The Copa America 2021 will finally take place this year to bring back the traditional competition between South American nations. Brazil will host the tournament for the second straight time after both Argentina and Colombia were removed as co-hosts.
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
Copa America 2021 will begin with an extremely exciting clash between Brazil and Venezuela. The hosts will be looking to retain their title at home once again, after claiming it in 2019. Meanwhile, La Vinotinto will be once again the underdogs in this tournament, but nothing prevents them from dreaming of going far in this journey.
These two national teams have faced each other in 2020 for the South American World Cup Qualifiers, in a painful defeat for Venezuela. Nevertheless, this 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 Mané Garrincha will host the first game of the Copa America 2021 to be played between Brazil and Venezuela on Sunday, June 13, 2021, at 5 PM (ET). It is the second-largest stadium in the country with a capacity of 72,788 spectators.
Named to honor a great defender who lifted two World Cups with Brazil, this stadium has been under renovations between 2010 and 2013 before the 2014 World Cup and since then it turned into one of the greatests sports stadiums not only in Brazil but in the continent. It also hosted Confederations Cup fixtures, and Copa Libertadores nights.