Of the ten nations from either North, South or Central America to feature in the 2014 World Cup, seven will be gracing the Copa America that begins later this month, though many are much changed.
A year of upheaval across the Atlantic hasn’t escaped the attentions of the news.bwin.com team, who have created this infographic to update those not in the know of what’s gone on since the curtain fell on the grandest competition of them all 12 months ago.
What’s most striking is the return of three frontmen who for varying lengths of time held hero (and villain) status in Manchester.
Carlos Tevez is back in the Argentina fold, at the expense of Inter striker Rodrigo Palacio, after firing Juventus to their first Champions League final since 2003.
He represented both Manchester United and neighbours City, whereas Radamel Falcao and Robinho only turned out for the former and the latter respectively.
Robinho starred for Santos this season and will feature for a Brazil team in Chile that’s undergone several alterations since being tonked 7-1 by Germany in the World Cup semi-final.
Coach Dunga has come in for Luiz Felipe ‘Big Phil’ Scolari and recorded nine successive wins, a scintillating vein of form which makes his Canarinho’s price of 5/2 to win the tournament an exceptional price indeed.
In addition to recalling Robinho, Dunga has also indoctrinated the likes of Phillippe Coutinho, Felipe Anderson and Roberto Firmino into his squad for the forthcoming competition to ascertain who’s the best international outfit in the Americas.
Falcao’s return is sure to augment Colombia’s chances of success too.
They’re 6/1 behind 4/1 hosts Chile, but with their captain back after injury, they’re position is immeasurably improved.
The former Man Utd loanee has scored an impressive 25 goals in his 57 caps and with World Cup stars Juan Cuadrado and James Rodriguez providing him with the ammunition, he’s sure to add to this return.
Chile have made barely any changes after a relatively successful World Cup – they were eliminated on penalties by Brazil in the last 16 – but one notable inclusion in their Copa America squad is that of veteran playmaker David Pizarro.
Form of five wins, one draw and three losses since the aforementioned World Cup exit suggests their reliable formula is still working.
Uruguay have axed former staple striker Diego Forlan, another one-time favourite in Manchester, and replaced him with similarly named Diego Rolan.
Filling the boots of Forlan and, more importantly Luis Suarez, who is banned from competing, will be a tall order for the youngster, detracting value from the 14/1 about the Copa America’s most successful nation retaining the crown they won in 2011.
Arguably the most shocking fall from grace is that of Mexican keeper Guillermo Ochoa who, after starring in the World Cup, hasn’t even made El Tri’s squad for the forthcoming tournament, which is also true of another Man Utd ace in Javier Hernandez.