During Thursday’s Draw in Rio de Janeiro, the 10 South American nations and guests Japan and Qatar learned their fate for this summer's Copa America. Host country Brazil was at the top of the pot with rivals Argentina and Uruguay determining the three groups based on the FIFA world ranking. Brazil will face Bolivia, Venezuela and Peru in Group A. This year, Brazil is under the microscope as the host city has not won a Copa America since 2007 and fell short during the 2014 World Cup which they also hosted. Argentina, who has not won a Copa America since 1993, will face Colombia, Paraguay and Qatar in Group B. Also being closely watched are Chile, the winner of the last two Copa America titles, and Uruguay, the holder of the most Copa America titles, who will go head to head in Group C along with Ecuador and Japan.
“Telemundo Deportes’ ‘Summer of Soccer’ continues to take shape as last Thursday we learned the group stage lineup for the Copa America 2019,” said Ray Warren, President of Telemundo Deportes. “As the home of the Biggest, Best Global Sports, we are looking forward to showcasing the best of CONMEBOL and South American soccer combined with our extensive multi-platform coverage of FIFA Women’s World Cup which takes place across the same dates and in different time zones. Our fans will be able to immerse themselves in soccer from morning til night. Over the course of one month we will be providing extensive coverage from two continents, presenting 78 matches and starring 36 teams with the best players in the world.”
Renowned sports journalist, Miguel Gurwitz and Mexican soccer legend, Carlos Hermosillo team up to lead the coverage of the 2019 Copa America live from Brazil. The network’s soccer experts will participate in the coverage, offering match commentary and analysis led by five-time Emmy Award winner Andres Cantor alongside experts Sammy Sadovnik, Copan Alvarez, Manuel Sol, Erasmo Provenza and Viviana Vila.
Telemundo will be covering all angles of the event with a dedicated production team based in the heart of Rio de Janeiro throughout the duration of the tournament, and a host position featuring stunning views from Copacabana. Telemundo will also have dedicated crews traveling across the five host cities—Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, São Paulo, Porto Alegre and Salvador—following the top teams and capturing the dynamic culture and vibrant colors of Brazil.
To complement the live action coverage Telemundo Deportes' broadcast will feature analysis and preview prior to kickoff of each and every match. The day will wrap up with a special, extended 60-minute edition of “Titulares y Más,” Telemundo’s late-night sports and entertainment show that will air in its extended format throughout the duration of the tournament. The show will be anchored by its renowned hosts, Karim Mendiburu and Ana Jurka who will be participating from Paris bringing together all the Summer of Soccer action. “Titulares y Más” will highlight the best of the day and the main storylines ahead of the next series of matches, featuring original content produced on-the-ground in Brazil.
Telemundo Deportes will present special 60-minute shows previewing the Opening Match and the Semi-Finals. The production of these shows will be fully based in Rio de Janeiro providing viewers with a tour of the host cities, insights into the participating teams and players as well as the analysis, reactions and predictions of the tournament going into key matches. Additionally, on July 7, there will be an extended 90-minute preview of the Final Match and a 60-minute recap including the award ceremony.
Telemundo’s regular daily programming will complement the coverage with their unique perspective surrounding Copa America and the host country.
On the digital front, all 26 matches, in addition to the pre-game programming, will stream live via the Telemundo Deportes app. Telemundo Deportes’ digital platforms will also complement the television coverage with additional, exclusive short- and long-form content on TelemundoDeportes.com and social media platforms that highlights the tournament, players, teams, stats, match highlights, host cities and the local culture.