In previous years, all of the predictions for the Copa America 2015 would have been dominated by Brazil being crowned champions, with all of the attention lavished on their star studded squad. This has changed rapidly over recent years, with the star players being spread across the continent, leaving Brazil without the monopoly of stars they once previously enjoyed.
Hosts Chile will be looking to Arsenal’s star man, Alexis Sanchez, to fire them to victory on home soil. After a great performance at the World Cup, which saw the team reach the last 16, they will be desperate to improve and use their knowledge of the terrain and climate in their home country to give them an advantage.
Colombia have several key players who demand some of the largest transfer fees in world football. After a disappointing season with Manchester United, Radamel Falcao will be eager to prove that he is still one of the best strikers in the world today.
Falcao is Colombia’s all-time top scorer, adding another to his tally in a 1-0 friendly win against Costa Rica. He will be well aware that his performance in the tournament could dictate the future of his career and which club he ends up playing for next season.
Another Colombia player who is sure to make a big impression is Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez. After finishing one of the top scorers at last year’s World Cup, and winning the award for goal of the World Cup for his spectacular volley, he is sure to make a big impression on the event.
The focus of South American football is switching away from the big teams, creating a much more competitive tournament and a great exhibition for the fans.