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Dunga’s Brazil Prepared for Copa America with Neymar Arrival

Last Sunday Brazil got a 2-0 win over Mexico. Brazil team was literally good with some monotonous overtones. But as matter of fact, the Copa America is not only winning the title. At least for the strong sides in this tournament believe this as greater competition within the region. In fact Brazil must have been fascinating to forget those 20-odd minutes of madness last July in FIFA World Cup 2014, Brazil.

It was the Selecao’s first match on home soil since beaten by Holland on July 12. Now Brazil team pretty more prepared to take on Peru this Sunday in their Copa America opener in Chile. The 1994 World Cup winning captain Dunga (current coach of Brazil National Team) is keeping faith in Neymar. He will be counting on his talisman after he reported for national duty last Monday.

Neymar Arrival boosts Brazil for Copa America:

Anyway, you cannot just allow guarantee about the 23-year-old to play any part against the Central Americans. But it was truly a happy ending for Neymar on Champions League Final against Juventus. He netted the third on that night in Berlin last weekend. Dunga believes European success can also help to lift his second continental title. As he had already won the 2007 edition following a 3-0 rout of Argentina recently.

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Neymar has far shown no fatigue with 39 goals this season for Barcelona. Even he was a very regular footballer for international arena since 2011. Some say, he needs rest and for the purpose to serve, it will be wise to leave him out of Wednesday’s friendly squad.

After winning the Champions League Final on Saturday, Neymar joined the Brazil squad yesterday. With Neymar’s absence for the match, one man who could return is Santos forward Robinho. Recently the journeyman has returned to the international fold as one of the experienced heads in Brazil.

He is very much expected to be shown as the principal feeder between the freely fluctuating lines between midfield and attack for Selecao team. Elias on the other hand had an excellent performance in both goals as he battles with Casemiro for a place alongside Fernandinho.

The back line now picks itself with Jefferson behind Danilo, Miranda, David Luiz and Filipe Luis. But the Porto right-back is not confirmed for Wednesday’s game. He had recently endured an ankle problem following from Javier Guemez. May be Fabinho would be set to deputies. Again, Willian has stepped up in the absence of midfield partners Luiz Gustavo and Oscar.

This is actually a beneficial chance for Dunga to test a few broader options in Porto Alegre. Shakhtar midfielder Fred had already failed to impose himself on proceedings. While Brazil appear to be on an upward trajectory since the World Cup, last form tells a different guidelines.

Dunga needed to redesign the Brazil side after Luiz Felipe Scolari’s tenure. And probably he has forged a first XI that looks prepared enough on the eve of Copa America. Brazil reverted to two lines of four without the ball against Mexico.

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Willian and Coutinho proved capable of causing problems for teams set up to utilize the man marking system. When Robinho drops back into a 4-2-3-1, it leaves Diego Tardelli to lead from the front. Hopefully the lack of definitive positioning will play to Brazil’s strengths this time.

As the tournament approaching just the corner, Dunga must have wished for fine-tuning his prime instruments. Brazil have fond memories of their last visit to Porto Alegre. They had 3-0 win over France on the eve of the Confederations Cup last time.

That was an absolute success for Brazil romped to the title.

On the eve of competition once again, Selecao team appears to be purring. Though Brazil has overwhelmed in last 10 wins from 10 matches, Dunga likes to think only about the upcoming first match for them. And no doubt, with the present focus, Neymar arrival, Brazil team is genuinely boosted for the Copa America chances.

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Top 10 All-time Greatest Records in Copa America

The Copa America is one of the prestigious football tournaments in the world. It is also the oldest football tournament in the world, starting from 1916. Formerly, the competition is known as ‘South American Football Championship’. South America is the region, where the game of football flourished better than any part of the world. Football is kind of a religion in this continent. Some greatest footballers were born here and brought glory for their countries. Footballers like Pele, Maradona, Ronaldo all played their magnificent role in world football. In recent time, Messi, Neymar, Rodriguez, David Luiz are remarkable South American footballers who are shining in the world football.

Copa America 2015 is taking place in Chile from 11 June. Now, we have taken an initiative to enlist the top 10 all-time greatest records in Copa America. Let’s have a look and enjoy.

