10 players worth staying up to watch at the Copa America

Football eyes fell on South America last summer when Brazil hosted the 2014 World Cup. Twelve months later the continent is set to capture plenty of attention again, with Chile kicking off the 44th edition of the Copa America against Ecuador in the early hours of Friday morning (00:30 BST). 

Lionel Messi, Neymar, Alexis Sanchez and James Rodriguez are just some of the superstars who’ll be involved over the next three weeks, but look a little closer and there are interesting stories to be found everywhere.

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Greg Lea

Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).