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CONMEBOL: Independiente claim maiden Sudamericana on penalties (+video)

Posted in South America Football by peterbein on December 9, 2010
Independiente

Independiente are the 2010 Copa Sudamericana champions

In a dramatic second leg of the Copa Sudamericana final Argentinian club Independiente got their hands on the coveted trophy, and a precious berth in the 2011 Copa Libertadores, following a penalty shoot-out win after the game had finished 3-3 on aggregate.

With no away goals rule in the final of this competition Independiente knew that they had to win by at least two clear goals if they were to have any chance of lifting the Copa Sudamericana for the first time. Brazilian side Goiás had a 2-0 lead from the first leg, which was played last Wednesday in Brazil, and they were hoping to lift their first major honour which would’ve been some achievement for a club who were relegated from the Brazilian top flight just a couple of weeks ago.

The game started off in breathtaking fashion as both teams made their attacking intentions known from the start. Independiente struck first after 19 minutes thanks to Julián Velázquez but it didn’t take long for the visitors to restore parity on the night when Rafael Moura, a hero from the first leg, struck to make it 1-1 on the night and 3-1 on aggregate. It was back to square one for los Diablos Rojos who had to claw back a two goal deficit all over again and they made a good job of it after Facundo Parra’s brace before half-time levelled the tie on aggregate.

With no further scoring in the second half the game went into penalties and both teams traded two successful spot kicks each before the decisive penalties in the shoot-out took place. Independiente’s Leandro Gracián converted his kick before Goiás’ Felipe missed his effort which handed the advantage to the Argentinians. With Carlos Matheu and Eduardo Tuzzio putting away their kicks the hosts began the celebrations as Independiente finally lay claim to some international silverware for the first time since 1995, when they won the now-defunct Supercopa Sudamericana, and also increases the dominance of Argentinian clubs in this competition which they have won on five out of nine occasions.

WATCH 2ND LEG HIGHLIGHTS HERE:

Sudamericana: Goias have one hand on the trophy (+video)

Posted in South America Football by peterbein on December 2, 2010

Goias Esporte Clube, recently relegated from the Brazilian top flight, look set to win their first continental title after defeating Argentinian side Independiente 2-0 in the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final last night.

Both goals came in the first 20 minutes of the match as Rafael Moura and Neto found the back of the net to gift the modest Brazilian outfit a comfortable advantage to defend in next week’s second leg in Argentina.

Independiente will have to produce another stirring fightback following the one which helped them progress from the semi-finals against 2009 champions LDU Quito. But with no away goals to show from the first leg they will have to be even more clinical, both in attack and defence, if they are to win the Sudamericana for the first time.

The winners of the trophy will also gain entry into the 2011 Copa Libertadores tournament and for one of these clubs, both of whom have had a poor season in their domestic leagues, success could be doubly sweet when the final whistle blows at the end of next Wednesday’s cruial return fixture.

Sudamericana: Goiás and Independiente progress to final (+video)

Posted in South America Football by peterbein on November 26, 2010

After this week’s semi-final, second legs the identities of the 2010 Copa Sudamericana finalists are now known. Little known Goiás Esporte Clube are through to their first ever continental final following an away goals win over compatriots Palmeiras whilst Argentina’s Independiente also progressed to the two-legged final via the same method.

The first leg of the all-Brazilian clash finished in a narrow 1-0 away win for Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Palmeiras team and the expectation was heavy on the former Copa Libertadores champions to progress to a first continental final since 1999. They didn’t reckon on the determination of a Goiás side who never knew when they were beaten in this tie and the 2-1 victory at the home of Palmeiras was deserved as much as it was unexpected. The turnaround in fortunes was all the more unexpected seeing as Luan gave Palmeiras the lead in the second leg, his 34th minute strike doubling the Verdão‘s advantage on aggregate. But Goiás were back in the game on the stroke of half-time as Carlos Alberto levelled the scores on the night and halved the aggregate deficit to 2-1. Suddenly Palmeiras had to try and resist further attacks from the outsiders but Goiás stuck to the task ahead and managed to take a second leg lead with just seven minutes of the game remaining. Ernando’s 83rd minute close range header gave Goiás the advantage on away goals with the overall score tied at 2-2 and for Palmeiras coach Scolari his dream had turned into a nightmare. With little time remaining to get back into the game Palmeiras just didn’t possess the spirit to score agin, much to the relief of the visitors who rejoiced in celebration at the final whistle.

