Latest Copa America News

Fans mourn João Gilberto at Rio de Janeiro funeral

Jul. 8, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Fans from around the world honored bossa nova pioneer João Gilberto on Monday, filing past his coffin at his funeral in Rio de Janeiro. A small string orchestra and choir performed one of Gilberto's most famous songs, "Chega de saudade" as his body was displayed in an open casket...

Messi slams referees, corruption after Copa America red card

Jul. 6, 2019 11:18 PM EDT

SÃO PAULO (AP) — After another frustrating Copa América ending, Lionel Messi boycotted the medal ceremony to protest the refereeing and "corruption," claiming Argentina had not been treated fairly. Following defeats in the last two finals, Messi had a sudden end to this year's tournament by being...

US men also seek soccer title, face Mexico for Gold Cup

Jul. 6, 2019 7:52 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Remember the U.S. men's soccer team? It's also playing for a trophy on Sunday, taking on Mexico at Soldier Field in the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the championship of North and Central America and the Caribbean. Gone from the national sports consciousness since its October 2017 loss at...

Venezuela steers away from politics before Copa América game

Jun. 27, 2019 7:48 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Venezuela coach Rafael Dudamel almost left his job for political reasons after his team beat Argentina 3-1 in March in a friendly game in Madrid. One day before he faces Lionel Messi again — this time in the quarterfinals of the Copa América — Dudamel was more...

Richarlison to miss Brazil's Copa America clash due to mumps

Jun. 27, 2019 3:22 PM EDT

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (AP) — Richarlison has been ruled out of Brazil's Copa America quarterfinal match against Paraguay because of mumps. The Brazilian soccer confederation says the rest of the squad will be vaccinated after Thursday's game at the Arena do Gremio in Porto Alegre. It did not comment when...

Copa America guests Japan, Qatar still in contention

Jun. 23, 2019 10:58 AM EDT

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (AP) — Copa America guest teams Japan and Qatar are still in contention as the last round of group stage matches begins, and some of their South American opponents aren't too pleased. Qatar and Japan, who met in the Asian Cup final in February, are in third place in their groups. The...

Copa America: Rodriguez leads Colombia to win over Argentina

Jun. 16, 2019 7:04 AM EDT

SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) — James Rodriguez got the best of Lionel Messi in the Copa America, leading Colombia to a 2-0 win over Argentina in their opening game in the South American tournament on Saturday. Rodriguez set up Roger Martinez's opening goal in the second half with a high, diagonal pass across the...

Qatar building for 2022 World Cup on Copa America debut

Jun. 15, 2019 7:05 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — For 2022 World Cup host Qatar, every Copa America match will be like a final. Sunday's clash against Paraguay at the historic Maracana stadium is especially so because it is probably the team's best chance to pick up points in the tournament. Qatar's Spanish coach Felix Sanchez told...

Nations League winner Portugal rises in FIFA rankings

Jun. 14, 2019 5:33 AM EDT

ZURICH (AP) — Nations League champion Portugal is up two places to No. 5 in the FIFA men's rankings which are still led by Belgium. World champion France in second, Copa America host Brazil, and England complete an unchanged top four in the standings published Friday. World Cup runner-up Croatia falls one...

Argentina's first World Cup point could prove priceless

Jun. 10, 2019 4:55 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — At the final whistle of their Women's World Cup opener, Argentina's players dropped to their knees as if they'd won the entire tournament. They didn't even win the game. But for the first time ever, they didn't lose, either. Argentina played to a 0-0 draw against Japan to earn its first ever...