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Copa America Betting
After Argentina's 2021 Copa America heroics gave Lionel Messi his first international tournament win, the next version of the Copa America is in 2024. Ecuador is set to be the host nation due to the CONMEBOL host rotation policy, which means that all nations get to host the tournament over the course of a set period of years. This will also be the 102nd year that the tournament has been running, meaning it is the first year it has played beyond the 100-year celebration. The tournament runs alongside Europe's European Championships, meaning that the Copa America provides brilliant opportunities to combine markets with European Championships betting.
Copa America Betting Odds
The favourites for every Copa America are either going to be Brazil or Argentina. In the modern-day, the youth projects in both countries far exceed those in other countries, hundreds of millions of people play the sport, and it helps provide a culture that builds football in the country. For the 2024 tournament, Brazil is the online betting favourites despite losing out to Argentina in the final last time out. This is due to the fantastic young squad they already have. Their best players will still be playing in 2024, while for Argentina, their older players will have retired, and we'll have to judge how their new generation of talent performs on the biggest stage.
Outside of Brazil and Argentina, the two nations that have performed admirably are Uruguay and Chile. Uruguay has historically been the best team in South America for a number of years. However, in recent years, Chile has proven to be difficult opposition for many teams. They even won the tournament in 2015 and 2016 when there were back-to-back renditions of the tournament.
Throughout the tournament's history, Copa America has contained a number of teams from around the world. The format of inviting nations began in 1993 as Mexico and the United States were invited. Mexico is the most successful invitee as they have finished as runner-ups on two separate occasions. However, either nation has appeared at the tournament since 2016. Other nations that have also been invited are Costa Rica, Jamaica, Japan, Haiti, Honduras, Panama and most recently Qatar. The football betting odds for these teams won't be announced until after all teams have been confirmed.
Copa America History
Group A: Northern Section
|Nation||Best CA finish||Last CA Finish||FIFA Ranking|
|Argentina||Winners (15 times)||Winner||3rd|
|Bolivia||Winners (1963)||5th Group A||81st|
|Chile||Winners (2015, 2016)||Quarter-Final||29th|
|Paraguay||Winners (1953, 1979)||Quarter-Final||50th|
|Uruguay||Winners (15 times)||Quarter-Final||13th|
Copa America is split into two sections, the North section, which is Group A and the South section, which is Group B. Group A hosts the largest number of winners. It is also the only group where every nation has won the trophy at least once. Even Bolivia, after their shocking win back in 1963. This tournament saw them score late against Argentina and Brazil to win the single group stage.
Group B: Southern Section
|Nation||Best CA finish||Last CA Finish||FIFA Ranking|
|Brazil||Winners (9 Times)||Runner-Up||3rd|
|Colombia||Winners (2001)||Semi Final||15th|
|Ecuador||Fourth Place (1993)||Quarter-Final||53rd|
|Peru||Winners (1939 & 1975)||Semi Final||27th|
|Venezuela||Fourth Place (2011)||5th in Group B||30th|
The two international teams that have never won the Copa America out of the South American teams both feature in Group B, dominated by Brazil. This group represents the best of Southern South America. Brazil is the most decorated nation, having won the most Copa America titles. Both Colombia and Peru have won the tournament as well. Peru is a surprise package for Copa America as they always perform well despite never being amongst the favourites for the tournament.
How to bet on Copa America
Throughout the entire tournament, there will be plenty of games played, including an exciting series in the group stage and knockout stage.
For each of the Copa America games that are featured, Bet UK offers match odds across outright and live markets, allowing you to make selections with each kick.
If you prefer to bet once the tournament has started, you can still do so. However, Copa America odds will be updated over time in relation to the events taking place on the pitch. This is especially true for odds related to the Copa America winner and individual awards such as top goalscorer.
Copa America Betting FAQs
How often is the Copa America?
The Copa America is typically held every four years after being a mainstay of South American football. There have been 47 renditions of the tournament so far. However, the frequency of the tournament often varies. It is confirmed that after the 2021 tournament, we will have tournaments in 2024 and 2028.
Before the next tournament begins, you can find the latest Copa America odds via our online sportsbooks. This includes favourites to win the tournament outright, as well as individual awards such as top goalscorer.
What channel can I watch Copa America on?
In the United Kingdom, you can watch Copa America football on BBC channels. Alternatively, if you're living in the US, it is available on Fox Sports until 2027. For Europe, the competition will be available on Bein and DAZN.
When is the next Copa America final?
The exact date for the Copa America 2024 final is subject to change, but it is currently set to occur on Friday 12th July, alongside the European Championships.
Has Lionel Messi won the Copa America?
A. Finally! Yes, Lionel Messi has won his first international honour as Argentina won the 2021 Copa America beating Brazil in the final. Messi was also awarded the best player award as he finished as the top goalscorer for the competition alongside Columbian international - Luis Diaz.
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