2019 CONMEBOL Copa América Teams & Squads - Everything you need to know about all 12 nations

All the history, managers & squads ahead of the 46th Copa América in Brazil
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Argentina's Lionel Messi will be hoping to go one better after losing the 2016 Copa America final against Chile (Getty Images)

The 2019 CONMEBOL Copa América will be the 46th edition of the international men’s football tournament featuring teams from South America and selected invited nations. 

The tournament will be held in Brazil and feature all 10 CONMEBOL nations including Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela alongside two invited nations Qatar and Japan who reached the final of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

There will be 26 matches contested at the tournament with the final held at the Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro on 7 July 2019. We have a full list of all the groups and fixtures including the opening match which features host nation Brazil against Bolivia at the Estádio do Morumbi in São Paulo on 14 June.

Everything you need to know about all 12 nations is right here including tournament history, best performances, manager, key players and squads. 

Argentina 2019 CONMEBOL Copa América History, Manager & Squad


La Albiceleste have won the Copa América on 14 occasions (1921, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1937, 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1991, 1993) and finished as runners-up on 14 occasions. Argentina have hosted more Copa América’s than any other nation and will host the tournament for the 10th time in 2020 alongside Colombia.

They suffered heartbreak in the last two Copa América finals, losing both matches in penalty shootouts against Chile after the matches finished 0-0 after extra time.

Argentina are managed by Lionel Scaloni. Scaloni was appointed caretaker manager alongside Pablo Aimar after the failure at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, taking full control in November 2018. Scaloni was previously a member of Jorge Sampaoli's coaching staff at Sevilla FC before serving as his assistant with Argentina from June 2017 to August 2018.

Scaloni made his name as a player as a wingback at Deportivo La Coruñawhere he made 200 appearances before spells at West Ham, Racing Santander, Lazio, Mallorca and Atalanta. He earned seven caps for Argentina including being a surprise selection for the 2006 FIFA World Cup where he made one appearance, playing the full 120 minutes in the 2-1 extra time round of 16 win against Mexico.

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Argentina's Lionel Messi will be one of the players to watch at the 2019 CONMEBOL Copa America in Brazil (Getty Images)

Scaloni confirmed that star player Lionel Messi will compete at the 2019 Copa América in Brazil and he knows the importance of the five-time Ballon d'Or winner: “Too much dependence on Messi? We have to work for that not to happen, for every player not to be always drawn to Leo, he will help us win matches, that's for sure.”

The Barcelona superstar has been unable to win a major international trophy with Argentina, losing the 2014 FIFA World Cup against Germany. Despite that, he is our tip to be the 2019 Copa America top goalscorer and lead Argentina to victory in the outright betting market

Messi has also suffered defeats in three previous Copa America finals in 2007, 2015 and 2016. He temporarily retired from international duty before returning to help his country qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Argentina Squad: Franco Armani (River Plate), Agustín Marchesín (América), Esteban Andrada (Boca Juniors), Juan Foyth (Tottenham Hotspur), Nicolás Tagliafico (Ajax), Renzo Saravia (Racing), Germán Pezzella (Fiorentina), Ramiro Funes Mori (Villarreal), Milton Casco (River Plate), Nicolás Otamendi (Manchester City), Leandro Paredes (Paris Saint-Germain), Roberto Pereyra (Watford), Marcos Acuña (Sporting CP), Ángel Di María (Paris Saint-Germain), Guido Pizarro (Tigres UANL), Rodrigo De Paul (Udinese), Guido Rodríguez (América), Giovani Lo Celso (Real Betis), Sergio Agüero (Manchester City), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Matías Suárez (River Plate), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Lautaro Martínez (Internazionale)

Bolivia 2019 CONMEBOL Copa América History, Manager & Squad


La Verde have won one Copa América in 1963 when it was known as the South American Championship. It was a round robin tournament where they won five and drew one of their six matches, defeating Brazil 5-4 in their final match at Félix Capriles in Cochabamba.

It was the first time Bolivia hosted the tournament with the second time occurring in 1997. They went close to winning again in 1997, winning every group stage match before defeating Colombia 2-1 in the quarter-finals and Mexico 3-0 in the semi-finals. They couldn’t get past Brazil in the final however, defeated 3-1 at the Estadio Hernando Siles in La Paz on June 29, 1997.

Bolivia have been managed by Eduardo Villegas since February 2019. Villegas has been a journeyman manager in Bolivia after spells in charge of The Strongest, Universitario, Wilstermann, Club Deportivo Oriente Petrolero, Bolivar, Sport Boys and Club San Jose. 

