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CONMEBOL Naming Argentina, Colombia as Copa America co-hosts poses all sorts of problems

CONMEBOL's decision to play the 2020 Copa America in Colombia and Argentina is a logistical nightmare.

While the 2019 Copa America kicks off in Brazil in just over two months' time, we now know at last where the next edition, the 2020 Copa America, will take place. It has taken a lot of backstage politics, but it has now been confirmed that next year's tournament will be joint-hosted by Argentina and Colombia.

The Copa is switching from odd to even years -- and this has created the opportunity to slide in an extra edition of the tournament in 2020. From a commercial point of view, it is a no contest....

James Rodriguez's big chance vs. Liverpool could foreshadow his future role with Colombia

James Rodriguez's time at Bayern Munich has been mixed but Thomas Muller's suspension provides him a huge opportunity vs. Liverpool.
James Rodriguez's time at Bayern Munich has been mixed but Thomas Muller's suspension provides him a huge opportunity vs. Liverpool.

Argentina had never lost a World Cup qualifier at home until Colombia inflicted an extraordinary 5-0 defeat on them in Buenos Aires back in 1993.

At the time, this was seen as a case of patricide. Argentina was the footballing father of Colombia. Argentine players did much to get the Colombian professional game up and running. Argentine coaches were given pride of place.

That Colombia side was coached by a Colombian, Francisco Maturana, who did much to put his country's football on the global...

Marlos Moreno's Manchester City plight an example of joining a European giant too young

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop sifts through all the latest transfer rumours surrounding N'Golo Kante, Callum Wilson and many more in Transfer Rater.

When it comes to promising South American talent, the major European clubs appear to have arrived at a conclusion. The best way to do business is to buy them young, and bring them across the Atlantic as soon as possible.

The plus side of this arrangement is clear. Top-level European football offers a different challenge: The games are played at a greater level of intensity, with less space available on the field. The sooner the player can adapt, the better.

But all of this comes with risks, both...

U.S. defense shows its inexperience as Robinson and Saief struggle on the left

TAMPA, Fla. -- For much of Dave Sarachan's time in charge of the United States men's national team, the focus has been on how to generate a more consistent attack. Heading into Thursday's friendly with Colombia, the U.S. had scored just eight goals in its last eight games.

But in the 4-2 defeat to Los Cafeteros, it was the U.S. defense that furrowed more brows and caused more heads to shake. From the opening whistle, Colombia decided it would test the left side of the U.S. defense, manned by left-back...

Colombia makes U.S. defense look slow in heavy friendly defeat

TAMPA, Fla. -- Colombia held off a feisty U.S. side in prevailing 4-2 in an international friendly Thursday. James Rodriguez opened the scoring in the 36th minute, but the U.S. roared back early in the second half thanks to goals from Kellyn Acosta and Bobby Wood. Colombia wouldn't be denied, however, as Carlos Bacca, Radamel Falcao and Miguel Borja responded with goals to give Los Cafeteros the victory.

Here are three thoughts from the match.

1. U.S. fights back but can't hold lead

Even by...

Football statues: Falcao joins Cristiano Ronaldo, Maradona in hall of shame

Colombian sculptor Antonio Irisma was commissioned to create the statue of Radamel Falcao
Colombia striker Radamel Falcao is having a giant sculpture built in his honour.

Radamel Falcao is set to be the latest footballer who, through no fault of their own, gains infamy by having a dodgy statue erected in their honour.

Falcao is the subject of a new installation being constructed in his home city of Santa Marta in the northern Colombian department of Magdalena -- a stunning tribute to his sporting endeavours.

The 20-foot statue, created by sculptor Antonio Irisma, has reportedly cost over 10 million pesos ($3,325) and stands pride of place in the centre of the Parque...