WATCH PALMEIRAS v GOIAS 2ND LEG HIGHLIGHTS HERE

Independiente are back in the big time after reaching their first continental final since winning the 1995 Supercopa Sudamericana. The self-proclaimed Rey de Copas (King of Cups), seven-times winners of the Copa Libertadores, hope to add South American football’s youngest competition to the trophy cabinet after getting the better of defending champions LDU Quito after a tense couple of legs.

Independiente, 3-0 down to LDU in the first leg, managed to pull two goals back and it is those strikes that made all the difference. In the second leg on Thursday Facundo Parra gave Independiente the lead after 27 minutes to tie the aggregate score at 3-3 but LDU managed to score in first-half stoppage time when Juan Manuel Salgueiro popped up to restore parity on the night and regain the Ecudaorians’ aggregate lead. If LDU had ideas to keep it tight after the break their plans were blown out of the water just sixty seconds into the second half after Hernan Fredes scored what proved to be the most important goal of the two legs. With a 4-4 aggregate scoreline the Argentinians went through courtesy of away goals and they now hope to restore some honours to a trophy cabinet which has been running a little bit bare in recent years.

WATCH INDEPENDIENTE v LDU QUITO HIGHLIGHTS HERE:

Copa Sudamericana: Palmeiras and LDU hold narrow leads in semis

Posted in South America Football by peterbein on November 19, 2010

The semi-final, first legs of South America’s second club tournament have been played over the last couple of nights and for Brazilians Palmeiras and Ecuadorians LDU Quito the scenario is looking good going into next week’s second leg ties.

In the first leg of the all-Brazilian semi-final between Goias and Palmeiras it was a lone 48th minute strike from Marcos Assunção which has given the latter a lead to take into next Wednesday’s second leg which O Verdão will play at home. Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari is hoping to take Palmeiras all the way to the final only weeks after taking charge of the club for a second time and his team look good to finish the job following a comfortable victory over their compatriots.

Defending champions LDU Quito were looking very comfortable against Argentinian giants Independiente and were leading three goals to nil after 57 minutes courtesy of goals from Juan Manuel Salgueiro, Miller Bolaños and Néicer Reasco to send the home supporters into ecstasy and dreaming of a second consecutive appearance in the Sudamericana final. But the Argentine outfit suddenly realised that their plight was still under their control and within six minutes of going three behind El Rojo had reduced the deficit to a single goal. Andrés Silvera and Lucas Mareque were the goalscorers to whom Independiente may ultimately prove very grateful depending on how the second leg tie fares in Buenos Aires.

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Copa Sudamericana: Champions LDU Quito through to final four; Review

Posted in South America Football by peterbein on November 12, 2010
LDU Quito

Will LDU Quito be celebrating further Sudamericana success this year?

The Copa Sudamericana is reaching the business end of the tournament with the completion last night of the quarter-final stage in South America’s second club competition. The winners of this tournament will, for the first time, be given a place in the Copa Libertadores the following season so the stakes are high. For defending champions LDU Quito they have made something of a habit for coming good at the right time in recent years having won all of the major South American tournaments (i.e. Libertadores, Sudamericana, Recopa) in the last two years and it is possible that they could add to their growing collection of international titles.

LDU Quito did have to fight for their semi-final place however as they battled out a 1-0 aggregate victory over Argentinian side Newell’s Old Boys. Following a goalless stalemate in the first leg in Rosario, LDU Quito left it late to secure victory in the home leg which was played on Wednesday. Walter Calderón sealed the win in the 79th minute of the game when, with his back to goal, he received the ball on the edge of the box, turned his marker and shot low into the bottom left corner to score the game’s decisive goal. LDU will meet another Argentinian side Independiente in the semi-final following their away goals win over Colombians Deportes Tolima on Thursday. With the first leg finishing 2-2 in Colombia, Independiente were eventually grateful to hold on to what they had and with no scoring in the second leg the Argentinians will face up to the challenge of the defending champions in the next round.