Top 10 All-time Greatest Records in Copa America:

1. Most Titles

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Uruguay National team are the most successful nation in the history of Copa America. The Uruguayans have won 15 Copa America titles. Uruguay won the competition defeating Paraguay by 3-0 in the final. Surprisingly, the runner-up Paraguay were able to reach the finals without winning a single game in the competition.

Their success in the final stage was determined by the way of penalty shoot-outs. However, Uruguay earned the right to play in 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil where they finished third.

2. Hosts

Argentina has hosted Copa America more times than any other nations in the South America. The nation arranged the tournament a record nine times with the last one in 2011. Uruguay are at second place having hosted the event seven times and Peru and Chile both share the third place for this record by hosting six tournaments each. On the other hand, Brazil have hosted only four occasions of this competition.

2015 Copa America is hosted by Chile in 9 different venues. As a matter of fact, the tournament was to be held in Brazil. But, after arranging 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, 2014 FIFA World Cup and preparing for the upcoming summer Olympics in 2016, they decided against hosting Copa America in 2015.

3. All-time top scorers

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There are two players sharing the record for the most goals scored in the history of Copa America. They are Zizinho of Brazil and Norberto Mendez of Argentina. Both footballers have scored 17 goals in Copa America campaign. Severino Varela of Uruguay and Teodoro Fernandez are jointly placed second with scoring 15 goals each.

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Norberto Mendez ; image credit en.wikipedia.org

Agentina’s Norberto Mendez played 33 games for his country and won 3 Copa America titles and 3 Primera Division titles in his career. Zizinho, the Brazilian attacking mid-fielder was great player with his incredible array of offensive skills with both feet as well as extraordinary vision. He made 53 appearances for Brazil and scored 30 goals. Truly, the record is worthy enough to be included in the list of top 10 all-time greatest records in Copa America.

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4. Most appearances by player

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The Chilean goalkeeper, Serjio Livingstone held the record of most Copa America appearances. He played 34 Copa America matches, which is more than any other player. He took part in seven South American Championships and one world cup. Livingstone was nicknamed as “El Sapo”, (the Toad) for his trademark posture between the goal-post. The goal-keeper later became a well renowned journalist.

Brazil’s Zizinho is in the second place with 33 appearances while Leonel Alvarez and Carlos Valderrama share the third place with 32 appearances in Copa America.

5. Most successful coach

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The Argentine footballer and manager Guillermo Stabile is the most successful coach in the history of Copa America. He led Argentina to victory in six Copa America tournaments: 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1955 and 1957. He coached the Argentine National side in 123 official matches gaining a total 83 victories, which made him one of the few coaches with more than 100 matches in charge of a national team.

As a footballer, Stabile was the top goal scorer of the first FIFA World Cup in 1930. He also played football in France and Italy.

6. Longest match

The longest match in the history of Copa America took place in 1919, in the 3rd Copa America competition, which was held in Brazil. It was a final match, where host Brazil beat Uruguay in the playoff match and claimed their first title. The match lasted a total of two and a half hours.

When the score was level after 90 minutes, it was needed an extra time, which was oddly consisted of four periods of 15 minutes each, not like two halves of 15 minutes as is still usual nowadays. It was a historic match for Brazil as they won their maiden title at home with 1-0 in the playoff against Uruguay.

7. Worst goalkeeper

The worst goalkeeper performance in the history of Copa America came in 1942, at the 17th edition of South American Championship, held in Uruguay. Ecuador goal-keeper Napoleon Medina became the most unlucky man, after conceding a record 31 goals in total. The record is still alive for the most goals ever conceded at a football tournament. Medina nearly broke his own record three years later conceding 27 goals as a goalkeeper.

Argentina’s remarkable victory came here when they beat Ecuador by 12-0. And also Uruguay can claim their most fascinating victory against Ecuador when they too crashed them by 7-0 in the 1942 Copa America competition. The record still remains in the book of Copa America.

