Coming soon…..the Copa America!

All the best news and views from South America’s premier football tournament.

El Arbitro will be in Venezuela to cover the Copa and send you all the latest news and gossip. His linesmen will be scouring the continent to bring you all the local reaction to the results.

Starting next week with regular updates from Venezuela.

See the official site for a run down of all the matches and venues.

The tournament hasn’t even started there are already a number of talking points. Juan Roman Riquelme, Boca’s mercurial playmaker, has decided to end his exile and returns to a full-strength Argentina squad. Landon Donovan, the USA’s brightest star, has been left out out of Bob Bradley’s 22. And with fears over the readiness of venues growing, authorities have moved one of the quarter final matches away from Barinas because the stadium isn’t up to scratch.

It promises to be an eventful three weeks. Stay tuned…

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5 responses to “Coming soon…..the Copa America!

  1. El Arbitro

    Can’t wait to see your reports!

  2. Juan

    Riquelme trata a bola com tanto carinho, que ela, apaixonada e agradecida, com a humildade de um cão, procura o craque por todo o campo para beijar os seus pés.

    -Tostão, Folha de S.Paulo, 24/06/07

    [Riquelme treats the ball with such love, that she, loving and grateful, with the humility of a dog, looks for the ace all over the field so that she can kiss his feet.]

  3. Fred

    Nice Tostão quote – not surprised Tostão rates JRR. Saw this from Juca Kfouri also in Folha. (He’s one of Brazil’s best known football writers). Bit polemical!

    “A escola de futebol argentina é tão boa como a nossa. Perde em quantidade, por razões óbvias dadas as respectivas populações. E leva vantagem, por exemplo, na compreensão dos esquemas táticos. A razão é simples: os jogadores argentinos têm um nível cultural bem acima do dos nossos. ”

    [The school of Argentine football is as good as ours. It lacks in quantity, for obvious reasons thanks to respective population sizes. And it has an advantage, for example, in understanding tactical schemes. The reason is simple: Argentine players have a cultural level higher than ours.]

  4. El Arbitro

    One interesting point is that at international level, Brazil is better than Argentina. But on a club level, Argentine clubs have always done better than Brazilian clubs….

  5. Fred

    Why is that?

    One thing though – many of the impressive numbers piled up by Argentine clubs were in the increasingly distant past. Take Independiente. Their 7 Copas boosts Argentina’s total nicely but they were all long ago and do not look like being repeated. Apart from Boca, just one club, Brazil is on top these days with five teams making the Copa final in the last five years against just Boca for Argentina. And Brazilian clubs won more Copas in the 1990s than Argentine ones.

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