Argentina: Right after Copa America is the 2022 World Cup

Obviously, Argentina is undergoing a rejuvenation process, with some players playing well in the 2019 Copa America such as Juan Foyth, Rodrigo De Paul, Paulo Dybala, Giovani Lo Celso and Lautaro Martinez.

However, I don’t understand why the Argentine Football Federation (AFA) left a less experienced coach like Lionel Scaloni to lead this team and only consider him a temporary solution and not someone else. Statistics show that Scaloni is the 8th coach since Jose Pekerman left the team after the 2006 World Cup quarter-final defeat, a tournament that has marked the decline of Argentine football in recent years.

The crisis exposed disagreements in AFA, in that they could not persuade good coaches to emerge in the past to lead Albiceleste, including River Plate’s Marcelo Gallardo, Diego Simeone of Atletico Madrid and Mauricio Pochettino. Tottenham. That’s not including potential candidates like Gabriel Heinze of Velez Sarsfiel, Gabriel Milito of Estudiantes and Hernan Crespo of Banfield.

Admittedly, Argentina’s search for the first title since Copa America 1993 in Ecuador is not at fault from the overproduction of good strikers or midfielders, but the main problem is at the bottom. The slow, distracted defense play is still a weakness of Albiceleste. It is said that Scaloni changed some names but the way they let Paraguay score in the group stage, as well as Brazil’s second goal in the semi-finals, pointed out the fact that Argentina needs a better defender generation.

So whether it’s Scaloni or someone sitting on the steering seat, a reconstruction of the force is inevitable, starting in their upcoming match: a friendly match in September in the US, ahead of itself. Chile, the opponent they just defeated in the 2015 Copa America competition.

Then there will be the 2022 World Cup qualifier, with the first match in March next year.

Amazing stories from Copa America (part 2)

3. Violent match between Argentina and Brazil in 1991

With five goals and five red cards, the match between Argentina and Brazil at the Copa America 1991 is a symbol of the confrontation between the top two South American football teams.

Dario Franco scored in the very first minute of the game for Argentina, but only four minutes later, Branco’s free-kick equalized 1-1 for Brazil. In the 31st minute of the match, Claudio Caniggia of Argentina) and Mazinho of Brazil were sent off after they rushed into each other like enemies.

Argentina remained the better team in the second half with two goals from Franco and Batistuta while Brazil only scored one more goal thanks to Joao Paulo. In the 61st minutes, Carlos Enrique (Argentina) and Marcio Roberto (Brazil) received two red cards for hardly arguing with each other. Before that, each team had a player who had to leave the pitch on the stretcher because of the phase-down of the ball.

Finally, Argentina won 3-2 on the score, while Brazil won 3-2 in the red cards. After the “bloody” victory, Argentina headed straight for the championship.

4. Argentina withdrew from Copa America 2001

The Copa America 2001 is the most complicated tournament in the history of this sports event. Initially, the tournament was expected to be attended by 10 South American teams and 2 Mexican and Canadian guests.

But right before the start, terrorist threats in the host country Colombia made CONMEBOL decide to cancel the tournament. Venezuela offered to host the tournament instead of Colombia, but in the last minute Colombia were given the green light to host the event. Venezuela asked to host instead, but in the end, Colombia was allowed by CONMEBOL to host the tournament.

The Argentine Football Federation did not accept Colombia as host because of security concerns. They confirmed that the Argentine players had received terrorist threats if they attended Copa. Eventually, Argentina withdrew despite Colombia’s pledge to strengthen special security for Marcelo Bielsa’s team.

After Argentina, Canada in turn dropped the tournament. Without the two teams, in urgent cases, CONMEBOL had to invite Honduras and Costa Rica to replace Argentina and Canada.

Due to the rush of time, Colombia sent an air force plane to transport Honduras team to the tournament. And finally, the Hunduras team landed in Colombia just a few hours before their match against Costa Rica started.

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.