Copa Sudamericana

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CONMEBOL Sudamericana
CONMEBOL Sudamericana logo (2017).svg
Current Copa Sudamericana official logo, in use since 2017
Founded2002;19 years ago (2002)
RegionSouth America (CONMEBOL)
Number of teams47 (from 10 associations)
Qualifier for Recopa Sudamericana
Suruga Bank Championship
Related competitions Copa Libertadores
Current champions Flag of Argentina.svg Defensa y Justicia
(1st title)
Most successful club(s) Flag of Argentina.svg Boca Juniors
Flag of Argentina.svg Independiente
(2 titles each)
Television broadcasters List of broadcasters
Website Official website
Soccerball current event.svg 2021 Copa Sudamericana

The CONMEBOL Sudamericana, named as Copa Sudamericana (Spanish pronunciation:  [ˈkopa suðameɾiˈkana] ; Portuguese : Copa Sul-Americana [ˈkɔpɐ ˈsulɐmeɾiˈkɐnɐ] ), is an annual international club football competition organized by CONMEBOL since 2002. [1] It is the second-most prestigious club competition in South American football. CONCACAF clubs were invited between 2004 and 2008. [2] The CONMEBOL Sudamericana began in 2002, replacing the separate competitions Copa Merconorte and Copa Mercosur (that had replaced Copa CONMEBOL) by a single competition. [1] [2] Since its introduction, the competition has been a pure elimination tournament with the number of rounds and teams varying from year to year.


The CONMEBOL Sudamericana is considered a merger of defunct tournaments such as the Copa CONMEBOL, Copa Mercosur and Copa Merconorte. [3] [4] [5] [6] The winner of the Copa Sudamericana becomes eligible to play in the Recopa Sudamericana. [7] They gain entry onto the next edition of the Copa Libertadores, South America's premier club competition, and also contest the J.League Cup / Copa Sudamericana Championship.

The reigning champion of the competition is Argentine club Defensa y Justicia, who defeated fellow Argentine club Lanús in the most recent final.

Argentine clubs have accumulated the most victories with nine while containing the largest number of different winning teams, with a total of seven clubs having won the title. The cup has been won by 17 different clubs. Argentine clubs Boca Juniors and Independiente are the most successful clubs in the cup's history, having won the tournament twice, with Boca Juniors being the only one to achieve it back-to-back, in 2004 and 2005.


Boca Juniors and Independiente are currently the most successful clubs with two titles each Boca Juniors vs. Pumas.jpg
Boca Juniors and Independiente are currently the most successful clubs with two titles each

In 1992, the Copa CONMEBOL was an international football tournament created for South American clubs that did not qualify for the Copa Libertadores and Supercopa Sudamericana. [8] This tournament was discontinued in 1999 and replaced by the Copa Merconorte and Copa Mercosur. These tournaments started in 1998 but were discontinued in 2001. [9] [10] A Pan-American club cup competition was intended, under the name of Copa Pan-Americana, but instead, the Copa Sudamericana was introduced in 2002 as a single-elimination tournament with the reigning Copa Mercosur champion, San Lorenzo. [11]


Until 2016 the tournament comprised 47 teams in a knockout format, with the Argentine and Brazilian teams getting byes to the second round and the defending champions entering the competition in the round of 16. [12] Starting from the 2017 edition, the tournament implemented the following format changes: [13] [14] [15] [16]


The tournament shares its name with the trophy, also called the Copa Sudamericana or simply la Sudamericana, which is awarded to the Copa Sudamericana winner. [18]

La Otra Mitad de La Gloria

La Otra Mitad de La Gloria (The other half of glory) is a promotional Spanish phrase used in the context of winning or attempting on winning the Copa Sudamericana. [19] It is a term widely used by Spanish-speaking media. The tournament itself has become highly regarded among its participants since its inception. In 2004, Cienciano's conquest of the trophy ignited a party across Peru. [20] The Mexican football federation regards Pachuca's victory in 2006 as the most important title won by any Mexican club. [21]


Like the Copa Libertadores, the Copa Sudamericana was sponsored by a group of multinational corporations. Like the premier South American club football tournament forementioned, the competition used a single, main sponsor. The first major sponsor was Nissan Motors, who signed an 8-year contract with CONMEBOL in 2003. [ citation needed ]

However, the competition has had many secondary sponsors that invest in the tournament as well. Many of these sponsors are nationally based but have expanded to other nations. Nike supplies the official match ball, as they do for all other CONMEBOL competitions. [22] Embratel, a brand of Telmex, is the only telecommunications sponsor of the tournament. [23] Individual clubs may wear jerseys with advertising, even if such sponsors conflict with those of the Copa Sudamericana. [24]

Prize money

Clubs in the Copa Sudamericana receive $400,000 for qualifying for the competition. Afterwards, each club earns $90,000 per home match. [25] That amount is derived from television rights and stadium advertising. [25] In addition, CONMEBOL pays $500,000 to the winners. [25]

Media coverage

Starting 2019 season, DirecTV (Latin America, exclude Brazil) and DAZN (Brazil) broadcast the Copa and Recopa Sudamericana coverage until 2022 from the previous broadcaster, Fox Sports (Latin America) and the CONMEBOL Libertadores-Sudamericana broadcast package are separate. [26] [27] RedeTV! (Brazil) will also broadcast the tournament. [28]

Records and statistics

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Claudio Morel Rodríguez has won a record three Copa Sudamericana medals.

Claudio Morel Rodríguez is the only player to have won three Copa Sudamericana winners' medals. [29]

As of the end of the 2014 tournament, LDU Quito and São Paulo have played most games in the tournament (50). [30]


Performance in the Copa Sudamericana by club
ClubTitlesRunners-upSeasons wonSeasons runner-up
Flag of Argentina.svg Boca Juniors 2 2004, 2005
Flag of Argentina.svg Independiente 2 2010, 2017
Flag of Ecuador.svg LDU Quito 11 2009 2011
Flag of Argentina.svg Lanús 11 2013 2020
Flag of Argentina.svg River Plate 11 2014 2003
Flag of Argentina.svg San Lorenzo 1 2002
Flag of Peru (state).svg Cienciano 1 2003
Flag of Mexico.svg Pachuca 1 2006
Flag of Argentina.svg Arsenal 1 2007
Flag of Brazil.svg Internacional 1 2008
Flag of Chile.svg Universidad de Chile 1 2011
Flag of Brazil.svg São Paulo 1 2012
Flag of Colombia.svg Santa Fe 1 2015
Flag of Brazil.svg Chapecoense 1 2016
Flag of Brazil.svg Athletico Paranaense 1 2018
Flag of Ecuador.svg Independiente del Valle 1 2019
Flag of Argentina.svg Defensa y Justicia 1 2020
Flag of Colombia.svg Atlético Nacional 03
2002, 2014, 2016
Flag of Bolivia.svg Bolívar 01
Flag of Mexico.svg UNAM 01
Flag of Chile.svg Colo-Colo 01
Flag of Mexico.svg América 01
Flag of Argentina.svg Estudiantes 01
Flag of Brazil.svg Fluminense 01
Flag of Brazil.svg Goiás 01
Flag of Argentina.svg Tigre 01
Flag of Brazil.svg Ponte Preta 01
Flag of Argentina.svg Huracán 01
Flag of Brazil.svg Flamengo 01
Flag of Colombia.svg Junior 01
Flag of Argentina.svg Colón 01

Performances by nation

Performances in finals by nation
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 9615
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 448
Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador 213
Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 145
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 123
Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 112
Flag of Peru.svg  Peru 101
Flag of Bolivia.svg  Bolivia 011

Source: [31]

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