2020 Copa final confirmed in Colombia, opener in Argentina

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) – South American football’s governing body CONMEBOL confirmed on Monday that joint-hosts Colombia will be the venue of the 2020 Copa America final and revealed the opening match will be played in Argentina.

Colombian President Ivan Duque announced last week that the final would be held in Colombia, with the mayor of Barranquilla revealing it would take place in that Caribbean port city.

“The 2020 Copa America will begin its new edition on June 12, 2020 in Argentina, and crown its new continental champions in Colombia” on July 12, said CONMEBOL in a statement.

It will be the first time in the 103-year history of football’s oldest continental national teams competition that two countries host the tournament.

Teams will be divided into two geographical groups with the northern countries – Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela – playing in Colombia and the southern teams – Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay – playing their matches in Argentina.

The two guest nations, Australia and Qatar, will be assigned to a region at a later date.