The draw for the 2024 Copa America, scheduled in the United States from June 20 to July 16, saw defending champions Argentina and world champions fall into the same group as arch-rivals Chile.
The groups are:
- Group A: Argentina, Peru, Chile, winner of Canada play-offs and Trinidad and Tobago
- Group B: Mexico, Ecuador, Venezuela and Jamaica
- Group C: United States, Uruguay, Panama and Bolivia
- Group D: Brazil, Colombia, Paraguay and winner between Costa Rica and Honduras
Argentina.. World champion and Copa America
Argentina will defend their title on U.S. soil in the expanded edition that will include 16 teams, with six members of CONCACAF joining the ten usual South American rivals CONMEBOL.
Argentina kick off their tournament campaign on June 20 in Atlanta against Canada or Trinidad and Tobago, who will meet in a play-off to determine one of the two CONCACAF qualifying places next year.
Argentina will then face Chile in New Jersey on June 25 in a replay of the 2016 Copa America final, also held to mark the centenary of the competition, in the United States.
Argentina lost the final encounters of 2015 and 2016 on penalties to Chile, although in the last final Lionel Messi missed a penalty.
Messi announced his retirement for a short time before reversing his decision to continue his international adventure, which culminated in winning the 2021 Copa America and the 2022 World Cup.
Argentina conclude their Group A campaign against Peru in Miami on June 29.
On the other hand, five-time defending champions Brazil came in a cautious group along with Colombia and Paraguay and the winner of the play-offs between Costa Rica and Honduras.
Mexico was placed in Group B along with Ecuador, Venezuela and Jamaica.
Hosts USA will play in Group C with Uruguay, Panama and Bolivia.
Paraguayan President Alejandro Dominguez said the tournament would be a “World Copa America”.
“The team will participate with the world champion (Argentina), the only team to win the World Cup five-time title (Brazil), and the first world champion (Uruguay), along with the best players in the world, who are from Latin America,” he added.
Five-time world champions Brazil open their campaign at the Sofi Stadium in Los Angeles against Costa Rica or Honduras on June 24 before facing Paraguay in Las Vegas on June 28 to conclude their first-round campaign against Colombia at Levy Stadium in Santa Clara.
The tournament will be played on 14 stadiums, including stadiums hosting NFL football club matches.
The semi-finals will be held in East Rutherford on July 9 and in Charlotte on July 10, with Miami hosting the final on July 14.