Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Mexico wants to host 2008 Copa America

Mexico wants to be the first non-South American country to host the Copa America and they want to do it in 2008. However there is just one problem, the next scheduled Copa is not till 2009.

Mexican soccer federation president Julio Compean explained his choice of 2008 over 2009 by pointing out all the other soccer tournaments already scheduled for that year. They include the FIFA Confederations Cup, the CONCACAF Gold Cup and World Cup qualifying. He thinks 2008 offers a greater opening as far as availability.

A South American Confederation official said they would look at the proposal.

As the Copa becomes more of a North and South America event (there is talk of having up to 4 CONCACAF teams) it is very likely that, eventually, it will happen somewhere north of Columbia, however 2008 seems a bit quick.

With Argentina next in line for hosting duties, I'd be very surprised to see this change happen. However, Compean has said Mexico will apply to host the 2011 Copa if they do not get it in 2008.

If the change did happen in 2008, I'm guessing it would be easier for US Soccer to attend since they will have no other commitments.

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5 Comments:

Blogger Oscar M. said...

Is the Copa America still on a 2 year rotation or did it move to 4 years? With the long qualification process used in South America, the Copa America was highly devalued by being played every two years.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Colombia is spelled with an O not U.

8:52 PM  
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Blogger Michelle said...

thanks for correcting the person who spelled Columbia with a U. I always get offended as a Colombian :)

3:01 PM  

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