CONMEBOL, The South American Football Confederation recently said that it is working with the officials of the hosting countries Argentina and Colombia to make available enough Covid-19 vaccines that will let fans attend this year’s Copa America. This is the 47th edition of the Copa America tournament, which was originally scheduled in the year 2020 to be hosted in Argentina and Colombia, however, due to the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic it got postponed.
Now the tournament has been rescheduled to begin in 2021 and the first match will be played on June 13th between Argentina and Chile at the Monumental stadium in Bueno Aires. Also on the same day, there will be a clash between two teams Paraguay and Bolivia at the Malvinas Argentinas Stadium in Mendoza. However, due to continuing high infection rates and sluggish vaccination campaigns, there is spectators are skeptical that the matches would be played in front of them.
CONMEBOL President, Alejandro Dominguez stated at the Paraguay-based entity’s annual congress “ We are days away from starting our next edition of the Copa America in a new format and with two countries that have tremendous football fans who are eager to host us”.
It is the first time in history that the world’s oldest international football tournament is going to be hosted by two countries. Two countries Australia and Qatar opted out from the tournament last month due to the clash with the rescheduled 2022 Asian World Cup Qualifiers.
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The tournament will be played in two Groups, Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay, Chile, and Paraguay are placed in the Southern Group while former champions Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Peru are placed in the Northern Group. The final match is scheduled for July 10th at Colombia’s Caribbean Port city of Barranquilla.