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Spain, Portugal, Japan and China could all be playing at the Copa America in 2019

The South American football tournament is hoping to expand to a global audience in 2019.

First Australia in the Eurovision song contest, and now this.

Reports from Portuguese media outlets claim the Copa America organisers are hoping to invite six non-South American countries to the tournament in 2019, including Portugal, Spain, Japan and China.

GloboEsporte say the American football federation CONMEBOL and the Brazilian football federation CBF have used the opportunity to speak to representatives from the countries to make the tournament, which is to be held in Brazil, more commercially successful.

The 2016 Copa America was held in the USA to mark the centenary of the tournament

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The 2016 Copa America was held in the USA to mark the centenary of the tournament

USA and Mexico are also being sounded out as to their availability to play in the tournament, with organisers hoping the extra countries will have added benefit to the tournament.

Japan and China attending the tournament would represent greater commercial opportunities around the world, while the added stardust of having the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta would certainly add more global viewers.

Lionel Messi’s Argentina lost in the final on penalties to Chile in the 2016 Copa America.

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Lionel Messi’s Argentina lost in the final on penalties to Chile in the 2016 Copa America.

The proposal raises a couple of interesting questions for the tournament, with the possibility of having a China versus Japan final in the Copa America hardly in the spirit of continental football.

Still, the prospect of having a Cristiano Ronaldo versus Lionel Messi showdown would be fantastic.

The 2019 Copa America will also be the final one in the ‘odd’ years, with the tournament having a five year hiatus and will run in the same years as the European Championships, starting from 2024.