Italy to face Argentina in 2022 in the inaugural Copa EuroAmerica

Italy to face Argentina in 2022 in the inaugural Copa EuroAmerica as Euro 2020 champions are pitted against Copa America winners – and Naples is among the contenders to host it

  • UEFA and CONMEBOL have confirmed Italy will take on Argentina in 2022 
  • The inaugural Copa EuroAmerica is between Euros and Copa America winners
  • Stadio Diego Armando Maradona in Naples is among contenders to host it  

European champions Italy will face Copa America winners Argentina next June, UEFA has announced.

The match between the continental champions, referred to as the Copa EuroAmerica, is the latest step in closer co-operation between European football’s governing body and its South American equivalent CONMEBOL.

UEFA said the exact date and venue for the match were still to be confirmed. 

The Stadio Diego Armando Maradona in Naples – named after the Argentina and Napoli star who died last year – is reportedly a contender.

Euro 2020 champions Italy will take on Argentina in a new Copa EuroAmerica, UEFA revealed

Lionel Messi (left) and Co won the Copa America and they will take on Italy in a match in 2022

The continued co-operation between the two confederations comes at a time when both have come out against FIFA’s proposals to reform the international calendar, which include biennial World Cups.

UEFA said an agreement had been reached for this intercontinental match plus two further editions.

A joint office will also be opened in London to work on future projects, UEFA said.

Napoli’s Stadio Diego Armando Maradona is viewed as a potential contender to host the match

‘By reaching this agreement, UEFA and CONMEBOL express their commitment to the development of football beyond their geographical zones, as a bridge uniting people, countries, continents and cultures,’ a statement read.

‘The UEFA executive committee and the CONMEBOL Council also expressed a strong willingness to continue collaborating on other issues of mutual interest going forward.’

The confederations signed a renewed Memorandum of Understanding in February 2020. 

There was no mention of FIFA, who organise international competitions between different confederations at various age-groups as well as in the form of the World Cup. 

Earlier this month, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin warned of a potential European boycott of the World Cup if FIFA’s plans to stage the tournament every two years go ahead.

Ex-Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is currently pushing for a FIFA World Cup every two years

FIFA is carrying out a review of the international match calendar, led by former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger who is proposing a major tournament every year.

Under the proposals the World Cup would rotate with continental tournaments such as the European Championship and be played every second year instead of every fourth.

‘We can decide not to play in it,’ Ceferin told the Times. ‘As far as I know, the South Americans are on the same page. So good luck with a World Cup like that.’

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