Tag Archives: copa america

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On American Integration: Making Expansion Stick

For those of us who dream of seeing CONCACAF’s finest regularly test themselves against high-profile South American opponents between World Cups, the reality of football politics at both the continental and FIFA levels is clear: an expanded Copa América is the best, most feasible way to make it happen. While …

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On American Integration: The False Promise

Previously, we addressed the institutional and political reasons for which a partial exodus to CONMEBOL is unfeasible. One option left on the table, however, is that of a total union: one in which both CONCACAF and CONMEBOL dissolve in favor of a new confederation with 45 FIFA-affiliated members (and hopefully …

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On American Integration: Getting Rid of CONCACAF

On yesterday’s edition of the Fox Soccer Channel program “Goals on Sunday”, Rob Stone asked Sports Illustrated writer Grant Wahl how arrangements for the special 2016 edition of the Copa América are progressing. Wahl started by recounting what is now common knowledge: CONMEBOL made the initial announcement prematurely, given that …

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Copa America 2016: Foot in the Door

Let me start by simply sharing the big announcement: Habemus Copa. Today, in a meeting of Federation presidents and Executive Committee members in Buenos Aires, CONMEBOL announced that the “Copa América Centenario” will take place in July 2016 in the United States. The tournament will feature all 10 members of …

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A One-Time Deal?

The recent falling out between Brazilian authorities and FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke served to expose serious, justifiable concerns about Brazil’s preparedness for hosting the 2014 World Cup. The problem only becomes more amplified when one considers the glut of international competitions that Brazil had been slated to host in …

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Part I: Alfredo Hawit, In His Own Words

When various Spanish-language news outlets published articles based on comments by interim President Alfredo Hawit, they latched onto his remarks concerning an expanded 2016 Copa América in the United States, a topic of clear interest to every football fan in the New World. However, Hawit differed with Ecuadoran Football Federation …

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CONCACAF’s New Plan: Make Even More Money

The last time I wrote about the potential Copa Panamericana, I based it entirely on comments from Ecuadoran Football Federation (FEF) President Luis Chiriboga. Fortunately, more officials have affirmed the rumors: CONMEBOL President Nicolas Leoz talked up a commemorative, expanded 2016 Copa América in an interview with ESPN, in which …

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On the Potential Panamericana

Last Friday, Simon Borg stirred up no small amount of excitement by reporting on comments from Ecuadoran Football Federation (FEF) President Luis Chiriboga, concerning a special competition that could be organized in 2016 for CONMEBOL’s 100th anniversary. The tournament would count with six CONCACAF teams alongside all 10 CONMEBOL members, …

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Choosing Your Battles

Today I am going to temporarily depart from my normal subject matter, although the current topic is very much CONCACAF-related. When Chuck Blazer announced that he would resign as CONCACAF General Secretary at the end of 2011, most of us presumed that his issues lay with the Caribbean. From his …