Next June, European champions Italy will face Copa America champions Argentina. The governing body of European football, Uefa, announced that three editions of the intercontinental encounter had been agreed upon.
The specific date and location of the match have yet to be determined by Uefa, but Naples is considered to be a contender. The newest step towards tighter cooperation between Uefa and its South American counterpart, Conmebol, is a game between continental champions.
The two confederations’ continuous cooperation comes despite the fact that both are opposed to Fifa’s ideas to change the international calendar, which includes World Cups every two years.
Since 1960, when the event was amalgamated with the Fifa Club World Cup in 2005, the champions of each continent’s major club competition have met yearly. The champions of the two international competitions, the European Championship and the Copa America, have never had a similar agreement.
“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,” a statement read.
Source: BBC Sport