Copa America 2021: why Argentina and Colombia have been stripped of their duty to host
It’s no surprise that South America’s flagship continental tournament, the Copa America, which was originally scheduled to be played in the summer of 2020, has been postponed following the Covid-19 outbreak.
However, few people would have imagined that the tournament would be in doubt again a year later.
After being delayed for 12 months, there were concerns about where it would actually be played, with both host countries – Colombia and Argentina – see their functions suspended by CONMEBOL.
So what is the situation with the Copa America and where will the competition take place? Goal take a look.
When will the 2021 Copa America take place?
The 2021 Copa America is scheduled to take place from June 13 and end on July 10, 2021.
The 47th edition of the tournament has been postponed from its original dates of June 12 to July 12, 2020.
The postponed dates follow in the footsteps of Euro 2020, which UEFA postponed for a year.
The Olympics, which were also due to take place in the summer of 2020, had also been postponed for a year.
Where will the 2021 Copa America take place?
The competition was originally scheduled to take place at nine venues in nine cities in Colombia and Argentina.
However, as a result anti-government demonstrations, Colombia has been deprived of Copa America accommodation rights, while Argentina’s accommodation rights have been suspended after an upsurge in Covid-19 cases in the country.
Chile has been touted as a potential alternate host country and seems the most likely destination if the tournament is not delayed. The United States was also suggested as a possible location.
This summer’s Copa America tournament will see just 10 CONMEBOL nations compete against each other, as guest nations Australia and Qatar pull out. The teams are divided into two groups of five, with the top four advancing to the quarter-finals.
Will the 2021 Copa America be canceled?
CONMEBOL will not cancel the 2021 Copa America, with Brazil selected as the alternate host country.
The decision to drop Argentina as host nation came on May 30, two weeks before the competition started on June 13, so CONMEBOL had a short window to find a replacement.
Who won the 2019 Copa America?
Brazil are the defending champions of South America, with the Selecao beating Peru 3-1 in the home final.
Everton, Gabriel Jesus and Richarlison all scored for the home side, while Guerrero equalized in the 44th minute with a penalty.
Everton were the tournament’s top scorer, with Brazil winning their ninth Copa America.