Euro 2020 and Copa America winners to meet as UEFA and CONMEBOL combine against FIFA

UEFA and CONMEBOL have strengthened their relationship by announcing a match between Italy and Argentina in June 2022 which will serve as the first of at least three Copa EuroAmerica finals

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The winners of Euro 2020 and the 2021 Copa America, Italy and Argentina, are to meet as UEFA and CONMEBOL continue to combine in their battle against world football's governing body FIFA.

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Set to take place in June 2022, it will be the first edition of at least three Copa EuroAmerica games, with the two nations competing crowned the respective champions of Europe and South America this summer.

They will face off at an unconfirmed venue – but the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona in Naples is reportedly a contender thanks to the ex-Napoli star's legendary status in both countries.

Roberto Mancini 's men beat England at Wembley in a penalty shoot-out before Argentina conquered Brazil to secure Lionel Messi 's first major international honour.

The announcement comes as FIFA attempt to rejig the international calendar, with the proposal of a biannual World Cup garnering plenty of interest in recent weeks.

Messi and co will meet Italy in the first Copa EuroAmerica

Both UEFA and CONMEBOL are not in favour of hosting the tournament every two years, instead strengthening their partnership as a potential war regarding the future of international football with FIFA looms.

The two confederations say they have 'broadened their existing cooperation.'

A statement from UEFA read: "The organising of this match is part of the expansion of the cooperation between UEFA and CONMEBOL, which notably includes women’s football, futsal and youth categories, the exchange of referees, as well as technical training schemes.

"The agreement reached by the two organisations currently covers three editions of this match between the respective continental winners, and also includes the opening of a joint office in London, which will be in charge of coordinating projects of common interest.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has been staunchly against FIFA's plans
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"By reaching this agreement, UEFA and CONMEBOL express their commitment to the development of football beyond their geographical zones, as a bridge uniting people, countries, continents and cultures.

It added: "The UEFA Executive Committee and the CONMEBOL Council also expressed a strong willingness to continue collaborating on other issues of mutual interest going forward."

The South American confederation recently affirmed their stance on FIFA's plans to shake up the international landscape, publicly headed by former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who is overseeing a study with the backing of 166 nations.

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President Alejandro Dominguez previously proposed the idea in 2018 but the continental governing body have volte-faced on the notion, saying in a statement earlier this month: "There is no sporting justification for shortening the period between World Cups."

"Although at some point CONMEBOL supported the project in question, technical analysis showed that it is highly unviable."

It went on to say: "A World Cup every two years could distort the most important football competition on the planet, lowering its quality and undermining its exclusive character and its current demanding standards."

It followed UEFA head honcho Aleksander Ceferin raising the "grave concerns" of a World Cup every two years as he blasted FIFA for 'not speaking' to his confederation and South American counterparts.

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Ceferin recently told The Times : "To play every summer a one-month tournament, for the players it's a killer. If it's every two years it clashes with the Women's World Cup, with the Olympic football tournament.

"The value is precisely because it is every four years, you wait for it. It's like the Olympic Games, it's a huge event. I don't see our federations supporting that," he stated.

"I hope they [FIFA] will come to their senses because I don't see the right approach to go everywhere except the confederations, not to speak to us. They didn't come, they didn't call, I didn't get a letter or anything. I just read in the media."

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