The long road toward the Copa Libertadores group stage begins this week, with teams from Paraguay, Uruguay, and Bolivia beginning their campaigns.
In such an overcrowded calendar, it is hardly a surprise that the Copa Libertadores has been won by Palmeiras: a team with a risk-free approach.
A goal eight minutes into stoppage time won Palmeiras the Copa Libertadores on Saturday as a Breno Lopes header earned a 1-0 win over Santos.
First Pele, then Robinho and then Neymar. The Copa Libertadores has given successive generations of Santos wonderkids a platform to shine.
Santos raced out the gate and knocked off Boca Juniors to set up an all-Brazilian Copa Libertadores final against Palmeiras.
Santos set up an all-Brazilian final in this season's Copa Libertadores when they defeated Boca Juniors to set up a final against Palmeiras.
Down 3-0 on aggregate, River Plate nearly staged a historic Copa Libertadores comeback against Palmeiras -- but fell at the final hurdle.
River Plate beat Palmeiras 2-0 in the second leg of the Copa Libertadores semifinal but it was not enough to overturn a 3-0 loss from the first leg.
River Plate first the first leg of their Copa Libertadores semifinal 3-0 at Palmeiras, but don't rule out an epic comeback from the Argentine side.
Brazilian club Santos have said their team bus was stoned after their draw with Boca Juniors in the first leg of the Copa Libertadores semifinal.
Santos and Boca Juniors played to a tense first-leg draw that lacked the expected flair of the anticipated 'Pele vs. Maradona' matchup.
Ahead of Tuesday, there were doubts over whether River Plate could handle the pace, talent and aerial prowess of Palmeiras' attack. They couldn't.
Can Boca first get past Santos -- Pele's old club -- to possibly then gain revenge on River Plate, all while paying tribute to Diego Maradona?
Boca Juniors can still dream of winning the Copa Libertadores to honour the memory of Diego Maradona now that they have reached the semifinals.
If Boca Juniors can overtake Racing, it sets up a mighty Copa Libertadores semifinal -- the Boca of Diego Maradona against the Santos of Pele.
Brazilian and Argentine clubs are dominating the Copa Libertadores, reflecting the oligopoly of European football in the Champions League.
Boca's Copa dream remains intact after tense penalty shootout.
Fate ensured that Carlos Tevez would score last week against Inter. But before planning a fairytale, Boca must finish off the wounded Brazilians.
Reigning champions Flamengo have been knocked out of the Copa Libertadores because of an issue in defence that has plagued them all year.
The emotion engendered by Diego Maradona's death will now have to be channeled in Argentina, and one outlet could well be Boca's Copa campaign.
The last-16 of South America's club competition begins with last year's finalists Flamengo and River in the field and the coronavirus looming large.
It was a night to remember for Jorge Wilstermann, who reached the last 16. Libertad also went through, but in less glorious fashion.
Three into two don't go, and that's that River Plate and Sao Paulo are about to discover as the Copa Libertadores group stage moves toward climax.
Flamengo's game vs. Palmeiras cast an unforgiving light on the problems of organising football in the time of the coronavirus pandemic.
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