2016 Copa America: Any Surprises in Store?


From the Hammerstein Ballroom, draws have been decided for 16 teams. In each group, there are about four teams. It is the centennial edition of the Copa America Soccer Tournament which is also known as one of the oldest soccer challenges internationally. Prominent players of the team will play a significant role as the tournament will move forward.

In the Copa America Soccer Tournament history, the matches are scheduled in North America for the first time. Therefore, is it is certainly considered as a big event in American soccer.


Due to rich history of 100 years, tournament has gained a lot of respect within the soccer world. The numbers of teams are increasing for the tournament. Previously, it has been about 10 teams. Six teams have been added to the list to increase the excitement of the tournament further. It is certainly interesting to watch the rise of every team during the course of tournament. However, some prediction can be made on the basis of team’s performance.

Among the 16 teams, ten are taken from South America and other six comes from North America. According to the rules, six matches are played between the team in each group. Two leading teams from each group should play the quarter finals. There are four groups in the tournament. Therefore, it is quite natural to expect eight teams in the quarter-finals.

Match Dates and Predictions

For the inaugural match, Colombia and United States team are about to meet each other at the Levi’s Stadium. The match has been scheduled on 3rd June. Following to this match, there is a match between USA and Costa Rica on 7th June. Meeting has been fixed with the Paraguay team on 11th June by USA team. Presence of four strong teams in group A has made it a set of death. It is very hard to predict who will come as the victor in the end. These match games and groups have been decided through a draw by the celebrities from the sporting world.

Expert believes that USA has high chances of ending as one of the two teams from Group A. The winners from the Group A have to fight with a team group B. Therefore, it is possible to watch a match with Ecuador, Brazil, Peru and Haiti. Based on the current forms of the team, Brazil and Ecuador are mostly likely to reach at the quarter finals.

Teams like Uruguay, Mexico, Venezuela and Jamaica have been retained in the Group C. It is necessary to follow Group D if you are interested in the matches of Chile, Argentina, Bolivia and Panama.

The 2016 Copa America Soccer Tournament is scheduled to begin from 3rd June and continued till 26th June. The final match is scheduled to be played at MetLife Stadium which is situated in New York.

A lot of buzz can be seen around the tournament. It is expected to be a treat for the soccer enthusiasts in USA. Tickets are made available already. Therefore, you can buy the ticket to watch the match from the stadium.

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A Tasty Treat to the Eyes – The Sage of Japanese Display Food

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Isn’t it good enough to eat a dish before you actually taste it through your mouth? Yes, that is the excellence of Japanese people as they have invented the great art of Japanese prop food, commonly known as sampuru in Japan. You can call it a little magic of Japanese kitchen.

Just imagine the scenes such as green goop transforming into the head of lettuce, a ‘cooked’ mackerel dish that has never gone through a grill or the tempting dish of sushi that appeals numerous food-lovers for years… What is the secret behind them?

These are all the innovativeness of the Japanese people in producing display fake foods. Known as the food capital of Japan, Osaka is also famous as the center of display fake food where you will find different types of Japanese dishes both traditional and contemporary and famous dishes around the world. Of course, these dishes are available in real, but before that, you will be able to taste them through your eyes by viewing fake food of Japan.

Are you pondering over where to find these fake foods? These fake foods are so common in Japan that you can find them everywhere, in the street shops, in department stores, in underground shopping areas, in shopping malls and in all the touristy places.

The great significance of these fake display foods is that they help to overcome the language barrier. For more than 100 years, Japanese have been using this prop food to communicate with the people who don’t know Japanese language and therefore cannot make out the menu card in the Japanese restaurants. This realistic food is truly helpful for using as the advertising tool across the country that are immensely used by the restaurants for demonstrating the look, portion size and ingredients of the food and are displayed in order to allure the customers.

The manufacturing of these fake foods are so popular art of Japan that a large number of artists are engaged in this fake food industry and you can find them in the physical shops as well as online. Several online stores offers the customers to deliver the exactly replica food as you cook them at home or in the restaurants which are often more attractive in looks than the real foods.

If you want to go towards the root of wax food, you would find that since the introduction of Western-style dishes in Japan, the Japanese felt the importance of food display that would explain the food before the customers who were unfamiliar with them. Now it has become so popular art in Japan that different other countries such as China and South Korea have also adopted this art and manufacturing artificial food props. However, no other countries can compete with Japanese fake food in terms of craftsmanship and perfection.

Even in this machine age, Japanese manufacture each piece of these fake food props manually as they believe that the perfection they can provide in hand-crafted foods, machines cannot give so realistic looks. That’s why along with plastic they also use polyvinyl chloride, urethane and other ingredients to look best and these foods remains for several years as these are unaffected by temperature and other components of the weather.