The only certainly about this year’s Copa Sudamericana is that there will be a Brazilian team in the final. Palmeiras, led by former Brazil national team coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, are hoping to win an international title for the first time since winning the 1999 Libertadores following their 3-1 aggregate triumph over compatriots Atlético Mineiro. Following the two teams’ 1-1 draw in the first leg Palmeiras took the initiative in São Paulo on Wednesday after Marcos Assunção diverted a near post corner into the net on 27 minutes which was followed up late in the game with a left-footed low drive from Luan with eleven minutes to play. In the other all-Brazilian clash Goiás clinched their place following a 3-2 aggregate win over Avaí FC. In Thursday’s second leg match Rafael Moura scored the only goal of the goal on the stroke of half-time to give Goiás a 1-0 win on the night which creeped them into the semi-finals after the first leg finished in a 2-2 draw.

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Copa Sudamericana: Last eight all in a stalemate

Posted in South America Football by peterbein on November 4, 2010

Copa SudamericanaThe first leg matches in the quarter-finals of the Copa Sudamericana have been completed with no team enjoying a lead over their opponents. That’s because all of the quarter-final ties so far have been drawn and it shows that the competition is being taken seriously by those clubs who are remaining. Stoppage Time – International Football Blog reviews the latest action.

The two all-Brazilian contests were played on October 27th as the demands of the Brasileiro meant that the four teams involved in this competition had to complete their games early. Avaí FC came closest to winning their first leg tie as they were leading 2-1 when their game against home side Goiás EC went into stoppage time. Four minutes of added time had been played when Goiás equalized thanks to Rafael Moura’s second goal of the game cancelling out strikes from Davi and Marcelinho. In the other all- Brazilian tie Palmeiras took the lead against Atlético Mineiro thanks to Kléber in the 55th minute but the game was levelled out with fifteen minutes left to play after Obina equalized from the penalty spot. The winners of these games will meet each other in the semi-finals, thus guaranteeing a place in the Sudamericana final for a Brazilian team.

The other two quarter-final, first legs were played over the last two nights and for the defending champions LDU Quito it was a difficult but satisfying Tuesday night performance as they came away from a tough away tie in Buenos Aires with a 0-0 draw against Newell’s Old Boys. The other Argentinian team remaining are Independiente, the self-proclaimed “Rey de Copas” (King of Cups) due to their outstanding record of titles at international level. They were in Colombia to face a Deportes Tolima side who are fighting for honours on two fronts as they are in second place in the current Colombian championship. Andrés Silvera gave Independiente the lead from the penalty spot after half-an-hour but the Colombians turned the match on its head with goals from Wilder Medina (40′) and Rodrigo Marangoni (73′) giving Tolima the lead. It was up to Julián Velázquez to bring Independiente back on level terms when he tied the scores in the 78th minute of the game and this was how the contest finished.

COPA SUDAMERICANA QUARTER-FINAL, SECOND LEG DATES

LDU Quito v Newell’s Old Boys

Palmeiras v Atlético Mineiro

Games to be played on Wednesday, November 10th.

Avaí FC v Goiás EC

Independiente v Deportes Tolima

Games to be played on Thursday, November 11th.

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Copa Sudamericana: Champions LDU progress; Round of 16 Review (+video)

Posted in South America Football by peterbein on October 22, 2010

With all of the third round matches in the Copa Sudamericana completed Stoppage Time -International Football Blog looks back at the events in the last 16 and reveals the draw for the quarter-finals.

Defending champions LDU Quito were involved in a humdinger of a fixture against Chileans Unión San Felipe. There was a real danger that the Ecuadorians would be packing their bags following their 4-2 first leg defeat. All fears would be quashed in this week’s return fixture as LDU took the game to their visitors and came out on top in an amazing 6-1 victory. The goals were shared out amongst the LDU team with only Hernán Barcos scoring twice in the win. With an 8-5 aggregate win over Union the champions must face up to the challenge of Newell’s Old Boys in the next round. The Argentinians ran out easy winners against San José, clocking up a 6-0 rout of their hapless opponents in the first leg before the Bolivians restored some pride with a 2-0 home victory last night with goals from Luis Méndez and Aquilino Villalba.