Bolivia Squad: Carlos Lampe, Rubén Cordano, Javier Rojas, Saúl Torres, Luis Haquin, Mario Cuéllar, Diego Bejarano, José María Carrasco, Marvin Bejarano, Roberto Fernández, Adrián Jusino, Alejandro Chumacero, Erwin Saavedra, Leonel Justiniano, Samuel Galindo, Raúl Castro, Paul Arano, Diego Wayar, Fernando Saucedo, Marcelo Martins, Leonardo Vaca, Gilbert Álvarez, Rodrigo Ramallo.

Brazil 2019 CONMEBOL Copa América History, Manager & Squad


The Seleção have won eight Copa América titles (1919, 1922, 1949, 1989, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2007) and finished runners-up on 11 occasions, most recently in 1995 where they lost in a penalty shootout against hosts Uruguay.

This will be the fifth time Brazil have hosted the tournament. Brazil have been managed by Tite since June 2016 when he replaced Dunga after the disappointing performances at the Copa América Centenario. Tite led his nation to seven consecutive victories as they qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia where they were eliminated by Belgium in the quarter-finals.

Tite signed a new contract on 25 July 2018 which will keep him in charge until the end of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Tite had a brief playing career at Caxias, Esportivo de Bento Gonçalve, Portuguesa and Guarani before retiring at 27 due to consecutive knee injuries.

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Brazil's head coach Tite will be aiming to guide his nation to their first Copa América title since 2007 but will have to do it without the injured Neymar (Getty Images)

Tite has had a long managerial career, starting at Grêmio Atlético Guarany in 1990 before spells at Caxias, Veranópolis, Ypiranga de Erechim, Juventude, Grêmio, São Caetano, Corinthians, Atlético Mineiro, Palmeiras, Al Ain, Internacional and Al Wahda before returning to Corinthians in 2010.

The 23-man squad was announced on 17 May 2019 but had to be amended on 6 June due to the withdrawal of injured forward Neymar. He was replaced by Willian.

Brazil Squad: Alisson (Liverpool), Cássio (Corinthians), Ederson (Manchester City), Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain), Miranda (Internazionale), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Filipe Luís (Atlético Madrid), Alex Sandro (Juventus), Dani Alves (Captain) (Paris Saint-Germain), Éder Militão (Real Madrid), Fagner (Corinthians), Casemiro (Real Madrid), Arthur (Barcelona), Willian (Chelsea), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona), Allan (Napoli), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Lucas Paquetá (Milan), David Neres (Ajax), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Everton (Grêmio), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Richarlison (Everton).

Chile 2019 CONMEBOL Copa América History, Manager & Squad


La Roj suffered heartbreaks in 1955, 1956, 1979 and 1987 where they lost in the Copa América Final. Chile have hosted the tournament seven times with the last occurring in 2015 when they won the tournament.

Chile made their breakthrough on home soil in 2015 after defeating Argentina in a penalty shootout, backing it up in the Copa América Centenario in 2016 in the USA where they defeated Argentina in a penalty shootout once again. The manager in the successful 2015 campaign was Jorge Sampaoli who resigned in January 2016. 

Juan Antonio Pizzi replaced Sampaoli and guided Chile to victory in 2016 before reaching the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup final where they lost 1-0 against Germany. He resigned after failing to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and was replaced by Reinaldo Rueda.

Rueda had previously managed Columbia U20, Colombia, Honduras and Ecuador before switching to club management where we was in charge of Atlético Nacional and Flamengo. Rueda took over Chile in January 2018. 

Chile Squad: Gabriel Arias (Racing Club), Brayan Cortés (Colo-Colo), Yerko Urra (Huachipato), Igor Lichnovsky (Cruz Azul), Guillermo Maripán (Deportivo Alavés), Mauricio Isla (Fenerbahçe), Paulo Díaz (Al-Ahli Saudi FC), Jean Beausejour (Universidad de Chile), Gary Medel (Beşiktaş), Gonzalo Jara (Estudiantes de la Plata), Óscar Opazo (Colo-Colo), José Pedro Fuenzalida (Universidad Catolica), Arturo Vidal (Barcelona), Diego Valdés (Santos Laguna), Erick PulgarI (Bologna), Esteban Pavez (Colo-Colo), Pedro Pablo Hernández (Independiente), Charles Aránguiz (Bayer Leverkusen), Alexis Sánchez (Manchester United), Nicolás Castillo (América), Eduardo Vargas (UANL), Júnior Fernándes (Alanyaspor), Ángelo Sagal (Pachuca).

