Copa America 2021

The Copa America football tournament is the international competition for the nations that belongs to the CONMEBOL football federation, which covers South America. The Copa America was first staged in 1916, and it was then known as the South American Football Championship. The latter predates the European Championships, its European equivalent, by 44 years making it the oldest international football tournament in the world. The next renewal of the competition will be in 2021 when Copa America 2021 betting will really heat up. 

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Copa America 2021 Betting Odds, Tips & Predictions

The Copa America in 2021, originally scheduled as Copa America 2020, is due to be held jointly in Argentina and Colombia in June and July of 2021 after being postponed for a year. The tournament has a starting date of the 11th of June with the final scheduled to take place on the 10th of July at the 47,000 seater Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez in Barranquilla, Colombia. Before the tournament is due to get underway, we will post the best Copa America 2021 betting tips and Copa America 2021 betting odds right here.

Copa America 2021 Betting Odds

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Copa America 2021 Betting Tips & Predictions

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As with all football betting, the Copa America will provide a punter with many different wagering options, be they for a match or the wider tournament as a whole. With ten South American teams in the hunt for the championship plus two invited sides looking to upset the odds, Copa America 2021 betting is going to be as epic as ever and, while different considerations need to be made, is really no different in principle to cricket betting.

Outright Winner of Copa America 2021 Betting

A bet such as this is simply a wager on which South American team will be crowned Copa America winners. Over the years, all but two of the competing nations – Ecuador and Venezuela – have won the Copa America. It probably won’t come as a surprise to learn that Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil have won this event the most. That’s definitely worth considering when Copa America 2021 betting. Boasting the likes of Leo Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar Jr, these teams will all surely be in the mix once again. Ultimately though, the choice is yours.

Best betting sites for Copa America 2021 winner: bet365

Group Winners of Copa America 2021 Betting

The groups in Copa America are based on north and south based nations on the continent. In terms of Copa America 2021 betting, this means that Brazil, who are grouped with Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Peru and Qatar, have been separated from Argentina, who find themselves in a group with Chile, Uruguay, Bolivia, Paraguay and Australia. Breaking down the teams into groups might make it easier to pick the group winner or winners of both if you prefer.

Top Scorer of Copa America 2021 Betting

Any tournament that boasts the forward lines of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay is sure to be packed with goals. Which player scores the most during the whole tournament will largely depend on how far their team progresses in the competition. The more games a team plays, the greater the likelihood is that their main striker will lead the Copa America 2021 betting charts come the completion of the tourney. Your betting aim here is to pick that player. Like live betting in cricket, one particular in-match performance can go a long way to determining the top scorer.

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Player of the Tournament Copa America 2021 Betting

In much the same way as betting on the player who will score more goals than his peers, punters can place wagers on which player will be crowned player of the tournament. This being South America, incredible skills are the norm and over the years players to have starred in this tournament include the likes of Pele, Ronaldo and the legendary and sadly late Diego Maradona. In order to predict the player of the tournament, the latest football betting tips and predictions would help.

Best betting sites for player of the tournament Copa America 2021 betting: Novibet


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Tournament Structure for Copa America

The Copa America is contested by the national men’s teams drawn from the continent of South America, which are all represented by the CONMEBOL football federation. The competition, which is the third most watched competition in football, is proposed to crown the champion of South American football.

There are 12 recognised countries in South America but not all of these are part of the CONMEBOL football federation. Some, such as Guyana and Suriname, actually play in CONCACAF competitions which represent the Caribbean nations as well as those of Central and North America.

Despite only having a ten team membership, the current Copa America is contested by 12 teams. The extra two places in the competition are made up by invitation only. For example, in Copa America 2021, Australia, better known for its Big Bash League cricket than its football, will participate in the competition as will the FIFA World Cup 2022 hosts Qatar. The competition lasts for a month in one host nation or, as in the case of Copa America 2021, in two.

The tournament is played out in phases beginning with the group stage with qualifying teams progressing on to the knockout stage. Two groups of six representing the south and north of the continent are drawn up where each team will play each other. Final group positions are determined in accordance with points tallies, and three points are awarded for a win, one for a draw and zero for a defeat.

The north group, Grupo A, will play their fixtures in Colombia, while teams from Grupo B, the south, will fulfil their fixtures in Argentina. Four teams from each group will qualify for the quarter-finals from where the tournament continues in a straightforward knockout competition where teams compete in single matches and extra time and penalties may be deployed if matches remain all square after 90 minutes.

Teams of the Copa America

Team Colours Championship Wins
Uruguay Sky blue and black 15
Argentina Blue and whiyte stripes 14
Brazil Yellow and blue 9
Paraguay Red and white stripes 2
Chile Read and navy blue 2
Peru White and red 2
Colombia Yellow and blue 1
Bolivia Green and white 1
Mexico Green and white 0
Ecuador Yellow and blue 0
Venezuela Yellow, blue and red 0

History of Copa America

Although there was an international football tournament held in South America in 1910 that featured Argentina, Peru and Uruguay, this was not officially endorsed by CONMEBOL. In fact, it wasn’t until 1916 that the inaugural South American tournament that would later be recognised as the Copa America was held, with Uruguay the first ever champions.

