Chile to host 2015 Copa America


SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Chile will host the 2015 Copa America after Brazil backed out.

Chilean federation president Sergio Jadue confirmed the move on Saturday after Brazilian officials decided the calendar was too crowded with three major events in Brazil in the next several years: The Confederations Cup in 2013, the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016.

"I am thankful for the opportunity this gives us," Jadue said. "And I want to say that Chile knows how to do the job. We will organize a very good Copa America."

Jadue indicated that the resignation of Ricardo Teixeira as head of the Brazilian confederation facilitated the move. Teixeira resigned this month and gave up his seat on FIFA's 24-member executive committee.

He is widely reported to be implicated in a scandal involving million-dollar kickbacks from World Cup broadcasting deals in the 1990s.

Chile last was host to the South American championship in 1991, and has never won it.

Uruguay won the 2011 Copa in Argentina.