Copa America 2007 – An Unpredictable Tournament
Brazil won the 42nd Copa America, a tournament hosted by Venezuela that defied expectations from the very start, with high-scoring matches, large passionate crowds, Robinho as the outstanding player and disappointing performances from Ecuador, Colombia and the USA.
An average of 3.5 goals per game in a continental finals is an unusual statistic and is perhaps the one that best sums up this year’s Copa America. Teams that gave out thrashings found themselves on the receiving end in the next match and even the final had an unexpected winner in Dunga’s Brazil, who, despite their pedigree, had got off to a bad start in the tournament with a 2-0 defeat against Mexico and were facing an Argentina side that had won all of their matches and most of them by three or four goals.
In keeping with the rest of the tournament, the final was not only unpredictable in terms of the result but also because Brazil, who were without their star players Ronaldo, Adriano, Ronaldinho and Kaka, romped to a 3-0 victory with a goal by Julio Baptista within four minutes leaving no doubt as to who the current kings of South America are and booking themselves a place in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in the process.