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Copa América to be held in Brazil, CONMEBOL confirm

After it was confirmed that Argentina would not stage this year's Copa América, it was announced on Monday that neighbours Brazil would take charge.

Copa América to be held in Brazil, CONMEBOL confirm
CARL DE SOUZA AFP

The Copa América was thrown into disarray after CONMEBOL removed Argentina on Sunday as hosts amid the country's coronavirus situation. That decision was followed on Monday with confirmation that Brazil would take charge.

Brazil to host Copa América 2021

Argentina were set to stage the showpiece South American tournament, starting 13 June in Buenos Aires, following the governing body's decision to strip Colombia of co-hosting rights due to anti-government protests and covid-19 concerns in the nation.

CONMEBOL had been identifying new locations in Argentina to replace Colombia ahead of next month's scheduled curtain-raiser between Lionel Messi's La Albiceleste and Chile at El Monumental.

Instead, Argentina will not stage the Copa América – already pushed back a year due to the coronavirus pandemic – as CONMEBOL hand it to Brazil.

Chile, Paraguay and the United States were believed to be the frontrunners before the latest announcement, one that took many by surprise given the situation with covid-19 there.

The start and end actual dates are still to be confirmed...