European Championship winners Italy is set to face Copa America winners Argentina in a friendly in June 2022 as UEFA and CONMEBOL continue “the broadening of their existing cooperation” while arranging a heavyweight international clash. The two continental football bodies have revealed that they are expanding their alliance in a united commitment to the development of the game across the globe.
“UEFA and CONMEBOL have today announced the broadening of their existing cooperation as well as the staging of a match between the UEFA EURO 2020 winners Italy and the CONMEBOL Copa America 2021 winners Argentina during the international window in June 2022 at a venue to be confirmed,” the joint statement reads. Follow us for more never before Euro 2020 football matches highlights.
The friendly matches are described by UEFA as “expansion of the cooperation” between the two organisations.”The organising of this match is part of the expansion of the cooperation between UEFA and CONMEBOL, which notably includes women’s football, futsal and youth categories, the exchange of referees, as well as technical training schemes,” the statement added.
UEFA also announced they were setting up a joint office with CONMEBOL in London, which will be in charge of coordinating “projects of common interest”. They would also be opening a joint office in London. “The UEFA Executive Committee and the CONMEBOL Council also expressed a strong willingness to continue collaborating on other issues of mutual interest going forward.”
These announcements came in the wake of FIFA’s bid for biennial Word Cup that the two most powerful confederations in world football publicly opposed. The two continental bodies say that would disrupt their calendar and compete with their continental events. However, Arsene Wenger is still working to try and make it happen despite the protests against it.
Roberto Mancini’s Italy lifted the Euros after over 50 years since they last won it, defeating England at Wembley in the finals of the competition, while Argentina has finally ended their trophy drought in a major international football tournament as they beat host team Brazil 1-0 in the 2021 Copa America final in Rio de Janeiro.
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