A need for greater financial rewards means the end could be nigh for the Copa América, the world’s oldest continental tournament
The writing was already on the wall when CONMEBOL opted to celebrate the centenary of its historic Copa América tournament in the unfamiliar surroundings of the United States, perhaps even earlier with the string of geographical anomalies invited since the 1990s.
But amid talks of further invitees for next year’s edition in Brazil before an eventual merge with northern neighbours CONCACAF, the Copa América as we know it is slipping away.
Aside from Brazil hosting the 46th edition of the Copa América in 2019, nothing is yet confirmed but by the end of the month everything should be clear and it would appear that what that means is another 16-team tournament featuring nations from around the globe.
Thankfully premature talk of Portugal or Spain being invited now looks wide of the mark but joining the ten CONMEBOL nations will be three from CONCACAF and three more from Asia.