Our favorites for the 2024 Copa America: Argentina and Brazil far ahead

Our favorites for the 2024 Copa America: Argentina and Brazil far ahead
Our favorites for the 2024 Copa America: Argentina and Brazil far ahead

Argentine

Since their coronation in Qatar, the Albiceleste have been almost invincible (13 wins and one defeat in 14 matches) and they are the big favorites for this 2024 edition of the Copa America. Argentina, defending champion (2021) and reigning world champion (2022), maintains a very experienced group with 21 world champions including important executives (Nicolas Tagliafico, Nicolás Otamendi, Angel Di Maria and even Lionel Messi, player of Inter Miami in the United States).

Among the world champions, Lionel Scaloni, coach of the Albiceleste since 2018 and who extended his contract until 2026, continues to integrate the new generation with Enzo Fernandez (23 years old), Alexis Mac Allister (25 years old) or again Julian Alvarez (24 years old).

Brazil

This is clearly not the best Brazilian team we have seen in history but, in recent months, a revival has taken place among the Seleçao and they are therefore among the big favorites. In full reconstruction after poor results (only 6th in the mini-championship and a disappointing 2022 World Cup), coach Dorival Junior, who arrived at the start of the year, improved the level of play and had three successes in friendly matches, notably against England on March 23 (1-0).

The finalists of the last edition will be able to rely on a well-established midfielder with Bruno Guimaraes, Lucas Paqueta and Joao Gomes. In attack, Dorival Junior has choices: Raphinha, Richarlison, Rodrygo, the young Endrick (17 years old) and of course the Brazilian of the moment who has just won a Champions League with Real Madrid, Vinicius Junior. An important force which could make us forget the absence of Neymar (forfeit).

Uruguay

Co-holder of the record for the number of victories in the competition with Argentina (15), Celeste can create a surprise in this 2024 Copa America. On a very good start since the arrival of Marcelo Bielsa on the bench in May 2023 , Uruguay has won a series of victories in its last three qualifying matches for the 2026 World Cup and ranks in second place, for the moment, only two points behind Argentina.

La Celeste will be able to count on the eternal Luis Suarez and, also, on a talented generation with Ronald Araujo (25 years old), Manuel Ugarte (23 years old), Facundo Pellistri (22 years old) and Darwin Nunez (24 years old). The relatively poor bench depth could, however, play tricks on Bielsa’s team, in search of a first Copa after its failures with Argentina.

Colombia

Colombia, led by its coach Néstor Lorenzo, arrives at the Copa America with an unbeaten streak that has lasted since March 2022 and eight consecutive successes. Victorious over Spain, Romania, Mexico and Brazil over the last 12 months, it also largely beat the United States (5-1) in a friendly match on June 8.

In the same group as Brazil as well as Paraguay and Honduras, Colombia will therefore first have to take up the challenge of the Seleçao. And, it will be led by experienced players such as Yerry Mina, James Rodriguez and Luis Diaz.

Mexico

Not invited to the last two editions of the Copa America, Mexico has not taken part in this competition since 2016 when it reached the quarter-finals. In a group without too many difficulties (Venezuela, Jamaica, Ecuador), Mexico will, despite everything, have to be wary of Venezuela which occupies fourth place in the World Cup qualifiers in the South America zone.

The strong choices of coach Jaime Lozano to do without Guillermo Ochoa (38 years old), still the holder and captain last March, but also Raul Jimenez (Fulham) and Hirving Lozano (PSV) could give a new dynamic to Mexico. Santiago Gimenez, who is coming off a very good season with Feyenoord (23 goals in the Championship), will be one of the great assets of the Mexican selection.

UNITED STATES

As future organizers of the 2026 World Cup and hosts of the 2024 Copa America, the United States is keen to consolidate its status as a nation that is developing, moreover, in front of its public. The Americans have great power with important senior players (Christian Pulisic, Timothy Weah, Folarin Balogun, Weston McKennie…), which can undoubtedly help them to hit hard in this edition of the Copa.

The draw against Brazil in a preparation match on June 13 (1-1) can also give them confidence. However, even if we do not doubt the determination of the outsiders, there is a definite lack of arguments to be able to compete with the great South American nations.

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