Maracanã and Estadio Mario Kempes land Conmebol club competition finals

The Maracana hosts the final of the 2019 Copa America between Brazil and Peru (by Wagner Meier/Getty Images)

The South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) has awarded hosting rights for the finals of the 2020 Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana to Rio de Janeiro’s Maracanã and Córdoba’s Estadio Mario Kempes, respectively.

The Conmebol Council made its decision yesterday (Thursday), with next year’s games to mark the second-ever staging of the finale of its showpiece club competitions as a single, rather than two-legged encounter.

Earlier this week, Conmebol announced that 12 stadia across Argentina, Brazil and Peru would contest the hosting rights for the finals of the 2020 Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana. Conmebol said that eight candidates had been selected for the Copa Libertadores final, with four venues to contest the rights to the Sudamericana.

For the Copa Libertadores, six venues from four cities in Brazil came forward. They were the Mineirão (Belo Horizonte); Arena do Gremio and Estadio Beira-Rio (Porto Alegre); the Maracanã (Rio de Janeiro); and Estadio do Morumbi and Arena Corinthians (São Paulo). They contested the rights with Estadio Mario Kempes in Argentina; and Estadio Nacional in Lima, Peru.

For the Copa Sudamericana, Estadio Mario Kempes also made the shortlist, along with fellow Argentinian venue Estadio Único in La Plata. Lima’s Estadio Nacional was also put forward, while Brasília’s Estadio Mané Garrincha completed the list.

The 2020 Copa Libertadores final will take place at the Maracanã on November 21, with the Copa Sudamericana final held at Estadio Mario Kempes on November 7. Conmebol president Alejandro Dominguez said: “The new finals have been a revolution for both the Libertadores and Sudamericana, increasing the projection and international reach of our football.

“Rio de Janeiro and Córdoba will undoubtedly become the best hosts to host the great family of South American football and make these two games two inescapable events of world football.”

Commenting on the award of the Libertadores final to the Maracanã, Governor of Rio de Janeiro, Wilson Witzel, told Grupo Globo: “We just hosted Rock In Rio, with 800,000 people and no problems. Our security policy will ensure that the Libertadores final is a safe party. We will also prepare a show for non-game going fans, fan fests and other activities. Instead of the 76,000 people going to the stadium, it will be a party for 200,000 people.”

The first edition of the new-look Copa Libertadores final will be held at Santiago’s Estadio Nacional on November 23. The second legs of the semi-finals to decide who makes it to Chile will take place next week.

The final of the 2019 Copa Sudamericana between Ecuador’s Independiente del Valle and Argentina’s Colon will be played at Paraguay’s Estadio General Pablo Rojas on November 9. Originally due to take place at Estadio Nacional in Lima, Conmebol in May said the match had been switched to Estadio Defensores del Chaco in Asunción, Paraguay.

In June, the Paraguayan Football Association (APF) announced an additional move to the capital city’s Estadio General Pablo Rojas due to redevelopment work at the originally intended stadium.