Copa America 2011 set to kick-off

Copa America 2011, Argentina

Copa America 2011
La Plata is the venue for Argentina v Bolivia today, the opening game of 2011's South American Championship - the Copa America.

The 24-team tournament culminates in the final at River Plate's Monumental Stadium (pic) - the scene of riots on Sunday when the club was relegated for the first time in its 110-year history.

The ten South American nations are joined by guests Costa Rica and Mexico. El Tri are fresh from winning the Gold Cup last week but are bringing a domestically-based squad instead, with the exception of Giovani Dos Santos, scorer of the winner against the USA in the Rose Bowl.

The hosts, now led by Sergio Battista following Diego Maradona's exit, have an overwhelmingly foreign-based squad, with only goalkeeper Juan Pablo Carrizo playing his club football in Argentina.

Group A: Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica
Group B: Brazil, Paraguay, Ecuador, Venezuela
Group C: Uruguay, Chile, Peru, MexicoTeams in blue qualified for the 2010 World Cup Finals

Brazil have won the previous two Copa Americas, defeating Argentina in the final both times. The following edition is set to be held in Brazil in 2015, a year after the World Cup Finals.

*A record total of 209 million Japanese viewers tuned in to January's Asian Cup, 43% of the total viewing figures, according to the Asian Football Confederation.

More than 80 countries worldwide transmitted pictures of the tournament, which was won by Japan.

The most-watched match was the Japan v South Korea semi-final, which drew 63 million TV spectators, followed by 54.4 million for the Japan v Australia final.

* FIFA Women's World Cup results:

Group Stage
Germany 1:0 Nigeria
France 4:0 Canada
USA 2:0 North Korea
Sweden 1:0 Colombia

Today: Japan v Mexico, England v New Zealand

*FIFA U-17 World Cup, Mexico
Quarter-Final lineup
Sun 3rd July - Uruguay v Uzbekistan, Japan v Brazil
Mon 4th July - England v Germany, France v Mexico

Sean O'Conor & Soccerphile


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