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Copa America review: Brazil worthy winners despite CONMEBOL errors. PLUS: Argentina's bright future

With the 2019 Copa America complete and hosts Brazil crowned as champions, Gab Marcotti dusts off his Monday Musings for a special Copa edition from Brazil.

Jump to: Copa brand is safe | Tite works magic | Signs of life for Argentina? | Gareca, Peru a delight | Tabarez gets angry | Japan, Qatar hold their own

Copa brand prevails despite CONMEBOL mistakes

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL -- The Copa America is football's oldest international competition: You can trace its roots back to 1916,...

Winning Copa America on home soil a morale boost for Brazil on their quest for World Cup glory

One of the great things about football is that every game unfolds in a different way. The same two teams can meet each other twice and produce different narratives. Thankfully for the final of the 2019 Copa America, the second meeting between Brazil and Peru proved very different from the first.

In the group game in Sao Paulo, Brazil steamrolled their way to a 5-0 victory. Little more than two weeks later, and a 45-minute flight away in Rio de Janeiro, they had things much harder, with the outcome...

Brazil are kings of South America again, but conquering world will be much harder

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazilian crowds don't usually do collective sighs of relief. Not at the Maracana, not on the pitch once trod by the likes of Zico, Pele and Garrincha and not in a Copa America against a Peru side they whupped 5-0 less than two weeks ago. But if they did, it would have come around the 90th minute when substitute Richarlison smacked his penalty past goalkeeper Pedro Gallese to seal a 3-1 win.

No more miracles. No more twists of fate. No more worrying about being a...

Brazil's massive talent gap leaves Peru needing another superhuman effort in Copa America final

Shaka Hislop and Gab Marcotti look ahead to Sunday's Copa America final between Brazil and Peru in Rio de Janeiro.

Brazil and Peru will do battle on Sunday to be crowned kings of South America, as they meet in the Copa America final (stream it at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN+). Ahead of their contest, Gabriele Marcotti looks at how the pair got this far and how they'll match up at the Maracana.

The backstory

Brazil went into the Copa America as heavy favourites, despite the loss of Neymar to injury before the tournament, and that hasn't really changed. Coach Tite has restored pride and enthusiasm to the Green and Gold...

Will Peru deny Tite the chance of becoming a genuine Brazil hero?

Which Peru will turn up for Sunday's Copa America final?

The team that, according to some of their opponents, gave France their hardest match on the way to winning last year's World Cup? The one that ended the reign of defending champions Chile with an impressive 3-0 triumph in Wednesday's semifinal?

Or the one that has lost at home this season to Ecuador, Costa Rica and [heavily] to Colombia? The one recently beaten by El Salvador, who collapsed in abject fashion to a 5-0 group phase defeat against...

Toe Poke Daily: What did Neymar say to Messi after Brazil's win over Argentina?

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Former Barcelona teammates Neymar and Lionel Messi shared a quick catch-up this week as Brazil took on Argentina in the Copa America semifinals.

The pair were filmed sharing a quick hug in the stadium corridor after the game as Messi made his way back to the dressing room...