2002 Copa Sudamericana

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2002 Copa Sudamericana
2002 Copa Sudamericana de Clubes
Tournament details
Dates August 28 - December 11
Teams 21 (from 9 associations)
Final positions
Champions Argentina San Lorenzo (1st title)
Runners-up Colombia Atlético Nacional
Tournament statistics
Matches played 40
Goals scored 98 (2.45 per match)
Top scorer(s) Argentina Rodrigo Astudillo (4)
Bolivia Gonzalo Galindo (4)
Cameroon Pierre Webó (4)
2003

The 2002 Copa Sudamericana was the inaugural Copa Sudamericana, a club association football tournament organized by CONMEBOL. It took place between August 28 and December 11. After the failure in creating a Pan-American Cup to be played among teams from the entire American continent, CONMEBOL decided to create another tournament bearing the continent's name.[1] Nine association's clubs entered the first competition, with one not sending a representative; Brazilian clubs did not participate due to the late organization of the tournament and schedule conflicts.

The first match of the competition took place between Venezuelan sides Nacional Táchira and Monagas in San Cristóbal, Venezuela. During the match, Carlos Bravo became the first player to score a goal in the competition. Pierre Webó, a player from Cameroon playing for Nacional, became the first non-South American topscorer of any South American tournament. San Lorenzo, invited for being the winners of the 2001 Copa Mercosur, won the competition after thrashing Atlético Nacional 4–0 on aggregate and became the first winners of the Copa Sudamericana.

Qualified teams[edit]

Association Team Qualification method
Argentina Argentina
4 + 1 berths
San Lorenzo 2001 Copa Mercosur champion
Racing (Argentina 1) 2001 Apertura champion
River Plate (Argentina 2) 2002 Clausura champion
Boca Juniors (Argentina 3) Best 2001–02 average among non-champions
Gimnasia y Esgrima (Argentina 4) Second best 2001–02 average among non-champions
Bolivia Bolivia
2 berths
Oriente Petrolero (Bolivia 1) 2001 Liga de Fútbol champion
Bolívar (Bolivia 2) 2001 Liga de Fútbol runner-up
Chile Chile
2 berths
Cobreloa (Chile 1) 2002 Liguilla Pre-Sudamericana winner
Santiago Wanderers (Chile 2) 2002 Liguilla Pre-Sudamericana winner
Colombia Colombia
2 berths
América (Colombia 1) 2002 Apertura champion
Atlético Nacional (Colombia 2) 2002 Apertura runner-up
Ecuador Ecuador
2 berths
Barcelona (Ecuador 1) 2002 First Stage winner
Aucas (Ecuador 2) 2002 First Stage runner-up
Paraguay Paraguay
2 berths
Cerro Porteño (Paraguay 1) 2002 Apertura champion
Libertad (Paraguay 2) 2002 First Stage winner
Peru Peru
2 berths
Universitario (Peru 1) 2002 Apertura champion
Alianza Lima (Peru 2) 2002 Apertura runner-up
Uruguay Uruguay
2 berths
Nacional (Uruguay 1) 2001 Primera División champion
Danubio (Uruguay 2) 2001 Primera División runner-up
Venezuela Venezuela
2 berths
Deportivo Táchira (Venezuela 1) 2002 Clausura champion
Monagas (Venezuela 2) 2002 Clausura runner-up

Preliminary phase[edit]

In the preliminary phase, the two qualified teams of Venezuela faced off. The winner advanced to the first phase to play against the 2001 Copa Mercosur champion, San Lorenzo de Almagro.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Deportivo Táchira Venezuela 0–5 Venezuela Monagas 0–2 0–3

First phase[edit]

The first phase of the tournament was divided into minor stages.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Argentina I Preliminary
Racing Club Argentina 1–0 Argentina River Plate 1–0 0–0
Argentina II Preliminary
Gimnasia y Esgrima Argentina 3–1 Argentina Boca Juniors 3–1 0–0
Uruguay Preliminary
Danubio Uruguay 1–3 Uruguay Nacional 1–1 0–2
Venezuela/Mercosur Champion Preliminary
Monagas Venezuela 1–8 Argentina San Lorenzo 0–3 1–5
Chile Preliminary
Cobreloa Chile 2–4 Chile Santiago Wanderers 0–1 2–3
Peru/Ecuador Preliminary
Aucas Ecuador 1–3 Ecuador Barcelona 1–2 0–1
Alianza Lima Peru 2–0 Peru Universitario 1–0 1–0
Barcelona Ecuador 2–2 (5–6 p) Peru Alianza Lima 1–0 1–2
Paraguay/Bolivia Preliminary
Bolívar Bolivia 4–3 Bolivia Oriente Petrolero 4–2 0–1
Cerro Porteño Paraguay 0–3 Paraguay Libertad 0–1 0–2
Bolívar Bolivia 3–1 Paraguay Libertad 2–0 1–1
Colombia Preliminary
Atlético Nacional Colombia 3–1 Colombia América 1–0 2–1

Final stages[edit]

Teams from the Quarterfinals onwards will be seeded depending on which First Round tie they win (i.e. the winner of Match D1 will have the 1 seed).

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                                 
 Argentina Racing 1 2 3 (3)  
 Argentina San Lorenzo 3 0 3 (4)  
   Argentina San Lorenzo 1 4 5  
   Bolivia Bolívar 2 2 4  
 Argentina Gimnasia y Esgrima 1 2 3
   Bolivia Bolívar 4 0 4  
     Argentina San Lorenzo 4 0 4
   Colombia Atlético Nacional 0 0 0
   Uruguay Nacional 0 3 3  
 Peru Alianza Lima 1 1 2  
 Uruguay Nacional 1 2 3 (3)
   Colombia Atlético Nacional 2 1 3 (5)  
 Chile Santiago Wanderers 1 1 2 (5)
   Colombia Atlético Nacional 2 0 2 (6)  


Quarterfinals[edit]

Eight teams advanced to the quarterfinals from the first round. The first leg of the quarterfinals took place the week of October 1, with the second leg taking place the week of October 30. In each tie, the team with the higher seed will play at home in the second leg.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Alianza Lima Peru 2–3 Uruguay Nacional 1–0 1–3
San Lorenzo Argentina 3–3 (4–3 p) Argentina Racing Club 3–1 0–2
Atlético Nacional Colombia 2–2 (6–5 p) Chile Santiago Wanderers 2–1 0–1
Bolívar Bolivia 4–3 Argentina Gimnasia y Esgrima 4–1 0–2

Semifinals[edit]

The first leg of the semifinals took place the week of November 5, with the second leg taking place the week of November 13.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Bolívar Bolivia 4–5 Argentina San Lorenzo 2–1 2–4
Atlético Nacional Colombia 3–3 (5–3 p) Uruguay Nacional 2–1 1–2

Finals[edit]

In the finals, if the finalists are tied on points after the culmination of the second leg, the winner will be the team who scored the most goals. If they are tied on goals, the game will move onto a penalty shootout if necessary.

November 27, 2002
19:10 (UTC–3)
Atlético Nacional Colombia 0–4 Argentina San Lorenzo
Report Saja Goal 2' (pen.)
Michelini Goal 25'
Romagnoli Goal 52'
Astudillo Goal 67'

December 11, 2002
21:10 (UTC–3)
San Lorenzo Argentina 0–0 Colombia Atlético Nacional
Report

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Copa Sudamericana 2002". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 5 February 2004. Retrieved March 21, 2004. 

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