Football Championship Current Affairs - 2019

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India lift SAFF U-18 Championship title for first time

India won the SAFF Under-18 football Championship by defeating Bangladesh by 2-1 in final held in Kathmandu, Nepal. This is India’s maiden SAFF U-18 trophy.

Key Highlights

Background: In 2015 football tournament India remained runners up and in 2017 India finished 3rd. The 2019 Host country Nepal had lifted earlier two editions of the Championship but could not qualify for semi finals this time.

Match Highlights: India played aggressively from the beginning of the match and Vikram Pratap Singh did not take much time to hand India a 1-0 lead.  Singh scored in 2nd minute of the game. Then before the conclusion of 1st half, Bangladesh’s Yeasin managed to score an equaliser in 40th minute which brought the scoreline to 1-1. In 2nd half, both the teams gave each other tough competition and restricted each other from scoring a goal. However, within 1st minute of injury time, Ravi Bahadur Rana scored 2nd and decisive goal for India to lift the third edition of tournament.

Most Valuable Player of Championship: Ninthoinganba Meetei of India

SAFF U-18 Championship

It is a football championship for male footballers under the age of 18. It is organized by South Asian Football Federation (SAFF). The championship was held for first time in August 2015 in Nepal.

  • Number of Participant teams- 8
  • Most successful team(s)- Nepal (2nd titles)

Copa America: Brazil beat Peru with 3-1

Brazil have defeated Peru with 3-1 to win this year’s Copa America football trophy. This is Brazil’s 9th Copa America title after a gap of 12 years since 2007.

Key Highlights

Gabriel Jesus and Richarlison scored a goal each for Brazil.

Brazil has won the title every time they hosted the tournament and this is its 5th title at home. The last time they won Copa América at home was in 1989 against Uruguay.

Since 2007 Brazil’s only other title came in 2013 Confederations Cup which was also at home.

Brazil had not made it past Copa América’s quarterfinals since beating Argentina with 3-0 in 2007 final in Venezuela. In 2016 Brazil did not even get past group stage.

This is also Brazil’s 1st tournament success since winning a gold medal at 2016 Olympics.

Player of the Final: Everton. He also finished as one of tournament’s top scorers with three goals.

Player of the Tournament: Dani Alves, Brazil’s veteran right-back

Uruguay are Copa América’s most successful nation with 15 titles (one more than Argentina).

About Copa América

It is an international men’s association football championship.

It is organized by South America’s football ruling body CONMEBOL.

2019 Copa América: was 46th edition of Copa América. It was held in Brazil between 14 June to 7 July 2019 at 6 venues across the country.

Final positions-

  1. Champions- Brazil (9th title)
  2. Runners-up- Peru
  3. 3rd place-Argentina
  4. 4th place- Chile