last Wednesday UEFA s CONMEBOL They renewed an agreement called a Memorandum of Understanding until mid-2028. The agreement between both federations, in addition to ratifying the match between Italy (the European Cup champions) and Argentina (the America’s Cup champions) has another new: South American teams face the European in the League of Nations organized by the governing body In the “Ancient Continent”.
It was the Vice-President of UEFA, Poland Zbigniew Buniek, who brought this news in a conversation with his country’s mediator Meczyki. “This is the last UEFA Nations League like this”The coach revealed the third edition of the tournament, which was previously won by Portugal champion Cristiano Ronaldo and France champion Kylian Mbappe.
Boniek argued it right away We had a meeting with CONMEBOL, the Union of South American Nations. Starting in 2024, teams from this continent will join the competition.”. This means that the Peruvian national team and the other nine from our continent will have the possibility to play matches against Spain, Italy, Germany and Switzerland, among others.
Of course, the Polish manager has expressed that nothing is clear yet to introduce the CONMEBOL members into the UEFA Nations League. “In what form will it be? We are still working on it. The national teams’ match schedule is restricted, so you can’t get confused too much”, pointed out.
This is how Conmebol’s selections will be distributed
Boniek admitted that he does not know the details of what it might look like. However, the UEFA leader has hinted that the six top-ranked teams in South America will join League A. That is, Brazil and Argentina are steadily appearing. The rest will be Colombia, Chile, Peru and Uruguay.
In this sense, the mentioned representatives will have direct crosses (taking into account the final draw of the tournament) with France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, England, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, among others.
While Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay and Venezuela went to the Second League of the League of Nations. In this hype, competitors such as Ukraine, Scotland, Russia, Sweden, Serbia and Slovenia, among others, who will fight to go, for example, to Qatar 2022 will be measured.
In response to FIFA
The strategic union between UEFA and Conmebol, in addition to the agreements mentioned above, is presented as a clear response to FIFA initiatives such as the organization of the World Cup every two years and the modification of the celebration period for traditional tournaments such as the Eurocup and Copa America.
Likewise, the alliance of Europeans and South Americans is designed to counter the project of the global League of Nations to be promoted by the entity headed by Gianni Infantino.