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South American soccer cups facing the axe

(Reuters) “The Mercosur and Merconorte have reached their epilogue,” said South American Football Confederation (CSF) spokesman Nestor Benitez, after a year which saw attendances in the Merconorte slump to as low as six paying spectators.

“The idea is to replace these tournaments with one including teams from South America, Central America and North America. We have an idea of what this tournament could be.” he added.

The Copa Mercosur is a made-for-television tournament held in the second half of the year and featuring 20 of the biggest clubs from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.

The Merconorte is a similar competition involving clubs from Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, the United States and Venezuela.

Neither tournament has managed to get off the ground, with many clubs resting their top players for domestic competitions. The Merconorte has even seen clubs fielding reserve teams in the final.