Amazing stories from Copa America (part 1)

Since being established in 1916, Copa America has become one of the world’s most remarkable football tournaments. Besides the fierce competition of the top teams, Copa America has witnessed some interesting events over the century.

Here are five amazing stories from the Copa America.

1. Hatred Argentina – Uruguay

The most famous competition in international football is between Brazil and Argentina. But when it comes to Copa America, Argentina considers Uruguay as their biggest rivals for several reasons. These are the two most successful teams in Copa America (Argentina has 14 tittles and Uruguay, 15). However, their rivalry in the tournament started in 1930.

In the first FIFA World Cup, Uruguay defeated Argentina in the final 4-2. The Argentinians were annoyed that the referee favored the host team. The rage was so high that in Argentina, the crowd of extremist fans threw stones at the Uruguayan consulate.

The enmity between the two football federations grew, causing Copa America to be suspended for 6 years. It was not until 1935 that the new Copa America was reorganized. And once again, the Argentinians hated when they lost 0-3 to Uruguay in the final match. The encounter between Uruguay and Argentina always become the focal point of the tournament, where the fans screamed loudly while the players rolled into each other like beasts. In the 15 times Uruguay became the champion, there are up to 10 times the runner up was Argentina. Therefore, in the eyes of Argentina, Uruguay is their first rival.

2. The shock named Honduras at the Copa America 2001

Argentina’s withdrawal from the 2001 edition due to security threats helped Brazil be considered as an absolute power in the tournament held in Colombia. But the biggest shock in Copa America history happened when Felipe Scolari’s men were eliminated by guest team Honduras.

Brazil was the current World Cup runner-up. Although they did not bring the strongest team to the Copa America 2001, they still had many stars like Juninho Pernambucano, Emerson, Denilson, Mario Jardel, Juliano Belletti. Whereas, Honduras is just considered a “road team”.

After suddenly passing the group stage, Honduras confronted Brazil in the quarter-finals. The team in CONCACAF region made Selecao stunned with the speed-up shots. Honduras took the lead through a deflected goal after a goalless first half. The Brazilians’ misery was complete when Honduras scored again at the death. This match has been always remembered as the greatest upset in the tournament’s history.

Liverpool and the most memorable Champions League season in history

The final match between Liverpool and Tottenham cannot change the truth when the 2018/19 Champions League is the most attractive in the history flow of this prestigious tournament.

After 10 years, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are no longer taking over the Champions League. Liverpool is a game changer with Juergen Klopp’s unrelenting boom. However, that is not the only imprint of the UEFA Champions League 2018/19.

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It is impossible to talk about the Champions League in 2018/19 but ignore the incredible comeback. This is the season that deserves to go down in history with many memorable emotions. Choking scenarios take place continuously, directly pushing the world into a real roller coaster in the knockout round.

On March 6, 2019, no one imagined Ole Solskjaer’s Manchester United could turn against PSG after losing 0-2 at the eighth round in the table to determine Marcus’s 90 and 3 minute score. Rashford. What is the most dramatic thing here?

The answer is that Rashford has never scored 11m before in a professional career. So the number 10 of MU dare to perform and defeat goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. Stress, daring, arguing and risking the match at the Parc des Princes became the undeniable highlight of the Champions League 2018/19.

Nearly a week after the wonderful night at the Parc des Princes, the whole European stage moved to Juventus’ Allianz Stadium, where Cristiano Ronaldo showed himself to be the king of Europe’s most prestigious arena with a hat-trick to help Juventus going upstream, thereby knocking Atletico Madrid 3-0 to continue after losing 0-2 in the first leg.

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The semi-finals continue to be climbing climbers not for the faint of heart. Liverpool was destroyed at the Camp Nou after Leo Messi’s perfect night with a score of 3-0. Leave it at Anfield, where defender Andrew Robertson wrote on They Player’s Tribune that he “felt sorry for those who had to go there”, Liverpool crushed Barca 4-0 to advance to the final.

Spurs need 45 minutes of the second half of the second leg in the Netherlands to turn every effort and advantage of Ajax’s three goals into a cup. A hat-trick with Moura’s goal in the final minute of the second half brought Tottenham into the first Champions League final in history.

