Uruguay will be taking part in the Copa America 2021 looking to extend their kingdom in South America's ultimate prize. The winningest team of the tournament, La Celeste will make their debut in the upcoming contest soon.
Oscar Washington Tabárez's side suffered an early blow in the last edition held in Brazil two years ago, which is why it will head to this competition trying to redeem itself with a better result. Not long ago, the experienced manager led his country to continental success in 2011.
Curiously, that time Uruguay lifted the trophy in Argentina, where they were expecting to return before Conmebol removed its hosting rights. For the second straight time, Brazil will hold the Copa America and La Celeste are getting close to their debut.
When will Uruguay's first game in Copa America 2021 be played?
The team coached by 'El Maestro' Tabárez will have to wait until Matchday 2 of the group stage to make its debut. Uruguay's first game in the Copa America 2021 will be against Argentina in the second round of Group A.
Needless to say, the rivalry between these two, commonly known as 'Clásico del Río de la Plata', is one of the oldest in soccer history. They are also the two national teams that faced each other the most with 192 duels. Argentina were dominant with 88 victories, while Uruguay claimed the win in 57 games, and they've tied in 47 matches.
Where will Uruguay play their first game of Copa America 2021?
Uruguay will begin their journey in the Copa America 2021 against Argentina at the Estadio Mané Garrincha in Brasilia. Named after an iconic player in La Verde-amarela's history, this is the second-largest stadium in Brazil.
It was built in 1974 with a capacity of 45,200 spectators, but it was increased to 72,788 seats for the 2014 World Cup. Those renovations have given a completely different look to this venue, which is one of the most attractive in the country.
At what time will Uruguay make their Copa America 2021 debut?
In their first game in the Copa America 2021, Uruguay will clash with Argentina on Friday, June 18, at 8:00 PM (ET). This will be La Celeste's Copa America kickoff time by State in the US:
ET: 8:00 PM
CT: 7:00 PM
MT: 6:00 PM
PT: 5:00 PM