UEFA Nations League: South American teams set to join in 2024 after talks between UEFA and CONMEBOL | Football News

UEFA is in talks with the South American Football Confederation for a joint Nations League that would see Brazil and Argentina participate in the extended competition.

UEFA and CONMEBOL have fiercely opposed FIFA’s plans for a two-year World Cup, with the two this week signing a memorandum of understanding extended to June 2028.

The European champions of Italy are ready to face Argentina, winner of the Copa America, in the so-called ‘Final’ on 1 June next year in London.

“UEFA is working on a number of projects with CONMEBOL, including a joint Nations League, but nothing has been finalized and no decision has yet been made,” a spokesperson said.

In an interview with the Polish outlet matches On Thursday, UEFA Vice President Zbigniew Boniek said the 10 South American teams will be added to the Nations League competition from 2024.

“From 2024 CONMEBOL will join the Nations League. We do not yet know in what formula, in what form,” he said.

“We have signed a memorandum on cooperation between CONMEBOL and UEFA and from 2024 these teams will play in the Nations League.”

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Arsene Wenger said he understands why some are concerned about his proposals to organize a World Cup every two years, but insists it is in the best interest of football.

Boniek added that six CONMEBOL teams will join Nations League League A while the other four will join League B.

The entry of South American teams would increase the number of teams in the two groups from 16 to 22 and 20 respectively, with all matches scheduled to be played in Europe to avoid excessive travel.

The revamped Nations League would also represent direct competition with FIFA’s plans for a World Cup every two years, a proposal Boniek said would be difficult to implement, adding that he was against the idea of ​​introducing more new events.

FIFA will hold a global summit on Monday to discuss its ambitious plans, but UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin, who has been a vocal critic of the two-year World Cup idea, said the meeting would not be a defining moment in the process.

“As far as we know that FIFA is still carrying out the project, there are some signs from different sides that they may not pursue it to the end,” he said this week.

“We don’t have a particular strategy. By Monday there will be 211 federations, which means 500 people in videoconference. I don’t expect anything very profound.”

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