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CONMEBOL president: Copa America 2016 will be held in US

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Chile’s players celebrate with the Copa America trophy after defeating Argentina in the final soccer match at the National Stadium in Santiago, Chile, Saturday, July 4, 2015. Chile became Copa America champions for the first time after defeating Argentina in a penalty shootout. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)


CONMEBOL president Juan Angel Napout has tried to put an end to any doubt about the Copa America Centenario, scheduled to be held in the United States in 2016.

After reports surfaced earlier this week that there was a “50-50" chance the tournament would get moved, Napout came out and said the tournament would go on as planned.

Speaking to Paraguayan radio station Urbana:

We have once again ratified the unanimous decision taken at a meeting in August to hold the Centenary Cup in its original format in the United States.

I was one of those who dreamt of this cup, work has been going on and we have advanced considerably. Now what we need is the goodwill to get it back on track.

The future of the Copa America Centenario was brought into question after the FIFA scandal, which exposed corruption in the planning of the tournament.

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The Copa America is usually held every four years, with Chile winning the most recent title earlier this summer. However, it will be held again next summer to mark the 100th anniversary of the tournament, and will feature ten CONMEBOL teams and six teams from CONCACAF.

Officials will meet in Mexico City next week to discuss plans to move forward with the tournament. There has yet to be any comment from CONCACAF on the matter.