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How Copa America could shape 2022 World Cup hopes for South American nations

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno says Brazil came together and proved that they were the best team at the Copa America despite Neymar's absence.
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In the Copa America final on July 7, Everton gave Brazil the lead, and Paolo Guerrero equalised for Peru before the hosts sealed a 3-1 win. Just three days later, both were in action for their clubs in the quarterfinals of the Brazilian Cup.

Once domestic football starts up, international tournaments are quickly brushed into the past, but it would be a mistake to do that to the Copa America. This year's tournament does not represent the end of a process; rather, it kicks off a new competitive...

Jesus: Brazil's Copa win helped me evolve

Alejandro Moreno says that VAR created a state of uncertainty throughout the Copa America by not showing footage of what was being checked.
Gabriel Jesus exploded into tears as he took out his frustration on the VAR machine as he was shown a red card in Brazil's 3-1 win against Peru in the Copa America final.

Brazil striker Gabriel Jesus said that it was important for the team to win the Copa America at home and that pressure to play for the Selecao has seen him evolve as a player.

Jesus scored in the final victory of Peru at the Maracana on Sunday, but was controversially sent off in the 70th minute for a foul on Carlos Zambrano which left Brazil to finish the match with 10 players. Jesus stormed off the field, knocked over the VAR machine and cried on the steps leading to the locker room. He later...

Messi snubbed in Brazil-laden Copa Best XI

Alejandro Moreno believes Lionel Messi may have endeared himself to the Argentina fans, but was 'irresponsible' for his comments that could land him a ban by CONMEBOL.
Lionel Messi doesn't feel he should've seen red for the Gary Medel altercation and feels Argentina should've been in the Copa America final.

Argentina star Lionel Messi was not included among the 2019 Copa America Best XI that was released on Tuesday, even though he led the tournament in several notable offensive categories.

Five Brazilians, two Peruvians and one player each from Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay and Chile made the cut for the all-star squad that was selected by the coaches of South American Confederation CONMEBOL.

Brazil won their ninth Copa America title on Sunday with a 3-1 victory over Peru, while Argentina finished...

On a day filled with soccer heroics, U.S. women made biggest statement

Sunday brought a glorious menagerie of top-tier international soccer to fans around the world, and it was fitting that the victory by the United States in the Women's World Cup final -- the most significant, most meaningful, most important of the day's matches -- came first.

The day later featured a cathartic Copa America triumph for the Brazilian men and a Mexico-U.S. showdown at the Gold Cup, but those two matches failed to reach the impeccable standard that was witnessed at the women's final...

Messi must accept 'when he loses' - Brazil boss

Alejandro Moreno believes Lionel Messi may have endeared himself to the Argentina fans, but was 'irresponsible' for his comments that could land him a ban by CONMEBOL.
Lionel Messi doesn't feel he should've seen red for the Gary Medel altercation and feels Argentina should've been in the Copa America final.
Steve Nicol says it would be a fitting end to Lionel Messi's Argentina career if he wins the 2020 Copa America on home soil.

Brazil coach Tite has criticised Lionel Messi for his complaints against the Copa America refereeing.

Brazil beat Messi's Argentina lineup in the semifinals and clinched the title Sunday with a 3-1 win over Peru for their first Copa since 2007 and ninth overall.

"He has to have more respect and needs to accept when he loses," said Tite, who had praised the Argentine playmaker ahead of the semifinals.

Messi boycotted the medal ceremony after Argentina beat Chile in the third-place game on Saturday....