Copa Sudamericana

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Copa Sudamericana
Full name Copa Total Sudamericana
Association CONMEBOL
First edition 2002
Teams 39
Game mode Knockout system
Title holder EcuadorEcuador Independiente del Valle (1st title)
Record winner ArgentinaArgentina Boca Juniors CA Independiente (2 wins)
Record player ?
Record scorer Eduardo Vargas (11 goals)
Current season 2020
Qualification for Recopa Sudamericana
Copa Libertadores
Copa Suruga Bank

The Copa Sudamericana , Portuguese Copa Sul-Americana , is a South American football competition for club teams. The Copa Sudamericana, organized by CONMEBOL , is the second most important competition in South American club football after the Copa Libertadores , comparable to the UEFA Europa League in European football. The qualification is regulated differently in the individual South American countries. Often the masters of Apertura are allowed to start in the respective countries, whereas for the qualification for Copa Libertadores there is usually a separation between the masters of Apertura and Clausura. Apart from the higher status of the Copa Libertadores, which has been held since 1960 and whose winners are allowed to travel to the FIFA Club World Cup , the Copa Sudamericana is not inferior to its older counterpart in sporting terms. Rather, it was introduced to fill the second half of the year with a cross-border tournament because the Copa Libertadores, which began in January, ended in July at the latest.

In contrast, the Copa Sudamericana was held between September and December. This means that what is already common practice in most Latin American countries takes place on a continental level : the separate summer and winter tournament, called Apertura and Clausura (or vice versa). Like the Copa Libertadores, the Copa Sudamericana also has a sponsor name . The car manufacturer Nissan supported the competition from 2003 to 2010, which during this period also operated under the name Copa Nissan Sudamericana . In 2011 and 2012 it was the tire manufacturer Bridgestone . With the 2013 raffle, the mineral oil company Total is now acting as sponsor and namesake.

The winners of the Copa Sudamericana play the following year against the winners of the Copa Libertadores for the Recopa Sudamericana , the South American counterpart to the UEFA Super Cup and have been guaranteed a starting place in the following Copa Libertadores since 2010, unless they already meet the respective national criteria qualified. In addition, he also competes the following year against the winner of the Japanese league cup for the Copa Suruga Bank .

Copa Sudamericana winner
2002 CA San Lorenzo de Almagro
2003 Club Sportivo Cienciano
2004 Boca Juniors
2005 Boca Juniors
2006 CF Pachuca
2007 Arsenal de Sarandí
2008 Internacional Porto Alegre
2009 LDU Quito
2010 CA Independiente
2011 CF Universidad de Chile
2012 Sao Paulo FC
2013 CA Lanus
2014 River Plate
2015 Independiente Santa Fe
2016 Chapecoense
2017 CA Independiente
2018 Athletico Paranaense
2019 Independiente del Valle


The Copa Sudamericana was introduced in 2002 as the successor to the Copa Mercosur and the Copa Merconorte and the Copa Conmebol , which was held until 1999 . From 2003, Brazilian teams also played in the competition after not taking part in the first year due to scheduling conflicts with the national championship.

From 2005 to 2008, CONCACAF clubs were also invited (the second place in the CONCACAF Champions' Cup and the two champions of the Mexican Primera División ).

DC United from Major League Soccer took part in 2005, making it the first US club to play in a major South American competition.

Until 2016, the competition was held in the second half of the year, while the first was the Copa Libertadores . For 2017, the South American Football Association decided to reform both competitions. Both competitions will be held year-round in the future. The Copa Libertadores is expected to start in late January and early February and the Copa Sudamericana in March. Both should end in December. The reform means that 54 clubs will compete in the Copa Sudamericana instead of 47. They consist of 44 qualifiers from ten nations plus ten teams from the qualifying phase of the Copa Libertadores (eight third-placed teams and the two best teams from the qualifying phase).


The following mode currently applies. Each round is played in the knockout system with return legs. In the event of a tie for points and goals , the away goal rule applies ; until 2007 also in the final. If the number of goals scored away from home is the same, a penalty shoot-out follows immediately after the second leg . Since 2008, the away goals rule no longer applies in the final. If there is a tie on the two legs, there is extra time and then a penalty shoot-out. In 2019, the final was played for the first time in one game on a neutral pitch.

Until 2009, all associations except Argentina and Brazil had two places in the competition. As of 2010, this number has increased to three. The Argentinian and Brazilian associations are allowed to send six and eight clubs respectively to make the competition more attractive. For this reason, the two top Argentine teams Boca Juniors and River Plate were automatically invited until 2009 . In the future, they will have to qualify like everyone else. The defending champion starts in addition to the respective contingent and is automatically qualified for the round of 16.


by clubs
rank club title Year (s)
1 CA Boca Juniors.svg Boca Juniors 2 2004, 2005
Escudo del Club Atlético Independiente.svg CA Independiente 2 2010, 2017
3 San Lorenzo de Almagro.svg Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro 1 2002
CS Cienciano.svg Club Sportivo Cienciano 1 2003
CF Pachuca.svg CF Pachuca 1 2006
Arsenal de Sarandí.svg Arsenal de Sarandí 1 2007
Internacional.svg Internacional Porto Alegre 1 2008
Liga Deportiva Universitaria de Quito 4.png LDU Quito 1 2009
Club Universidad de Chile.svg CF Universidad de Chile 1 2011
Brasao do Sao Paulo Futebol Clube.svg Sao Paulo FC 1 2012
CA Lanús.svg CA Lanus 1 2013
CA River Plate.svg River Plate 1 2014
SantaFeCD.svg Independiente Santa Fe 1 2015
Símbolo Chapecoense sem estrelas.svg Chapecoense 1 2016
CAParanaense.svg Athletico Paranaense 1 2018
Coats of arms of None.svg Independiente del Valle 1 2019
by country
rank country title
1 ArgentinaArgentina Argentina 8th
2 BrazilBrazil Brazil 4th
3 EcuadorEcuador Ecuador 2
4th ChileChile Chile 1
ColombiaColombia Colombia 1
MexicoMexico Mexico 1
PeruPeru Peru 1

Logo history

2002 2003 to 2010 2011 and 2012 2013 to 2016
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See also

Individual evidence

  1. a b Christian Piarowski: The Forgotten Cup. In: 11 friends . December 6, 2009, accessed December 8, 2009 .

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