CONMEBOL announced today that The Clásico de las Américas will be renewed starting this year and will take on a more international spin this coming year. The tournament was cancelled last year due to scheduling inconveniences, but now there will be some major changes to offer a greater appeal to one of the biggest rivalries in international soccer.
This year’s edition will take place in Beijing’s Bird Nest on October 11. This was the site where Argentina won their second consecutive gold medal back in 2008 when they defeated Nigeria in the final 1-0 courtesy of an Ángel Di María goal. The other change that is made to this encounter is that the match will take place during a FIFA international date. This will allow the stars on both sides to be able to take part in this match.
Brazil won the last two editions that were disputed in 2011 and 2012, which were played on a home and away basis. The last edition, saw the return leg match in Resistencia, Argentina postponed due to electrical issues at the stadium. The match was then played at La Bombonera where Argentina won the match 2-1, but lost the title in penalty kicks.