There’s never a dull moment in the world of fútbol. CONMEBOL, South America’s futbol federation, announced yesterday the group draws for next year’s edition of the Copa América tournament. The tournament will begin on June 11th with host nation Chile facing Ecuador. La Roja will also face Mexico and Bolivia who were seeded in Group A.
Group B finds current champion Uruguay defending its title against the likes of Argentina, Jamaica, and Paraguay, the latter of which lost to Los Charrúas in the previous final. Finally, Colombia will get a World Cup rematch against Brazil in the Group C playoffs, which also include Peru and Venezuela. It’s safe to assume that fútbol’s latest heartthrob James Rodriguez will once again send Colombian commentator Javier Fernandez into record-breaking screams of joy.
CONMEBOL also revealed the tournament mascot: a culpeo, a fox native to South America. The mascot version looks like it was drawn up by Pablo Picasso at the start of his cubist phase.