European champions Italy will play against Copa America winners Argentina next year and help their governing bodies UEFA and CONMEBOL to forge closer ties in the power struggle with FIFA over the future of football.
UEFA on Tuesday confirmed plans to host the first of three planned editions of the intercontinental game in June in a location yet to be confirmed.
Naples has been suggested as a possible venue in the stadium, which is now named after the Argentine great Diego Maradona. Maradona became a city icon for helping Napoli win their only two Serie A titles in 1987 and 1990.
“The agreement reached by the two organizations currently includes three editions of this game between the respective continental winners,” UEFA said in a statement, adding that the deal includes “the opening of a joint office in London”.
UEFA and CONMEBOL are defending the traditional four-year schedule of their continental championships and the World Cup against a FIFA-driven plan to host the World Cup every two years.
They warn of European and South American teams who will boycott a biennial World Cup if FIFA gets the plan approved by its 211 member associations.
Every world championship since the first edition in 1930 has been won by a European or South American nation. The two continents have provided every semi-finalist in the last four editions.