The 2019 edition of the Copa America, which starts Friday in Brazil, counts on the participation of six players that finished the Portuguese Liga of soccer and still one that left in January.
Sporting, with three footballers, is the most represented club, counting one player in Argentina (Acuña), one in Uruguay (Coates) and another in Colombia (Borja).
For their part, Venezuela are the only team with more than one 'Portuguese', in case two, defender Osorio, who lined up in Vitória de Guimarães, and striker Jhon Murillo of Tondela.
The representation of the I League completes with the Brazilian defender Éder Militão, who fulfilled in 2018/19 the first season in the service of FC Porto, but meanwhile has already been sold, for 50 million euros, to the Spaniards of Real Madrid.
In the last edition of the Portuguese championship also the Chilean striker Castillo participated, that did not finish the test, since it was loaned in January by the Benfica to the Mexicans of the America, not ceasing, however, to become champion.
The 'incarnates' have one more player who was part of their squad for the Copa América, namely the Peruvian striker André Carrillo, who was loaned in 2017/18 to Watford and in 2018/19 to Al Hilal.
Of all these players, none were in the previous edition of the competition (2016), in which Portuguese soccer was represented by 10 soccer players: Maxi Pereira, Layún, Herrera, Corona, Raúl Jiménez, Gaitan, Jonas, Bryan Ruiz, Sema Velázquez and Alex Christian.
Among those chosen for the 2019 event, many have gone through Portuguese football, among them 'stars' such as Ederson, Advincula, Otamendi, Arias, Alex Sandro, Casemiro, Hurtado, James Rodríguez, Di Maria, Falcao and Óscar Cardozo. 'eleven' of great quality.