Uruguay has been chosen to host the finals of South America’s two premier club competitions this year because of its advanced COVID-19 vaccination program, the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) said on Thursday.

The Copa Libertadores, the continent’s equivalent of the Champions League, will be held at Montevideo’s Centenario stadium on November 20, while the Copa Sudamericana, much like the Europa League, will take place there on November 6.

“The good health situation that Uruguay has predicted for November, a nation planning to vaccinate a high percentage of its population by July, was the determining factor in a year made exceptional by the pandemic,” CONMEBOL said in a statement.

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