WCup champ Spain weighing Copa America invite

WCup champ Spain weighing Copa America invite

Published Apr. 5, 2011 12:34 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 champions to play.

Angel Maria Villar says Tuesday the federation has received an invitation from Argentine counterpart Julio Grondona. He's quoted by Spanish media as saying he wants ''Spain to participate in this tournament.''

Villar says the proposal will be heard by the federation's board of directors before a decision is made.

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's announced exit on Monday cut the South American championship to 11 teams in Argentina in July.