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Sorry, Brazil Fans. Neymar Jr. Will Not Be Competing in the 2019 Copa America

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One national football (also known as soccer in the U.S.) team is hoping to be crowned champion in South America as the Copa America opener kicks off (literally) this weekend. The tournament will be held across five cities in Brazil: Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre, Salvador, and Sao Paulo. 

The 12 teams invited to participate in the 26-game tournament are: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Only two teams outside of South America — Japan and Qatar — have been invited to participate. While many have stacked the odds in Brazil’s favor, one noticeably absent player on the field will be Neymar Jr.