The UEFA Champions League final overview


Who is in the final?

Tottenham booked their place with a famous comeback against Ajax on Wednesday, and Liverpool did likewise with Barcelona on the day before.

When does it take place?

The final match will be held on Saturday 1st June, kicking off at 21:00CET. This is the 10th successive season of the UEFA Champions League that the final has taken place at the weekend.

Where is it being played?

The Estadio Metropolitano in Madrid, the capital of Spain, will stage the fixture. The venue was officially opened in September 2017 and is the home of Atlético Madrid, replacing the former home of the club, the Estadio Vicente Calderón.

Can I get tickets?

The first 4,000 tickets have been sold to fans all around the world via the website UEFA.com. Each of the two clubs through to the final receives 17,000 tickets and the remaining ones are allocated to the UEFA and national associations, local organizing committee, commercial partners and broadcasters.

How can I watch the final?

The list of all global UEFA Champions League broadcast partners is available here.

What about the Champions Festival?

The UEFA Champions Festival will take place from Thursday 30 May until Sunday 2 June in central Madrid.

It is free to attend the festival, which will be the place for entertainment around the final, including the UEFA Ultimate Champions Tournament with a host of UEFA Champions League greats; as well as freestylers, bands, DJs, autograph signing sessions, and the chance to take your photo with the trophy.

Who is the final referee?

Referee Damir Skominab from Slovenia will take charge of the final and will be assisted by his countrymen Robert Vukan and Jure Praprotnik.

Who will be performing at the opening ceremony?

Imagine Dragons will live perform at the opening ceremony of the final, presented by Pepsi. Well-known for smash hits like Radioactive, Believer, and Thunder, the Grammy Award-winning group will perform at the stage minutes before kick-off. The 2019 opening ceremony will offer a level of production that has never been seen before at a UEFA Champions League final.

Frank Lampard Claims Derby’s Overturned Penalty Was Like ‘Human VAR’


Frank Lampard, Derby boss, described the decision of referee Craig Pawson to overturn a penalty awarded to his side in their playoff defeat against Leeds as ‘like human VAR’.

After the play-off semi-final first leg between Derby County and Leeds United, this is an advantage to Marcelo Bielsa’s men. With a goal from Kemar Roofe enough to secure the win, Leeds came away from Pride Park with a 1-0 advantage.

Inside the final 15 minutes of the match, under the challenge of winger Jack Harrison, Rams full-back Jayden Bogle went to ground, with Craig Pawson immediately pointing to the spot. However, amid Leeds’ incensed appeals, after consulting with linesman Eddie Smart Pawson overturned his decision and instead awarded a free-kick in favor of Marcelo Bielsa’s men.

It was a moment which could have quite clearly changed the result of the game. Speaking to Sky Sports after the final whistle at Pride Park, Frank Lampard aired his frustrations at the conclusion of the officials.

He said: “I’m not sure if it’s a penalty – I think it’s one of those you can get or not get. The referee gave it, but the linesman has decided it was clear enough to not be a penalty. It’s like human VAR, but with the actual VAR, the only way they turn decisions, as you hear from the rules, is if it’s a clear and obvious challenge. It wasn’t – I can’t understand it.”

“I’m not standing here and saying it was a clear penalty; I’ve looked at it and it’s probably right in the middle. Bogle has got his leg across, there’s not huge contact, but enough that he’s in front of him before he gets there.”

“But for the linesman to decide by himself and for the referee to accept that decision, making him completely wrong, is really difficult to understand. The linesman will say he thought it wasn’t [clear], but the referee gave it, so work that one out.”

The Rams didn’t succeed in registering a shot on target throughout the 90 minutes. Naturally, Lampard felt there was room for improvement ahead of the second leg on Wednesday, which is live on Sky Sports Football.

He added: “I don’t think we did enough. I thought, in the early parts of the game, we were good, created a couple of chances and we were positive. When I spoke before the game, I said that Leeds were favorites because of where they are in the league and because they are experienced.”

“Their team has been building for a few years, they have players that have been here in this league for years and, for the majority of our players, it’s their first proper season in this league.”