Hosts Brazil to take on Venezuela in Copa America 2021 opener, announces CONMEBOL

Hosts Brazil will begin their Copa America 2021 campaign against Venezuela in the capital Brasilia while the final will be held at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium, the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) has announced.

The prestigious tournament was shifted to Brazil on Monday after original co-hosts Argentina and Colombia pulled out at the lat minute due to their internal issues and the pandemic.

On the other hand, former host Argentina will open their campaign at Rio’s Nilton Santos stadium against Chile on June 14 and the group also features Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay.

Significantly, Rio will be the only city where two stadiums will be used while the other two venues in Goiania and Cuiaba.

The semi-finals is scheduled for the Nilton Santos stadium on July 5 and the Mane Garrincha a day later.

Meanwhile, the hostoric Maracana stadium in Rio will host the final, the only match to be played there, on July 10.

It will be the second time in a row the tournament has been hosted in Brazil.

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