WATCH LDU QUITO v UNION SAN FELIPE 2ND LEG HIGHLIGHTS HERE:

There will be plenty of Brazilian representation in the quarter-finals with four teams making their way through and, as luck will have it, they will all face each other in the next round. Palmeiras had the most convincing win in the Round of 16 tie sweeping Bolivians Club Universitario to one side with a 4-1 aggregate win. Marcos Assunção scored the only goal in the first leg away from home whilst Kléber, Luan and Danilo fired home the goals for Palmeiras in the home leg played this week. Their last eight opponents will be Atlético Mineiro who scraped past Colombians Santa Fe. Having won the first leg with a 2-0 scoreline thanks to a brace from Obina, Atlético lost out to a Félix Noguera strike in the return fixture on Wednesday but just had the better of the 2-1 aggregate score.

The other all-Brazilian affair will be fought out between Goiás EC and Avaí FC. Goiás EC won through their tie against Uruguayan giants Peñarol by virtue of the two away goals scored in Wednesday’s second leg tie. The first game was a narrow 1-0 win for Goiás EC thanks to Rafael Moura’s 23rd minute goal. On Wednesday it was the same striker who gave the visitors the lead to silence the thousands in the legendary Estadio Centenario but the home side would come back to level the aggragte scores at 2-2 with Matías Corujo and Marcelo Sosa hitting the back of the net before half-time. In the second half the vistitors went 3-2 up overall with Carlos Alberto scoring thirteen minutes before time. Peñarol hit back again through Alejandro Martinuccio with six minutes remaining but it ultimately proved fruitless for the hosts. Avaí FC, following their 2-1 first leg defeat away to Ecuadorians Emelec FC, went behind to a 2nd minute goal from Joao Rojas in the return fixture last night and all seemed lost for them. They turned it around in the second half with goals from Roberto, Eltinho and Emerson and remarkably progressed 4-3 on aggregate.

WATCH PENAROL v GOIAS EC GOALS HERE:

The sole Colombian team remaining in the tournament are Deportes Tolima following their tremendous come-from-behind victory over Banfield FC. The Argentinians won their first leg match 2-0 at home and seemed set to take the game to Tolima in the return fixture this week. However Tolima defied expectations and turned the game completely on its head with goals from Wilder Medina, Cristiano Marrugo and Rodrigo Marangoni settling the aggregate score at 3-2. Deportes Tolima have, thus, prevented the possibilty of an all-Argentinian encounter in the last eight as it is they who will meet Independiente in the next round. Los Diablos Rojos lost out in the first leg to Uruguay’s Defensor Sporting by a narrow 1-0 scoreline but won through with a 4-2 second leg win on Tuesday. Goals from Andrés Silvera, Hernán Fredes, Nicolás Alejandro Cabrera and Nicolás Martínez gave Independiente enough breathing space as Sporting proved to be tough opponents.

COPA SUDAMERICANA QUARTER-FINAL DRAW

Atlético Mineiro (Brazil) v Palmeiras (Brazil)

Avaí FC (Brazil) v Goiás EC (Brazil)

Deportes Tolima (Colombia) v Independiente (Argentina)

LDU Quito (Ecuador) v Newell’s Old Boys (Argentina)

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Copa Sudamericana: 2nd Round Review (+video)

Posted in South America Football by peterbein on September 24, 2010

The Copa Sudamericana has completed its second round and what a thrilling ride it’s been. Seven of the fifteen matches at this stage were either all-Argentinian or all-Brazilian affairs whilst the other eight matches saw plenty of goals flying in across the continent. With the fifteen winners going through to the next round along with defending title holders LDU Quito Stoppage Time – International Football Blog reviews the latest developments in a tournament which is starting to capture the imagination in South America.

