The Copa America 2019 quarterfinals kick off on Thursday with the host country Brazil remaining the favorite to lift the trophy. Minus their star player Neymar, the Brazilians scored eight goals while conceding none in the group phase. They were less than impressive in their scoreless draw with Venezuela but followed that with a 5-0
April 11 – Football teams from 28 countries will learn their path through the 2016 Olympics this Thursday in Rio de Janeiro at the Maracana Stadium.
Nov. 12 – Rio 2016 Olympic football tournaments kick off in Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro, with the finals at the Maracana.
June 20 – Uruguay celebrate a 2-1 victory over England at Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo…Ticketless Chilean fans stormed Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana media centre… More inside. Compiled by Nicole Bennett.
June 15 – The Maracana’s first tournament match was tainted by protests nearby, with police firing stun grenades and tear gas to break up about 200 demonstrators. Anti-government and anti-FIFA protests also took place in two other cities on Sunday. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
April 25 – Football writer and author James Corbett travelled to Brazil to gauge the state of preparations for this summer’s FIFA showpiece. Here’s part 2 of his special report for INSIDER, in which he assesses the potential for protests and looks at some of the challenges World Cup visitors will face.
March 21 – Rio 2016 organisers announce that football venues for the Olympics will be spread around Brazil… FIFA secretary general heads to Rio next week for meetings about operational preparations for the World Cup. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
July 1 – Brazil won the Confederations Cup with an emphatic victory over world and European champions Spain thanks to two goals from Fred and a scorcher from Neymar… Italy beat Uruguay to seal third place.
June 28 – Jesus Navas’ spot-kick in the seventh round of a penalty shoot-out saw Spain beat Italy 7-6 to book their place in the Confederations Cup final. INSIDER’s Jeff Scannella reports.
June 12 – Brazil 2014 organisers unveil the Hublot Countdown Clock as part of year-to-go celebrations attended by FIFA leaders and football legend Pele. Philip de Wit reports for INSIDER from Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro.