unprecedented conditions.
The event, which was supposed to take place in the summer of 2020, has been hampered by a global epidemic, civil upheaval, and withdrawals. The coronavirus outbreak led organizers to postpone the event by a year, forcing Australia and Qatar, the two guest nations invited to the competition, to withdraw because the postponed Copa America clashed with 2022 World Cup qualifications in Asia.
To add to the confusion, CONMEBOL, South America’s soccer governing body, has since decided to revoke Colombia and Argentina’s hosting rights, citing a combination of social turmoil and an increase in COVID-19 cases.
Brazil stepped in to fill the role of host just two weeks before the competition began. The country hosted the final Copa America in 2019, but the festive mood has already vanished, with Brazilian public opinion divided over organizing the game in a country plagued by the coronavirus.
Here’s all you need to know about the competition ahead of time.
When is the Copa America in 2021?
The Copa America was originally set for last summer, but was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. On Sunday, June 13, defending champions Brazil will meet Venezuela in the tournament’s opening match.
The final will take place on July 10th.
Where is the Copa America 2021?
The short answer is Brazil, but there’s more to it than that. Argentina and Colombia were set to co-host the competition, making it the first time since 1983 that the Copa America would be contested in more than one country.
Colombia’s hosting rights were revoked last month as a result of persistent social instability and protests against the administration, which is attempting to impose a controversial tax package.
Argentina offered to host every game after that, but CONMEBOL revoked Argentina’s hosting rights on May 30 due to a huge increase in coronavirus cases.
Despite having registered just under 477,000 COVID-19 deaths and just over 17 million instances of coronavirus, Brazil stepped in at the last minute to host the tournament, despite having the world’s second- and third-highest tolls, respectively.
Jair Bolsonaro, the country’s divisive president, downplayed worries over hosting the competition and brushed off considerable opposition. This is a condensed version of the information.