In keeping with tradition, Group A will be headlined by the host nation of the tournament. This year, that would be Brazil, who are joined by Peru, Bolivia and Venezuela— one of only two South American nations never to have been crowned as continental champions.
Of the four teams in Group B, star-studded Argentina will be familiar to many football fans around the world. They will face challenging opponents in Colombia and Paraguay, while the presence of invited side Qatar will give this team an interesting dimension.
Two-time COPA champions Chile have been drawn in Group C alongside Uruguay, the most successful country in the history of the series with 15 championships. Japan, making their second appearance in the series, are also in this group, together with Ecuador, who seek their first continental trophy.