List of top-division football clubs in CONMEBOL countries

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A map of the world. With a few exceptions, each colour corresponds to a continent. The green area, marked "CONMEBOL", covers most of South America.
  CONMEBOL countries on this map of the world's six football confederations

The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) is the administrative and controlling body for association football in most of South America. It consists of 10 member associations, each of which is responsible for governing football in their respective countries.[1] It includes all countries and territories within South America, with the exceptions of Guyana, French Guiana, Suriname, which are part of CONCACAF, and the disputed British and Argentine territory of the Falkland Islands, which is not a member of any confederation.[1] Each CONMEBOL member has its own football league system.[2] Clubs playing in each top-level league compete for the title as the country's club champion. Clubs also compete in the league and national cup competitions (if applicable) for places in the following season's CONMEBOL club competitions, the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana. Due to promotion and relegation, the clubs playing in the top-level league are different every season.

Club name Club finished the previous season as the league champion.
Club name Club won the most recent Apertura championship.
Club name Club won the most recent Clausura championship.
Club name Club won the most recent Apertura and Clausura championships.

For clubs playing at lower divisions, see the separate articles linked to in the relevant sections.

Argentina[edit]

The Primera División is the top level of Argentine football league, and is organized by the Argentine Football Association. Founded in 1893, it is currently composed of 20 teams. The professional era started in 1931 when professionalism was instituted. Teams from Argentina have won the most international titles with a tally of 61, which includes 22 Copa Libertadores.[3] Currently, the league is regarded as one of the strongest leagues in the world.[4]

As of 2014 season:[5]

Club City
Arsenal de Sarandí Sarandí
Atlético Rafaela Rafaela
Banfield Banfield
Belgrano Córdoba
Boca Juniors Buenos Aires
Defensa y Justicia Florencio Varela
Estudiantes (LP) La Plata
Gimnasia (LP) La Plata
Godoy Cruz Godoy Cruz
Independiente Avellaneda
Lanús Lanús
Newell's Old Boys Rosario
Olimpo Bahía Blanca
Quilmes Quilmes
Racing Avellaneda
River Plate Buenos Aires
Rosario Central Rosario
San Lorenzo Buenos Aires
Tigre Victoria
Vélez Sársfield Buenos Aires

Bolivia[edit]

Bolivia's first division, the Liga de Fútbol Profesional Boliviano, started in 1977, though football had been played in Bolivia since the early 1900s, specially in La Paz and Oruro.[6]

As of the 2011 season:[7]

Club City
Aurora Cochabamba
Blooming Santa Cruz
Bolívar La Paz
Guabirá Montero
La Paz La Paz
Nacional Potosí Potosí
Oriente Petrolero Santa Cruz
Real Mamoré Trinidad
Real Potosí Potosí
San José Oruro
The Strongest La Paz
Universitario Sucre

Brazil[edit]

The Campeonato Brasileiro was created in 1959 using the structure of Torneio Roberto Gomes Pedrosa.[8] The system used until 1987 was similar to FIFA World Cup, Copa Libertadores or UEFA Champions League: the best clubs of each State Championship were separated in several small groups. Then the best of each group played the play-offs. But every year some aspects of format, number of entrants and rules changed.[9]

As of 2014 season:

Three-time FIFA World Cup winners Mário Zagallo and Pelé both spent the majority of their careers in Brazil.
Club City
Atlético Mineiro Belo Horizonte
Atlético Paranaense Curitiba
Bahia Salvador
Botafogo Rio de Janeiro
Chapecoense Chapecó
Corinthians São Paulo
Coritiba Curitiba
Criciúma Criciúma
Cruzeiro Belo Horizonte
Figueirense Florianópolis
Flamengo Rio de Janeiro
Fluminense Rio de Janeiro
Goiás Goiânia
Grêmio Porto Alegre
Internacional Porto Alegre
Palmeiras São Paulo
Santos Santos
São Paulo São Paulo
Sport Recife
Vitória Salvador

Chile[edit]

The Primera División del Fútbol Profesional Chileno was founded on January 24, 1926, and is currently ranked 14th in the IFFHS Best Leagues of the World ranking.[10] In 2010, the league is also known as Campeonato Nacional Petrobras.