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Chile celebrate the win over Argentina in the 2016 Copa America Centenario final at MetLife Stadium on June 26, 2016 (Getty Images)

Colombia 2019 CONMEBOL Copa América History, Manager & Squad


Colombia have hosted the tournament once in 2001 where they won their first and only Copa América title. La Tricolor won every match in Group A alongside Chile, Ecuador and Venezuela before defeating Peru 3-0 in the quarter-finals and Honduras 2-0 in the semi-finals.

Mexico were the opponents in the 2001 Copa América Final at the Estadio El Campín in Bogotá, Colombia winning 1-0 with defender Iván Córdoba scoring the winning goal. Colombia will co-host the 2020 CONMEBOL Copa América with Argentina.

Carlos Queiroz took over as manager on 7 February 2019 after replacing Arturo Reyes. Queiroz had an undistinguished playing career as a goalkeeper for Mozambique club Ferroviário de Nampula before making his name as a manager. He began managing the Portugal U20 side in 1989 before taking over the Portugal national side in 1991. 

Spells at Sporting CP, NY/NJ MetroStars, Nagoya Grampus Eight, United Arab Emirates and South Africa followed before a move to Manchester United as Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant. He briefly managed Real Madrid before returning to Manchester United as an assistant, deciding to move back into international management in 2008 with Portugal before managing Iran from 2011 to 2019.

Colombia Squad: David Ospina (Arsenal), Camilo Vargas (Deportivo Cali), Álvaro Montero (Deportes Tolima), Cristián Zapata (Milan), Stefan Medina (Monterrey), Santiago Arias (Atlético Madrid), William Tesillo (León), Yerry Mina (Everton), Cristian Borja (Sporting CP), Jhon Lucumí (Genk), Davinson Sánchez (Tottenham Hotspur), Wílmar Barrios (Zenit Saint Petersburg), Edwin Cardona (Pachuca), James Rodríguez (Bayern Munich), Juan Cuadrado (Juventus), Mateus Uribe (América), Jefferson Lerma (Bournemouth), Gustavo Cuéllar (Flamengo), Duván Zapata (Atalanta
Radamel Falcao (Monaco), Luis Díaz (Junior), Luis Muriel (Fiorentina), Roger Martínez (América).

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Carlos Queiroz became head coach of Colombia on 7 February 2019 (Getty Images)

Ecuador 2019 CONMEBOL Copa América History, Manager & Squad


Los Amarillos have never won the Copa América with their best results being fourth place in 1959 and 1993. Ecuador have hosted the tournament three times with the last occurring in 1993 and are scheduled to host the 2024 CONMEBOL Copa América.

Head coach Hernán Darío Gómez was born in Colombia and made his name as a defensive midfielder at home town club Medellín and Atlético Nacional. He began his managerial career in 1991 at Atlético Nacional before taking charge of Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Santa Fe, Colombia, Independiente Medellín and Panama. 

Gomez returned to Ecuador as head coach on 1 August 2018. He is currently one of three people to lead at least three different national teams to the World Cup, achieving the feat with Colombia at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Ecuador at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and Panama at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. 

Ecuador Squad: Alexander Domínguez, Pedro Ortíz, Máximo Banguera, Arturo Mina, Robert Arboleda, Pedro Pablo Velasco, Cristian Ramírez, Xavier Arreaga, José Quintero, Beder Caicedo, Gabriel Achilier, Renato Ibarra, Romario Ibarra, Carlos Gruezo, Ayrton Preciado, Jefferson Intriago, Antonio Valencia, Jefferson Orejuela, Andrés Chicaiza, Jhegson Méndez, Carlos Garcés, Ángel Mena, Enner Valencia.

Japan 2019 CONMEBOL Copa América History, Manager & Squad


This will be Japan’s second appearance at the CONMEBOL Copa América after competing at the 1999 tournament in Paraguay. On that occasion the Blue Samurai lost 3-2 against Peru and 4-0 against hosts Paraguay before a 1-1 draw against Bolivia in their final group stage match. 

Japan have been managed by Hajime Moriyasu since 26 July 2018 when he took over following Japan’s exit in the round of 16 at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. He led Japan to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Final where they were defeated 3-1 in the final against Qatar. It was Japan's first defeat in a continental final.

Moriyasu was a midfielder for Sanfrecce Hiroshima where he made 271 appearances before ending his career at Kyoto Purple Sanga and Vegalta Sendai. Moriyasu earned 35 caps for Japan, was a member of the successful 1992 AFC Asian Cup winning team.

