Brazil and Chile make Copa America pact

The CBF is currently under pressure to ensure its preparations are ready on time for Brazil’s staging of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup. With Rio de Janeiro hosting the Olympic Games in 2016 the Federation has decided that the staging of South America’s showpiece national team competition in 2015 would place too much of a strain on the country’s resources.

With this in mind, Chile will now take over Brazil’s staging of the 2015 Copa America, with Brazil assuming the hosting rights to the 2019 tournament, which was due to be held in Chile. The announcement was made on Saturday, but it has yet to be ratified by the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL). “We not only have pride to make this announcement, but also feel an enormous responsibility,” said ANFP president Sergio Jadue.

“This is a challenge for the country and a national goal. For almost a month we will be a window to the world, we must prepare and take advantage,” he added. “Of course we call on the public and private world if we are to rise to the occasion. It is the great opportunity we were expecting. A Copa America is not just football; it is culture, tourism, trade agreements, business, infrastructure, airports and stadiums. In short, it is an opportunity to grow, to develop, to showcase both Chile as a country and Chilean society.”

The hosting rights to the Copa America traditionally rotate around 10 South American nations on an alphabetical basis. Argentina staged the 2011 Copa America with Uruguay defeating Paraguay to lift the trophy.