This week the Mexican media released news that surprised everyone: is the Mexican National Team returning to the Copa América? Here is what is known.
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El Tri has not contested the continent's top tournament of nations since the 2016 Copa América when the Mexican national team was overwhelmed 7-0 by Chile in the quarterfinals of the Copa América Centenario.
Is the Mexican national team really returning to the Copa América?
According to Mexican media reports, the Mexican Soccer Federation has begun negotiations with Concacaf to allow El Tri to return to play the Copa América in 2024, under the auspices of Conmebol.
This would be possible for El Tri because as Mexico will be one of the host countries of the FIFA World Cup in 2026, it will not have to play the World Cup Qualifiers, so it would have the time to participate in the competition.
The 2024 Copa América is still in the process of defining its venue, and the probable venue would be Peru if CONMEBOL does not accept the joint bid of Argentina and Colombia.
Mexico's return to the Copa Libertadores is also possible
According to available information, one of the main promoters of the return of the Mexican National Team to the Copa América is Jesús Martínez, owner of the Pachuca Group.
His support for this idea is due to the fact that the executive received a proposal from Alejandro Domínguez, President of CONMEBOL, for both León and the team from Hidalgo to compete in the Copa Libertadores.
"I reiterate my participation so that you come back and that, at least you dare and play in the Copa Libertadores. Just as you did in the Sudamericana, you can put one of your plaques in the Copa Libertadores," was the message from the Conmebol executive to the Mexican manager.
With this invitation and the start of negotiations, it is also very possible that Mexican soccer teams will return to the Copa Libertadores.
It is worth noting that it was in 2017 when it was decided that Mexican clubs would not participate in the competition because a change in the format of the South American tournament complicated the schedules of the Mexican teams.
The main problem was that Conmebol ratified the new tournament calendar, but the modification meant that the Libertadores finals would be played at the same time as the decisive phases of Liga MX.
This "makes it inhuman for Mexican clubs to want to compete" in both tournaments, said Alejandro Rodríguez at the time, who is the president of Tigres, a finalist of the Libertadores in 2015.