For those who aren’t already aware, the 2011 Copa América will be played in Argentina, and on Tuesday AFA President Julio Grondona met with Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner to start thrashing out the details. It’s been agreed that the main venue for the tournament will be La Plata’s Estadio Municipal (currently home to Estudiantes). In other news, for no good reason at all, Grondona’s pet team Arsenal de Sarandí will be playing their final match of the Clausura, at home to Independiente, a week before the rest of the teams conclude their season.
After a meeting which included the two Presidents as well as various bigwigs from La Plata’s two Primera División clubs, Estudiantes and Gimnasia y Esgrima and numerous national and local governmental figures, it was confirmed that La Plata will be the city Argentina’s Copa América will be based around. There will also be matches played in Santa Fe, Córdoba, San Juan, Mendoza, Salta and Jujuy. Just for a change, it seems fans in Buenos Aires won’t have the majority of the matches to themselves. The Estadio Municipal de La Plata will have a proper roof fitted in time for the event.
The final round of matches in the Torneo Clausura, meanwhile, has been rearranged again. It was originally postponed by a week to allow for the country’s elections this coming weekend, but the Executive Committee of the AFA announced on Tuesday that Arsenal vs Independiente will be played this coming Friday night.
The other nine matches will be played at the end of next week. The three sides from Santa Fe Province – Colón vs Boca, Racing vs Newell’s and Central vs Godoy Cruz – will play on the Friday and Saturday, to allow for that province’s elections on the Sunday. Fortunately, with Central already guaranteed fourth-from-bottom place in the relegation table, and Racing already safe, this won’t mean anyone has an advantage going into the Sunday games regarding knowledge of what score would fit them best.