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Luis Suarez Net Worth in 2014-2015

Luis Suarez is one of the greatest Uruguayan footballers ever. He is widely admired for his stunning performance. Currently he is a part of Barcelona FC’s MSN triad as a devastating forward along with Messi and Neymar. He is very much popular in Uruguayan National Team. Firstly he came into spotlight after signing a deal with Ajax. Then at Liverpool, he introduced a new era of football there, and now at Barcelona, he is about to make a history.

The Transfer

Luis Suarez moved to Barcelona in July 2014. The transfer fee was reported to be £75 million (€94 million), as per English media says. The Barcelona FC officially claimed the fee of £65 million (€81 million), which made Suarez the third most expensive soccer player in the history. He is undoubtedly one of the best strikers in the world.

Luis Suarez Bio:

Current Club: FC Barcelona, Spain
Total Net Worth: $75 million ( according to Forbes in 2015)
Salary: £10 million
Date of Birth: 24 January, 1987
Place of birth: Salto, Uruguay
Height: 5′ 11″
Weight: 81 kg
Position: Forward

Family Life:

Suarez married his childhood sweetheart, Sofia Balbi in 2009. The couple have a daughter named Delfina and a son named Benjamin. Luis’s older brother Paolo Suarez is also a footballer.

Beginning of his career:

Suarez made his debut as a professional footballer in 2005 with the club ‘Nacional‘. He played 34 matches there securing 12 goals. Then, in the coming year Suarez joined Gronigen football club where he netted 15 goals in 37 matches. The club offered him the opportunity to play in the famous platform, The Ajax in 2007. After joining Ajax, Suarez established himself as a best performer for consecutive 5 years in a row.

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The goal machine scored 111 goals with the appearance in 159 matches for Ajax. During the time with Ajax, he earned an estimated £3.75 million on yearly basis. Then, in 2011, Suarez made his wild entry at English Premier League as a part of Liverpool FC. This is the place where he received his fame as a prominent international footballer. During the period of 2011-2014, he scored a stunning 69 goals in 110 appearances for Liverpool FC. For Barcelona, he has scored 16 goals so far in 27 games and still counting.

In 2012, his spectacular football career was winding up due to a racial abuse incident. He was found guilty by a three-man panel from FA and given an eight-match suspension and a fine of £40,000. The incidence took place when he abused Patrice Evra during a game iagainst Manchester United in October, 2012. After that, he was back on track again. Suarez was reported the highest paid footballer in the world, pulling in an astonishing $75 million between April 2014 and April 2015 as a part of Spanish Club Barcelona.

Luis Suarez endorsements and incomes

Luis Suarez has an estimated net worth of $215 million. Suarez owes his fortune to substantial property holdings, smart stock investments, lucrative endorsement deals with the CoverGirl cosmetics. He also owns several hotels and restaurants, namely the ‘Fat Suarez Burger Chain’, in Montevideo, Uruguay. A football team named Salto Angels is also owned by him at his home.

Suarez has launched his own brand of Vodka, the Pure Wondersuarez, in Uruguay. He is currently tackling the junior market with a top-selling perfume named ‘Love from Luis’ and also launched a fashion line called ‘Luis Suarez Seduction’.

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Luiz Suarez House in United Kingdom:

Woolton House

Suarez’s house is known to be a wonderful property which was constructed keeping in mind the demand of luxurious lifestyle. The house is located in Woolton destination of Dutch where he is known to reside with his family. Luis Suarez has simply showcased the softer side of his life in a simple house that has everything along with the fantastic essence of beauty. Currently, he is staying in Barcelona with his family in a simple but gorgeous apartment.

Luis Suarez Exclusive Collection of Cars

Suarez likes to lead a simple life, but he is bit choosy about the things he purchase. The item requires to be an elegant choice. Suarez possesses a black edition of BMW X5, which is known to be a famous luxurious car with sporty feeling.

Luis Suarez Awards – Achievements :

Luis Suarez is the most successful footballer while playing for Liverpool. He is the player with most number of goals for Liverpool after Michael Owen. He is also a well performed striker in Uruguay National Team. Here are some of his achievements-

Club career:

Ajax: 2007-2011: 110 matches : 81 goals
Liverpool: 2011-2014: 110 matches : 69 goals
Barcelona: 2014- : 27 matches: 16 goals

Career Titles Wins :

Copa America : 2011
League Cup : 2011-12
Johan Cruyiff Shield: 2007
KNVB Cup: 2009-10
Primera Division: 2005-06

Awards – Honours 2014 :

FSF Player of the Year
PFA Team of the Year
Copa América Player of the Tournament
Eredivisie Golden Boot
Ajax Player of the Year – 2 Times
Ajax Top Goalscorer
KNVB Cup Top Goalscorer.

