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The possible venues of the final: Miami was ruled out, and they have chances in Doha, Asunción and Medellín


A postcard: this looks like the Khalifa International stadium in Doha, a possible stage for the superclass Source: Reuters

The Qatari eccentricity, with its petrodollars serving the sport, seems to be the most likely seat of the final bankruptcy of the

Copa Libertadores

of America. The relationship between the


and the emirate is so fluid that the Asian team is one of the guests in the next Copa América. Qatar Airways, the airline of the flag, sponsors the competitions of clubs of the confederation since the end of last month (in addition to appearing on the shirt of


). All these links, added to that the Qatari would facilitate all the logistics of the party, including transfers and organization expenses, raise the shares of the Qatari capital to host the party.

Miami, another city with enough financial and operational muscle to host an event of this magnitude, was ruled out by "agenda problems." More behind the possibilities of other South American cities remained: Assumption of Paraguay and Medellín (Colombia), which was postulated Tuesday afternoon. The Mineirao de Belo Horizonte was also offered, but neither the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) nor the Brazilian city itself put an emphasis on staying with the party. Conmebol has offers from other cities, such as Genoa (Italy) and New Orleans (United States). "We know that Qatar is far away and logistics is complicated," was the phrase heard at the Conmebol headquarters.

Another novelty at the end of the day was that the election of the city will not wait for the decision of the Disciplinary Court. As soon as there is an agreement, Conmebol will announce the venue and date of the match, which will be on the 8th or 9th of the next month. "We program matches and organize them. That's our job, regardless of what the court decides," charted a source from the confederacy.

With the Discipline Court working on the ground since yesterday afternoon, the task of Conmebol was to find a viable venue for the longest end of the world. All this, beyond Boca, has threatened to even reach the offices of the Court of Arbitration (TAS). "The tournament continues its course and the game is played beyond what happens at the desks," the sources of the entity told each time they were consulted. "The cups are won on the court," President Alejandro Dominguez insisted in an open letter.

The chance to play in neutral territory (and outside Argentina) opens another focus of conflict.


He arrived in Paraguay convinced that the decisive meeting would be organized on another date, but at the Monumental, and with his audience. Whether it is in Qatar, Colombia or Paraguay, the stage changes. For the moment, the Núñez club must respond to the file opened yesterday by the Conmebol Disciplinary Unit for the incidents.

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