soundingstylish Posted May 25, 2011 Share Posted May 25, 2011 I thought we could all add some opinions on the teams we think have a chance of winning the Copa America 2011. Colombia are my value pick at 34/1 (General), and here's a little reason why. The biggest football competition in South America is set to take place at the start of July with twelve of the strongest teams taking part. Argentina has the honour of hosting this year’s competition with eight stunning cities taking turns in staging the 2011 Copa America. The likes of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay will highly rate their chances of winning this trophy and who are we to argue? Well, Colombia for one. Under the leadership of Hernan Dario Gomez they have thrived in the brilliantly balanced 4-1-2-3 formation he has recently deployed. Spearheaded by Porto’s Falcao, arguably the deadliest striker around this season with 39 goals in 41 appearances, and aided by the midfield muscle of fellow club teammate Freddy Guarin and Hercules’ Abel Aguilar they have the potential to spring a surprise or two in Argentina. Falcao will be flanked on one side by Gio Moreno of Once Caldas and James Rodriguez on the other, another Colombian hailing from Porto, so support will not be forthcoming for the ever improving hit man. Colombia kick off their 2011 Copa America campaign on the 2nd day of the competition in Jujuy against Costa Rica, who have been invited to take part due to Japan’s unfortunate withdrawal. They will also square up with the hosts Argentina as well as Bolivia in the group stages and will firmly believe that they can progress out of Group A comfortably. A recent friendly against the current World Champions in Spain suggests so, carving out numerous chances and only losing out to a late goal from David Silva in the 85th minute. The absence of Falcao in Spain will see their potential chances enhanced when he returns to the side when the real business starts in just over a month. The tournaments finale concludes at the Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti, home of the prestigious River Plate, a destination Colombia should have realistic dreams about reaching. Can they back it up on the pitch? Time will tell. Copa America Record 1 – Winners (2001), 1 – Runners-Up (1975), 3 – Third Place (1995, 1993, 1987), 2 – Fourth Place (2004, 1991). Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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