Sure, all eyes on this part of the world will be on UEFA Euro 2016, but the Copa America promises to be a great feat of football as well.And in this increasingly global game, there’ll be a fair few familiar faces on show in the US this summer, with as many of the Premier League’s biggest stars taking part there as in France for the Euro.
Euro 2016 might get more attention, but if you need convincing of the quality on show at Copa America, I have put together two best XI’s from both tournaments.
Who’d win out of these two sides? And more importantly, how will the game fair?
UEFA Euro 2016 best XI
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In goal for Europe has to be Germany shot-stopper Manuel Neuer. The Bayern Munich man has made goalkeeping cool and fun again, and is simply the best in the world on his day, harsh as it is that there’s no place for the magnificent David de Gea.
In the absence of more established right-backs, I have selected Spain’s new boy Hector Bellerin, who in fairness must be one of the top young players at the Euro’s after an excellent season form for Arsenal. Despite his comical own goal while playing for Austria, David Alaba will be one to watch with Austria this month, and though he can play a variety of positions, is quite possibly the best left-back at Euro 2016.Finally, at centre-back I’ve selected Germany’s Mats Hummels partnered by Belgium’s Toby Alderweireld, who was in outstanding form for Tottenham in the Premier League in the 2015/2016 season.
Manuel Neuer for Germany
In a two-man defensive midfield, there’s surely no arguing with this world class axis of Spain’s Sergio Busquets and France’s Paul Pogba.
Long such an important player for club and country, Busquets has won all there is to win in the game, including this very competition back in 2012, and will play a vital role in helping Spain get back to their best after such a disappointing World Cup two years ago in South Africa.Next to him, Pogba will be hoping to shine at a major tournament to continue his growing reputation as one of the best midfielders in the world. Pogba will be seen as one of Les Bleus’ big hopes in terms of bringing silverware back to the nation.
Paul Pogba for France
There are few surprises here, with Champions League final hero Cristiano Ronaldo taking up a spot on the right. Yet to steer Portugal to glory, this may be the Real Madrid man’s final chance at winning a major tournament. Still, he’s struggled to reach those heights with a largely average national team and that can’t take away from his immense individual quality.
On the opposite flank is another Frenchman who could really announce himself as his country host the Euros this summer, Antoine Griezmann. After a brilliant season for Atletico Madrid, the 25-year-old could be France’s main source of goals and flair, whether playing out wide or up front.
Behind the main striker is Germany’s Thomas Muller, who goes into this tournament on the back of his best-ever goalscoring return for Bayern Munich. Not strictly a striker, Muller remains one of the best finishers in the business and always seems to relish the games that matter most on the big stage.
I have selected Poland’s Robert Lewandowski up front. Like Ronaldo, the Bayern Munich man will be something of a big fish in a small pond for his national side, but his club form this season has shown him to be one of the very best centre-forwards in the game right now.
Copa America Centenario best XI
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With Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylos Navas out of Copa America, the stand-out goalkeeper is surely Chile’s Claudio Bravo, who has fought off competition from Marc-Andre ter Stegen to be Barcelona’s undisputed number one.
Brazil dominates at the back, with Dani Alves another obvious choice for the right-back spot, and his team-mate Filipe Luis running things on the opposite flank.Miranda is another Brazilian in at centre-back, alongside the rock-solid Uruguay captain Diego Godin. These two struck up a fine partnership during their time together at Atletico Madrid, and would prove very hard to play against here.
Diego Godin for Uruguay
Struggling to fit in so many amazing attacking players, we’ve had to forgo a defensive midfielder here and have therefore opted for a 4-3-3 formation.
Argentina’s Javier Mascherano is in the holding role, and remains one of the most reliable players in the world in this position.Alongside him is fellow countryman Angel Di Maria, and Chile star Arturo Vidal, both in more attacking roles. Di Maria is back to his very best, while Vidal has shone since moving from Juventus to Bayern Munich last summer, picking up yet more trophies along the way.
Arturo Vidal of Chile
In a stunning three-man attack, Gonzalo Higuain joins Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez up front.Brazil’s golden boy,Neymar, misses Copa America this summer, and in fairness, he wouldn’t necessarily get into this side after ending the season in slightly below-par form for Barcelona, while Higuain was absolutely on fire for Napoli.
As for how it compares to our Euro 2016 front line, well, it’s the age-old Ronaldo vs Messi debate, and there’s very little between Higuain and Lewandowski.
Lionel Messi for Argentina
If you love football,June is a month of all equalities as said above.
Copa America Centenario 2016 ,U.S.A. will be opened with a match between the hosts United States and Colombia on June 3rd 2016.
U.E.F.A Euro 2016, France, will be opened with a match between the hosts France and Romania on June 10th 2016.
Football is life.