Japan Squad: Eiji Kawashima, Ryosuke Kojima, Keisuke Osako, Daiki Sugioka, Ko Itakura, Naomichi Ueda, Teruki Hara, Daiki Suga, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Tomoki Iwata, Yugo Tatsuta, Yuta Nakayama, Kota Watanabe, Gaku Shibasaki, Tatsuya Ito, Shoya Nakajima, Koji Miyoshi, Taishi Matsumoto, Hiroki Abe, Takefusa Kubo, Daizen Maeda, Ayase Ueda, Shinji Okazaki.

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Japan were beaten 3-1 by Qatar in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup final and will be hoping to bounce back in the Copa America (Getty Images)

Paraguay 2019 CONMEBOL Copa América History, Manager & Squad


Los Guaraníes have won two Copa América titles in 1953 and 1979 and finished as runners-up on six occasions, most recently in 2011. Paraguay have hosted the tournament once in 1999 where they won Group A before being eliminated in a penalty shootout against Uruguay in the quarter-finals.

Paraguay head coach Eduardo Berizzo was born in Argentina and earned 13 caps for the national side. He was a central defender who had a long and distinguished club career at Newell's Old Boys, Atlas, River Plate, Marseille, River Plate, Celta de Vigo and Cádiz. 

Berizzo began his coaching career as an assistant to Marcelo Biela at Chile in 2007. Berizzo became manager of Estudiantes in 2011 before spells in charge of O'Higgins FC, Celta de Vigo, Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao. Berizzo was named Paraguay head coach on 18 February 2019 after Juan Carlos Osorio resigned.

Paraguay Squad: Antony Silva, Junior Fernández, Alfredo Aguilar, Iván Piris, Gustavo Gómez, Fabián Balbuena, Bruno Valdez, Santiago Arzamendia, Júnior Alonso, Juan Escobar, Iván Torres, Juan Rodrigo Rojas, Matías Rojas, Celso Ortiz, Hernán Pérez, Richard Ortiz, Miguel Almirón, Juan Iturbe, Óscar Cardozo, Derlis González, Federico Santander, Cecilio Domínguez, Óscar Romero.

Peru 2019 CONMEBOL Copa América History, Manager & Squad


Los Incashave won the Copa América twice including the 1939 South American Championship on home soil and the 1975 Copa América which had no fixed venue for the first time. Peru have hosted the tournament six times with the last occurring in 2004 where they were eliminated 1-0 by Argentina in the quarter-finals.

Head coach Ricardo Gareca managed clubs Universitario de Deportes and Vélez Sarsfield before taking over Peru in February 2015. He led Peru to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia where they lost 1-0 against Denmark and France in the group stage, before beating Australia 2-0 which wasn’t enough to progress to the knockout rounds.

Gareca was born in Argentina and earned 20 caps for the national side where he scored five goals. Gareca was a prolific striker in his playing career, scoring 147 goals for Argentina and Columbia clubs including Boca Juniors, Sarmiento, River Plate, América de Cali, Vélez Sarsfield and Independiente.

Peru Squad: Pedro Gallese, Carlos Cáceda, Patricio Álvarez, Luis Abram, Aldo Corzo, Anderson Santamaría, Miguel Araujo, Miguel Trauco, Carlos Zambrano, Luis Advíncula, Alexander Callens, Josepmir Ballón, Christian Cueva, Renato Tapia, Jesús Pretell, Yoshimar Yotún, Edison Flores, Christofer Gonzáles, Paolo Guerrero(captain), Jefferson Farfán, Raúl Ruidíaz, Andy Polo, André Carrillo.

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Head coach Ricardo Gareca led Peru to the 2018 FIFA World Cup but couldn't advance to the knockout rounds (Getty Images)

Qatar 2019 CONMEBOL Copa América History, Manager & Squad


Qatar are making their first appearance at the CONMEBOL Copa América after being one of the invited nations. Al-Annabi will be hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup and burst onto the world stage after winning the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

Qatar won their first ever major tournament title in style, winning all seven matches at the tournament in the United Arab Emirates, scoring 19 goals and conceding once in the 3-1 victory against Japan at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi on 1 February 2019.

Striker Almoez Ali had an incredible tournament at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, scoring nine goals and will be a player to watch at the 2019 CONMEBOL Copa América in Brazil.

Head coach Félix Sánchez managed youth teams in Barcelona before moving to the Aspire Academy in Qatar where he worked from 2006-2013. He took charge of various Qatar youth teams in 2013 before replacing Jorge Fossati as senior side boss on 3 July 2017. He led Qatar to the AFC Asian Cup title in 2019.

