Five players who took part in FC Barcelona‘s Treble-winning campaign will be going for more hardware this summer in the Copa América Chile 2015 with the respective national teams. After a last-minute call to replace Brazil’s Danilo — who was injured on Sunday in a friendly with Mexico — Dani Alves became the fifth Barça player to be called to play in this summer’s tournament, along with fellow Brazilian Neymar, Chile’sClaudio Bravo, and Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano.
Bravo, the Barça goalkeeper, had virtually no time to enjoy the Treble celebration. He left almost immediately after Barça returned from Berlin and flew to Chile, where the team he captains, this year’s hosts, will play in the tournament’s first match. Chile are in Group A with Ecuador, Bolivia and Mexico. Messi and Mascherano’s Argentina face Paraguay in their Group B opener on 13 June at 11:30pm CET. The other two sides in Group B are Jamaica and Uruguay. Brazil, captained by Neymar, are in Group C and will play their first match against Peru on 14 June at 11:30pm CET. Group C is rounded out by Colombia and Venezuela.
All are favourites
The initial round-robin phase of the Copa América consists of three groups of four teams. Of those twelve, eight will qualify for the quarter-finals — the top two in each group plus the two best third-place teams. On paper, the three teams featuring Barça players — Argentina, Brazil, and Chile — are among the strongest teams in the tournament and should have no problem making the quarter-finals.