Though South America has a number of talented soccer nations, Brazil and Argentina are by far the two best-known and most beloved (or reviled, depending on your point of view). They haven’t been the most successful in the Copa America, however—Brazil hasn’t won the South American championship tournament since 2007, and Argentina’s drought goes back to 1993.
Though we won’t get them both in this year’s Copa America final, the stars have aligned to place them in a semifinals match, which we’ll get Tuesday night as a perhaps-predictable facet of a somewhat unpredictable tournament.
One tournament favorite, Uruguay, succumbed to Peru in a quarterfinal match that went to penalty kicks—with the usually sure Luis Suarez registering the only miss in the shootout. Brazil just held on in its quarterfinal penalty shootout, outlasting Paraguay to keep the tournament it’s hosting alive. Argentina, meanwhile, is the only one of the four semifinalists who didn’t have to survive penalty kicks, dispatching up-and-comers Venezuela 2-0.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch Brazil vs. Argentina at the 2019 Copa America.
Brazil vs. Argentina
- When: 8:30pm ET, Tuesday, July 2
- Where: Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto in Belo Horizonte, Brazil
- Streaming: ESPN+, Telemundo, Universo, Globo (Brazil)
2019 Copa America live stream: Watch Brazil vs. Argentina online
The game is on Telemundo, which is available via over-the-air signal for free via any HD TV with an antenna. If you’re on the go or interested in looking at your streaming entertainment options, all of the below services offer a free trial.
- Cost: $4.99 per month or $49.99 for 12 months
- Devices: Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku players and TV, Oculus Go, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Samsung smart TVs, and iOS and Android devices
ESPN+ is a subscription service that extends ESPN’s existing website and app, and it’s essential for soccer fans, in particular, carrying Copa America matches, as well as Serie A+, MLS, USL, and FA Cup matches. It encompasses other sporting events as well, including 20 exclusive UFC Fight Night events per year, 180 NHL games, at least one MLB game a day for every day of the season, and a cornucopia of college sports.
ESPN+ also features the network’s sports talk programming, and it features original series starting with the entire 30 for 30 catalog ESPN made its name on. It also unlocks more content and fewer ads on the ESPN site.
- Cost: $44.99 for the first month, $54.99 per month thereafter (after a 7-day free trial)
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- FuboTV local channels: Fox, NBC, CBS (check local availability here)
FuboTV is a solid TV streaming service option, whether your tastes run to entertainment (AMC, Syfy, FX), news (MSNBC, CNN), or sports (NBA TV, NFL Network). If you’re a soccer fan, however, it will appear tailor-made for you, with 10 beIN SPORTS channels, NBCSN, FS1, FS2, UniMás, Champions League action via TNT, and Copa America action via Telemundo and Universo all on tap. If you can’t watch a match live, FuboTV offers a three-day replay for each match and 30 hours of cloud DVR. (Check out the complete FuboTV channels list.)
FuboTV also has bilingual families in mind; each subscription comes with UniMás, Galavisión, NBC Universo, beIN SPORTS, Univision, and Fox Deportes. An extra $7.99 per month will bring you Latino Plus, which includes CNN en Español and TyC Sports among its offerings.
3) Sling TV
- Sling TV pricing: $25-$40 per month (40% off first month)
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, Microsoft Edge, and iOS and Android devices
- Sling TV local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
Sling TV provides two base channel package options, each priced at $25 per month. Sling Orange includes three ESPN channels, while Sling Blue includes sports channels like NFL Network, FS1 and FS2, NBCSN, and local channels. If you’re Team “Why Not Both,” Sling Orange + Blue combines the two for just $40 per month. To add beIN SPORTS and maximize your soccer-watching potential, you’ll want to add either Sports Extra: Sling Orange ($5 per month) or Sports Extra: Sling Blue ($10 per month). (The latter also includes NFL RedZone.) To access Copa America the way the host nation watches it, the Brasil Mega package gets you access to Globo.
Spanish-speaking viewers have quite a few options. For bilingual families, you might consider the Español: Best of Spanish TV package for either Sling Orange or Sling Blue for 24/7 specialty channel LaLiga TV and beIN SPORTS Connect: Channels 4-9, which features matches from LaLiga, Ligue 1, and Copa del Rey, among others. Both packages cost $5 per month after your free trial. Sling TV Latino is another Spanish-language package for $10 per month, including NBC Universo, History en Español, and—of import to soccer fans—four beIN SPORTS channels. (And choosing Sling TV Latino + Sling Orange for $30 per month gives you access to ESPN Deportes.) For more information, check out our guide to Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.
- Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- PlayStation Vue devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
- PlayStation Vue local channels: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
PlayStation Vue is a fantastic option for soccer fans who already own a PlayStation console, but this streaming platform is available on a variety of devices. Telemundo, where you’ll find Copa America, is part of the Core package of channels, which offers soccer and other sports programming, and the options increase at the Elite and Ultra levels.
- Cost: $44.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Hulu local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Hulu with Live TV includes sports programming among its offerings, and as a subscriber to the service, you’ll get free access to Hulu’s sizable on-demand library. (Check out the full list of Hulu Live TV channels.)
6) YouTube TV
- Cost: $50 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
- YouTube TV local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
YouTube TV is likewise a great option for soccer fans, including Telemundo and Universo for Copa America matches, TNT for Champions League matches, NBCSN for Premier League matches, and broadcasting partnerships with three MLS teams. (Take a look at the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)
Brazil vs. Argentina: Why it matters
A trip to the Copa America finals is at stake. Argentina’s made that trip in the two most recent editions of the tournament, in 2015 and 2016, only to fall short to Chile in both instances. Much has been made of 32-year-old Lionel Messi’s quest for silverware with his national team—in stark contrast to his success in leading club team Barcelona to trophies—but there are other over-30 players on the team, including Sergio Aguero and Angel di Maria, who would love to attain a title in a major tournament after years of futility.
Though Brazil’s without Neymar this tournament, it still has plenty of star power, including Chelsea veteran Willian (wearing Neymar’s 10 for the duration of the tournament); Philippe Coutinho (who’s had a rough transition from Liverpool to Barcelona, but still is a viable engine for his national team); and Roberto Firmino (whose penalty miss against Paraguay was merely a setback instead of a fatal blow). Brazil, like Argentina, has been disappointed in recent international tournaments (including the 2014 World Cup it hosted) but these oft-criticized and star-studded globetrotters are two wins from becoming Kings of South America in a July 7 final at the Maracana, and the only thing more motivating than that is going through their most hated rivals to get to that final.
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