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Balbuena flying the flag


Filed: Wednesday, 12th June 2019
By: Staff Writer


Fabian Balbuena will be West Ham United's sole representative when the the Copa America commences this Friday evening.

The competition, which kicks off with a match between hosts Brazil and Bolivia at 9:30pm local time (1:30am GMT) in Sao Paulo's Cícero Pompeu de Toledo Stadium features 12 clubs - but only one Hammer in Balbuena.

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Balbuena's Paraguay are up against it in Group B where they will face minnows Qatar and group favourites Colombia and Argentina, both of whom are expected to qualify for the quarter finals.

The Paraguayans kick off their Copa America campaign against Qatar on Sunday evening (16 June, 8pm local time) before facing Argentina on Thursday (20 June, 1.30am local time).

They wrap up their Group B campaign the following Sunday (23 June) against Colombia in the Fonte Nova Arena; that game is also scheduled to commence at 8pm local time.

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Manuel Lanzini, who was selected for Argentina's 2018 World Cup squad has been omitted from the Cope America squad by current head coach Lionel Scaloni, a former Hammer himself.

You can discover more about this summer's Cope America at the tournament website.





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