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13 Hot Copa America Players to Crush on All Month

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The Copa América, South America’s premier international fútbol tournament, is being held in Chile this year. Uruguay are the defending champs with Argentina favored to win – but let’s get down to the nitty gritty: who are hottest players to watch?

Javier Güemez – Mexico

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Roque Santa Cruz – Paraguay

Agradecido por tanto cariño..

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Mauricio Pinilla – Chile

Saludos desde Miami …!!! Saluti da Miami…!!! #chile #cile #seleccion #nazionale ❤️

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James Rodriguez – Colombia

Feliz día, happy day. ??

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Sergio Agüero – Argentina

Hoy en la AFA , Hicimos fotos con el traje !! #VamosArgentina

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Radamel Falcao – Colombia

Leo Messi – Argentina

Desayunando con ella ????

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Neymar – Brazil

Ezequiel Lavezzi Argentina

#Paris

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Claudio Pizarro – Peru

Mit -@bastianschweinsteiger #MiaSanMia#FCBayern. 🙂

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Rafael Marquez – Mexico

Ya tienes tu pulsera @yoXMx? #YoXMexico, tu por quien? @rmfundacion

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Eduardo Herrera – Mexico

Willian Brazil

What player are you crushing on? Leave a comment below to let us know.

Some People Think Brazil Rigged Copa America In Their Favor Since They Were The Host Nation

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Some People Think Brazil Rigged Copa America In Their Favor Since They Were The Host Nation

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For the first time since 2007, Brazil has won the ultimate South American soccer tournament, Copa America. Brazil played against Peru in their home Maracaña stadium on Sunday, July 7 with a solid 3-1 victory. That small fact means something even bigger for Brazil. The country’s team has won the title every single time it has hosted the tournament. While some folks think that the tournament is rigged in Brazil’s favor, there were quite a few factors that were not in the winning team’s favor.

Neymar, arguably Brazil’s best player, had to sit out of the game due to an ankle injury.

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Neymar and his son sat very close to President Jair Bolsonaro, albeit on the sidelines. Fans have remarked on how upset Neymar looks to be benched. He had ruptured a ligament in his ankle just days before the game in a friendly match against Qatar last week.

Forward Gabriel Jesus, who scored for Brazil, was sent to the bench after a foul.

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With 20 minutes left in the game, Gabriel Jesus was sent to the bench for his second yellow card. That means that Brazil had ten players to Peru’s eleven, and still beat them.

“Brazil deserved the victory,” Peru coach Ricardo Gareca said.

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“We played better than we did in the previous match. We have improved as a team,” an encouraged Gareca told reporters. “We still have to improve more, but we are on the right track.”

Neymar’s replacement, Everton, was named player of the final.

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“I gave everything I had today,” said Everton. Nobody, not even coach Tite, could have imagined that Everton would even be playing in the final, let alone carry the team. You’ll see his head in the bottom left corner of the image above.

Argentina’s Lionel Messi publicly called the Copa América referees “corrupt.”

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After a bizarre red card against Messi during the third-place playoff against Chile Saturday, he told reporters, “I feel a lot of anger because I think I did not deserve that red card because I think we were playing a very good game. We were ahead, but, as I said recently, unfortunately, there is a lot of corruption, the referees. We leave with the feeling that they did not allow us to be in the final, that we were ready for better.” 

Defensive midfielder, Carlos Henrique Casemiro, had a classy response to Messi’s comments.

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This Twitter user is throwing shade back at Messi for his comments. “Those with a mouth can say what they want. It’s not up to me to speak, it’s a delicate subject,” the soccer player told reporters. “It’s not for me to say if the refereeing was good. We need to congratulate Peru for the good Copa America they had.”

While Brazil is celebrating a victory, they’re also commemorating a historic loss against Germany.

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Known on The Internet as #7x1Day, on July 8th, 2014, Brazil lost the FIFA World Cup to Germany in a disgraceful 7-1 loss. Germany scored four goals within the first six minutes of the game, and it got worse from there. At the last minute, Brazil scored a consolation goal but ultimately lost big. That game marked the end of a 62-match home unbeaten streak going back to the 1975 Copa América when they lost to Peru.

Of course, the Internet is doing its thing.

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Obviously, @TrollFootball is trolling us all with this screen grab from that infamous Germany-Brazil game. Latinos definitely came out to call BS on this claim. At the time, Germany’s jerseys looked pretty similar to Peru’s and have enjoyed a redesign.

Even Jesus is wearing a Brazil jersey now.

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And also, apparently, holding a gleaming trophy that’s shining brighter than Jesus himself! They say we create a God of our own understanding. This is how Rio’s God is looking–freshly outfitted and winning.

Felicidades a Brasil!!! 🇧🇷

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Brazil’s streets were flooded with fans after the victory, and we don’t think they’ve stopped partying since Sunday. Enjoy it!

READ: Brazil’s Soccer Reina Marta Trumps Germany’s Miroslav Klose For All-Time World Cup Scoring Record

Brazil Fined For Homophobic Chants During Copa America Opening But What About Mexico

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Brazil Fined For Homophobic Chants During Copa America Opening But What About Mexico

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The Copa America tournament has kicked off a week ago which means we are set for some exciting matches in the next few weeks. But the host nation, Brazil, has already run into some controversy. The Copa America hosts were hit with a $15,000 fine from the South American football governing body on Friday for homophobic chants by a handful of fans during the tournament’s opening match against Bolivia.

The fine came after Brazil’s 3-0 win over Bolivia back on June 14th.

Brazil was punished after some fans were reportedly heard chanting the Portuguese word “bicha”, which is slang for queer in Brazil, at Bolivia’s goalkeeper Carlos Lampe. The incident occurred during the host nations opening 3-0 victory in Sao Paulo on June 14.

According to Reuters, the chants weren’t the only reason the team was fined. The announced crowd of 46,000 at Morumbi stadium also lit flares in the grandstands. This action has previously been disallowed in soccer stadiums in Europe and has led to fines placed on teams in the past.

Even more homophobic chants were heard during Brazil’s match against Paraguay.

There were reportedly more homophobic chants heard on Thursday during Brazil’s quarterfinal match Paraguay at the Arena do Gremio in Porto Alegre, Brazil. This seems to be a growing issue in Brazilian soccer as the governing body of FIFA has previously fined the Brazilian soccer body for homophobic slurs being chanted in local stadiums.

The disciplinary part of South American football’s governing body Conmebol said the offensive chants infringed on a rule against “insults or attacks against the human dignity of other people or groups, for reasons of skin color, race, ethnicity, language, creed or origin.”It may come as no surprise if Brazil is once again fined after advancing in the tournament.

The Mexican national team was recently in hot water as well when fans used the term “puto” at the Gold Cup.

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FIFA has repeatedly come down on the Mexican national team and its fans for using the term “puto” during its matches. Earlier this month, Mexico fans were heard using the term multiple times during it’s Gold Cup opener against Cuba. FIFA fined Mexico’s soccer federation for “homophobic chants” at 11 different 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

While some say the term isn’t intended to be derogatory towards the LGBTQ+ community, FIFA doesn’t want it to be chanted at any of its matches. It’s safe to say this won’t be the last time we hear about teams getting fined for its chants. We only hope the same pressure will be put on the Mexico team for their homophobic chants as the Brazil team.

READ: These Chants Will Cost Soccer Teams a Lot of Money

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