Copa América Preview and Squads

Copa América Preview and Squads

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June 11 will see the long-awaited return of South American football’s most prestigious international tournament: the Copa América.

This year’s tournament promises to be one of the most exciting editions of the tournament in recent memory, as host Chile has a golden opportunity to do what Colombia did in 2001 and win its first Copa América title on home soil. La Roja’s current side is arguably the strongest in the nation’s rich footballing history, featuring stars such as Arsenal’s Alexis Sánchez, Juventus midfield maestro Arturo Vidal and Inter Milan defensive stalwart Gary Medel among others.

Defending champions Uruguay was crowned Copa América champion for a record 15th time when they blew away Paraguay 3-0 in the final of the previous edition of the tournament in Argentina in 2011. However, without star striker Luis Suarez, who is still serving an international ban and key defender Martín Caceres, Óscar Tabárez’ side will find the going very tough in their quest to win back-to-back Copa América titles for the first time since the country achieved the feat in 1987.

Elsewhere, Argentina enters the tournament as favourites after an impressive showing at last year’s World Cup in Brazil where Lionel Messi guided the Albiceleste all the way to the final, where they narrowly lost out to Germany. After another stellar season with Barcelona, Messi, along with one of the strongest Argentinean sides ever assembled, will be hoping to catapult themselves to a record-equalling 15th Copa América title.

And finally there are the Brazilians, who will be led by Barcelona superstar Neymar, who, like Messi, also enjoyed an extremely fruitful season at Barcelona. The 23-year-old Brazilian number 10 has an astonishing record for Brazil, netting 43 goals in only 62 appearances for the Seleção. Whether it is beautiful stadiums with gorgeous backdrops, the most passionate fans in world football, or some of the most exciting players and most entertaining football the world has to offer, it will all be on show at the 2015 Copa América in Chile. Below are the 23-man squad lists submitted by each team for the tournament. You can catch every game of the Copa América live on BeIN SPORT.

Group A

Chile

Manager: Jorge Sampaoli
Goalkeepers: Claudio Bravo (Barcelona), Paulo Garcés (Colo-Colo), Johnny Herrera (Universidad de Chile)
Defenders: Eugenio Mena (Cruzeiro), Miiko Albornoz (Hannover 96), Mauricio Isla (Queens Park Rangers), José Rojas (Universidad de Chile), Gary Medel (Internazionale), Gonzala Jara (Mainz)
Midfielders: David Pizarro (Fiorentina), Carlos Carmona (Atalanta), Arturo Vidal (Juventus), Jorge Valdivia (Palmeiras), Matías Fernandez (Fiorentina), Jean Beausejour (Colo-Colo), Felipe Gutiérrez (Twente), Charles Aránguiz (Internacional), Marcelo Díaz (Hamburg), Francisco Silva (Club Brugge)
Forwards: Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal), Mauricio Pinilla (Atalanta), Eduardo Vargas (Queens Park Rangers), Ángelo Henríquez (Dinamo Zagreb)
Best Copa América Finish: Runners-up (4) 1955, 1956, 1979, 1987

Mexico

Manager: Miguel Herrera
Goalkeepers: Jesús Corona (Cruz Azul), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Melitón Hernández (Tiburones Veracruz)
Defenders: Julio Domínguez (Cruz Azul), Hugo Ayala (UANL Tigres), Rafael Marquez (Hellas Verona), Carlos Salcedo (Chivas Guadalajara), Juan Carlos Valenzuela (Atlas), Gerardo Flores (Cruz Azul), Adrián Aldrete (Santos Laguna), George Corral (Querétaro), Efraín Velarde (Monterrey)
Midfielders: Juan Carlos Medina (Atlas), Javier Güemez (Tijuana), Marco Fabián (Chivas Guadalajara), Luis Montes (León), Javier Aquino (Rayo Vallecano), Mario Osuna (Querétaro)
Forwards: Jesús Manuel Corona (Twente), Raúl Jiménez (Atlético Madrid), Enrique Esqueda (UANL Tigres), Vicente Matías Vuoso (Chiapas), Eduardo Herrera (UNAM)
Best Copa América Finish: Runners-up (2) 1993, 2001

Ecuador

Manager: Gustavo Quinteros
Goalkeepers: Alexander Domínguez (LDU Quito), Librado Azcona (Independiente del Valle), Esteban Dreer (Emelec)
Defenders: Walter Ayoví (Pachuca), Juan Carlos Paredes (Watford), Frickson Erazo (Grêmio), Gabriel Achilier (Emelec), Óscar Bagüí (Emelec), Arturo Mina (Independiente del Valle), Mario Pineida (Independiente del Valle), John Narváez (Emelec)
Midfielders: Christian Noboa (PAOK), Jefferson Montero (Swansea City), Michael Arroyo (América), Renato Ibarra (Vitesse), Pedro Quiñónez (Emelec), Juan Cazares (Banfield), Jonathan González (Universidad de Guadalajara), Osbaldo Lastra (Emelec)
Forwards: Jaime Ayoví (Godoy Cruz), Enner Valencia (West Ham United), Fidel Martínez (Universidad de Guadalajara), Miller Bolaños (Emelec)
Best Copa América Finish: Fourth (2) 1959, 1993

