The draw took place yesterday even though we already knew which groups most teams would be in.
How does that happen, you say?
Well, CONMEBOL decided to invite Australia and Qatar to this year’s version of the Copa América. Yes, we just had one this year. We’re having another one.
This new competition will start off a new four year cycle where the Copa América and the European Championship will coincide.
CONMEBOL also decided that Argentina and Colombia would co-host and that the teams located in the North would play in Colombia while the teams in the South would play in Argentina.
So, the main things that got decided yesterday were where Australia and Qatar would go and when/where the specific games would be held.
Geographical alignment held up with the invitees, so the final Groups are as follows:
The full game schedule is below:
Friday 12 June
Grupo A: Argentina v Chile, Buenos Aires
Saturday 13 June
Grupo A: Australia v Uruguay, Córdoba
Grupo A: Paraguay v Bolivia, Mendoza
Grupo B: Colombia v Ecuador, Bogotá
Sunday 14 June
Grupo B: Brasil v Venezuela, Cali
Grupo B: Perú v Qatar, Medellín
Monday 15 June
Tuesday 16 June
Grupo A: Argentina v Uruguay, Córdoba
Grupo A: Chile v Bolivia, Mendoza
Wednesday 17 June
Grupo A: Paraguay v Australia, Buenos Aires
Grupo B: Colombia v Venezuela, Cali
Thursday 18 June
Grupo B: Perú v Brasil, Medellín
Grupo B: Ecuador v Qatar, Bogotá
Friday 19 June
Saturday 20 June
Grupo A: Argentina v Paraguay, Buenos Aires
Sunday 21 June
Grupo A: Uruguay v Chile, Mendoza
Grupo B: Colombia v Perú, Medellín
Monday 22 June
Grupo A: Australia v Bolivia, La Plata
Grupo B: Venezuela v Ecuador, Bogotá
Tuesday 23 June
Grupo B: Brasil v Qatar, Barranquilla
Wednesday 24 June
Thursday 25 June
Grupo A: Chile v Paraguay, Córdoba
Friday 26 June
Grupo A: Australia v Argentina, Buenos Aires
Grupo A: Bolivia v Uruguay, La Plata
Saturday 27 June
Grupo B: Brasil v Colombia, Barranquilla
Grupo B: Ecuador v Perú, Medellín
Sunday 28 June
Grupo B: Qatar v Venezuela, Cali
Monday 29 June
Tuesday 30 June
Grupo A: Bolivia v Argentina, La Plata
Grupo A: Chile v Australia, Córdoba
Grupo A: Uruguay v Paraguay, Santiago del Estero
Wednesday 1 July
Grupo B: Qatar v Colombia, Barranquilla
Grupo B: Ecuador v Brasil, Bogotá
Grupo B: Venezuela v Perú, Cali
If you noticed something familiar, yes you are correct that these dates are virtually the same as the ones I used in the Euro 2020 post. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE FULL-DAY SOCCER ACTION FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE WORLD NEXT SUMMER!!
The first, second, third, AND fourth place teams in each group qualify. That schedule is as follows:
Saturday 4 July
1: B2 v A3
2: B1 v A4
Sunday 5 July
3: A2 v B3
4: A1 v B4
So, Who Wins?
The two guests will be cannon-fodder as will Venezuela in Grupo B and Bolivia in Grupo A. That leaves the following eight countries to go into the knockout games (Balls’ prognosticated final group position in parentheses):
So, who wins the whole thing?