Category Archives: Copa America

Class Projects from the University of Virginia on the Summer 2024 Copa America, Euros & Olympics

This semester, students in UVA’s “Soccer Politics” class produced a range of digital projects focused on this summer’s tournaments. You can explore them through the links below. Many of the projects will be updated with content and discussion as the tournaments unfold. COPA AMERICA Chelsea Divers, Avery Dougald, James Hawkins, Ian Iskra & Ben Wieland… Read More »

COVID-19 and the Future of Football

By now, most people understand that we are in the midst of a global pandemic the likes of which we have not seen in many years. Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is the highly infectious virus that causes the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) that many people are now becoming familiar with. While I… Read More »

Copa America. And Japan. And Qatar.

While learning about South America’s passion for soccer this week, I couldn’t get something that I had recently seen out of my mind: Copa America, the tournament of national teams from South America will feature two teams not from South America. I had seen a notification that the field for this summer’s tournament had been… Read More »

Una promoción, por cortesía de Donald Trump

Cuando yo estudiaba en Buenos Aires el año pasado, le pedía a mi familia de acogida muchas preguntas sobre la selección argentina.  Y ellos me preguntaban mucho sobre Donald Trump.  Como estudiante de la ciencia política, ellos me esperaban que pudiera contestar sus preguntas sobre esta situación ridícula que está pasando en la política de los Estados… Read More »

Copa América Centenario Finances: A Rampant, Systemic and Deep-Rooted Corruption Scheme

The 2015 FIFA Corruption Case Extends to North and South America? Yes, in fact it did.  When the United States Department of Justice turned on the lights in 2015 for the international rooms of soccer and corporate executives, these execs were caught with their hands in multiple cookie jars.  The price for the extra sweets,… Read More »

Barcelona, and Clubs Strangle Hold on International Play

Barcelona as a club has limited two of its largest star’s, (Lionel Messi and Neymar) ability to play in international competition this summer. Both players play for teams that will this summer compete in both the Copa America and Rio 2016 Olympics.   In Messi’s case, this isn’t the first time this has happen. In 2004… Read More »

Club vs. Country

This summer the Brazilian national team will compete in two major tournaments: the 2016 Rio Olympics in August and the Copa America Centenario in June. Brazil’s star forward Neymar, however, may only compete in one.  Neymar’s club team, Barcelona, has publically stated that they will only release Neymar for one of the two tournaments this… Read More »