Spain weighing up Copa America offer

Spain weighing up Copa America offer

Published Apr. 5, 2011 2:21 p.m. ET

Spain is considering an offer to replace Japan at this summer's Copa America, with the federation's president eager for the World Cup champion to play.

Angel Maria Villar said on Tuesday the federation has received an invitation from Argentine counterpart Julio Grondona, and is quoted by Spanish media as saying he wants ''Spain to participate in this tournament.''

Villar says the proposal to invite Vicente del Bosque's men to Argentina will be heard by the federation's board of directors before a decision is taken.

Villar risks irking Spanish clubs Barcelona and Real Madrid, whose players make up the bulk of a team that has played every summer since winning the 2008 European Championship.


Japan announced on Monday it would not be competing at the South American championship in Argentina in July.