Expectations high for Argentina and Brazil in Copa READ MORE

Expectations high for Argentina and Brazil in Copa READ MORE

Expectations high for Argentina and Brazil in Copa READ MORE

Australia will play World Cup qualifiers in June next year before heading straight to the tournament, which will be hosted in Argentina and Colombia.

Now 31, Messi is still among the best players in the world.

"We have chose to invite ... to participate in our competitions the current Asian confederation champions and the previous ones", said Alejandro Dominguez, the president of South American football's governing body.

Qatar, winners of this year's Asian Cup and hosts of the 2022 World Cup, have also been invited and will join Graham Arnold's team at the month-long tournament in June and July next year.

Substitute Everton, 23, lashed home the third in the 85th minute - a first global goal for the Gremio striker - to seal the win for Brazil, who were playing a home game in white shirts for the first time in 60 years. Lionel Messi will start yet another campaign in an Argentine shirt hoping to end a trophy drought with the national team.

CONMEBOL has 10 members but the Copa America usually features 12 teams meaning there are often a pair of invitees to the tournament.

Messi, Aguero and Di Maria constitute the front-three, while Leandro Paredes and Lo Celso will play as attacking midfielders.

"Chile is one of the strongest teams in the world", Moriyasu warned.

Is South American soccer being left behind?

After that, it forced Bolivia to open up and that played into Brazil's hands.

The Blythefield Country Club tournament started seven hours late due to a rainstorm, before being halted with a number of players still waiting to tee off in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Former Brazil player Junior, who is a commentator at TV Globo, said those days are over and South American players are lagging behind the Europeans. Qatar will also compete at this year's Copa América, which gets underway later today (Friday) in Brazil.

Both Colombia and Argentina will still depend on the likes of Messi and James Rodriguez. Or maybe Philippe Coutinho, the Brazil midfielder upon whom Brazil might be depending following Neymar's injury.

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