The draw for the 2020 Copa America was made on Wednesday, and for Colombia’s Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz preparation continues to win the trophy for just the second time in the country’s history.

The draw split the 12 participating nations into two groups of six, with Colombia drawn in Group B [northern zone] alongside defending champions Brazil, as well as Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and guests Qatar. Fellow outside participants Australia were drawn in Group A [southern zone] with Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay, Chile and Paraguay.

Colombia won the tournament as the host nation in 2001, which remains their only triumph in the competition’s 103-year history. Queiroz was hired in February, having left his post with the Iran national team after taking the Middle Eastern country to successive World Cups, with the aim of competing in back-to-back Copas in 2019 and 2020.

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Queiroz’s men reached the quarter finals of the 2019 Copa America this summer, losing to Chile on penalties. Next year sees Colombia joint hosts of the tournament alongside Argentina, meaning they play all their group games at home with matches spread across Bogota, Cali, Medellin and Barranquilla, beginning with Ecuador on June 13th in Barranquilla.

“The goal is to win every game and be in the final sprint, which is to play in the final and win a competition Colombia hasn’t won for many years,” Queiroz told a press conference after the draw was announced. “Everyone has to know that winning the Copa America is to make the impossible possible.

“The most important thing now is to focus on doing the preparation work which will make a difference.”

The first phase of the competition will involve four of the six teams from each group progress to the quarter finals. The final is due to be played at the Estadio Metropolitano on 12th July.

By Sean Gillen

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No Sarcasm here...
Best of luck Colombia- with this stubborn pig headed mule

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Queiroz had an average record with Portugal with a very average Portuguese team when compared to 07 and the current crop of talent. He remains a very respected and liked coach globally with an impressive CV. Good luck to him and well done...

Queiroz had an average record with Portugal with a very average Portuguese team when compared to 07 and the current crop of talent. He remains a very respected and liked coach globally with an impressive CV. Good luck to him and well done achieving 90% more than the loudest and most one eyed critics.

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Michael, I don't usually Comment and I don't mean to be Disrespectful to you, but Queiroz does Not Garner Any Love from Portuguese Fans. You're Right He did have an Average Record - And You're Also Right that his Team was Average - And Guess what...

Michael, I don't usually Comment and I don't mean to be Disrespectful to you, but Queiroz does Not Garner Any Love from Portuguese Fans. You're Right He did have an Average Record - And You're Also Right that his Team was Average - And Guess what - He was Responsible for that Gross-Average Time in our History. In addition to his Never-Changing Ultra Conservative Style - and usually choosing one of the Oldest Squads in Tournaments - He can also be Credited with the Honor of Ostracizing and Insulting Players. And May we Never Forget The Overly Dramatic and Frankly Disrespectful Spectacle Before, During and After the World Cup game two years ago. As a Portugal Fan, when I see him in Newark - I look forward to telling him he's a Bum - Unfortunately, He Deserves it - Maybe you're a Relative or a Friend and for that, I'm Sorry - But please don't make his grossly inadequate Mediocrity into something more than it was. BOO to Him, May he Finish his Meaningless Career (except for Briefly in Youth Level) in obscure and ridiculous Mediocrity.

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The biggest ass in Portuguese coaching history.

I have nothing but love and respect for Colombia and its amazing people but GOOD LUCK with that guy in charge.

He managed to make every single player hate his guts in a very short tenure with the...

The biggest ass in Portuguese coaching history.

I have nothing but love and respect for Colombia and its amazing people but GOOD LUCK with that guy in charge.

He managed to make every single player hate his guts in a very short tenure with the Selecao and turned every fan against him. Get this bum out of here!

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He was responsible for our lose due to his VAR persistence, a very cheap way to win.

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Yuppp correct gents- like I said a stubborn donkey he is/was.
Michael: You Sir are simply incorrect.

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Queiroz had a better win record than Bento and is pretty much on par with Scolari for Portugal. He did have weaker players than them to chose from. I think being aware of his squad’s limitations he chose a conservative game plan. To be fair he...

Queiroz had a better win record than Bento and is pretty much on par with Scolari for Portugal. He did have weaker players than them to chose from. I think being aware of his squad’s limitations he chose a conservative game plan. To be fair he got Portugal through a hellishly difficult group at the 2010 WC and they were unlucky to lose to eventual champions Spain.

Looking at the last Euro, in any other tournament Portugal would’ve gone home in the group stage. It was a very easy group with the team struggling to third which ended up being a blessing putting them on a crazily easy path to the final. They hardly set the tournament alight and one could argue played a Quiroz style game plan (absorb pressure and then counter).

Who knows what would’ve happened in Ronaldo had scored his penalty against Iran at the last World Cup? Portugal would have found itself on the easy side of the draw and perhaps gone on a run to the final. Small margins, luck etc.

Luck is often the small difference between being labeled a legend (Santos) and mule / donkey.

