Published on : 31/05/2021 – 16:47
First announced in Colombia and Argentina, the 2021 Copa America will finally take place in Brazil, from Sunday June 13 to Saturday July 10, the South American Football Confederation, Conmebol announced on Monday.
The 2021 Copa America, which was to take place in Colombia and Argentina, will finally be held in Brazil from June 13 to July 10, the South American Football Confederation, Conmebol announced on Monday (May 31).
“The Conmebol Copa America 2021 will be played in Brazil. The start and end dates of the tournament have been confirmed,” the South American body said on its Twitter account.
Brazil will receive CONMEBOL @CopaAmerica 2021! The best football in the world will bring joy and passion to millions of South Americans. CONMEBOL thanks the president @jairbolsonaro and his team, as well as the Brazilian Football Confederation @CBF_Futebol,
– CONMEBOL 🇧🇷 (@CONMEBOLBR) May 31, 2021
A few hours earlier, Argentina had announced that it was giving up the organization of the tournament due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Colombia had thrown in the towel ten days earlier following social unrest which left a dozen dead.
La Conmebol should announce in the coming hours the places and dates of the various matches in Brazil, which hosted the last edition of the tournament in 2019.
New wave of Covid-19 in Argentina
“Argentina had a commitment and we did everything to keep it, but the epidemiological situation prevented us from doing so,” Argentinian head of government Santiago Cafiero said on Monday.
This country of 44 million people has recorded nearly 3.8 million reported cases of coronavirus and more than 77,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic. In recent weeks, the number of new infections has fluctuated between 20,000 and 40,000.
“We worked with the Conmebol authorities on the different possibilities and scenarios. But everything was always subject to something that goes beyond the organization of the tournament and which is linked to the increase in cases, with the way whose second wave of infections continues to hit Argentina, “explained Santiago Cafiero.
Brazil has for its part recorded more than 460,000 deaths from Covid-19, and epidemiologists fear a third wave of contamination. This country of 212 million inhabitants, the second most bereaved in the world behind the United States, also has more than 16 million confirmed cases of contamination.