Copa America has started and the matches start early morning time here in Malaysia. It gives me time to watch like the first half before getting into office.
The start has been quite wonderful with 14 goals scored in the first 4 matches. This tournament must be like the most under-valued tournament of football in the world with some of the best talents in the world playing. Venezuela is the venue this time around and as usual Brazil and Argentina start as favourites.
I saw the Mexico vs Brazil match today and it Mexico were the rightful winners atleast by the 1st half performance that I got to see. 2 goals down in some 25 minutes, Brazil defence was found wanting. They were without Kaka and Ronaldinho, but a Brazilian team is always known to throw up some new faces which will excite the world of football for the next few decades. Well, to be frank that is not happening. The players in display were mediocre and if this is the future of Brazilian football, then god help them. Hope Argentina play some good football.
The Euro under-21 got over recently with Holland running away as worthy winners. They had a star in Babel, who might join Arsenal this year. Serbia were the surprise finalists and England reached the semis after a long gap. If you look at the England line up, it is quite a decent team despite the fact that Rooney,Jenas and Stuart Downing were eligible but now play for the senior team and Darren Bent, Micah Richards, Curtis Davies and Theo Walcott missed out due to injuries and David Bentley and Gabriel Agbonlahor did not play. I wonder when these youngsters will get into the senior team displacing some of the more illustrious stars in that team.
Here is a nice article on the rise of the youngsters in Europe.