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Copa America left without any host as Argentina is stripped
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Copa America left without any host as Argentina is stripped

Argentina will no longer host the Copa America tournament, the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) disclosed on Sunday. This latest development has put the competition in doubt with just 13 days left till the date it was set to kick off. The competition which features 10 South American countries was due to be held in Argentina and Colombia between June 13 and July 10, and this was the first time it was being co=hosted by two nations in its 105-year history. However, Colombia was removed as co-host on May 20 due to persistent protests with demands for social and economic change across the country. Argentina have now joined due to what the body described as present circumstances. CONMEBOL didn't reveal the nature of the circumstances that forced the decision although Ar...
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Richarlison to miss game against Paraguay due to mumps

Brazil manager Tite has confirmed that forward Richarlison will play no part in Thursday's Copa America quarter-final against Paraguay due to an illness. The Everton star started Brazil's first two group games in the competition but played no part in the thrashing of Peru in their last group game on Saturday. He will miss the last eight fixture because he has been diagnosed with mumps. Richarlison was isolated from the squad due to the contagious nature of the illness. According to Brazil, the forward needs full rest and medication to enable him to recover fully. The rest of the squad will now face vaccination procedures after the match against Paraguay in Porto Alegre. Brazil are already without the likes of Casemiro through a suspension and Fernandinho who is nursing an injury. ...
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Coutinho to decide Barca future after Copa America

Philippe Coutinho will wait till he returns from his engagements with Brazil in the Copa America before making any final decision on his stay or exit from Barcelona this summer. The former Liverpool man has struggled to make a significant impact at Barcelona since the £105m move in January 2018, scoring just 5 goals in 33 La Liga games. He hasn't been spared by the fans who've booed and jeered him for not supposedly living up to expectations thus far. Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain are interested in the Brazil international with Brazilian Leonardo returning to his role as the club's sporting director. READ: Maurizio Sarri reportedly approves Juve move for Pogba As reports of a Neymar departure continues to be rife, Coutinho is being considered as an ideal partner for Kylian ...
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Neymar to miss Copa America after suffering ankle injury

Neymar has suffered yet another injury setback and has been ruled out of the Copa America due to an ankle issue. It can be recalled that the 27-year-old sustained an injury in the latter stages of the 2014 World Cup which ruled him out of key knockout games. Subsequently, he wasn't in full fitness for the Russia 2018 World Cup and saw his season with PSG hampered by another injury. READ: Real Madrid and Chelsea agree fee for Hazard FIND A VIDEO OF THE INJURY BELOW https://twitter.com/JuanDirection58/status/1136485659206701056 There were hopes that he would be fit in time to represent Brazil in the Copa America but another injury has struck again. Neymar suffered the recent injury in Brazil's 2 nil over Qatar in a Friendly game and Brazil will now have to make do withou...
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Dani Alves replaces Neymar as Brazil captain for Copa America

Dani Alves will replace Neymar as the captain of the Brazil national team ahead of the 2018/19 Copa America competition. The announcement was made by the country's football federation on Monday. In a statement released by Confederação Brasileira de Futebol. it was stated: “The decision was communicated to Neymar by (coach) Tite on Saturday” READ: https://footiehound.com/gattuso-leaves-ac-milan/ It can be recalled that Neymar was handed a three-game suspension for lashing out at a spectator after PSG's shocking loss to Rennes in the 2018/19 French Cup final. Brazil will face Bolivia, Venezuela, and Peru in the group stages of the competition which begins on June 14, preceded by two friendly games against Qatar and Honduras.
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Argentina coach Scaloni hopeful of Messi return

Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni has revealed that he's optimistic about Lionel Messi's international future and will discuss with the Barcelona forward about a possible return to the Argentina senior national team. It can be recalled that Lionel Messi decided to go on a sabbatical from the Argentina national team after a disappointing campaign at the Russia 2018 World Cup, as they were knocked out by eventual winners France in the round of 16. Lionel Messi, 31, has not disclosed if he'll participate in the upcoming Copa America scheduled for June but interim coach Scaloni told reporters in the course of Thursday's Copa America draws that Messi could make a return in a friendly game in March. READ: Barcelona reportedly make contact with Juan Mata "We will speak with Leo in the da...