As reported in the previous Sudamericana blog the four all-Brazilian ties were completed some time ago and delivered some interesting results. In case you’ve forgotten here is a quick re-cap. Palmeiras were involved in one of the ties of the round having come back from a 2-0 first leg defeat to go through with a 3-0 second leg victory over Esporte Clube Vitória. Santos, who have won the Paulista and Copa Brasil so far in 2010, won’t be adding the Sudamericana to the trophy cabinet after a 3-2 aggregate defeat at the hands of Avaí whilst Atlético Mineiro and Goiás also went through knocking out Grêmio Prudente and Grêmio Porto Alegre respectively. In Argentina Independiente were the first club from that country to go through to the Round of 16 with a 2-1 aggregate win over Argentinos Juniors, Leandro Gracián’s 66th minute goal in the second leg proving the difference between the two sides. Goals from Christian García and Marcelo Carrusca in either leg helped Banfield to a 2-1 aggregate win over Vélez Sársfield whilst Newell’s Old Boys also made it to the next round defeating 2009 Copa Libertadores winners Estudiantes de La Plata by the same aggregate scoreline.

WATCH ESTUDIANTES DE LA PLATA v NEWELL’S OLD BOYS 2ND LEG HIGHLIGHTS HERE:

Two clubs with decorated histories in their national championships and the Copa Libertadores faced each other in this round as Uruguayans Peñarol and Ecuadorians Barcelona SC slugged it out and the two legs were certainly tight affairs. Peñarol got the better of the tie winning 3-1 on aggregate but they were made to work hard for their victory with all of the goals coming in the last half an hour of each leg (1-0; 2-1). Peñarol’s compatriots Defensor Sporting made it two out of two going through to the next round in the most incredible tie of the round. Defensor won their first leg against Peruvians Sport Huancayo by an amazing 9-0 scoreline with six different players getting on the score sheet. Huancayo restored some pride in the second leg by winning 2-0 but by then the damage was already done. Fellow Peruvians Universidad San Martin were also dealt a harsh lesson by Ecuadorian side Emelec. After the Peruvians gained a narrow 2-1 win over Emelec in the first leg the Ecuadorian giants dished out a 5-0 beating in the return fixture to ensure progress into the third round.

WATCH PENAROL V BARCELONA 2ND LEG HIGHLIGHTS HERE:

Bolivian teams very nearly made it a triple success but ultimately Oriente Petrolero let the side down with a narrow 2-1 aggregate defeat by Colombians Deportes Tolima. San José and Club Universitario were successful in their efforts to keep the Bolivian flag flying in this competition with aggregate wins over Colombians Atlético Hulia (5-1) and Paraguayans Cerro Porteño (3-2) respectively. It was up to Club Guaraní (Paraguay) and Unión San Felipe (Chile) to keep their nation’s hopes alive as they fought a tough battle to reach the last 16. After a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Asunción, in which the Chileans equalized three minutes into stoppage time, the second leg ended up with a similar scoreline and thus the match went to penalties with the Chileans holding their nerve to seal their place in the next round. The final match up involved Venezuelans Caracas FC and Club Santa Fe of Colombia with the latter’s 2-1 first leg victory proving decisive overall in the tie as the second leg on Thursday finished in a goalless draw.

Now the fifteen teams have qualified alongside the 2009 champions LDU Quito for the Round of 16 phase here is the full draw for the next stage:

San José (Bolivia) v Newell’s Old Boys (Argentina)

Independiente (Argentina) v Defensor Sporting (Uruguay)

Peñarol (Uruguay) v Goiás (Brazil)

Palmeiras (Brazil) v Club Universitario (Bolivia)

Santa Fe (Colombia) v Atlético Mineiro (Brazil)

Avaí FC (Brazil) v Emelec (Ecuador)

Deportes Tolima (Colombia) v Banfield (Argentina)

LDU Quito (Ecuador) v Unión San Felipe (Chile)

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CONMEBOL: Copa Sudamericana 1st Round Review

Posted in South America Football by peterbein on September 3, 2010
Copa Sudamericana

The Copa Sudamericana is under way in South America

It took a while but the first round of the 2010 Copa Sudamericana has been completed. Last night saw Defensor Sporting get the better of Olimpia with the Uruguayans securing their passage into the second round with a 3-1 aggregate win over their opponents. Stoppage Time – International Football Blog reviews the first round and looks at the second draw, four games from which have already been completed.