Bolivia

Manager: Mauricio Soria
Goalkeepers: Hugo Suárez (Blooming), Romel Quiñónez (Bolívar), José Peñarrieta (Club Petrolero)
Defenders: Ronald Raldes (Oriente Petrolero), Marvin Bejarano (Oriente Petrolero), Edemir Rodríguez (Bolívar), Edward Zenteno (Jorge Wilstermann), Ronald Eguino (Bolívar), Miguel Hurtado (Blooming), Leonel Morales (Blooming), Cristian Coimbra (Blooming)
Midfielders: Jhasmani Campos (Bolívar), Alejandro Chumacero (The Strongest), Pablo Escobar (The Strongest), Wálter Veizaga (The Strongest), Danny Bejarano (Oriente Petrolero), Damir Miranda (Bolívar), Damián Lizio (O’Higgins), Martin Smedberg-Dalence (IFK Göteborg), Sebastián Gamarra (Milan)
Forwards: Marcelo Martins Moreno (Changchun Yatai), Ricardo Pedriel (Mersin Idmanyurdu), Alcides Peña (Oriente Petrolero)
Best Copa América Finish: Winners (1) 1963

Group B

Argentina

Manager: Gerardo Martino
Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Sampdoria), Nahuel Guzman (UANL Tigres), Mariano Andújar (Napoli)
Defenders: Ezequiel Garay (Zenit), Nicolás Otamendi (Valencia), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City), Facundo Roncaglia (Genoa), Martín Demichelis (Manchester City), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United), Milton Casco (Newell’s Old Boys)
Midfielders: Fernando Gago (Boca Juniors), Lucas Biglia (Lazio), Ángel di María (Manchester United), Érik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur), Javier Mascherano (Barcelona), Roberto Pereyra (Juventus), Javier Pastore (Paris Saint-Germain), Éver Banega (Sevilla)
Forwards: Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Carlos Tevez (Juventus), Sergio Agüero (Manchester City), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris Saint-Germain)
Best Copa América Finish: Winners (14) 1921, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1937, 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1991, 1993

Uruguay

Manager: Óscar Tabárez
Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray), Rodrigo Muñoz (Libertad), Martín Silva (Vasco da Gama)
Defenders: José Giménez (Atlético Madrid), Diego Godín (Atlético Madrid), Jorge Fucile (Nacional), Mathías Corujo (Universidad de Chile), Álvaro Pereira (Estudiantes), Sebastián Coates (Sunderland), Maxi Pereira (Benfica), Gastón Silva (Torino)
Midfielders: Cristian Rodríguez (Atlético Madrid), Giorgian de Arrascaeta (Cruzeiro), Nicolás Lodeiro (Boca Juniors), Guzmán Pereira (Universidad de Chile), Egidio Arévalo Ríos (UANL Tigres), Carlos Sánchez (River Plate), Álvaro González (Torino)
Forwards: Abel Hernández (Hull City), Diego Rolán (Bordeaux), Christian Stuani (Espanyol), Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain), Jonathan Rodríguez (Benfica)
Best Copa América Finish: Winners (15) 1916, 1917, 1920, 1923, 1924, 1926, 1935, 1942, 1956, 1959, 1967, 1983, 1987, 1995, 2011

Paraguay

Manager: Ramón Díaz
Goalkeepers: Justo Villar (Colo-Colo), Antony Silva (Independiente Medellin), Alfredo Aguilar (Guaraní)
Defenders: Paulo da Silva (Toluca), Miguel Samudio (América), Pablo Aguilar (América), Marcos Caceres (Newell’s Old Boys), Iván Piris (Udinese), Fabián Balbuena (Libertad), Bruno Valdez (Cerro Porteño)
Midfielders: Víctor Cáceres (Flamengo), Osvaldo Martinez (América), Néstor Ortigoza (San Lorenzo), Richard Ortiz (Toluca), Óscar Romero (Racing), Osmar Molinas (Libertad), Eduardo Aranda (Olimpia)
Forwards: Roque Santa Cruz (Cruz Azul), Nelson Haedo Valdez (Eintracht Frankfurt), Édgar Benítez (Toluca), Lucas Barrios (Montpellier), Derlis González (Basel), Raúl Bobadilla (Augsburg)
Best Copa América Finish: Winners (2) 1953, 1979