8. Most goals in a match

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The record for the most goals scored in a Copa America match is five. The record has been accomplished four times in the history of Copa America. Firstly came by Hector Scarone for Uruguay against Bolivia in 1926, Juan Marvezzi for Argentina against Ecuador in 1941, Jose Manuel Monero for Argentina against Ecuador in 1942 and Evaristo de Macedo for Brazil against Colombia in 1957.

9. Longest unbeaten run

Uruguay is the nation holding the record for the longest unbeaten run in Copa America, when it comes to matches in a home nation. They hold the record of unbeaten for 38 matches in Uruguay. The unbeaten matches consist of 31 home victories and 7 draws. The last match Uruguay played at their home was a 1-1 draw against Brazil in 1995.

They became runner-up six times while winning the title a record 17 times. Uruguay’s record is considered to be included in the list of top 10 all-time greatest records in Copa America.

10. Red cards

Most amazingly, the first 21 years of Copa America saw no red cards in any of the matches. Juan Emilio Piriz of Uruguay was the first player to be sent off by straight red card in a match against Chile in 1937.

The first 21 years of the Copa America saw no red cards in any of the matches. The first player to be sent off at the tournament was Juan Emilio Piriz of Uruguay when he was shown a straight red card in a match against Chile in 1937. The Uruguayans lost the game by 0-3 to Chile. So far, a total of 169 red cards have been shown in the history of Copa America.

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4 football maestros who will make 2014 FIFA World Cup shining

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Some of the best players in the football are preparing to take the pitch on the biggest stage in Brazil 2014 world cup. As the game is approaching rapidly, starting from 12 June, there will be a gathering of elite footballers throughout the world.

All football fans eye’s will be upon Spain, the last defending champion as well as Andres Iniesta, the playmaker for Spanish national team. As plenty of their top players returning Spanish squad is stronger than yesterday. After winning the world cup 2010 they went on to win Euro Championship in 2012 with a talented football squad. Will they repeat the history as champions once again?

Although the Spanish will have a great chance to repeat the history, the following players will certainly make the difference in 2014 FIFA World Cup. The Spaniards will have their work cut out for them.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo will perhaps be the brightest name in the 2014 FIFA World Cup starting from 12 June. He is such an international football superstar who is going to lead Portugal national team in 2014 FIFA World Cup. Although  Ronaldo had fallen short with his team in the last two world cup appearances, winning  FIFA Ballon d’or will make him special this time. C. Ronaldo has been playing at an elite level for his club Real Madrid. The portugese recently broke Lionel Messi’s record after scoring 15th goal in champions league. His 33 rd minute goal against Bayern Munich in the champions league semi final helped to put him in the history book. Real madrid won the game by 4-0 while 2 goals were from Cristiano. His team will face Atletico Madrid in the final on 30 April.

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Cristiano Ronaldo , the Portuguese hero—image via: ro.wikipedia.org

This session in La Liga the forward scored stunnishing 30 goals for Real Madrid, putting him three goals ahead of Lionel Messi. Probably, Ronaldo is at his best now and the 29 years is eagerly waiting for the moment to touch the 2014 FIFA World Cup thophy for his national team.

 

Lionel Messi, Argentina:

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Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo’s biggest rival is leading the Argentina National Team in 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the neigbouring country. Messi is regarded as a goal machine after netting over 350 goals for his club Barcelona and winning Champions League two times. The four  times FIFA Ballon d’or winner, Lionel messi’s performance is not so promising in the national team. For Argentina he scored 37 goals in 83 appearances. But he is still the best player of the current world according to many. His Barcelona teammate Brazilian star Neymar said ,”

“I also agree that Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best players in the world, and I train every day with Messi. I know the way he plays and for me, he is the best of them all.”

As long as Messi is in form Argentina will be a threat for any team in 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Neymar Jr, Brazil:

Claiming Neymar is better than Messi, the Brazilian legend Pele has come to the focus. Ironically they are quite good competitors.

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neymar, the next pele——- image via: en.wikipedia.org

Neymar won 2011 South American footballer of the year at the age of 19 and followed it in 2012. Neymar got nomination for FIFA Ballon d’or  and stood 10th. In his appearance in Santos ( 2009-2013) he netted 54 goals in 103 matches and there after he joined Barcelona. In his 25 presences he scored 9. The Guardian ranked him sixth best footballer of the world.

