Copa America’s Brazil & Chile Agree On Tournament Restructure

By iSportconnect | March 26, 2012

drug helvetica, unhealthy sans-serif;”>Both The Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) and the Chilean Football Association (ANFP) have made a pact for the two countries to switch hosting rights to the 2015 and 2019 editions of the Copa America.

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After considering that The CBF has to contend with its preparations for Brazil’s staging of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup & the 2014 World Cup, the Federation has decided that the staging of South America’s showpiece national team competition in 2015 would place too much of a strain on the country’s resources.

Chile have ably cooperated with finding a solution to their South American neighbours problems where it has been revealed that they will now take over Brazil’s staging of the 2015 Copa America. Furthermore, Brazil will assume the hosting rights to the 2019 tournament, which was due to be held in Chile. Although the news was made public on Saturday, it has yet to be ratified by the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL). “We not only have pride to make this announcement, but also feel an enormous responsibility,” said ANFP president Sergio Jadue.

“This is a challenge for the country and a national goal. For almost a month we will be a window to the world, we must prepare and take advantage,” he added. “Of course we call on the public and private world if we are to rise to the occasion. It is the great opportunity we were expecting. A Copa America is not just football; it is culture, tourism, trade agreements, business, infrastructure, airports and stadiums. In short, it is an opportunity to grow, to develop, to showcase both Chile as a country and Chilean society.”

The hosting rights to the Copa America traditionally rotate around 10 South American nations on an alphabetical basis. Argentina staged the 2011 Copa America with Uruguay defeating Paraguay to lift the trophy.