Colombia caused the first shock of the Copa America 2019 with a win in their opening game against Argentina. Now they face someone who they should beat, in Qatar, and have to handle being a favourite and show that they can dominate games.
There was no dominance shown in that first game at all, in fact, it was a game that Argentina completely dominated and should have won. They had chances in the first half to take the lead but couldn’t find a way past the resilient at times Colombian defence.
Brazil are strongly fancied to win the Copa America this year as hosts and perhaps one of the few things that could beat them in this tournament is not handling the pressure that is on them. After the first game, while it wasn’t perfect, I am expecting to see them settle better and show their real class when they come up against Venezuela on Tuesday night.
The hosts went off to boos after a goalless first half against Bolivia on the opening night,
As if we didn’t already have enough international football to scream and shout about this summer, another tournament is starting to grab the attention of the masses: and that is the European U21s Championship. We all know that Europe is the biggest hotbed for world class football throughout the world, and as such, this competition is pretty important. For most of these kids, it serves as the final step up before they attempt to start playing for their senior national team.
The Copa America got underway with Brazil vs Bolivia last night, as the Brazilians were able to take their first step towards what they hope will be a successful tournament. Beyond that, though, there are many, many other top nations in the running to try and lift the trophy in just a few short weeks. We’re going to be looking at two more of them today, as Uruguay and Ecuador prepare to square off. With the two nations being located at opposite ends of South America,
International football is back in more ways than one, as we bridge the gap between the domestic seasons. The Women’s World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations, alongside the European Championship qualifiers and Nations League, have certainly received plenty of attention as of late. On top of that, however, you’ve also got Copa America coming up. It represents the very best of the Americas in more ways than one, and with the tournament commencing shortly,
The premier South American football tournament, Copa America, kicks off on Friday night in Brazil. The hosts will take to the field first and play a game they should win with ease against Bolivia. The home nation appear to have a great chance of winning the tournament this time around and that is without their star man Neymar, who will miss out through injury.
For all of their talent, the question with Brazil is can they handle the pressure?
Mallorca take on Albacete in the second of the Spanish Segunda playoff games on Thursday night. This is the first of two legs, taking place in Mallorca and the teams will fight it out again a few days from now in Albacete to decide the winner. Whoever does that will play in the final, taking on either Deportivo or Malaga.
Albacete are coming into the playoffs on a poor run, falling from 2nd down to 4th in the table after a string of late defeats.
The Spanish playoffs are still taking place, with a place in La Liga up for grabs to the winner. On Wednesday, Malaga travel to Deportivo with both clubs looking to progress. The winner of this two legged tie will take on the winner of the game between Mallorca and Albacete in a winner takes all game, with the winner of that becoming the 20th and final team to make it into the La Liga line up for the 2019/20 season.
Wales head to Hungary on Tuesday in the hope of picking up a win from their last of two games during this Euro 2020 qualifying period. They come here on the back of a 2-1 loss to Croatia, but there was plenty to like there against far superior opponents and playing Hungary gives them a much better chance of victory. The Welsh are a good side on their day, and look good value here to go to Hungary and come away with three points.
The European Championship qualifiers are in full flow, as teams up and down the continent attempt to secure their qualification for next year’s tournament. Courtesy of the Nations League there’s a good chance we’re going to see a few unlikely faces in the 2020 edition, but even with that being the case, there are still some regulars that will be popping up too. Two such examples of high profile regulars are Spain and Sweden, both of whom will feel pretty confident about their chances of qualifying as they prepare to go head to head tomorrow.
We’re into the full flow of international football for the summer, and that’s an exciting position for a lot of fans to be in. Sure, some are going to miss seeing their team on a week to week basis, but this also gives us a chance to get a taste of last summer’s World Cup once again. Obviously, it’s not quite going to be on the same kind of scale which is to be expected,
The domestic campaign is well and truly in the rear view mirror, and in its place we have a series of entertaining international clashes to enjoy. In addition to the Women’s World Cup, Copa America and Africa Cup of Nations, preparations are underway for the next set of European Championship qualifiers. Next year’s competition, which will be held throughout the continent as opposed to just in one or two countries, is consistently regarded as the second biggest international tournament in the world due to the overwhelming quality of the European nations.