Putting the iconic no 10 jersey for the Brazil team he will be threating to keep 2014 FIFA World Cup in Home.

Luis Suarez, Uruguay:

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Luis Suarez has been virtually unstoppable in the English Premier League this season by scoring 30 goals so far for Liverpool. He seems to improve with his every game. On 22 March,2014 he scored his sixth premier league hat-trick. For the national team he scored four goals in 2011 Copa America and Uruguay won their record fifteenth Copa America. Suarez was named man of the tournament. With 35 national goals Suarez became Uruguay’s all time record goal scorer.

Suarez is attempting to put dominance in the national team along with Diego Forlan in 2014 FIFA World Cup.

There are some other notable players that will likely turn heads in 2014 FIFA World Cup. Players like  are Wayne Rooney (England), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany), Robin van Persie (Netherlands) and Radamel Falcao (Colombia) will be much influential along with the above four.

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Neymar Net Worth 2015

The full-name of Neymar is Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, more commonly he is known as Neymar Jr. Neymar is one of the greatest footballers in recent times. He is captaining the Brazil National team. As in club career, he plays for Spanish giant Barcelona. He is the most vital weapon for the Spanish club and plays as a key winger or forward. The great Brazilian footballer Neymar Jr was born on 5 February, 1992, at São Paulo, Brazil. Now, he is among the highest paid soccer player in 2015. Today, we will focus on Neymar Net Worth 2015. So, let’s start.

Neymar Net Worth 2015

Full name:                             Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior

Birthday:                                5th February, 1992

Birth Place:                            Mogi das Cruzes, São Paulo, Brazil

Total Neymar Net Worth: $80 Million

Neymar Net Worth 2015: $33.6 Million

Barcelona Salary:               $17.6 Million

Endorsements income:     $16 Million

Current Agent:                      Wagner Ribeiro   

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Neymar Net Worth: Overall

22-year-old Brazilian super star Neymar Jr. is considered as one of the most skillful footballers in modern football. He has become the most promising soccer player in Latin American football. Last year, in 2014 FIFA World Cup, he showed an outstanding performance and led Brazil to the semifinals. According to the famous Forbes magazine, Neymar earned $33.6 million in the last season of football. He is one of the highest paid soccer players in Forbes’s list.

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Neymar Jr. Salary at Barcelona club is estimated a total of $17.6 million. Neymar also earns about $16 million from his endorsement deals with many globally reputed brands. Although, Neymar’s father is only one to decide about financial matter, Wagner Ribeiro is also serving as his agent.

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Neymar’s club salary and endorsements:

Neymar signed his first major contract with famous Brazilian club Santos at the age of 17. The club paid him about $1.2 million per year as his salary. His salary increased to $4 million per year when he signed a contract extension with Santos. Then in 2013, Neymar Jr. flew to Spain and joined Barcelona F.C by signing a contract which worth $124 million. It was $50 million more than the originally reported one.

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Over the course of next five years with Barcelona, Neymar will get $74 million as his salary. He also had an additional $13 million bonus income besides his basic salary. The money comes from his famous endorsements such as Police sunglasses, Castrol and L’Oreal. For a 22-year-old young lad like him, his yearly income is approximately $32 million and it is quite breathtaking indeed.

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Neymar is on Cover:

While talking about Neymar’s prospects, The Brazilian football legend Pele once said that he is “an excellent player“. Neymar, besides Cristiano Ronaldo, another great footballer of modern times, appeared on the covers of Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2013. Neymar Jr. was featured as a TIME magazine cover in February 2013 and became the first Brazilian ever in the history to achieve that.

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Neymar on Time Magazine ; image credit news.yahoo.com

In May 2013, Neymar was named as the most marketable athlete in the world by SportsPro magazine. In that course, he had to defeat globally renowned athletes like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Usain Bolt, Rory McIlroy to get the top.

