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London to host Italy-Argentina champions clash


London (AFP) – London will host the first edition of a new intercontinental final between the champions of Europe and South America when Italy face Argentina on June 1, UEFA said on Wednesday.

Wembley is understood to be the preferred venue for the match known as the Finalissima.

The clash is part of a renewed memorandum of understanding between UEFA and CONMEBOL till 2028 which will cover two further editions of the showpiece match in addition to the game next year.

Both confederations have publicly expressed their opposition to FIFA proposals to reform the international match calendar, which include playing a World Cup every two years.

As part of their agreement, UEFA and CONMEBOL will also open a shared office in London.

Wembley hosted the Euro 2020 final between England and Italy in July, which was overshadowed by crowd trouble as ticketless fans stormed the stadium perimeter to break in.

Despite those issues, the home of English football remains a popular venue for UEFA due its 90,000 capacity and array of VIP lounges and corporate hospitality boxes.

Wembley will also host the 2024 Champions League final.

Argentina ended their 28-year wait to win a major international tournament by beating Brazil to win the Copa America in July.

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7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Brendan

    December 17, 2021 at 11:51 am

    Hope they do and it is a success .

  2. locofooty

    December 17, 2021 at 9:40 am

    UEFA and CONMEBOL will join together to play a nations league tournament starting in 2024. All matches will be played in Europe. More pressure for FIFA to drop their WC plans although I can see this sticking around.

  3. locofooty

    December 16, 2021 at 11:55 am

    A show of strength to FIFA and their biennial WC plans.

  4. Turfit

    December 16, 2021 at 10:19 am

    Is this just an over-hyped friendly??

  5. Daniel

    December 16, 2021 at 12:59 am

    Totally agree

  6. Brendan

    December 15, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    I did enjoy the Confederation Cup until Infantino Fuc.. it up .

  7. Daniel

    December 15, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    Too bad they don’t bring back the old Intercontinental Cup.

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