2019 Copa America: Can Messi and company shine at the tournament?

Argentina lead Group B of the 2019 Copa America set to be played in Brazil from June 14 until July 7th.

The Copa America, known as the South American Championship until 1967, has been won 14 times by Argentina.

But the last time the Albiceleste won the competition was in 1993 in Ecuador.

Since then, the team has reached four of the last five finals, only to lose against Brazil and Chile twice.

This means their current superstar Lionel Messi has yet to lift the world’s oldest trophy.

The Barcelona footballer is expected to come back to the national team, after taking a rest in the second semester of last year, after he failed to lift the FIFA World Cup trophy.

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Argentina leads Group B, sharing it with Colombia, Paraguay and Asian guests Qatar.

Colombia has won the Copa America once in 2001 and in the 2016 Copa America Centenario, they won Third Place against CONMEBOL and CONCACAF teams.

Meanwhile, Paraguay has won the South American trophy twice in 1953 and 1979, and have reached the Quarterfinals eight times in the last ten tournaments.

As per Qatar, the Asian guests were invited after CONCACAF’s Mexico and the United States decided not to take part in this year’s competition.

The Qatari is currently playing in the Semifinals of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup and will participate for the first time on this tournament.

Matches start on June 15 and end on June 23 in the cities of Salvador, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte, and Porto Alegre.

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