Category: CONMEBOL

South American countries urge FIFA to bring in 48-team World Cup for 2022

Buenos Aires (Argentina) (AFP) – The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) on Thursday asked FIFA to bring forward plans to expand the World Cup to 48 teams in time for the 2022 tournament in Qatar. The competition is due to be enlarged from 32 teams to 48 in time for the 2026 finals, which will be awarded either to Morocco or a joint North American bid from the United States, Mexico and Canada. However, CONMEBOL president Alejandro Dominguez handed over a letter at the organisation’s congress in Buenos Aires to FIFA president Gianni Infantino, signed by the heads of the ... Read more

The case for the USMNT to play in 2019 Copa America

Recent reports state the US Men’s National Team has been invited to participate in the 2019 Copa America. The tournament is set to be hosted by Brazil. The 2019 competition will feature all ten CONMEBOL teams, three teams from CONCACAF and three teams from Asia. The US Soccer Federation has yet to make a decision on whether to participate. Here’s why the US should accept the invite The biggest reason why playing in the Copa America should be a no-brainer is that it would offer a huge opportunity. US players can test themselves against high quality opposition in games that ... Read more

beIN SPORTS will broadcast all of the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers on Tuesday

The race to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup will go down to the wire on Tuesday night in South America as an incredible six teams still have a chance to qualify for the final three automatic qualification spots. Plus one team will end in a playoff place. The good news for soccer fans in the United States is that all of the final World Cup qualifiers will be available for viewing. The bad news is that all of the games kick off at the same time. All five CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying matches on Tuesday night will have ... Read more

Football: S. America confed lost $140 mn to graft

Santiago (AFP) – The head of South American football confederation CONMEBOL said Wednesday the body lost more than $140 million to graft under former managers indicted in a US corruption investigation. Between 2010 and 2014 “CONMEBOL was defrauded of more than $140 million,” its president Alejandro Dominguez told AFP after unveiling the findings of an external audit at the confederation’s congress. South American football officials have been heavily implicated in the US-led investigation into corruption in world football which led to the downfall of FIFA president Sepp Blatter in 2015. Dominguez of Paraguay was appointed to root out graft in ... Read more

CONMEBOL sues US partner for $18 mn over corruption

Asuncion (AFP) – South American football confederation CONMEBOL said on Monday it is suing American sponsorship partners ISM for $18 million in the continuing fall-out from a world football corruption scandal. “CONMEBOL has opened a process with New York State to cancel its contract with International Soccer Marketing Inc. (ISM) for the exclusive management of Copa Libertadores sponsors and is claiming $18 million,” said CONMEBOL in a statement. The move comes after an ISM chief admitted to American prosecutors that the company paid bribes to former CONMEBOL officials to gain the exclusive rights to manage those sponsorship contracts. CONMEBOL said ... Read more

Schedule of CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers on US TV

South American Qualifiers for World Cup 2018 reach the halfway mark with Round #9 on Thursday, October 6 and begin their second leg on Tuesday, October 11 with Round #10. As in the past, expect many “look-ins” on the beIN SPORTS channels as several matches overlap with their kickoff times. Below is a complete US TV schedule for the matches: All times Eastern USA. Thursday, October 6, 2016 Ecuador vs. Chile, 5:00pm, beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS en Español, Sling Blue and fuboTV (free trial) Uruguay vs. Venezuela, 7:00pm, beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS en Español, Sling Blue and fuboTV (free trial) Paraguay vs. Colombia, 8:30pm, ... Read more

CONMEBOL urges new era free of corruption

Lima (AFP) – South America’s football chief called for a new era free of corruption Wednesday as the region’s scandal-plagued governing body CONMEBOL passed a package of reforms designed to root out graft. Alejandro Dominguez told delegates at the CONMEBOL congress that the organization had the opportunity to turn the page on decades of sleaze that saw generations of officials pocket millions of dollars in bribes. South American football officials have been heavily implicated in the US-led investigation into corruption in world football which led to the downfall of FIFA president Sepp Blatter last year. “We are making history. We ... Read more

CONMEBOL to reform after graft scandals

Lima (AFP) – The South American Football Confederation will meet Wednesday to adopt reforms it says will increase transparency after the FIFA corruption scandal, in which it played a starring role. CONMEBOL is due to approve a series of new statutes drafted after its past three presidents were all arrested in a US-led probe into massive corruption at world football’s governing body. “The new statutes are a decisive step in the reform agenda we have been spearheading,” the organization’s new president, Alejandro Dominguez of Paraguay, said in a statement. “Their approval will allow us to implement the changes needed to ... Read more