I’m not a Queiroz fan boy but do like to be fair especially to someone who has has reached the top of their career and achieved more than I, and probably most posters here could ever achieve. Ferguson and ex united players speak very highly of him and credit him for some of their most significant victories. Not bad for a mule....

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Carlos, I mean Michael, your sense of fairness is truly commendable. And misplaced, in this case. Queiroz's greatest accomplishment is being Alex Ferguson's Assistant Manager. That is nothing to scoff at, but it is also a lot less of a career...

Carlos, I mean Michael, your sense of fairness is truly commendable. And misplaced, in this case. Queiroz's greatest accomplishment is being Alex Ferguson's Assistant Manager. That is nothing to scoff at, but it is also a lot less of a career accomplishment than you are trying to make it out to be.

His highest profile coaching job was at Real Madrid, where he failed miserably, landing Madrid in 4th position, and getting the sack after 1 season.

To cap it all off, the guy has a chip on his shoulder the size of Alaska, and when handed the reins of Portugal, the best he could do was play some of the worst football ever seen. Bento, for all his flaws, had Portugal play some very good footy in Euro 2012.

You can go on about luck and whatnot, but the fact of the matter is Santos has gotten us 2 trophies in 3 years. He is not perfect, but he does adapt, and let's not forget, exactly half of Ronaldo's 99 international goals have come under Fernando Santos' rule. That right there tells you the difference between Queiroz and Santos. Santos knows how to get the best out of his players.

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You should work for CNN with your stats and how to bend them to suit your purposes. No mention of more loses, ties or weaker win percentage, just more wins....Also no mention of semi final run by Bento. Here are the accurate stats.

Games Played...

You should work for CNN with your stats and how to bend them to suit your purposes. No mention of more loses, ties or weaker win percentage, just more wins....Also no mention of semi final run by Bento. Here are the accurate stats.

Games Played - Win - Draw - Lose - Percentage

49 25 16 8 54.35 (Burro)
44 24 11 9 54.55 (Bento Box)
24 16 4 4 66.67 (Humberto Coelho)
74 42 18 14 56.76 (Big Phil)
66 40 16 10 60.61 (O Mister!!! Euro Champs, Nations Cup)

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Michael, you make decent points in second clarification post.

BUT in my opinion Queiroz = Stubborn pig headed mule.

NOW that said, is he the worst Selecao coach?
That would be a long rant , but I will say he ranks up there with Antonio “the...

Michael, you make decent points in second clarification post.

BUT in my opinion Queiroz = Stubborn pig headed mule.

NOW that said, is he the worst Selecao coach?
That would be a long rant , but I will say he ranks up there with Antonio “the moron, the fool” Olivera.

BOTH had star studded teams but failed miserably and BOTH should be ashamed.
I also think the FPF brass at the time were handicapped-mentally challenged back then as well:
2002 the Macau shopping spree- drinking disaster,
2012 flying to USA (publicity tour) before the EURO and then to bloody Brasil.

Absolutely 100% no doubt about it Fernando Santos is best coach for Selecao as he has provided us with hardware - and made the players have better attitudes.
Second would be Scolari- BUT he pissed me off in 2008 as he was thinking cash cash and Chelsea..

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For all his flaws and Bento had many, the players liked him. He was just way out of his depth. Portugal talent wise had grown way beyond what Bento could work with.

Fernando Santos still has people hating on him but he has shown at every...

For all his flaws and Bento had many, the players liked him. He was just way out of his depth. Portugal talent wise had grown way beyond what Bento could work with.

Fernando Santos still has people hating on him but he has shown at every opportunity his willingness to change and adapt. Look at the lineup alone and call ups. Within reason he always eventually calls up the best players. He wont call up players just for the video game crowd who think a couple good games "WHY ISNT SO-SO CALLED UP< REEEEEEE!!!!! SANTOS SUX!!!!" Forgot those clowns.

He stuck with Bernardo Silva even when many wanted him thrown out. Andre Silva wasnt laying so Santos looked for replacements. He stuck with Eder when everyone wanted him thrown into the ocean, yah how did that work out?

Now Bruno F is in the same place as Bernardo and the clown fish are out hating on Bruno because A. Benfiquista/Portista who is jealous B. Troll.

Santos will stick with Bruno F because he sees the tremendous potential of Bruno and he will come through. Just like Bernardo, just like Eder. Hey remember when we had Vieirinha playing at right back but he was so bad that Santos immediately replaced him with Cedric Soares and Cedric had a great tournament? Yah most short term memory fans dont.

Remember Ronaldo playfully pushing and hugging Santos on the sidelines of the Euro finals? If that doesnt tell you the tremendous love the players have for Santos nothing will.

Anyhow, I agree Paulo. Most fans just dont pay attention and dont care about anything beyond the last 5 minutes. Santos is a beast and a legend for us already. He is by centuries the best Selecao coach ever.

Quieroz is an unlikeable, narcissistic one truck pony.

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Well said Val- I agree with all that you wrote.

In closing on Bento for the 2014 squad he chose for WC, that could be great loyalty OR sheer retardation ?

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