Bolivian clubs got the better of their match-ups against Chilean opposition. Club Universitario managed to progress at the expense of Colo-Colo but only by virtue of the away goals rule. Universitario won the first leg at home by two goals to nil and they had Roberto Galindo to thank for sending them through as his goal on the verge of half-time in the second leg in Santiago proved the difference between the two sides. The other Bolivian team Oriente Petrolero scraped past the challenge of Universidad de Chile with Danilo Peinado’s strike after twelve minutes of the second leg settling matters. There were mixed emotions for Peruvian clubs with elimination for Universidad Cesar Vallejo at the hands of Barcelona of Guayaquil being countered by Universidad San Martín’s progression at the hands of Deportivo Quito on away goals. Colombian teams Atlético Huila and Club Santa Fe also reached the second round stage by knocking out the two Venezuelan representatives Trujillanos and Deportivo Lara whilst Paraguayans Club Guaraní won their two-legged tie over Uruguay’s River Plate.

The four second round matches that have been completed so far were all-Brazilian affairs. Santos FC, who have had a successful year winning the Copa Brasil and Paulista state championship, won’t be adding the Sudamericana to the trophy cabinet after falling at the hands of Avaí 3-2 on aggregate. Santos FC surprisingly lost the first leg at home by 3-1 with Vandinho scoring a brace for the visitors and that result was to prove their undoing despite a Zé Eduardo winner in the return leg. Esporte Clube Vitória thought they had done enough after the first leg after defeating Palmeiras 2-0 at home with Ramon and Neto Coruja hitting the back of the net. Alas Palmeiras turned it around in the return fixture winning 3-0 with the game culminating with a dramatic Marcos Assunção winner in the 89th minute after Tadeu’s double strike earlier in the match. Goiás Esporte Clube got the better of Porto Alegre giants Grêmio winning 3-1 on aggregate while Clube Atlético Mineiro left it very late in the second leg to score the only goal of their two-legged encounter against Grêmio Prudente with Ricardinho scoring two minutes into stoppage time. The highlights in the second round draw include three all-Argentina match-ups whilst three-time Copa Libertadores winners Peñarol meet two-time Libertadores runner-up Barcelona. Defending champions LDU Quito enter the tournament at the third round stage.

COPA SUDAMERICANA 2ND ROUND DRAW (all ties remaining to be settled)

San José (Bolivia) v Atlético Huila (Colombia)

Argentinos Juniors (Argentina) v Independiente (Argentina)

Peñarol (Uruguay) v Barcelona (Ecuador)

Caracas FC (Venezuela) v Santa Fe (Colombia)

Deportes Tolima (Colombia) v Oriente Petrolero (Bolivia)

Unión San Felipe (Chile) v Guaraní (Paraguay)

Banfield (Argentina) v Vélez Sársfield (Argentina)

Emelec (Ecuador) v Universidad San Martín (Peru)

Cerro Porteño (Paraguay) v Universitario (Bolivia)

Sport Huancayo (Peru) v /Defensor Sporting (Uruguay)

Estudiants de La Plata (Argentina) v Newell’s Old Boys (Argentina)

All ties to be completed by September 23rd

 

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CONMEBOL: Copa Sudamericana 2010 Preview

Posted in South America Football by peterbein on August 3, 2010
Copa Sudamericana

Who will win the Copa Sudamericana in 2010?

South America’s second club competition begins this week with an unusual mixture of first and second round matches taking place throughout the continent. Stoppage Time – International Football Blog tries to make sense of it all:

The Copa Sudamericana is now firmly established as an important part of South America’s footballing calendar and has reached its ninth year having started in 2002. San Lorenzo were the inaugural champions of the event beating Colombia’s Atlético Nacional and pathed the way for Argentinian clubs to dominate proceedings with all but two of the eight finals so far featuring Argentinian teams. For every season since the tournament’s inception the traditional giants of River Plate and Boca Juniors, who are the competition’s most successful team winning back-to-back titles in 2004 and 2005, had been invited to play but have been denied automatic entry from 2010 and must qualify on merit like everyone else (sadly neither of them qualified this time around). The competition has been further enhanced this year by the reward of a place in the 2011 Copa Libertadores (South American Champions League) for the winning team, something which UEFA has been reluctant to do with its secondary club competition, the Europa League. As ever in this tournament each round is played over two legs with a limited first round and a bigger second round with many of the entrants in the latter not having to play in the former due to qualification rules.