As of the 2013 season:[11]

Club City
Audax Italiano Santiago
Cobreloa Calama
Cobresal El Salvador
Colo-Colo Santiago
Deportes Antofagasta Antofagasta
Deportes Iquique Iquique
Everton Viña del Mar
Huachipato Talcahuano
Ñublense Chillán
O'Higgins Rancagua
Palestino Santiago
Rangers Talca
San Marcos de Arica Arica
Santiago Wanderers Valparaíso
Unión Española Santiago
Unión La Calera La Calera
Universidad Católica Santiago
Universidad de Chile Santiago

Colombia[edit]

The Categoría Primera A has been in existence since 1948. As of 2010, soft drink company Postobón will sponsor the league for the next five years and the league will be called Liga Postobon.[12] The league is rated 21st in the world according to IFFHS.[13]

As of 2014 season:[14]
Club City
Alianza Petrolera Yopal
Atlético Huila Neiva
Atlético Nacional Medellín
Boyacá Chicó Tunja
Deportes Tolima Ibagué
Deportivo Cali Cali
Deportivo Pasto Pasto
Envigado Envigado
Equidad Bogotá
Fortaleza Zipaquirá
Independiente Medellín Medellín
Itagüí Itagüí
Junior Barranquilla
Millonarios Bogotá
Once Caldas Manizales
Patriotas Tunja
Santa Fe Bogotá
Uniautónoma Sabanalarga, Atlántico

Ecuador[edit]

The Serie A has its roots in the national championship between the top teams of Ecuador's two regional leagues. Since the first tournament in 1957, a national champion has been crowned 51 times on a yearly basis (except 1958 & 1959), and twice in 2005.[15] The current format is new for the 2010 season and consists of three stages.[16][17]

As of the 2011 season:[18]

LDU Quito in 1930.
Club City
Barcelona Guayaquil
Deportivo Cuenca Cuenca
Deportivo Quito Quito
El Nacional Quito
Emelec Guayaquil
ESPOLI Quito
Imbabura Ibarra
Independiente José Terán Sangolquí
LDU Loja Loja
LDU Quito Quito
Manta Manta
Olmedo Riobamba

Paraguay[edit]

Liga Paraguaya's first game was played in 1906.[19] It joined CONMEBOL in 1921, and FIFA in 1925. The professional era of the competition in the Liga started in 1941. During the 1990s, the FA changed its denomination from Liga Paraguaya del Futbol to Asociacion Paraguaya de Futbol. Currently, the league is regarded as one of the top 10 national competitions in the world.[20][21]

As of the 2011 season:[22]

Club City
3 de Febrero Ciudad del Este
Cerro Porteño Asunción
General Caballero Asunción
Guaraní Asunción
Independiente Asunción
Libertad Asunción
Nacional Asunción
Olimpia Asunción
Rubio Ñú Asunción
Sol de América Villa Elisa
Sportivo Luqueño Luque
Tacuary Asunción

Peru[edit]

The Liga Peruana de Football (Peruvian Football League) was first founded in 1912 and organized the Primera División, as well as the Segunda División, until 1921. Due to disagreements in the organization of the Liga Peruana de Football, the Peruvian Football Federation was founded in 1922 and organized its first league in 1926. In 1941 the Asociación No Amateur took the stand as the league's organizer and renamed the league Campeonato de Selección y Competencia.[23][24]

As of 2014 season:[25]

Club City
Alianza Lima Lima
Cienciano Cusco
Cobresol Moquegua
Inti Gas Ayacucho
José Gálvez Chimbote
Juan Aurich Chiclayo
León de Huánuco Huánuco
Melgar Arequipa
Real Garcilaso Cusco
Sport Boys Callao
Sport Huancayo Huancayo
Sporting Cristal Lima
Unión Comercio Nueva Cajamarca
Universidad César Vallejo Trujillo
Universidad San Martín Lima
Universitario Lima

