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Copa America reboot features five group games, lots of travel and move to even years

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno says Brazil came together and proved that they were the best team at the Copa America despite Neymar's absence.

It was a bizarre draw for a bizarre competition.

Twelve nations are taking part in next year's Copa America. Ten of them -- the South American countries - already knew the group they would be part of. Tuesday night's ceremony in Cartagena, then, was mainly to define the destiny of the two invited teams, with Australia drawn in the southern group, while Qatar went to the north.

The 2020 Copa America is a product of political divisions. The tournament is taking place because the four year cycle of...

Australia's Copa America opponents: How will the Socceroos fare against South America's finest?

Julien Laurens says Lionel Messi separated himself from other Ballon d'Or finalists by carrying Barcelona.
Craig Burley believes Lionel Messi is single-handedly covering up deficiencies at Barcelona.

The Arnie-ball World Tour will be heading to Argentina next year, with Australia drawn in Group A to face La Albiceleste, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay at the 2020 Copa America.

Here's what to expect from the Socceroos' five opponents:

Argentina

Brimming with talent in the front third -- including an extraterrestrial who won his sixth Ballon d'Or earlier this week -- but cripplingly imbalanced. As a consequence, Paulo Dybala has only been used sparingly despite his mesmerising talent -- to the...

Australia to face Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay in 2020 Copa America

Julien Laurens says Lionel Messi separated himself from other Ballon d'Or finalists by carrying Barcelona.
Craig Burley believes Lionel Messi is single-handedly covering up deficiencies at Barcelona.

The Socceroos will tackle global superstar Lionel Messi and Argentina at next year's Copa America after Australia were drawn alongside the co-hosts.

Graham Arnold's men were drawn in Group A for the South American continental championship, which starts on June 12.

That means Australia will play their five group stages matches in Argentina against the two-time World Cup champions, Uruguay, Chile, Bolivia and Paraguay.

The Socceroos' opening match will be against 15-time Copa America champions Uruguay...

Angel Di Maria: Lionel Messi made Argentina team cry with Copa America speech

The FC crew ask whether Barcelona are a better team without Antoine Griezmann in it.
Steve Nicol says Lionel Messi alone won't solve Barcelona's concerns on the pitch in what is shaping up to be a tight La Liga title race.

Angel Di Maria has said what Lionel Messi told his teammates after Argentina's defeat to Brazil in the 2019 Copa America that left "everyone in tears."

Messi captained Argentina in the tournament but they lost 2-0 to would-be champions Brazil in the semifinals on July 3 before going on to finish third. 

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Argentina appeal Messi's three-month ban

Alejandro Moreno examines how Lionel Messi impacted the game during the final 30 minutes of Barcelona's scoreless draw against Dortmund.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi each have five Ballons d'Or, but does the Portugal star have an argument to deserving more?

The Argentina football federation has appealed a three-month ban CONMEBOL handed to Lionel Messi this past summer during Copa America.

AFA is seeking to have the ban reduced to two months so that Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni can have Messi available for friendlies in Europe against Germany on Oct. 9 and Ecuador on Oct. 13. As it stands now, Messi would only be able to return to action on Nov. 3. A decision is due by Oct. 3.

Messi was banned for three months from international matches and...