Brazil team readies for COPA America during practice on June 11 (Andre Penner)
Brazil team readies for COPA America during practice on June 11 (Andre Penner)|Associated Press

Soccer Friday - Miller Picks Copa America, Brazil, Bolivia, Women’s World Cup, Japan, Scotland, Jamaica, Italy, England, Argentina

Sean Miller

Sean Miller

It has been three years since the Copa America Centenario tournament took the United States by storm, and had the whole world confused as to why the South American championship would be held in North America.

When Lionel Messi's Argentina lost a third final in penalties, and second straight to Chile, the forward gave a memorable talk afterwards, stating his intention to retire from national team duty. It was a crazy end to the tournament.

But the Copa America is now back in South America, and back on its odd-year schedule (until next year, when it moves to even years to go in line with the UEFA Euro tournament). Friday night, the host team Brazil gets a chance to open up, in search of its first title in 12 years. The Seleção's win in 2007 was their fourth in five tournaments (1997, 1999, 2004, 2007), and eighth overall. They will have to win this without Neymar, who is out of the tournament with an ankle ligament injury.

That will not be a problem Friday night against Bolivia, though; Brazil should cruise to an opening day victory. But remember, it is not enough for the fans of the Seleção to just win; they have to win with flair and beautiful football. Expect a big number to be posted here for Brazil.

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Brazil (-2000) vs. Bolivia (+3500), draw (+1200), 8:30 p.m. EDT (ESPN+, Telemundo, and
The Picks:
Brazil -1 first half (+120)
Brazil -2.5 (-110)
Over 3.5 goals (+108)

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(Odds provided by 888 Sport)

Japan (-143) vs. Scotland (+430), draw (+265), 9 a.m. EDT (FS1, Universo,
The Pick:
Japan ML (-143)

Jamaica (+1700) vs. Italy (-715), draw (+750), 12 p.m. EDT (FOX, Universo,
The Picks:
Italy -2 (+110)
Over 3.5 goals (+110)

England (-1115) vs. Argentina (+2400), draw (+900), 3 p.m. (FOX, Telemundo,
The Picks:
England -1 first half (+145)
England -2 (-130)
Over 3.5 goals (+110)

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