The 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup will be a highly contested one, representing the major chance of footballing glory for most of the nations involved.
The USMNT go into the tournament on home turf looking to avenge a 4 - 2 final defeat to Mexico in the previous edition. On this occasion there is an extra incentive as the winner will secure a chance to play-off for Confederations Cup 2017 qualification.
The other main favourite, Mexico, have already got off to a terrible start as they were shocked 2 - 1 in their opening match against Panama. This is following a disappointing World Cup qualifying
campaign and going out in the first round of the Confederations Cup. Manager Josť Manuel de la Torre is now under serious pressure.
Players will be auditioning
Updated 27th July 2013 at 08:35 AM by Statisticus
The Euro 2012 squads have all now been announced and we are in a position to calculate some of the stats.
The youngest player at Euro 2012 will be Jetro Willems, currently of PSV, who is still 18. He is followed by two England players: Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and young keeper Jack Butland.
However, the Germany squad is youngest on average with the oldest squad being the Russians followed by the Irish.
The oldest player will be Kostas Chalkias who was a member of the famous winning squad of 2004. Amongst the OAPs are also Nikos Liberopoulos and Andriy Shevchenko.
The oldest German is Polish-born Miroslav Klose who will be looking to add to his amazing tally of 63 goals in 115 games for Germany.
Update: In the Netherlands
Updated 11th June 2012 at 05:31 AM by Statisticus
In something of an upset, Zambia beat the Ivory Coast to win the African Nations Cup with a team of players, most of whom play their domestic football in Zambia. It was a scintillating final marked by a number of missed chances including a missed penalty by Didier Drogba - and then decided on a penalty shoot-out which was finally won 8-7 by the Zambians.
For Zambia the whole tournament was about honouring those who had died in 1993, when the plane carrying the team to Senegal exploded following refuelling in Libreville, the venue for this final.
The game was played with passion, but despite the heightened emotions the players shook hands and played with mutual respect. The result is a testament to the players, to coach Herve Renard and perhaps most of all to Zambia's