The success of that first tourney instantly inspired the creation of the CONMEBOL. Initially, the tournament was held annually but the 1918 renewal was postponed for a year following a flu outbreak in Rio de Janeiro. From there, the tournament has been staged rather erratically.

Following the first FIFA World Cup in 1930, hostility between the Argentinian and Uruguayan football federations disrupted the Copa America, still at the time called the South American Football Championship, and it wasn’t held again until 1935. By 1945, the tournament returned to being staged on a yearly basis for a short time before returning to being held biannually, then every three years and then every four. There were two South American Championships held in 1959, one each in Ecuador and another in Argentina.

Following 1967’s renewal, the event shut down for eight years, returning in 1975 rebranded as the Copa America for the very first time. This time though, the tourney had no host nation or fixed venue. Instead, matches were played across the year with each nation hosting games. Until 1987, the tourney was held every four years. By this point, host nations were reintroduced to the Copa America which then returned to being a biannual tournament.

The tournament returned to a three year rotation between 2001 and 2007, save for a 2016 special edition in recognition of the Copa America’s centenary. This special event, which due to the nature of CONMEBOL host rotation was supposed to be held in Brazil, was unable to take place in the country due to Brazil’s commitment to hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the Rio Olympics in 2016. As a result, the Copa America was held outside South America for the first and only time, with the USA stepping in to host the event, which was temporarily expanded to a 16 team tournament.

Copa America Past Winners

Year Host Winner Runner Up
2019 Brazil Brazil Peru
2016 United States Chile Argentina
2015 Chile Chile Argentina
2011 Argentina Uruguay Paraguay
2007 Venezuela Brazil Argentina
2004 Peru Brazil Argentina
2001 Colombia Colombia Mexico
1999 Paraguay Brazil Uruguay
1997 Bolivia Brazil Bolivia
1995 Uruguay Uruguay Brazil
1993 Ecuador Argentina Mexico
1991 Chile Argentina Brazil
1989 Brazil Brazil Uruguay
1987 Argentina Uruguay Chile
1983 Various Hosts Uruguay Brazil
1979 Various Hosts Paraguay Chile
1975 Various Hosts Peru Colombia
1967 Uruguay Uruguay Argentina
1963 Bolivia Bolivia Paraguay
1959 Ecuador Uruguay Argentina
1957 Peru Argentina Brazil

Copa America Key Stats

  • The most successful team in the tournament's history is Uruguay who have won 15 championships, one more than Argentina who have won 14.
  • Of all the teams who have competed in the Copa America over the years, only Ecuador and Venezuela have never won it.
  • The only non-CONMEBOL member nation to host a championship is the USA who did so in 2016.
  • Argentina’s Norberto Méndez and Brazil’s Zizinho are the leading goal scorers in Copa America history having bagged a whopping 17 goals each over the years.
  • Méndez scored his in three renewals of the Copa America, while Zizinho took six tournaments to match the feat.
  • The biggest Copa America score ever recorded is Argentina’s 12-0 win over Ecuador in the year 1942.
  • In 1949, Brazil plundered a single tournament record 46 goals.
  • Jair da Rosa Pinto of Brazil, Humberto Maschio of Argentina and Uruguay’s Javier Ambrois all scored a record of nine goals in a single Copa America campaign, with the latter two matching each other in the same event in 1957.

Copa America FAQs

What are the Best Betting Sites for Copa America?

We think that the best betting sites for Copa America 2021 betting are 1Bet and Unibet.

Where Can I Watch Copa America?

Copa America doesn’t have an Indian broadcaster yet.

When Does the Copa America 2021 Take Place?

The Copa America 2021 will take place in the summer of 2021 between June and July.

Where Does the Copa America 2021 Take Place?

The Copa America 2021 will be jointly hosted by Argentina and Colombia.

Can I Bet on the Number of Red Cards Shown in a Copa America Match?

Yes, and the Copa America has, in the past, proven to throw up some volatile clashes making this a healthy Copa America 2021 betting market.


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CricketBettingAdvice Final Say Final Say

The Copa America football tournament is one of the greatest events in football. Football is after all much more than a sport in this continent and is treated almost like a religion, not dissimilar to the esteem cricket is held over most of the Indian subcontinent. South American football has always been romanticised by football fans the world over, with many of the best players plying their trade in Europe’s big four leagues, Spain’s La Liga, Germany’s Bundesliga, Italy’s Serie A and England’s Premier League. As such, when the likes of Brazil and Argentina clash, everyone around the world tunes in to watch and take advantage of some really great Copa America 2021 betting opportunities.

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