Argentina, Brazil set to join enlarged UEFA Nations League from 2024


The UEFA Nations League is expected to expand to include all 10 South American countries from the 2024 edition, according to UEFA vice-president Zbigniew Boniek.

In a move that will be seen as a clear opposition to the biennial World Cup planned by FIFA, UEFA and CONMEBOL, the South American confederation, on Wednesday signed a renewed and extended memorandum of understanding to commit to “To open a joint UEFA / CONMEBOL office in London and the potential organization of a variety of football events.”

It has already been confirmed that the first “Finalissima“between the winners of the UEFA European Championship and the Copa America will be held in a stadium in London on 1 June 2022, when Italy faces Argentina.

“This is the last UEFA Nations League in this format”, Boniek, former head of the Polish FA, said in an interview with Meczyki. “We had a meeting with CONMEBOL, the confederation of South American countries. From 2024, teams from this continent will join the competition.

“What format will it be in? We’re still working on it. The schedule for national teams is tight, so you can’t mix it up too much.”

Boniek has indicated that the six top-ranked South American nations – Argentina, Brazil and most likely Colombia, Chile, Peru and Uruguay – will be added to League A of the UEFA Nations League. This would set up successful matches against Spain, Germany, England and France, which South American nations have been unable to play since the Nations League replaced international friendlies.

The other four – Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay and Venezuela – would join League B.

It’s unclear how UEFA plans to structure it, as that would see 22 nations in League A and 20 in League B, while the two currently hold 16 teams to create four four-nation groups. All matches should take place in Europe to reduce travel.

FIFA has yet to set the international match schedule from 2024, but they want to host the World Cup every two years, with continental competitions like the Euro in between. UEFA and CONMEBOL have already declared their opposition to the plan, as have the big European leagues, and have instead pushed to work together on their own tournament using dates that FIFA would like to use for their own event.

Creating what many would consider a mini-World Cup – every World Cup winner has come from Europe or South America – it will increase the pressure on FIFA, who also want to create their own League of Nations. global.


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