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Neymar Net Worth and Santos:

In 2010, Santos rejected a £12 million bid offer for Neymar from EPL club West Ham United. Santos once again rejected the offer for Neymar from another English club Chelsea. The bid was widely rumored to be worth £20 million. After repeated rejection from his club, Neymar once said, “I’m focused only on Santos.” On the contrary, his agent, Wagner Ribeiro said,

“Neymar wants to be become the best player in the world. If he stays in Brazil, the chances of him doing that is absolutely zero.”

Neymar admitted that and said it was his dream to play in Europe, a year after the incident in an interview with Daily Telegraph.

In his early young life, Neymar played for the youth side of Portuguesa Santista. Then his family moved to São Vicente in 2003 where Neymar started his first football career. When his family again moved to Santos, Neymar didn’t miss the chance to join famous Brazilian football club Santos FC. His new life began at Santos, while Neymar’s family managed to buy their first property, a house next to the Vila Belmiro. It’s all because of his amazing success of his young football career and growing income. At the age of 15, Neymar net worth was 10,000 reais per month and the living standard of his family improved dramatically. At 16, Neymar net worth became 125,000 reais per month.

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Then Neymar made himself signing a full professional contract with Santos FC to play in the first team. As soon as he signed the contracts with Santos, Neymar started receiving several sponsorships. All these endorsement deals have made a good contribution in Neymar net worth 2015.

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Wise sayings about Neymar Jr

Jorge Valdano, the former Real Madrid sporting director stated about Neymar,

“I like Neymar a lot. Many of his individual performances result in a goal and often it’s a move that only seems to be happening with him on the football ground.”

The Brazilian legendary footballer Pele once said,

“Neymar is a player with a body that can’t take a lot of hits. Many times he will fall because he can’t do anything else, but he was overdoing it.”

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He also added,

“Even when he is fouled, he can’t make a spectacle out of it.”

His fellow teammate, Barcelona’s star Xavi stated,

“He is a great footballer, he has a very good attitude, and will go on to be the best player in the world.”

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Neymar’s personal life:

Neymar net worth in recent years are well enough to raise some charity. He reportedly tithes his income to his church and said,

“Life only makes sense when our highest ideal is to serve Christ.”

This humanitarian work proves his faith towards Christianity. At just 19, Neymar became a father of a boy in 2011 with his ex-girlfriend Carolina Dantas.

His baby boy, David Lucca by name was born in São Paulo but Neymar was broke with David’s mother Carolina. While talking about his son, Neymar said,

“I cried when I learned that I would be a father. Firstly, it was fear I felt. Then joy. It is a new responsibility for me and I am now enjoying it.”

He then overjoyed at his son’s birth as “2.8 kilograms of pure happiness.”

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Endorsement involved in Neymar Net Worth 2015

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In March 2011, Neymar signed a contract with famous American Sportswear Company Nike. The deal was signed for 11 years. On the same month, another reputed electronics company Panasonic signed a two-year contract with Neymar, which worth $2.4 million. Eventually, Neymar so many endorsement contracts with several reputed companies like Volkswagen, Tenys Pé Baruel, Carlo, Lupo, Ambev, Unilever and Santander. His endorsement income is estimated total of €20 million on a yearly basis.

In November 2012, Neymar appointed advertising agency Loducca to create his own personal brand logo. The logo was designed especially for him featuring the N, J and R, which were derived from his name ‘Neymar Jr’. The new logo was styled to match his jersey No. 11.

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Neymar in media

Neymar Jr has created a huge sensation in popular social media by his marvelous skill and growing talent. He reached 48.6 million Facebook fans in October 2014. Neymar also spotted the fourth highest social media rank worldwide among the athletes, only behind to Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and David Beckham. In June 2014, Neymar was featured along with supermodel Gisele Bündchen as a cover photo of Vogue’ Brazilian edition to mark the FIFA World Cup organizes in Brazil.

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In April 2013, a famous Brazilian cartoonist Mauricio de Sousa featured young Neymar Jr. as the main character in his Monica’s Gang comic book.

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Neymar, the Musician

Neymar Jr. is well known for promoting a particular Brazilian modern pop music called ‘Música sertaneja’. The video in which Neymar dances to the tune of Michel Teló’s hit “Ai se eu te pego!” in the Santos locker room with his teammates went viral on YouTube as it got amazing number of hits in couple of days.

