Let’s talk about 2019 Copa America and Brazil’s chances to win the 46th edition of the South American Championship.
Copa America 2019 starts in two days, as the Brazil National Team meets Bolivia in the opener on Friday night. The Selecao will host the 46th edition of the competition, looking to win their ninth South American Championship.
As hosts, Brazil are the bookies’ favorites to win the title, even though they suffered a big blow when Neymar picked up an injury in the friendly against Qatar which will keep him away from the competition.
However, with their biggest star missing the Copa America, we believe the Brazil National Team doesn’t have what it takes to become champions of South America.
What a bad year for Neymar. he just injured himself and will miss the Copa America 😢 pic.twitter.com/iNyAxvUrH1
— S⚽ccerapy (@soccerapy) June 6, 2019
Even with Neymar Jr. in the squad, the Selecao has never proven they are a serious team which can compete on the highest level over the past years.
They were eliminated in the quarter-finals of the World Cup last summer and were humiliated by Germany on their home soil, losing 7-1 in the semi-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The Brazilians won’t be proud of their record in Copa America also, failing to reach the semi-finals in three straight editions of the competition. Their last title came in 2007, when they beat Argentina 3-0 in the final in Venezuela.
However, we have to be honest and admit that the national team of Brazil has improved and is finally moving in the right direction, with some fresh squad additions in the likes of Richarlison, Lucas Paqueta, David Neres and Eder Militao.
The problem is that these guys are still not experienced enough to be able to lead the Selecao to a major international trophy.
Brazil has excellent defensive players in the Copa America squad, with Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Casemiro and Fernandinho, but when it comes to attacking they are going to feel the absence of Neymar, who is the third all-time best goalscorer of the national team.
What the Selecao really lacks at the moment is a so-called ‘clutch player’, or someone who will be able to carry the team on his back and score decisive goals, when the others are not performing at their best level.
— Cleansheet (@Cleansheet) June 10, 2019
At least the history books are on their side, as they have won the South American Championship each time it was hosted on their home ground.
Of course, their biggest rivals will be Argentina with Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero, Uruguay with Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, and Colombia and Chile, as potential sides to surprise the big three.
Do you see Brazil as the top favorites to win the 2019 Copa America? If not, who is your favorite to win the South American Championship? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.