CONMEBOL teams ‘set to join’ Nations League from 2024

Jason Soutar
Brazilian Football Confederation headquarters

The UEFA Nations League is set to expand in 2024 with the inclusion of ten South American teams, according to reports.

This decision could be seen as opposition to FIFA’s biennial World Cup idea, proposed by Chief of Global Football Development Arsene Wenger.

It has already been confirmed that Argentina and Italy will play each other in ‘Finalissima’, which is a match between the winners of the Copa America and European Championships.

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As reported by ESPN, ‘UEFA and CONMEBOL, the South American confederation, signed a renewed and extended Memorandum of Understanding on Wednesday to commit to the “opening of a shared UEFA/CONMEBOL office in London and the potential organisation of a variety of football events”‘.

“This is the last UEFA Nations League in this format,” Zbigniew Boniek, UEFA vice-president told Meczyki.

Argentina, Brazil and most likely Colombia, Chile, Peru and Uruguay would be added to League A of the Nations League.

The report adds that Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay and Venezuela would join League B.

Matches are also poised to be played in Europe to reduce travelling.

Elsewhere, former Arsenal defender Martin Keown is hoping that there is a pathway back for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after Mikel Arteta left him out of the squad once again.

The Gabonese forward was stripped of the captaincy earlier this month after a disciplinary breach and hasn’t featured since.

Arteta confirmed on Friday that the forward will miss the clash with Leeds on Saturday.

However, Keown is hoping that their is a way back for Aubameyang, comparing his situation to that of William Gallas.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Keown said: “We don’t know if the player himself isn’t ready or if it’s COVID-related but I think that’s disappointing.

“I think back to the William Gallas situation when he was stripped of the captaincy. They gave him a pathway for him to come back into the team so I can’t see why that can’t happen here.

“I sincerely hope it’s not the club blocking Aubameyang coming back in. There’s got to be a path for the player to come back at some point.”