The Copa America 2021 will finally take place this year to bring back the traditional competition between South American nations. This time, Argentina and Colombia will be hosting the event simultaneously, being the first edition in history to be played in two different countries.
Ten national teams will be divided into two groups of five to begin the battle for the most important trophy on the continent. Besides, the upcoming competition is going to be the 47th edition of the Copa America, the oldest national team tournament in soccer.
Who will claim South America's prize is always the big question ahead of this contest, but one thing we know for sure is that Brazil will have tough opponents eager to dethrone them. The road to the grand final will begin soon, and it's time to break down which teams and where the first game of the Copa America 2021 will be played.
The teams that will kick off the Copa America 2021
The Copa America 2021 will begin with an extremely exciting clash between Argentina and Chile, two strong contenders for the title. The hosts are seeking continental glory after a 28-year drought. Besides, the Albiceleste need to heal the wounds of recent years' disappointments.
On the other hand, Chile tasted success for the first time in 2015, when they secured the title at home. The next year, they retained their crown in the tournament that paid tribute to the first Copa America's 100th anniversary. In both finals, they've beaten Argentina on penalties.
These two national teams have also met in the game for the third place of the Copa America 2019, in which Lionel Scaloni's side defeated La Roja. However, both seem to have taken different ways so far, as the Albiceleste began the World Cup Qualifiers strongly, while Chile struggled in their first games. Nevertheless, it will be a must-watch game to start enjoying the South American tournament.
The stadium where the opening game of the Copa America 2021 will be held
The Estadio Monumental will host the first game of the Copa America 2021 to be played between Argentina and Chile on Sunday, June 13, 2021, at 5 PM (ET). The iconic home of the Albiceleste and River Plate received significant matches through history.
The 1978 World Cup Final, for instance, took part in the Millonario's ground. Many other important games such as national team's meetings, Copa Libertadores fixtures, or domestic tournament's finals were played in this stadium, the biggest one in Argentina. Located in Buenos Aires, the Monumental not only provides a great place to watch soccer, but it also has a historic background and it's in the core of the beautiful capital city of the country.