Neymar also appeared live in a music concert with Michel Teló. In another concert on Gusttavo Lima’s hits “Balada” and “Fazer Beber”, Neymar Jr. also appeared live with the artist. In 2012, Neymar again made a cameo appearance in the music video of super hit sertanejo song by João Lucas & amp. And again in 2013, he appeared in a rap music video by MC Guimê called “País do Futebol”.

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In conclusion,

Neymar Jr. has turned himself as a very popular footballer in the world. He has secured a place in the hearts of millions all over the world. With his amazing football skill, his dominant presence in the field and even with his unique hairstyles, Neymar is the most prolific footballer in modern times. However, it is well expected that Neymar will definitely create some greater moments in football than he already has, and will be remembered for his incredible performance.

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Top 10 Greatest Matches in Copa America History

Copa America is a South American football competition where the teams play for their greatness. The tournament is famous for producing all-action games with goals, drama and close competitions. The tournament was started way back in 1916. There are some 43 editions of Copa America have already taken place. Along the way of about 100 years, there have been some unforgettable encounters between the South American nations.

Here we will provide you with the top 10 greatest matches in Copa America. From unexpected shock to enormous goal fests, we revisit some of the closest as well as greatest encounters in the history of Copa America.

10 Greatest Matches in Copa America:

10. Chile 4-0 Brazil, 1987

Chile were heading into their group decider in a match against Brazil. For the Chileans, there was nothing less than victory would suffice if they were to advance to the semi-finals of Copa America. That was followed by the most historic performance ever produced by the Chile national team. The Brazil team, featuring Rai, Muller and Careca had dominated the first-half of the game. It was none but the Chile goal-keeper Roberto Rojas, who resisted the mighty Brazilians. Just before the break, Ivo Basay scored which nodded the underdogs ahead of the game.

Then the minors did not look back. Juan Carlos Letelier doubled the lead and then Basay headed to score from a corner in his second. After that, again Letelier put a real gloss on the score line with a delightful forth in Brazil’s net. The historic match is considered in the top 10 greatest matches in Copa America.

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9. Argentina (2) 2-2 (4) Brazil, 1995

Brazil had a breathless opening when Edmundo and Abel Balbo scored two early goals in the match. Just before the half-time, Argentine striker Gabriel Batistuta edged Argentina back in front after smashing the ball in from a tight angle. There was a controversial twist to come when, Tulio clipped home an equalizer goal following a blatant hand ball, with nine minutes remaining of the game. Brazil went on to prevail the match, when captain Dunga converting the winning penalty-kick.

8. Brazil 3-2 Mexico, 1997

With both teams having won their first game in 1997 Copa, the match was a battle for Group C supremacy in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Mexico striker Luis Hernandez had put El tri two goals ahead by a thumping header and a close range finish. The Brazilian center-back Aldair inspired his side’s fight back with a header of his own just two minutes within the second half of the game. Very soon, the equalizer came when Mexican defender, Camilo Romero diverted Romario’s goal bound effort into the roof of his own net.

The hapless Mexican defender was again proved wrong for the Brazil’s third goal, when Leonardo robbed the ball from him on the touchline and could only watch on as the left-footer surged into the box before unleashing a wonderful winning goal.

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7. Colombia 2-3 Chile, 1999

It was a quarter-final showdown match in Paraguay. The fate of that crucial match was swinging back and forth before it was finally decided by one of Chile’s great footballers of all-time. Jorge Bolano of Colombia crashed with an opener from the edge of the box early on. Pedro Reyes immediately leveled the score with an unchallenged header from a sharp corner. By the interval, the Colombians were back in the game as Victor Bonilla took advantage of some sloppy Mexican defense.

But, it was Pedro Reyes who restored the parity five minutes in the second part with another amazing header. The Chilean captain Ivan Zamorano eventually settled the contest, latching on to a long-ball expertly to take his team into the semi-finals of 1999 Copa America. The match is ranked at no 7 in our list of top 10 greatest matches in Copa America.

