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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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Speaking to Brazilian Youtube channel Pilhado along with Bayern Munich teammate Rafinha, Vidal was asked whether he feared Messi.

He laughed and replied: "Do I fear him or...

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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...

Marketing exec says he tracked secret payments for Copa America

The Exploding Heads break down the recent World Cup playoffs as all 32 teams are now set for Russia.

NEW YORK -- Payments to the head of Peruvian football were masked under the name "Fiat." Money for Paraguay's boss was listed as "Honda."

Excel spreadsheets detailed the cloak-and-dagger recording system of money given to "Benz," "VW," "Toyota," "Kia," and "Peugeot," among others, including a pair of payments labeled "Q2022" that appeared to be related to the FIFA executive committee's 2010 vote giving Qatar rights to host the 2022 World Cup.

"We basically decided to make up fantasy names for each...

Ex-CEO testifies Fox Sports partnered with his firm to pay bribes for TV rights

Alejandro Burzaco, seen here in 2010, says his firm partnered with Fox Sports to pay bribes for TV rights.

A former marketing CEO has testified that Fox Sports partnered with his firm to make millions of dollars in bribes to high-ranking officials in exchange for lucrative broadcasting rights to major football tournaments.

Alejandro Burzaco, former CEO of the firm based in Argentina, testified at a U.S. corruption trial on Tuesday that Fox and other broadcasters were involved in a scheme to pay bribes -- concealed using offshore side entities and sham contracts -- that secured rights for the Copa America...

CONCACAF, CONMEBOL continuing joint Copa America talks - Montagliani

Chile won the Copa America Centenario in 2016 in the United States.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- CONCACAF president Victor Montgliani said talks are "continuing" with CONMEBOL to hold another joint Copa America tournament in North America.

In 2016, the two confederations joined forces to put on the Copa America Centenario in honor of CONMEBOL's 100th anniversary. The tournament was a clear success both in the stands and on the field. The Copa's average attendance of over 46,000 was more than enough to satisfy tournament organizers.

The television ratings on Univision...