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WHAT IS COPA SUDAMERICANA?
The Copa Sudamericana is officially known as the CONMEBOL Sudamericana. This is an international club football tournament for clubs in South America organized by CONMEBOL (the South American Football Confederation) since 2002. Between 2004 and 2008, the competition was joined with some CONCACAF teams as invitees.
The CONMEBOL Sudamericana is the second-most prestigious club competition in the South American region, which is ranked under the Copa Libertadores. The winners of the competition have a ticket to participate in the Recopa Sudamericana. Besides, they gain entry onto the next season of the Copa Libertadores and also compete in the J.League Cup or the Copa Sudamericana Championship.
HOW IS THE HISTORY OF THE COPA SUDAMERICANA?
- The former version of the Copa Sudamericana was the Copa CONMEBOL, which was founded in 1992. The competition was for South American clubs that were not eligible for the Copa Libertadores and Supercopa Sudamericana. The tournament was then disbanded in 1999.
- The Copa Merconorte and Copa Mercosur were considered the replacements of the Copa CONMEBOL. Those competitions also lasted in only some years from 1998 to 2001.
- In 2002, the Copa Sudamericana was introduced as a single-elimination tournament. San Lorenzo were the first champions of the competition.
HOW IS THE FORMAT OF THE COPA SUDAMERICANA?
The former format of the tournament until 2016 featured 47 teams in a knockout game.
From 2017, the competition’s format was basically changed:
The number of participating teams increased to 54 teams.
- There were 44 teams directly entering the first stage of the Copa Sudamericana.
- A total of 10 teams eliminated from the Copa Libertadores (two best teams eliminated in the third stage of qualifying and eight third-placed teams in the group stage) would be exchanged to the Copa Sudamericana to enter the competition in the second stage.
- The schedule of the tournament starts in February and finishes in December.
- The Copa Sudamericana champions would no longer directly qualify for the next edition. Instead, they would directly qualify for the group stage of the Copa Libertadores.
- Brazil would be allocated six berths, decreased from eight.
Since the 2020 season, CONMEBOL’s Council have agreed to the implementation of format changes to the Copa Sudamericana.
- The tournament will be expanded from 54 to 56 teams. All four Copa Libertadores third stage losers will enter the competition instead of the two best teams eliminated as before.
- Teams in the first stage except for Argentina and Brazil will play in double-legged ties. Winners will be eligible for a 32-team group stage, ensuring that at least two teams from every association will join the group stage.
- The members of the group stage will include Argentina, Brazil, the four teams eliminated in the Copa Libertadores third stage, and the 16 first stage winners.
- The best team of each group will qualify for the Round of 16. The eight third-ranked teams of the Copa Libertadores group stage will also enter in this round.
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The format and schedule of the 2021 Copa Sudamericana
44 teams from the 10 CONMEBOL associations will qualify for the competition
- Argentina and Brazil: 6 berths each
- All other associations: 4 berths each
Teams are determined as below:
- Group stage: 12 clubs (teams from Argentina and Brazil)
- First stage: 32 clubs (teams from all other associations)
PRIZE AND TROPHY OF THE COPA SUDAMERICANA
The winners of the competition will be awarded the trophy of the competition. Its name is the Copa Sudamericana or la Sudamericana.
According to the rule of the competition,
- Clubs get $400,000 for qualifying for the competition.
- Each team earns $90,000 per home match
- The winners of the tournament will receive $500,000 at the end of the season.
Copa Sudamericana trophy
TOP PERFORMANCES BY NATION IN THE COPA SUDAMERICANA
We can see in the below Copa Sudamericana table of the best nations, Argentina clubs have the most victories with nine times getting the champion title. Brazil teams ranked second with 4 titles, and Ecuador teams ranked the third position with 2 titles.
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