Luis Suarez is an unpredictable footballer to many. He is living his football life with multiple controversies all throughout his career. The 2014 FIFA World Cup was quite a bitter experience for him. Yet, he is Luis Suarez, commonly known as a goal machine. Let’s see, what he brings for his new club FC Barcelona in the long run.

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Bayern Munich’s 2014/15 End-of-Season Awards

Bayern Munich have finished the 2014/15 season in German Bundesliga quite successfully. The season is now over and it’s the time for some transfer speculation and pre-season fixtures. Before diving into the new summer and getting the tension rising high, let’s have a look who did what for Bayern Munich in the last season of Bundesliga.

Bayern Munich Awards 2015:

1.Best Player

Bayern Munich is a perfect balanced team full of fantastic footballers. Each of the player has the ability to dominate in the pitch with their simple flick of foot. But, among all these stars, there is a man who stood above all others. His name is Arjen Robben. Robben has missed the last 8 matches in the Bundesliga season due to injury. Still he remains the only real candidate for the Bayern’s Player of the Year award.

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In the 2014/15 season, Arjen Robben scored 19 goals and made 9 assists in 30 matches for the team. He is the saviour at times who dragged Bayern Munich from win to win in the quest for silverware.

2. Best Signing

Both Robert Lewandowski and Xabi Alonso were exceptionally well for Bayern in the large part of 2014/15 season. When the best signing is concerned, it is no other than Juan Bernat. He proved himself to be a brilliant choice for Guardiola’s team in the last season.

Juan Bernat stepped into the club following injury of David Alaba. He made himself comfortable in a very short time. Bernat played so well that it seemed like a player who has been playing in Bayern since childhood. He is truly an outstanding left-back for Bayern Munich this season.

3. Best Goal

It was no other than Robert Lewandowski’s amazing goal against Eintracht Frankfurt in April.

4. Worst Signing

The Morocco international Mehdi Benatia wasn’t actually a bad signing. Benatia just hasn’t that good at German weather. In this season of Bundesliga, he probably played a par season for Bayern Munich. Although, he was signed for such a huge amount of money from Roma in the last summer, he wasn’t exactly good enough to the German side.

His fellow mates like Alonso, Bernat, Lewandowski thrived a manner to get accustomed, but Mehdi Benatia failed in this case.

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5. Best Individual Performance

The best individual performance of 2014/15 season came by the courtesy of Arjen Robben. He single-handedly took the task of dismantling Paderborn on February night. Bayern Munich won the game by 6-0 and Arjen Robben scored two goals and assisted two others in that match. The first goal was quite exceptional, when Robben touched to play in Lewandowski from the side. Besides, his 86th minute-goal wasn’t too bad either.

6. Most Improved Player

Bayern Munich have spent a lot of money in this summer to rebuild a talented squad. Among the other talents, it is the humble right-back Rafinha, who has made the biggest impact in Bayern this season.

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The Brazil international has developed much very recently, making himself more than a back-up defender. Under Guardiola’s guidance, the 29-year has gained a new lease of life. Rafinha may not be the best footballer in the world, but he gave such an effort this season that he’s looking twice the player he once was in Bayern Munich.

7. Biggest Disappointment

The road to success was not so smooth for Bayern at all. During the Bundesliga campaign, the semi-final defeat to Dortmund in the DFB-Pokal was the notable one. But for many Bayern fans, the biggest disappointment came, when Bayern faced the first-leg defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals.

Under Pep Guardiola, Bayern had a high hopes to challenge Barcelona in the Champions League. But, when Bayern came up against their manager’s former side, it didn’t happened exactly what they planned. The 3-0 loss will certainly the biggest disappointment for Bayern Munich this season. The failure planted a lot of doubt in the Bayern side.

8. Best Team Performance

The best team performance from Bayern came in the round of 16 of UEFA Champions League. The Guardiola’s side crashed Shakhtar Donetsk by 7-0 at Allianz Arena. There was a little worrying when Bayern had a 0-0 draw in Ukraine which had left a number of question marks over Bayern’s ability in this season. But the German champions roared with a perfect resounding home win in the 2nd leg.

It was a game in which every single player played their best. Goals were scored by Thomas Muller, Lewandowski, Ribery and Gotze by a complete defensive shutdown. The game was nothing but a best team performance for Bayern Munich.

