Tag Archives: copa panamericana

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So, About Moving the Gold Cup…

When CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb acknowledged that the possibility of hosting a Gold Cup entirely outside of the United States (for the first time in its history) was under consideration, I suggested that only three countries could realistically hope to land the 2015 edition, given Canada’s unavailability: either Mexico, or …

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Gold Cup Qualifiers: The Last Shall Be First…Or Second (Plus: Reaction to Conrad-Gulati)

When I criticized the Copa Centroamericana last year, longtime reader slaminsams reacted by counseling patience, suggesting that the eventual Fifth-Place Match would get more exciting as Nicaragua and Belize improve their competitiveness. Now that the latest edition is headed towards Matchday 3, with no fewer than four Gold Cup berths …

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On the Potential Panamericana, Revisited

In the spirit of holiday-season sloth, let me simply begin with an earlier quote on the future of a joint CONMEBOL-CONCACAF tournament. The second drawback affects CONMEBOL in particular: the South Americans would have to decide whether to continue the Copa América or the Copa Panamericana, because European clubs would …

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Confederations Cup 2013: Samba Partners (plus more CCL qualifying)

Let’s say you find yourself on CONCACAF’s negotiating team for the 2016 Copa América. You know that CONMEBOL primarily have financial gain in mind with their scheme to host this centennial edition in the US, and that they need your cooperation to make it happen. To be fair, they will …

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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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Gold Cup Qualifiers: Like It Or Not

CONCACAF’s representative for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup has already been determined. The 2011 Gold Cup finished with Mexico claiming the honor via a comprehensive 4-2 victory over the United States in the Rose Bowl. And yet, this week we will begin covering the qualifying process for the 2013 edition …

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World Cup Preview: 2014 Semifinal Round, Matchday 3

How much panic is justifiable after a rough start? Following the first two matchdays of the semifinal round in June, Honduras and El Salvador found themselves in third place in their respective groups, three points away from safety, with fans from both countries openly worrying about a premature end to …