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Copa América 2011: Group
It's Copa America tiiiime!

Forget about European football for just one summer.  During the month of July, the 43rd edition of the Copa América will be held in Argentina.  

What happened last summer during the 2010 World Cup is now a thing of the past while those nations who did not qualify for the World Cup will use this tournament as a way to establish momentum for the qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Group A will feature Argentina, Colombia, Boliva and Costa Rica.  

Brazil, Paraguay, Ecuador and Venezuela comprise Group B.

The final group, Group C, has Uruguay, Chile, Mexico and Peru. 

In 2007, Argentina was well on their way to win the tournament, thanks to the heroics of Juan Roman Riquelme, Lionel Messi and Carlos Tevez, but a makeshift Brazil squad with the likes of Julio Baptista, Vagner Love, Doni and top scorer Robinho surprised Argentina 3-0 en route to back-to-back Copa America titles (both of them against Argentina too).

This Copa America will not feature Riquelme, Love, Doni, Baptista, but players like Gonzalo Higuain will make their Copa America debut along with the likes of Radamel Falcao, Neymar, Javier Pastore, Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani, along with several others. 

Costa Rica and Mexico will be bringing sub-23 teams as the North American representatives.  Kudos to Costa Rica for putting together a side as a last minute replacement for Japan who was unable to attend the South American tournament. 

Hopefully, the Mexicans will stay away from chicken and meat before the games begin to avoid any drama. 

Since 1993, Argentina has not won any official FIFA tournament.  With the competition in their backyard, the pressure is on manager Sergio Batista to win an international competition and earn a place in the 2013 Confederations Cup and make up for all the pain Argentina had to endure while under prior manager Diego Maradona.

So, outside of Lionel Messi, who else can we expect big things from?  While each team will have that one marquee player to focus on, there is that special X-factor that needs to be kept in mind as well.

The following gives an overview of what will make up the tournament of the year.

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