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Stopping Messi Won’t Be Enough for Juventus

Lionel Messi is quite unstoppable. If you saw the Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao, it was none but Leo who spun away from three athletic defenders surrounding him and then jinked three more challenges before slamming the ball into the net. If Juventus want to win the champions league title, they must have to stop him in Berlin. Stopping Leo wouldn’t be enough for Juventus, as they also have to keep eyes on Neymar and Suarez.

Before semi-final of Champions League, Bayern Munich coach and former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola mentioned that it was quite impossible to defend against Leo Messi. To deal with Messi, Guardiola organized the front three and packed men in the midfield by pressing high up the pitch. The changing move was widely criticized and someone called it even ‘suicidal’. It was a kind of gamble which has made a certain kind of sense in this regard.

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Guardiola is man of plan. He seems to have reasoned. He probably recalled how his Barca side struggled against Marcelo Bielsa’s Athletic. So, he made up his mind to pack the midfield and pressure the ball early with a hope perhaps his Bayern could cut off the supply to the front line.

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Pep Guardiola’s plan didn’t work this time. He was forced to change the tactics after 15 minutes of the first leg in semi. It turned out that, Barcelona weren’t flustered at all by being pressed. Andres Iniesta and Ivan Rakitic were delighted in sliding passes into the space behind Bayern’s defense line for Suarez, Messi and Neymar.

Bayern fell back deeper after that despite being able to control the ball possession. Guardiola’s side were beaten brutally by 3-0.

Juventus simply don’t have to concern about dominating the ball possession. Their only plan would be to drop deep in the field, pack men into midfield and look to make everything as congested in their defense as possible. Alvaro Morata and Carlos Tevez will be waiting for a counter attack as a front runner.

The ploy worked for Internazionale against Barcelona in 2010 Champions League semi-final and also for Chelsea against Barca at the same stage in 2012. But, since then Barcelona has evolved much and hopefully the plan wouldn’t be beneficial this time. Juventus striker Tevez will have a big role to play in the final.

The new Barcelona may not adapt the idea of Total Football which was implanted at the club by Johan Cruyff and Rinus Michels. But, Barcelona will certainly be less prone to being frustrated by the packed defences. Barca’s front three dribble are encouraged to devastate all kind of defenses with the “MSN” (Messi, Suarez, Neymar). Back in the 2011/12 season, Messi, Pedro and Alexis Sanchez completed an average of 4.1 dribbles per Champions League match. According to WhoScored.com, in this season of Champions league, Messi, Neymar and Suarez have completed an average of 12 dribbles per game.

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When the opponent is masked a defensive cover, rather than pass their way into space, Barcelona always have the capacity to beat the defenders with a trick. Each member of Barca’s front three has the ability to take two or three defenders out of the game easily with a moment of individual brilliance. The front line of Barcelona is so high profiled that it makes them extremely hard to defend against in any situation of the game.

Juventus would likely to play with a diamond shaped midfield in the final match. Barcelona have two full-backs, Jordi Alba and Dani Alves, who will be independent in pushing on and overlapping whenever they feel like it. And here is the real problem. Juventus may find a way to stop Leo Messi, but it doesn’t mean they will be able to stop Barcelona.

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Barcelona’s Previous Four Champions League Titles

In a very short time, Barcelona will face Juventus at the final of Champions League 2015 in Berlin. All the FCB fans all around the world will definitely hope for a fifth time triumph for their supported club. Of course the opposition is also pretty much talented. So, the Catalans need to be at their very best for prestigious treble along with the fifth UCL trophy.

Barcelona have already achieved four Champions Leagues in history. Twice in London and once both in Paris and Rome. Here we are going to look back those previous four Champions league Titles for Barcelona.

Previous Four Champions League Titles:

4. Wembley (992)

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This was Barcelona’s first time European Cup victory at Wembley in 1992. And the night must be remembered Ronald Koeman’s wonder strike, which brought them the glory of winning Champions League title.

This was another Italian Club named Sampdoria. They brought their best defense against the Catalans, but not enough for Fausto Pari in Barca. Many refers that as the dream team for Barcelona. But we should never forget to mention the master class side of Vujadin Boskov.

The Dutchman Koeman found just about the only place that keeper Gianluca Pagliuca couldn’t reach at the late moments put the end of that memorable story.

3. Paris (2006)

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The second of Barcelona’s four Champions League Titles took a little longer to come. After exactly fourteen years in Paris they got to another title, which was against Arsenal. Though the scenario was quite different than the past experience for the Catalans.

