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UEFA and CONMEBOL renew and extend Memorandum of Understanding

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Winners of UEFA EURO 2020 and of CONMEBOL Copa América 2021 to play "Finalissima" in London on 1 June 2022.

Italy celebrate becoming UEFA EURO 2020 champions
Italy celebrate becoming UEFA EURO 2020 champions POOL/AFP via Getty Images

UEFA and CONMEBOL have today signed a renewed and extended Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) lasting until 30 June 2028, following on from the successful MoU of February 2020.

While the terms of the original agreement remain, this renewed MoU also contains specific provisions related to the opening of a shared UEFA/CONMEBOL office in London and the potential organisation of a variety of football events.

The first such event will see UEFA EURO 2020 winners Italy face CONMEBOL Copa América 2021 winners Argentina in a "Finalissima" at a stadium in London, on 1 June 2022.

The shared London office will be officially inaugurated at the beginning of 2022.

UEFA president, Aleksander Čeferin:

"We are delighted to build upon our excellent relationship with CONMEBOL, and our strong desire to act jointly for the development of football and its benefits to society is further reflected by this new Memorandum of Understanding.

"There is a long tradition of cooperation between UEFA and CONMEBOL, as could be witnessed over the years with competitions such as the Artemio Franchi Trophy and the Intercontinental Cup, and it is with great pride that we are relaunching such a prestigious national team trophy to the delight of football lovers across the globe.

"We are very much looking forward to explore new opportunities together and we are eagerly awaiting the Finalissima in London in June 2022.

"I would like to thank Alejandro Domínguez for his dedicated involvement in this project and for his outstanding work at the helm of South American football."

CONMEBOL president, Alejandro Domínguez:

"We are immensely pleased with the fruits we are reaping together with UEFA, due to an excellent relationship between our institutions. By signing this renewal and expansion of our Memorandum of Understanding we are laying the foundation for this fluent cooperation to grow and develop further.

"The final between Argentina and Italy on 1 June 2022 in London, will be joined by other top-level sporting events, as befits the tradition of South American and European football. The opening of our joint office will allow us to face new projects with agility and vigour for the benefit of millions of fans on our continents and in the rest of the world.

"I would like to thank the members of the CONMEBOL Council who have supported this initiative with the utmost determination, and especially President Aleksander Čeferin and his team of collaborators, with whom we share the same vision about the strategic importance of our alliance."