Copa America to be expanded, says CONMEBOL chief

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Rio de Janeiro, April 28 (IANS) The 2019 Copa America in Brazil will be expanded to 16 teams, according to the head of South American football governing body CONMEBOL.

The world’s oldest continental tournament usually only features CONMEBOL’s 10 member nations and two invited teams from North America, Central America and the Caribbean, reports Xinhua news agency.

But CONMEBOL President Alejandro Dominguez said the organisation has agreed to expand the format, without revealing where the additional teams will come from.

“The board has agreed that it will take place in Brazil and the ideal number of teams will be 16,” Dominguez said after CONMEBOL’s annual conference.

Media reports in Brazil last month had speculated that the 2019 tournament could feature Spain, Portugal, France, Italy and Japan.

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