Arsenal were taking for much of the final. Robert Pires sacrificed for the substitute goalkeeper Manuel Almunia. However, Barcelona struggled for any sort of consistency in the first 45 minutes. And then Sol Campbell headed surprise for the Gunners.

They also replaced Edmilson with Andres Iniesta and Henrik Larsson with Mark van Bommel. Both the substitutes brought enough effort to bring the Catalans their second Champions League victory.

2. Rome (2009)

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This was the first time Barcelona felt the glory of winning a treble in their club history. They arrived in Rome in such quest which was in fact the first time for any Spanish side. But you can feel the difficulty especially against Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United. The English giants were also seeking for a history of making back-to-back Champions League titles.

Manchester United would provide tough opposition with Cristiano Ronaldo and Paul Scholes in their side. The Catalans simply didn’t get going until a stroke of luck saw Samuel Eto’o beating Nemanja Vidic. The goal seemed to lift Barca. In fact after that Lionel Messi also sent his looping header goalwards to end the game.

Even Iniesta and Thierry Henry had to play their parts with injury doubts. Carles Puyol too defended like his life depended on it and the Catalans ran out worthy Champions League winners.

1. Wembley (2011)

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I think, many of you readers have not yet forgotten this specific event in great Wembley stadium 2011. As Manchester United just got the chance to avenge only after two more seasons. In fact it was their home soil. Barcelona of course had fond memories of victory with the venue.

This time Barcelona side was even better than they had been in 2009. They grew stronger with so many talented footballers with them. It was one of the great final performances in many a year. Alex Ferguson had to say –

“They’re the best in Europe, no question about that. I would say they’re the best team we’ve faced”

Per Dominic Fifield of the Guardian.

Truly it was a great moment for the Catalans. Probably they deserved the fourth title of Champions League. People would definitely acknowledge that those Barcelona boys may have played the game right way.

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Three Most Expensive Transfer Fees for Defenders in Soccer

Mostly, if we try to find out some of the expensive transfer fees in soccer, we will always end up with great attacking players. The top transfer fees have always been featuring strikers or attacking midfielders. Probably one need to find further down the list to discover the first defender in this list of most expensive transfer fees. The transfer market had never valued defenders as much as attacking players. But no doubt, the league tables in Europe will reveal a different story for defenders.

Each of the leading teams in Europe has conceded the fewest goals. AS Roma and Juventus from Italy, Chelsea from EPL, PSG from France, Barcelona and real Madrid from Spain all are in the list. Some of these great legendary football clubs are to be found to have expensive defenders with them.

Most Expensive Transfer Fees for Defenders:

We will actually search the whole history of soccer and put the top three names here in this list of top three most expensive transfer fees for defenders in soccer. All the transfer fee figures have been converted to US dollars.

Let’s find who is the most expensive defender in soccer history?

3. Rio Ferdinand – $50.04 Million

From Leeds United to Manchester United

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Manchester United broke the EPL transfer record in summer 2002. They brought Rio Ferdinand from rivals Leeds United for $50.04 million. Ferdinand had won the Premier League title six times, the League Cup twice, the FIFA World Cup once and the Champions League once in United. He was suspended from January 2004 for missing drug test in 2003.

He had to miss half the premier League along with the European Champions season. He was also the captain for Manchester before various injury problems. The 35 year old Ferdinand is still part of the Manchester United squad. In fact it was for the last season for to play with the red devils in 2013/2014 season.

2. Marquinhos – $50.21 Million

From Roma to Paris Saint Germain

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He is probably the youngest member in this list of three most expensive transfer fees for defenders in soccer. Marquinhos at the age of 19, was signed by French champions Paris Saint Germain from AS Roma for $50.21 million in 2013. He is a highly rated youngster and was named as one of the ten most promising young defenders.

Marquinhos also made his international debut for the Brazilian National Team in 2013. He in fact joined his Brazilian compatriots Alex and Thiago Silva at the Parisian giant club. Undoubtedly he had shown impressive performance so that to start as central defender alongside Silva.

1. Thiago Silva – $58.88 Million

From A.C. Milan to Paris Saint Germain

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Thiago Silva is the number one player in this list. He is the most expensive defender in soccer history. Of course the man is thought to be one of the best defenders in the current soccer world. Football fans would definitely acknowledge his large transfer fee as fair reflection. Thiago Silva was transferred from A.C. Milan to Paris Saint Germain (PSG) for a fee of $58.88 million in 2012.

Silva captained the team to their first League Championship since 1994 in 2012/2013 season. Silva being arguably the best defender, also captained Brazil to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Brazil. Previously he had the glory of being a silver medalist for Brazil during the 2012 London Olympics.

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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.