(CNN Spanish) – After much uncertainty and criticism, Conmebol continues with the intention of holding the Copa América 2021. The South American Football Confederation confirmed on Monday that Brazil will be the venue and announced that same day the calendar and dates of the matches for the tournament, after discarding the organization in Colombia and Argentina.
The highest competition for national teams in the American continent was to be played last year, but the threat of the coronavirus caused its postponement. Later, the social crisis and the health situation in Colombia and the epidemiological situation in Argentina changed the organization of the event.
The Copa América 2021 will begin on June 13 at the Mané Garrincha stadium in Brasilia with the match between Brazil and Venezuela. That same day, Colombia and Ecuador will face each other at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiabá.
The competition will have its final on July 10 at the Maracana Stadium, which also hosted the final in the previous Copa América (2019) when Brazil beat Peru 3-1.
The game that will define third place in the competition will be played in Brasilia on July 9.
Conmebol had to adjust the calendar after the teams of Australia and Qatar withdrew from the competition due to calendar conflicts.
Groups for the Copa América 2021
Now the tournament will be organized in two groups: Group A (south zone) and Group B (north zone).
In Group A, there are Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay, Chile and Paraguay.
In Group B, the protagonists will be Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru.
Four teams will advance from each group to contest the quarterfinals.
Brazil – Venezuela (Brasilia)
Colombia – Ecuador (Cuiabá)
Argentina – Chile (Rio de Janeiro)
Paraguay – Bolivia (Goiânia)
Colombia – Venezuela (Goiânia)
Brazil – Peru (Rio de Janiero)
Chile – Bolivia (Cuiabá)
Argentina – Uruguay (Brasilia)
Venezuela – Ecuador (Rio de Janeiro)
Colombia – Peru (Goiânia)
Uruguay – Chile (Cuiabá)
Argentina – Paraguay (Brasilia)
Brazil – Colombia (Rio de Janeiro)
Ecuador – Peru (Goiânia)
Bolivia – Uruguay (Cuiabá)
Chile – Paraguay (Brasilia)
Brazil – Ecuador (Goiânia)
Venezuela – Peru (Brasilia)
Uruguay – Paraguay (Rio de Janeiro)
Bolivia – Argentina (Cuiabá)
Third and fourth place match