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Brazil's Maracana one of only three World Cup venues to be used for 2019 Copa America

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Rio de Janeiro's Maracana hosted the 2014 World Cup final.

The 2019 Copa America final in Brazil will be held at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro while the opening match will take place at the Morumbi in Sao Paulo, organisers said on Tuesday.

The two semifinals will be staged at the Gremio arena in Porto Alegre and the Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) added.

The other two stadiums confirmed to host games are the Fonte Nova in Salvador and Palmeiras' ground the Allianz Parque.

The choice of the six stadiums...

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One of Lionel Messi's most difficult moments with the Argentina national team was following the loss to Chile in the final of the Copa America Centenario in 2016, according to Elvio Paolorosso, who was the team's strength coach under Gerardo Martino. 

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Last-minute header gives America draw with Pumas; Veracruz earn much-needed win

Henry Martin came off the bench to score a dramatic header in stoppage time as nine-man Club America drew with Pumas UNAM 2-2. 

Pumas opened up the scoring just 18 seconds into the Clasico Capitalino on Saturday with a Felipe Mora header past the reach of goalkeeper Augustin Marchesin -- the fastest Liga MX goal since 2016. 

America got on the scoreboard in the 32nd minute with a left-footed strike from Oribe Peralta, but saw their first red card on the night minutes later...

Lionel Messi fears me after Argentina's Copa defeats to Chile - Arturo Vidal

Luis Figo said that he expects Lionel Messi to be at his best during the World Cup, as it will probably be his last chance to win the tournament.

Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal has said Lionel Messi fears him and his side after their victories over Argentina in the 2015 and 2016 Copa America finals.

Messi is still searching for a major trophy with his country as he prepares for the World Cup -- a tournament for which Chile did not qualify.

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Japan, Qatar to dispute 2019 Copa America, no North American squads

SAO PAULO -- The 2019 Copa America in Brazil will feature Japan and Qatar and no teams from North America.

South America football body CONMEBOL said in a statement on Friday the two guest sides were included in the 12-nation tournament because of close links with the Asian Football Confederation.

"The 2019 Copa America in Brazil will be an emotional competition, in which anyone can win the title," said CONMEBOL president Alejandro Dominguez. 

"In addition to the national teams of our member...