Uruguay[edit]

Liga Profesional de Primera División, the top-flight professional football league in Uruguay, was founded in 1900 and is currently contested by 16 teams. As of 2010 the European calendar style remains,but before the beginning of each season there have been talks and votations to change it back to a year calendar, with no positive results so far.[26]

As of 2010–11 season:[27]

Club City
Bella Vista Montevideo
Central Español Montevideo
Cerro Montevideo
Danubio Montevideo
Defensor Sporting Montevideo
El Tanque Sisley Montevideo
Fénix Montevideo
Liverpool Montevideo
Miramar Misiones Montevideo
Montevideo Wanderers Montevideo
Nacional Montevideo
Peñarol Montevideo
Racing Montevideo
Rampla Juniors Montevideo
River Plate Montevideo
Tacuarembó Tacuarembó

Venezuela[edit]

The Primera División was created in 1921 and turned professional in 1957. The 2010–11 season consists of 18 clubs. Currently, the league is rated 41st in the world by IFFHS.[28]

As of 2010–11 season:[29]

Club City
Aragua Aragua
Atlético El Vigía El Vigía
Atlético Venezuela Maiquetía
Carabobo Carabobo
Caracas Caracas
Caroní Ciudad Guayana
Deportivo Anzoátegui Puerto La Cruz
Deportivo Lara Barquisimeto
Deportivo Petare Caracas
Deportivo Táchira San Cristóbal
Estudiantes de Mérida Mérida
Mineros de Guayana Ciudad Guayana
Monagas Maturín
Real Esppor Caracas
Trujillanos Valera
Yaracuyanos San Felipe
Zamora Barinas
Zulia Maracaibo

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Liechtenstein making strides" (in Spanish). Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol. Retrieved 13 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "Lista de títulos internacionales oficiales a nivel clubes de la AFA" (in Spanish). Asociación del Fútbol Argentino. 
  4. ^ IFFHS (5 January 2010). "La Mejor Liga de Fútbol del Mundo 2009" (in Spanish). Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Programación del Torneo IVECO del Bicentenario Apertura 2010" (in Spanish). Asociación del Fútbol Argentino. 
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  8. ^ "Quem é o maior Campeão Brasileiro? date=" (in Portuguese). 
  9. ^ Revista Placar Guia do Brasileirão 2008 e 2009
  10. ^ IFFHS
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  12. ^ Soccernet (5 January 2010). "Postobón sponsored". 
  13. ^ IFFHS (24 September 2013). "La Mejor Liga de Fútbol del Mundo 2012". 
  14. ^ "Liga Postobón" (in Spanish). Categoría Primera A. 
  15. ^ Futbolizados Ecuador (18 March 2010). "Campeonato Ecuatoriano se llamará Copa CREDIFE hasta 2014". futbolizados.com. 
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  23. ^ "Campeones del Futbol Peruano Primera Division". FPF. Retrieved 27 August 2009. 
  24. ^ "La Asociación". ADFP. Retrieved 27 August 2009. Los campeonatos organizados por la Federación Peruana de Fútbol, en plena era amateur, tuvieron vigencia hasta 1940, en que se crea la ANA (Asociación No Amateur) y cuya existencia alcanzó 10 años. 
  25. ^ "Torneos – Clubes Profesionales (Primera División)" [Tournaments – Professional Clubs (Primera División)] (in Spanish). Retrieved June 3, 2010. 
  26. ^ Terra/AFP (18/08/09) «Fútbol uruguayo inicia con cambios la temporada 2009–2010». Consultado el 18 de agosto de 2009.
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  29. ^ "CLASIFICACION TORNEO APERTURA 2010" (in Spanish). Venezuelan Primera División. 

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