Jamaica

Manager: Winfried Schäfer
Goalkeepers: Dwayne Miller (Syrianska), Duwayne Kerr (Sarpsborg 08), Ryan Thompson (Pittsburgh Riverhounds)
Defenders: Jermaine Taylor (Houston Dynamo), Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace), Kemar Lawrence (New York Red Bulls), Wes Morgan (Leicester City), Hughan Gray (Waterhouse), Daniel Gordon (Karlsruher SC), Michael Hector (Reading)
Midfielders: Rodolph Austin (Free Agent), Je-Vaughn Watson (FC Dallas), Jobi McAnuff (Leyton Orient), Joel Grant (Yeovil Town), Garath McCleary (Reading), Lance Laing (FC Edmonton)
Forwards: Darren Mattocks (Vancouver Whitecaps), Deshorn Brown (Vålerenga), Simon Dawkins (Derby County), Dino Williams (Montego Bay United), Romeo Parkes (Isidro Metapán), Giles Barnes (Houston Dynamo), Allan Ottey (Montego Bay United)
Best Copa América Finish: Contesting first Copa América in 2015

Group C

Brazil

Manager: Dunga
Goalkeepers: Jefferson (Botafogo), Neto (Fiorentina), Marcelo Grohe (Grêmio)
Defenders: Danilo (Porto), Miranda (Atlético Madrid), David Luiz (Paris Saint-Germain), Marquinhos (Paris-Germain), Filipe Luís (Chelsea), Fabinho (Monaco), Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain), Geferson (Internacional)
Midfielders: Elias (Corinthians), Douglas Costa (Shakhtar Donetsk), Casemiro (Porto), Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk), Roberto Firmino (Hoffenheim), Willian (Chelsea), Everton Ribeiro (Al-Ahli), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Fernandinho (Manchester City)
Forwards: Robinho (Santos), Diego Tardelli (Shandong Luneng), Neymar (Barcelona)
Best Copa América Finish: Winners (8) 1919, 1922, 1949, 1989, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2007

Colombia

Manager: José Pékerman
Goalkeepers: David Ospina (Arsenal), Camilo Vargas (Atlético Nacional), Cristian Bonilla (La Equidad)
Defenders: Cristián Zapata (Milan), Pedro Franco (Beşiktaş), Santiago Arias (PSV), Darwin Andrade (Standard Liège), Pablo Armero (Flamengo), Carlos Valdés (Nacional), Juan Camilo Zúñiga (Napoli), Jeison Murillo (Granada)
Midfielders: Carlos Sánchez (Aston Villa), Edwin Cardona (Monterrey), James Rodríguez (Real Madrid), Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Chelsea), Alexander Mejia (Monterrey), Edwin Valencia (Santos)
Forwards: Radamel Falcao (Manchester United), Víctor Ibarbo (Roma), Carlos Bacca (Sevilla), Teófilo Gutiérrez (River Plate), Luis Muriel (Sampdoria), Jackson Martinez (Porto)
Best Copa América Finish: Winners (1) 2001

Peru

Manager: Ricardo Gareca
Goalkeepers: Diego Penny (Sporting Cristal), Pedro Gallese (Juan Aurich), Salomón Libman (Universidad César Vallejo)
Defenders: Luis Advíncula (Vitória Setubal), Christian Ramos (Juan Aurich), Yoshimar Yotún (Malmö), Carlos Zambrano (Eintracht Frankfurt), Jair Céspedes (Juan Aurich), Hansell Riojas (Universidad César Vallejo), Pedro Paulo Requena (Universidad César Vallejo)
Midfielders: Juan Manuel Vargas (Fiorentina), Josepmir Ballón (Sporting Cristal), Carlos Lobatón (Sporting Cristal), Paolo Hurtado (Paços de Ferreira), Edwin Retamoso (Real Garcilaso), Christian Cueva (Alianza Lima), Carlos Ascues (Melgar), Joel Sánchez (Universidad San Martín)
Forwards: Claudio Pizarro (Bayern Munich), Jefferson Farfán (Schalke 04), Paolo Guerrero (Flamengo), André Carrillo (Sporting), Yordy Reyna (Red Bull Leipzig)
Best Copa América Finish: Winners (2) 1939, 1975

Venezuela

Manager: Noel Sanvicente
Goalkeepers: Dani Hernández (Tenerife), Alain Baroja (Caracas), Wuilker Faríñez (Caracas)
Defenders: Oswaldo Vizcarrondo (Nantes), Gabriel Cichero (Mineros), Roberto Rosales (Málaga), Grenddy Perozo (Ajaccio), Fernando Amorebieta (Middlesbrough), Andrés Túñez (Buriram United), Wilker Ángel (Deportivo Táchira)
Midfielders: Juan Arango (Tijuana), Franklin Lucena (Deportivo La Guaira), Tomás Rincón (Genoa), César González (Deportivo Táchira), Luis Manuel Seijas (Santa Fe), Alejandro Guerra (Atlético Nacional), Ronald Vargas (Balikesirspor), Rafael Acosta (Mineros), Jhon Murillo (Benfica)
Forwards: Miku (Rayo Vallecano), Salomón Rondón (Zenit), Josef Martínez (Torino), Gelmin Rivas (Deportivo Táchira)
Best Copa América Finish: Fourth (1) 2011

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