This year’s tournament kicks off tonight in Paraguay where Olimpia Asuncion, South American champions as recently as 2002, plays against Defensor Sporting of Uruguay who reached the quarter-finals of this competition in 2007. Four more games are played this week with two all-Brazilian ties featuring prominently. Atlético Mineiro play against Grêmio Prudente on Wednesday whilst the more famous Grêmio from Porto Alegre will meet Goiás on Thursday, both matches being second round match-ups. Two matches not featuring Brazilian clubs see Trujillanos FC from Venezuela face off against Colombians Atlético Huila, who are playing in their maiden Sudamericana, whilst Peruvians Universidad San Martín, who failed to make it past the first round in their only previous appearance in 2006, play against Deportivo Quito of Ecuador in the first round.

Speaking of Ecuadorians one may be wondering where defending Sudamericana champions LDU Quito feature in this year’s tournament. The answer is that LDU, the only club to have won the trophy featuring in this year’s competition, have been given a bye into the Round of 16 stage where they will meet any from Unión San Felipe (Chile), River Plate (Uruguay) or Guaraní (Paraguay) – the Chileans waiting to see which of the other two they will meet in the second stage. The only other question to be answered is who will be Chile’s third representative in the tournament after Colo-Colo and Unión San Felipe? This has yet to be decided but the answer will be known on August 18th after a two-leg play-off between Universidad de Chile and Municipal Iquique has been completed, the winner of which meets Bolivia’s Oriente Petrolero in the first round.

All in all the composition of the tournament involves thirty nine teams from ten countries. Some of the teams may also have played in this year’s Copa Libertadores tournament as well (e.g. Estudiantes de La Plata, Colo-Colo) as some countries may have qualification criteria which allows this to happen whilst some, the most obvious example being Brazil, do not allow this dual-competition participation to occur. Below is the full draw for the first and second rounds of this year’s tournament:

COPA SUDAMERICANA 2010 – FIRST ROUND DRAW

Colo-Colo (Chile) v Universitario (Bolivia)

River Plate (Uruguay) v Guaraní (Paraguay)

Barcelona (Ecuador) v U. Cesar Vallejo (Peru)

Trujillanos (Venezuela) v Atlético Huila (Colombia)

Oriente Petrolero (Bolivia) v Universidad de Chile/Municipal Iquique (Chile Play-Off)

Olimpia (Paraguay) v Defensor Sporting (Uruguay)

U.San Martín (Peru) v Deportivo Quito (Ecuador)

Santa Fe (Colombia) v Deportivo Lara (Venezuela)

COPA SUDAMERICANA 2010 – SECOND ROUND DRAW

San José (Bol) v Trujillanos/Atlético Huila

Argentinos Juniors (Arg) v Independiente (Arg)

Peñarol (Uru) v Barcelona/U. Cesar Vallejo

Palmeiras (Bra) v Vitória (Bra)

Caracas FC (Ven) v Santa Fe/Deportivo Lara

Avaí FC (Bra) v Santos FC (Bra)

Deportes Tolima (Col) v Oriente Petrolero/Universidad de Chile/Municipal Iquique

Unión San Felipe (Chi) v River Plate/Guaraní

Banfield (Arg) v Vélez Sársfield (Arg)

Emelec (Ecu) v U.San Martín/Deportivo Quito

Atlético Mineiro (Bra) v Grêmio Prudente (Bra)

Cerro Porteño (Par) v Colo-Colo/Universitario

Grêmio (Bra) v Goiás FC (Bra)

Sport Huancayo (Per) v Olimpia/Defensor Sporting

Estudiantes de La Plata (Arg) v Newell’s Old Boys (Arg)

WATCH HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2009 COPA SUDAMERICANA FINAL, 1ST LEG HERE:

WATCH HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2009 COPA SUDAMERICANA FINAL, 2ND LEG HERE:

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