Jamaica to face big guns in Chile

Author: Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rüdd
Author: Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rüdd

Tricky Copa America draw for rejuvenated Reggae Boyz

Jamaica, rejuvenated after capturing the Caribbean Cup last week, were given a difficult draw in the 2015 Copa America that will be played next June and July in Chile.

The Reggae Boyz, who saw off rivals Trinidad & Tobago at Montego Bay to claim bragging rights in the region by winning silverware, were invited along with Mexico to compete with 10 CONMEBOL nations for South America’s showpiece tournament.

Jamaica’s debut will be a daunting task but it could have been a lot tougher. They have been drawn in the same group as top seed Argentina, 15-time winners Uruguay and Paraguay.


Argentina finished runners up to Germany in the summer’s World Cup final and surprisingly have not triumphed at the Copa America tournament since 1993. However, manager Gerardo Martino will be expecting to guide ‘The Albiceleste’ through the group with all eyes focused on the talents of four time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi of Barcelona.

Luis Suarez, Messi’s team-mate at Barcelona, is currently banned from playing on the international scene — following his biting incident during the World Cup finals — but defending champions Uruguay remain hopeful that their star player will return soon with on-going negotiations with FIFA over his nine-match ban. However, Uruguay have hit top form since their 2014 World Cup exit and are on an unbeaten run of six games.

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Seeded Brazil, who were humbled 7-1 by Germany in their World Cup semi-final, have been drawn against Colombia, Peru and Venezuela.

Hosts Chile — who have never won the tournament — will tackle Bolivia, Ecuador and Mexico. They will kick-off the Copa America on June 11 against Ecuador in Santiago.

The top two teams in each group will advance to the competition’s quarter-finals, along with the best two third-place finishers, leaving only six sides to fall by the wayside.

The 12-nation tournament will be played in the eight host cities of Antofagasta, Concepcion, La Serena, Rancagua, Santiago, Temuco, Valparaiso and Vina del March.

Jamaica face Uruguay on  June 13, Paraguay three days later and conclude their round robin games by tackling Argentina on 20 June.


Prior to Jamaica’s Caribbean Cup success, which saw them keep three clean sheets on the bounce, the Reggae Boyz would have been seen as the whipping boys at the prestigious Copa America. However, with a new found confidence and having gelled as a squad who controls games with attractive attacking play, the Boyz could make an impact.

If coach Winfried Schäfer can maintain his Boyz to produce the same sublime performances, stay dogged in defence, creative in midfield and continue to score goals then not only will Jamaica be back to their best but their leading players will be wanted by top teams across Europe.

The foundations have been laid with Schäfer sealing his first silverware with Jamaica with the scene set for a potentially lucrative tournament in Chile.

But will the Boyz still be red hot in the cauldron against the talents of South American sides? A new era dawns under Schäfer, with fans suddenly returning to support their side. Hopefully those who turned down corporate sponsorship of Jamaica for the Caribbean Cup are kicking themselves for not believing in the Boyz, who have now increased in value to both the fans and football on the global map.

Group A Group B Group C
Chile Argentina Brazil
Mexico Uruguay Colombia
Ecuador Paraguay Peru
Bolivia JAMAICA Venezuela


Date       Type
June 11 Chile vs. Ecuador Group Match
June 12 Mexico vs. Bolivia Group Match
June 13 Uruguay vs. JAMAICA Group Match
June 13 Argentina vs. Paraguay Group Match
June 14 Colombia vs. Venezuela Group Match
June 14 Brazil vs. Peru Group Match
June 15 Ecuador vs. Bolivia Group Match
June 15 Chile vs. Mexico Group Match
June 16 Paraguay vs. JAMAICA Group Match
June 16 Argentina vs. Uruguay Group Match
June 17 Brazil vs. Colombia Group Match
June 18 Peru vs. Venezuela Group Match
June 19 Mexico vs. Ecuador Group Match
June 19 Chile vs. Bolivia Group Match
June 20 Uruguay vs. Paraguay Group Match
June 20 Argentina vs. JAMAICA Group Match
June 21 Colombia vs. Peru Group Match
June 21 Brazil vs. Venezuela Group Match
June 24 TBD vs. TBD Quarter-Final
June 25 TBD vs. TBD Quarter-Final
June 26 TBD vs. TBD Quarter-Final
June 27 TBD vs. TBD Quarter-Final
June 29 TBD vs. TBD Semi-Final
June 30 TBD vs. TBD Semi-Final
July 3 TBD vs. TBD 3rd Place
July 4 TBD vs. TBD Final

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