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6. Peru (2) 3-3 (4) Mexico, 1999

It was another thrilling quarter-final clash from the 1999 Copa America, where Mexico eventually squeezed past Peru on penalty shoot-out. The first half of the game was unrelenting as both teams shared a total five goals. Peru made a dream start with José Pereda and Roberto Palacios who put them two up inside a quarter mark of an hour. The Mexican striker Luis Hernandez hauled his side back on terms with a well taken double to level the score.

However, Peru got the lead as Nolberto Solano curled the ball from just outside the box. Just three minutes remaining at the clock, Gererdo Torrado’s long-ranger flew into the Peru’s net for an equalizer. Then when the penalty shoot-out took place, the Mexicans held their nerve from spot, scoring four out of four as Peru crashed out in a 2-4 defeat.

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5. Brazil 0-2 Honduras, 2001

Arguably, the match was the biggest upset in the history of Copa America. The mighty Brazil stumped by the minnow Honduras in a shameful way. Although Brazil team were devoid of some star players, Cafu, Roberto Carlos and Romario, there was hardly anyone who could foresee such a result as Honduras defeated Brazil in a giant-killer show that night. After finishing a goal-less first half, Honduras bounced the Brazilian net when Juliano Belletti deflected a Saul Martinez header into his own net on 57th minutes.

Brazil found their miserable end when Martinez coolly slotted home at death to seal a 0-2 victory. Brazil’s unexpected defeat sent a shock wave throughout South American football. Luiz Felipe Scolari, the Brazil coach, commented afterwards,

“I, Big Phil, will go down in history of football as the Brazil coach who lost to Honduras. It’s a horrible night for me but Honduras played better than our boys and they deserved the victory”

4. Argentina (2) 2-2 (4) Brazil, 2004

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The 2004 Copa America in Peru saw a classic climax as the rivals Argentina and Brazil squared up for the first time in a one-off final showdown in the history of Copa America. The game took the breath away in every seconds until the final whistle of the match. Argentina led the score when Kily Gonzalez scored from a penalty after a foul by Luisão. The big Brazilian defender immediately revenged with a header on the stroke of half-time.

Argentina’s Cesar Delgado looked to have won it when he fired past Julio Cesar with just three minutes remaining of the game. The fate was yet to be decided when the top scorer Adriano rifled home with a level in the injury-time of the match. At the penalty shoot-out Argentina broke their nerves in a 2-4 defeat to Brazil. The closest encounter of that match put it on the list of top 10 greatest matches in Copa America.

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3. Chile 1-6 Brazil, 2007

After losing to Brazil by 3-0 in the group stage, Chile were out for revenge in the quarter-final clash. The strategy went wrong for the Chileans as the Brazilians turned in their best performance on the way to grab their fourth titles in last five tournaments. Brazil led the score by 3-0 within the first half as Juan, Julio Baptista and Robinho scored one by another. Just after the break, Robinho striked again while Josue and Wagner Love added two more. Humberto Suazo scored from a delicate chip as a consolation when it was way too late.

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2. Uruguay (4) 2-2 (5) Brazil, 2007

The match is regarded as an unforgettable semi-final match in the history of Copa America. The match was heart throbbing in every point of view. Brazilian full-back Maicon stabbed a rebound to put Brazil ahead, but the lead was wiped out when Diego Forlan fired the ball into the net. On 40th minutes of the game, Julio Baptista bundled home an awesome free-kick.

Uruguayan striker Sebastian Abreu scored an equalizer to take the game to penalties. Brazil seized the moment in the close penalty shoot-out as Gilberto coolly netted the ball between the Uruguayan posts.

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1. Argentina (4) 1-1 (5) Uruguay, 2011

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This time, Uruguay didn’t disappoint their fans in shoot-out. There may have been only two goals, but the match contained almost everything else. Uruguay’s Diego Perez opened the scoring on five minutes from a close range and then collecting himself two yellow cards before sending off the pitch. Argentina’s Gonzalo Higuain had responded promptly by glancing in a Lionel Messi cross.

And then numerous chances were created from both sides with great goalkeeping performances. Ultimately, the match went down on penalty shoot-out where Carlos Tevez proved the fall guy for the Argentines, missing his side’s only effort, which allowed Martin Caceres to score the final goal in deciding the fate of that breathtaking match.