Qatar Squad: Saad Al Sheeb, Ró-Ró, Abdelkarim Hassan, Al-Mahdi Ali Mukhtar, Tarek Salman, Abdulaziz Hatem, Ahmed Alaaeldin, Hamid Ismail, Abdullah Al-Ahrak, Hassan Al-Haydos (captain), Akram Afif, Karim Boudiaf, Tameem Al-Muhaza, Salem Al-Hajri, Bassam Al-Rawi, Boualem Khoukhi, Ahmed Moein, Ahmed Fatehi, Almoez Ali, Ali Afif, Yousef Hassan, Mohammed Al-Bakri, Assim Madibo.

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Qatar won their first ever major tournament at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup (Getty Images)

Uruguay 2019 CONMEBOL Copa América History, Manager & Squad


Uruguay have won the Copa América more than any other nation, winning 15 times (1916, 1917, 1920, 1923, 1924, 1926, 1935, 1942, 1956, 1959, 1967, 1983, 1987, 1995, 2011) and finishing as runners-up on six occasions. Uruguay have hosted the tournament seven times with the last occurring in 1995 where they were champions after defeating Brazil in a penalty shootout in the final at the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo.

La Celeste have been managed by Óscar Tabárez since 2006 after Uruguay had failed to qualify for three out of the preceding four FIFA World Cups. It was Tabárez’s second spell in charge after leading Uruguay to the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy where they were eliminated in the round of 16.

Tabárez has led Uruguay to three consecutive FIFA World Cups, their best result occurring at South Africa in 2010 where they reached the semi-finals for the first time in 40 years but were defeated 3-2 by the Netherlands.

Tabárez started his playing career as a defender at Sud América in 1967 before spells at Sportivo Italiano, Montevideo Wanderers, Fénix, Puebla and Bella Vista. He began his managerial career in 1980 at Bella Vista and alongside Uruguay has managed Danubio, Montevideo Wanderers, Peñarol, Deportivo Cali, Boca Juniors, Cagliari, AC Milan, Oviedo, Cagliari, Vélez Sársfield and Boca Juniors.

Uruguay Squad: Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray), Martín Campaña (Independiente), Martín Silva (Libertad), José Giménez (Atlético Madrid), Diego Godín (captain) (Atlético Madrid), Giovanni González (Peñarol), Marcelo Saracchi (RB Leipzig), Diego Laxalt (Milan), Sebastián Coates (Sporting CP), Martín Cáceres (Juventus), Matías Vecino (Internazionale), Rodrigo Bentancur (Juventus), Nicolás Lodeiro (Seattle Sounders), Nahitan Nández (Boca Juniors), Giorgian De Arrascaeta (Flamengo), Lucas Torreira (Arsenal), Federico Valverde (Real Madrid), Gastón Pereiro (PSV), Luis Suárez (Barcelona), Cristhian Stuani (Girona), Maxi Gómez (Celta de Vigo), Jonathan Rodríguez (Cruz Azul), Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain).

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Oscar Tabarez has been in charge of Uruguay since 2006 (Getty Images)

Venezuela 2019 CONMEBOL Copa América History, Manager & Squad


Venezuela have never won the Copa América with their best result being fourth place in 2011. La Vinotinto have hosted the tournament once in 2007.

Head coach Rafael Dudamel was a goalkeeper who earned 56 caps for the Venezuela national team, scoring a direct free kick in the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Argentina.

He had a long career with spells at Universidad Los Andes, Atlético Huila, El Vigía, Santa Fe, Atlético Zulia, Quilmes, Deportivo Cali, Millonarios, UA Maracaibo, Cortuluá, Deportivo Táchira, Mamelodi Sundowns, Estudiantes de Mérida, América de Cali, Estudiantes de Mérida and Real Esppor.

Dudamel began his managerial career in 2010 at Estudiantes de Merida before taking over Venezuela U17, Deportivo Lara and Venezuela U20. In April 2016 Dudamel became the manager of the Venezuela national team and stayed in charge of the U20 side.

He led the Venezuela U20 side to the 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup final where they lost 1-0 against England. It was Venezuela’s best ever performance in the U20 competition.

Venezuela Squad: Wuilker Faríñez, Joel Graterol, Rafael Romo, Mikel Villanueva, Yordan Osorio, Jhon Chancellor, Luis Mago, Roberto Rosales, Ronald Hernández, Rolf Feltscher, Júnior Moreno, Yangel Herrera, Darwin Machís, Tomás Rincón (Captain), Jefferson Savarino, Juanpi, Luis Manuel Seijas, Jhon Murillo, Yeferson Soteldo, Arquímedes Figuera, Fernando Aristeguieta, Josef Martínez, José Salomón Rondón.

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Rafael Dudamel led the Venezuelan U20 national team to a runner-up finish at the 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup in South Korea (Getty Images)

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