The Copa America 2019 semi-final on Wednesday (July 3) will add another chapter to the most fierce rivalry of South American football as hosts Brazil are poised to take on Argentina. Football fans, across the globe, including India, await with bated breath for one of the fiercest battles of world football.
The second semi-final on Thursday pits Peru against Chile. But all eyes will be focused on the mother of all Copa America battles – Brazil vs Argentina.
The team to win the most FIFA World Cup crowns, Brazil have not lifted the Copa America trophy since 2007, their eighth South American team championship title. Argentina to their credit have fourteen Copa America titles. But they have not tasted success since 1993, in spite of making it to the four of the last five finals.
Brazil have won five out of their last seven matches and played goalless draws against Venezuela and Paraguay to finish atop Group A. Argentina entered the semi-finals with two back to back wins over Qatar and Venezuela. They had Group B engagements in the second place.
Head to Head, Brazil have won 41 and Argentina 38 in their 106 international meetings till date, the other 26 fizzling out in draws. In 31 Copa America meetings, La Albiceleste have won 15 and Verdeamarelha 9. The other eight were drawn.
Brazil: SporTV Play, SporTV, GloboEsporte.com, Globo.
Argentina: DIRECTV Play Deportes, Canal 7 TV Publica, TyC Sports Argentina, TyC Sports Play, DIRECTV Sports Argentina.
the USA: NBC Sports Live Extra App, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, Globo TV Internacional, ESPN+, Telemundo.
The UK: Premier Player HD, Premier Sports 1.
Australia: Kayo Sports, beIN Sports 1, beIN Sports Connect.
Mexico: Nueve, Televisa Deportes en vivo, Azteca 7, Sky HD, Blue To Go Video Everywhere.
Canadá: TSN GO.
The match to be broadcast and streamed LIVE in around 130 nations across the world, will ironically have no footprint in India. Indian broadcasters had snubbed one of the most intense international football competitions. While incumbent Sony Pictures Network India had declined to renew the deal with CONMEBOL, governing body for football in America, Star Sports had no interest in the event that clashed with the ICC World Cup 2019.
InsideSport had reliably learnt that CONMEBOL wanted to hike the value for the Copa America rights, while Sony Pictures Network India was not even keen to match their three-year-old deal.