In the preview of the Leagues Cup final, from South America they are looking for the winner to qualify for an Inter-American Cup against the champions Libertadores and Sudamericana.
It was made public at the beginning of 2023, when nobody imagined that eight months later it would become so important. Lionel Messi came from being champion in the Qatar World Cup with the Argentine National Team and was preparing to risk his future in the PSG depending on what happened to the Champions League. The end of Leo’s adventure in Paris is known to everyone, with elimination, reproaches and the project of a new life in the Inter Miami of the USA.
But on January 27, a joint communication between conmebol y concacaf officially reported that the America’s Cup 2024 It will be held in the USA, with teams from both confederations. And there, lost in the middle of a text full of institutional announcements, the foundations of a competition that is being revived today were laid: a cup that could be called Interamerican Cup between two clubs from the south and two from the north.
“A centralized competition of clubs style ‘final four’ in which the best clubs of the respective confederations will participate. The four participating teams (two from each confederation) will qualify through the existing club competitions of Conmebol and Concacaf and the two confederations are working so that the first edition of this tournament will be played in 2024,” the January statement said. highlighting the strategic union of both confederations.
Messi, this Thursday, at the press conference prior to the Leagues Cup final. Photo: AP/Marta Lavandier
In the absence of confirmations, it is taken for granted that Conmebol will promote the presence of the champions of the current editions of the liberators and the South American, but the attention is focused on what happens with Concacaf. It is that one of the chosen ones should be the winner of the call Concachampions (The Lion of Mexico was already champion) and the other could be the one who takes the Leagues Cupthe other international contest, which is defined this Saturday between the Inter Miami of Lionel Messi and the Nashville SC.
Neither slow nor lazy, from the leadership environment of both confederations, with Alejandro Dominguez y Claudio Tapia In the lead, this classification criteria has already begun to be promoted, confident and expectant of the chance that Leo’s new team will be crowned champion and can secure a place in the inter-American mini tournament.
In that region, León was crowned recently in the Concacaf Champions League, the famous “Concachampions”, which would earn him his ticket to the event proposed by Conmebol and Concacaf. And in these latitudes, the other two guests will be defined between the last week of October and the first of November, when the finals of the South American and the liberatorsin that order.
Messi is revolutionizing the United States. Photo: Reuters
In his first month as a player of the Inter Miami, Messi is revolutionizing the sport of the United States. In a handful of games he got the club of David Beckham in the first final of its history and will seek to take the Leagues Cupa competition that brings together teams from the MLS and the Liga MX of Mexico, the most powerful in the region.
In Conmebol they were following the Leo phenomenon from the beginning and before his debut they already began to fantasize about the possibility of invite teams from Concacaf or MLS to the Libertadoresan alternative that seemed crazy due to travel issues, agendas and commercial commitments.
Now, the triumphant march of Messi and Inter Miami in the Leagues Cup offers a much more logical option in sporting terms, and concrete on a commercial level to begin to define headquarters and contracts, including television. It is worth clarifying, the determination of this key quota will be made by Concacaf, chaired by the Canadian Victor Montagliani.
Meanwhile and just in case, this Saturday there will be people from all over the continent supporting Messi’s pink team.
an old tournament
The Interamericana is not a novelty. From 1969 to 1998 it had 17 editions but intermittently and in another format since only the winners of the Libertadores and the Concacaf Champions Cup played roundtrip, a distant precedent of the current Concachampions.
In 1969, Estudiantes was champion, who beat Toluca 3-0 in the third game after two separate 2-1 victories. Then there was a stoppage until 1972 when Nacional was established after drawing 1-1 and beating Cruz Azul 2-1. Independiente made a triplet in 1973-74 and 76 beating Olimpia, Municipal de Guatemala and Atlético Español, from Mexico. In 1978 América beat Boca in the third game 2-1. In 1981 Pumas beat Nacional in the tiebreaker. The next edition was in 1986 when Argentinos beat the Defense Force of Trinidad and Tobago 1-0 in a single match. River established itself in 1989 against Alajuelense after 0-0 and 3-0.
In 1989, Nacional defeated Olimpia of Honduras ((1-1 and 4-0). The following year Atlético Nacional beat Pumas 2-0 and 4-1. In 1991 America was consecrated against Olimpia; in 1992 Colo Colo he beat Puebla and in 1994, Universidad Católica beat Saprissa.
Vélez was champion in 1996 after a 0-0 and 2-0 against the Costa Rican Cartaginés. The following year Atlético Nacional was champion against Saprissa in a 3-2 single match and the last Interamericana was for DC United who defeated Vasco da Gama 0-1 and 2-0 in 1998.
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