Brazil will host the 2021 Copa America at four locations around the country in 2021, according to the chief of staff Luiz Ramos. CONMEBOL said on Monday that the South American tournament would return to Brazil, which hosted the event last year.

Argentina and Colombia withdrew from hosting obligations owing to the severity of the coronavirus epidemic and, in Colombia’s case, current societal upheaval.

“The Copa America will be held in Brazil,” Ramos tweeted.

“Coherence has triumphed. Brazil, which hosts the Libertadores and Sudamericana tournaments, as well as state and national championships, cannot refuse such a traditional competition.”

“Coherence has triumphed. Brazil, which hosts the Libertadores and Sudamericana tournaments, as well as state and national championships, cannot refuse such a traditional competition.”

Ramos also confirmed that four Brazilian states will host matches, all of which would be held behind closed doors.

Between June 13 and July 10, the Federal District, which includes the nation’s capital Brasilia, Mato Grosso, Rio de Janeiro, and Goias, will host South America’s greatest players.

The locations were picked in part to avoid stadiums hosting the top-tier Serie A competition, which will continue during the Copa.

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, many states have officially denied hosting Copa games, with South America now being the worst-affected region in the globe.

While Ramos did not specify which venues had been picked, the Estadio Maracana in Rio de Janeiro is expected to host just the final, with the other two groups situated in one or more of the three states.

The Copa America was supposed to be held in 2020, with 12 countries taking part.

The pandemic prompted a 12-month postponement and guests Australia and Qatar withdrew in 2021 owing to scheduling difficulties, leaving CONMEBOL with ten members.

Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay are in Group A, which was supposed to be played in Argentina, while Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela are in Group B, which was supposed to be played in Colombia.

The first round will conclude on June 27 and 28, with four teams from each group qualifying for the quarter-final stage.

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