MÉRIDA, Jun 26 (SW) - The 2007 edition of the Copa America is about to start in the city of Mérida Venezuela, where Uruguay face Peru on Tuesday.
The Copa America is the oldest continental football competition in the world, as the first edition was played in 1916. Uruguay were the first team to clinch the trophy in Buenos Aires.
This year, 2004 winners Brazil will have to defend their trophy, but coach Dunga will have to do without several of the team's usual star players such as Ronaldinho and Kaká.
Argentina, finalists three years ago, do see to have a stronger team with Javier Zanetti, Juan Sebastián Verón and Hernán Crespo.
The opening match, scheduled to be played at 18:05 (6:05pm) local time, promises to be exciting from the start.
Uruguay will be favorites to take three points, but Peru wil be doing everything to avoid a defeat.
Peru last appeared in an opening match in 1999, when invitees Japan were beaten 3-2. Uruguay were even more convincing against Venezuela in 1995, achieving a 4-1 victory.
The second match is scheduled for later on Tuesday, when hosts Venezuela face one of the underdogs, Bolivia, in San Cristóbal.
Initially, Venezuela's capital city Caracas was set to host two matches, but the semi final on July 10th has been moved to Maracaibo for 'security reasons'.
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