Copa America Preview: Brazil - Venezuela
Mano Menezes' men will be hoping to kick off their campaign with victory over the tournament's possible dark horses when the two sides meet in La Plata
By Luke Matthews
|Brazil: Julio Cesar; Daniel Alves, Lucio, Thiago Silva, Andre Santos; Lucas Leiva, Ramires, Ganso; Robinho, Alexandre Pato, Neymar
|Venezuela: Vega; Rosales, Perozo, Lucena, Cichero; Seijas, Rincon, Orozco; Maldonado, Rondon, Arango
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Brazil have won the Copa America eight times, putting them behind both Argentina and Uruguay who have won the tournament on 14 occasions each.
- Ganso looks set to be a key player for Mano Menezes' team despite making only one previous appearance for the national side in a friendly against the U.S in August 2010.
- Brazil are the current reigning Copa America champions, defeating fierce rivals Argentina 3-0 in Venezuela four years ago.
- The last time these two sides met, Brazil could only manage a 0-0 draw at home in a World Cup 2010 qualification game.
- Brazilian captain Lucio is set to win his 100th cap for the national team against Venezuela, with the Inter centre-back being the fourth most capped player for the national side.
- Venezuela have never won the Copa America with their best showing coming in the first time the nation competed, back in 1967.
- Veteran defender Juan Manuel Rey is the nation's most capped international, picking up a total of 111 caps so far after making his debut in a World Cup qualifier against Bolivia in 1997.
- Venezuela are the only South American nation to have never qualified for a World Cup.
- The country's coach, Cesar Farias previously coached Venezuela's under-20s at the 2009 under-20 World Cup, and took a squad including the likes of Salomon Rondon and Yohandry Orozco to the last 16 of the competition.
- Atlante striker Giancarlo Maldonado is Venezuela's top goalscorer, netting 20 times in a total of 55 appearances.
Top 3 Predictions
Brazil 2-0 Venezuela
- 24.4 %
Brazil 3-0 Venezuela
- 19.91 %
Brazil 4-0 Venezuela
- 10.78 %
|Copa America (CA)||04-Jul-2011||Brazil 0 - Venezuela 0|
|World Cup Qualifying - South America (WCQS)||15-Oct-2009||Brazil 0 - Venezuela 0|
|World Cup Qualifying - South America (WCQS)||13-Oct-2008||Venezuela 0 - Brazil 4|
|International Friendlies (FR)||06-Jun-2008||Venezuela 2 - Brazil 0|
|05-Mar-2014||South Africa 0 - Brazil 5||FR|
|20-Nov-2013||Brazil 2 - Chile 1||FR|
|17-Nov-2013||Honduras 0 - Brazil 5||FR|
|15-Oct-2013||Brazil 2 - Zambia 0||FR|
|12-Oct-2013||South Korea 0 - Brazil 2||FR|
|-||Tomás Eduardo Rincón|
|-||Juan Fernando Arango|
|-||José Manuel Rey|
|-||José Luis Granados|
|-||G. Di Giorgi|
Live Final scheduled Suspended Cancelled Postponed