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Top five oldest squads at Copa America 2024

Published at :June 21, 2024 at 8:56 AM
Modified at :June 21, 2024 at 9:08 AM
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Pranav Shetty

Defending champion Argentina has one of the oldest squads in the competition.

The 2024 Copa America is set to bring about an exciting summer lineup of enthralling matchups, edge-of-the-seat thrillers, magical moments, inspirational stories, wonder goals, and spectacular saves, all in the form of the best nations, with their top players competing to win the coveted trophy.

Here are the top five oldest squads at Copa America 2024:

Paraguay (Average Age: 28 years, 0 months)

Another team based on the principles of defensive robustness and quick counterattacking transitions in this Copa America is Paraguay, who will aim to have a good tournament with their hard-working set of players.

The team employs a low-block defensive setup to avoid allowing their opponents to play through them easily and then hit them on the break after the recovery of possession. Due to such an approach, they are overly dependent on the services of their star player, Miguel Almiron, in attack, who is the team’s chief creator and goal scorer. His individual performances could well and truly determine Paraguay’s fate in this Copa America.

Colombia (Average Age: 28 years, 2 months)

Dark Horse Colombia are the one to look out for in the 2024 Copa America. Riding on the back of a 22-match unbeaten streak, this squad comprises world-class players like Liverpool winger Luis Diaz, who enjoyed a strong season for both club and country and magician James Rodriguez, who is renowned for delivering top-notch performances at the grandest of stages.

This, coupled with the utility of talented youngsters, unwavering team spirit, and tactical fluidity under coach Reinaldo Rueda, transformed this squad into one of the toughest teams to face this Copa America.

Argentina (Average Age: 28 years, 5 months)

Champions Argentina look geared up to retain their crown in the 2024 Copa America.

Even though they boast of one of the oldest squads in the tournament, La Albiceleste appear to be the most balanced team on paper, making them yet again the frontrunner to clinch the trophy this summer. Under Lionel Scaloni, Argentina has proven to be the best team in the world, both in terms of form and performance.

The 2022 World Cup winners, with their experienced core of captain Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria, and Nicolas Otamendi alongside their talent hub of Julian Alvarez, Enzo Fernandes, and Alexis Mac Allister, will aim to dominate their opponents in true champions fashion both in the group stage.

Chile (Average Age: 28 years, 8 months)

Ricardo Gareca’s Chile are a team in transition heading into the 2024 Copa America.

Experienced veterans like Claudio Bravo and Alexis Sánchez, who were a key part of Chile’s golden generation, will look to lead this team into this new era of uncertainty.

Built on a strong defensive core, the 2015 and 2016 Copa America champions will look to exploit teams on the counter-attack through talented players like Eduardo Vargas and Marcelino Nunez, who can prove to be extremely dangerous on the break. Talisman Ben Brereton Diaz will be the prime focus for goals in this team as he looks to put behind his disappointing club campaign to deliver big performances for his country this summer.

Peru (Average Age: 29 years, 1 month)

Peru are all set to partake in the 2024 Copa America with a funny mixed bag of hope and questions. They comprise the oldest squad in the tournament, entrusting the foundation of their team to experienced players like goalkeeper Pedro Gallese and creative winger André Carrillo, who have been instrumental to their success in recent Copa Americas.

The 2019 finalists are known for their organised and disciplined defensive setup, with counter-attacking transitions through which they will look to score the majority of their goals this tournament. The addition of Cagliari striker Gianluca Lapadula will provide a dependable goalscoring threat up front throughout the match.

Following disappointing recent performances in the World Cup qualifiers, Peru will hope for an upturn in form as they face an uphill battle in a strenuous-looking group stage phase.

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