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CONMEBOL Naming Argentina, Colombia as Copa America co-hosts poses all sorts of problems

CONMEBOL's decision to play the 2020 Copa America in Colombia and Argentina is a logistical nightmare.

While the 2019 Copa America kicks off in Brazil in just over two months' time, we now know at last where the next edition, the 2020 Copa America, will take place. It has taken a lot of backstage politics, but it has now been confirmed that next year's tournament will be joint-hosted by Argentina and Colombia.

The Copa is switching from odd to even years -- and this has created the opportunity to slide in an extra edition of the tournament in 2020. From a commercial point of view, it is a no contest....

Messi's Argentina return again shows how deeply rooted La Albiceleste's problems are

Alejandro Moreno expands upon the problems plaguing Argentina, including how their reliance on Lionel Messi has only grown worse over time.
Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni believes Lionel Messi and Paulo Dybala can play together, but it will take some time before it is effective.

It was a familiar story for Lionel Messi on his return to international duty. As he took the field in Madrid for Argentina's friendly against Venezuela, a fan held up a banner with his name written on it. But the banner was upside down -- an appropriate symbol for the way that the Barcelona genius is left mixed up and shaken up by the deficiencies of his compatriots.

Venezuela's 3-1 win highlighted a problem that Argentina have struggled to solve for years -- one which was all too evident in the...

Ronaldo and Messi at the 2022 World Cup? Don't bet against them

Ronaldo and Messi return to international duty, and it's not unthinkable that their eternal rivalry will stretch to the 2022 World Cup.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are back on Friday. It's been two-hundred and sixty-five days since we last saw them, each bowing out on the same day, at the same stage of the World Cup, likely with the same heartache.

Lionel Messi was in Kazan, where his Argentina side had let a 2-1 second-half lead slip in a wild, drunken shootout of a knockout game that saw France advance 4-3. Cristiano Ronaldo was in Sochi, a thousand miles away on the banks of the Black Sea, yet shoulder-to-shoulder with...

'Pity' Martinez aiming to keep Atlanta on top, enhance chances for a European future

Alejandro Moreno and Sebastian Salazar discuss the pressure on South American Player of the Year, Pity Martinez, in his first season at Atlanta United.

Miguel Almiron's big-money move to Newcastle United in January may have helped change perceptions of Major League Soccer. Much more than an elephant's graveyard, the top professional league in the United States has clearly found alternative models -- such as bringing in some of the biggest talents from South America, having success with them, and then maybe selling them on at a healthy profit.

Atlanta United probably hope that history will repeat itself with their Almiron replacement, Gonzalo "Pity"...

Diego Maradona gets inflatable tribute from Argentinos Juniors

Argentinos Juniors have handed the legendary Diego Maradona one of the highest honours they have in their power to bestow: an inflatable tunnel created in his image.

Maradona began his professional career with Argentinos as 15-year-old prodigy in 1976, scoring well over 100 goals in five seasons before moving onto Boca Juniors in 1981.

So, as an homage to their "greatest pride," the club they call El Semillero del Mundo (The Seedbed of the World -- a reference to the strength of their youth academy...

Brazil, Argentina 'underdogs' as South America U20 Championships return

The serious stuff is about to start in one of the world's greatest showcases of emerging footballing talent. The second, decisive stage of the South American Under-20 Championships will soon be underway in Chile. Four nations have fallen by the wayside, while six remain to delight the army of European scouts and compete for the continent's four places in this year's World Under-20 Cup.

The second phase starts on Tuesday and comes to a conclusion 12 days later with a final round featuring the clash...