Socceroos Socceroos to play in Copa America 2020 (Official)

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The Socceroos are set to test themselves against the might of Lionel Messi's Argentina and Neymar's Brazil when they take part in the Copa America 2020.
The invitees for the 2020 edition of Latin America's version of the Asian Cup or European Championship are Qatar and Australia.

The tournament will be staged between June 12 and July 12 next year, jointly hosted by Colombia and Argentina. It will be the last of the annual versions of the tournament as the Copa will, in future, be staged every four years.
FFA chairman Chris Nikou, chief executive David Gallop and Mark Falvo, the organisation's head of corporate strategy, international and government relations, are currently negotiating the fine details of the arrangement in France at the FIFA Congress, which is being staged around the Women's World Cup.

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Very big opportunity if we get in. I look forward to seeing how s**t we continue to be however.
 

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Socceroos 2020 Copa America champions. Has a nice ring to it
 

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Socceroos to join South American heavyweights at Copa America

The Socceroos have been invited to take part in the 2020 edition of South America's continental football championships, the Copa America.
Current Asian Cup champions Qatar will join the Socceroos as the second guest participant, meaning the two most recent Asian champions will be represented.
The South American football confederation, CONMEBOL said that Australia and Qatar will join the ten South American teams in the tournament, which will be co-hosted by Argentina and Colombia after a council meeting in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo.
One of the guest nations will be pitted in the northern group with Brazil, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and joint-hosts Colombia.
The other will join Paraguay, Uruguay, Bolivia, Chile and group-hosts Argentina.


Four teams from each six-team group will progress to the quarter-finals.
Qatar is currently preparing to take part in its first Copa America, which kicks off in Brazil this weekend, along with fellow Asian Cup finalists, Japan.
Prior to the Socceroos recent friendly against South Korea earlier this month, head coach Graham Arnold was excited about the opportunity.
"It's really [an] exciting opportunity, not only [for] myself and the players but for the country," Arnold told the AAP.

"Players [who] get the opportunity to play in those type of games and those type of tournaments … go up to another level.
"And when they go to another level, they go to a bigger stage at club-land so it's a great opportunity for everyone."


Why are Asian teams playing in the South American championships?

Simply put, to make up the numbers.
With only 10 countries in the South American confederation, teams have been invited from outside the continent to facilitate an easier draw since 1993.
Invites have often been sent to teams that are geographically and culturally similar, with Mexico competing in each of the 10 tournaments between 1993 and 2016.
Costa Rica (five appearances), the United States (four) and Jamaica have also been repeat invitees, along with four other teams from the neighbouring CONCACAF (North and Central America) zone.
Japan was the first team from Asia to be invited when it participated in the 1999 tournament in Paraguay, followed by its invitation this year alongside Qatar.
The scheduling of this year's CONCACAF Gold Cup at the same time as the Copa America meant that CONMEBOL was forced to cast its net further afield.

So what happens if a guest nation wins?


The somewhat thorny issue of a team from outside South America winning the South American continental tournament has not had to be confronted, yet.
However, it has been a close run thing.
Mexico has reached the final in 1993 and 2001 — losing on both occasions — with the USA and Honduras also making the semi-finals in their guest appearances.
If Qatar wins on its debut this season, it will be the first country to ever hold continental titles simultaneously.
The Socceroos meanwhile has the opportunity to claim a third separate continental title to go alongside the 2015 Asian Cup and four OFC Nations Cup titles won in 1980, 1996, 2000 and 2004.
The Copa America is the oldest international continental football competition, first taking place in 1916.
The reigning champions are Chile, who won its second title 4-2 on penalties after a 0-0 draw with Argentina in 2016.


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Is it wrong I'm even more pumped for this than the Asian Cup? This will be awesome.
And any subsequent 48 team world cup thereafter.
Thinking I might have to price this up, would be a better spectacle than the next World Cup.
I'm with you guys!
South American football is pure football. Some flare, aggression, attacking play, awesome atmosphere's how football is meant to be played (without the constant diving) nothing like that wank pussy crap from Europe! ;)

Absolutely can't wait even through we'll probably get our pants pulled in every match.
 
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I'm with you guys!
South American football is pure football. Some flare, aggression, attacking play, awesome atmosphere's how football is meant to be played (without the constant diving) nothing like that wank pussy crap from Europe! ;)

Absolutely can't wait even through we'll probably get our pants pulled in every match.
It's so true... The brazilians are the biggest cheats - thankfully their diving and time wasting works against them in the Libertadores.

Cracking goals and savage tackles, Barra bravas, banderazos, pyro y Bengales!!!

I hope we draw Colombia in Medellin, that would be some night at the football.
 
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