2020 Copa Libertadores

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2020 Copa Libertadores
Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores 2020
Rio de Janeiro Maracanã Stadium 1.jpg
The Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro will host the final
Tournament details
Dates21 January – 21 November 2020
Teams47 (from 10 associations)
2019
2021

The 2020 Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores will be the 61st edition of the CONMEBOL Libertadores (also referred to as the Copa Libertadores), South America's premier club football tournament organized by CONMEBOL.[1]

On 17 October 2019, CONMEBOL announced that the final will be played at the Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 21 November 2020.[2] The winners of the 2020 Copa Libertadores will qualify for the 2020 FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar, and earn the right to play against the winners of the 2020 Copa Sudamericana in the 2021 Recopa Sudamericana. They will also automatically qualify for the 2021 Copa Libertadores group stage.

In March 2018, the Liga MX President, Enrique Bonilla, said that Liga MX and Major League Soccer (MLS) were open to start talks to have Mexican teams return and MLS teams from Canada and the United States to join if they could agree on terms with the CONMEBOL officials.[3] Teams from Mexico have withdrawn from the Copa Libertadores since 2017, but may return in the future if the issue of schedule conflicts can be solved.[4]

On 21 May 2019, CONMEBOL announced that clubs must pass certain eligibility requirements in order to compete in the 2020 Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana.[5] One of the original requirements was that teams must be in the top division of their member association, but this was removed after many associations stated that they had not adapted the regulations of their qualifying competitions for the 2020 Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana.[6]

Flamengo will be the defending champions.

Teams[edit]

The following 47 teams from the 10 CONMEBOL member associations will qualify for the tournament:[7]

  • Copa Libertadores champions
  • Copa Sudamericana champions
  • Brazil: 7 berths
  • Argentina: 6 berths
  • All other associations: 4 berths each

The entry stage is determined as follows:[7]

  • Group stage: 28 teams
    • Copa Libertadores champions
    • Copa Sudamericana champions
    • Teams which qualified for berths 1–5 from Argentina and Brazil
    • Teams which qualified for berths 1–2 from all other associations
  • Second stage: 13 teams
    • Teams which qualified for berths 6–7 from Brazil
    • Team which qualified for berth 6 from Argentina
    • Teams which qualified for berths 3–4 from Chile and Colombia
    • Teams which qualified for berth 3 from all other associations
  • First stage: 6 teams
    • Teams which qualified for berth 4 from Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela
Association Team (Berth) Entry stage Qualification method
 Argentina
(6 berths)
Racing (Argentina 1) Group stage 2018–19 Superliga Argentina champions[8]
Defensa y Justicia (Argentina 2) 2018–19 Superliga Argentina runners-up[8]
River Plate (Argentina 3) 2018–19 Copa Argentina champions[8]
Tigre (Argentina 4) 2019 Copa de la Superliga champions[8]
Boca Juniors (Argentina 5) 2018–19 Superliga Argentina 3rd place[8]
Atlético Tucumán (Argentina 6) Second stage 2018–19 Superliga Argentina 5th place[8]
 Bolivia
(4 berths)
Bolívar (Bolivia 1) Group stage 2019 Apertura champions[9]
Jorge Wilstermann (Bolivia 2) 2019 Clausura champions[9]
The Strongest (Bolivia 3) Second stage 2019 Primera División aggregate table best team not yet qualified[9]
San José (Bolivia 4) First stage 2019 Primera División aggregate table 2nd best team not yet qualified[9]
 Brazil
(7 + 1 berths)
Flamengo (Brazil 1, Title holders) Group stage 2019 Copa Libertadores and 2019 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A champions[10]
Athletico Paranaense (Brazil 2) 2019 Copa do Brasil champions[10]
Santos (Brazil 3) 2019 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A runners-up[10]
Palmeiras (Brazil 4) 2019 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A 3rd place[10]
Grêmio (Brazil 5) 2019 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A 4th place[10]
São Paulo (Brazil 6) 2019 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A 6th place[10]
Internacional (Brazil 7) Second stage 2019 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A 7th place[10]
Corinthians (Brazil 8) 2019 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A 8th place[10]
 Chile
(4 berths)
Universidad Católica (Chile 1) Group stage 2019 Primera División champions[11]
Colo-Colo (Chile 2) 2019 Primera División runners-up[11]
Palestino (Chile 3) Second stage 2019 Primera División 3rd place[11]
(Chile 4) 2019 Copa Chile champions (or runners-up)[11]
 Colombia
(4 berths)
Junior (Colombia 1) Group stage 2019 Apertura champions[12]
América de Cali (Colombia 2) 2019 Finalización champions[12]
Deportes Tolima (Colombia 3) Second stage 2019 Primera A aggregate table best team not yet qualified[12]
Independiente Medellín (Colombia 4) 2019 Copa Colombia champions[12]
 Ecuador
(4 + 1 berths)
Independiente del Valle (Ecuador 1, Copa Sudamericana) Group stage 2019 Copa Sudamericana champions
Delfín (Ecuador 2) 2019 Serie A champions[13]
LDU Quito (Ecuador 3) 2019 Serie A runners-up[13]
Macará (Ecuador 4) Second stage 2019 Serie A classification table best team not yet qualified[13]
Barcelona (Ecuador 5) First stage 2019 Serie A classification table 2nd best team not yet qualified[13]
 Paraguay
(4 berths)
Olimpia (Paraguay 1) Group stage 2019 Apertura and 2019 Clausura champions
Libertad (Paraguay 2) 2019 Primera División aggregate table best team not yet qualified
Cerro Porteño (Paraguay 3) Second stage 2019 Primera División aggregate table 2nd best team not yet qualified
Guaraní (Paraguay 4) First stage 2019 Primera División aggregate table 3rd best team not yet qualified
 Peru
(4 berths)
Binacional (Peru 1) Group stage 2019 Liga 1 champions[14]
Alianza Lima (Peru 2) 2019 Liga 1 runners-up[14]
Sporting Cristal (Peru 3) Second stage 2019 Liga 1 3rd place[14]
Universitario (Peru 4) First stage 2019 Liga 1 aggregate table best team not yet qualified[14]
 Uruguay
(4 berths)
Nacional (Uruguay 1) Group stage 2019 Primera División champions[15]
Peñarol (Uruguay 2) 2019 Primera División runners-up[15]
Cerro Largo (Uruguay 3) Second stage 2019 Primera División aggregate table best team not yet qualified[15]
Progreso (Uruguay 4) First stage 2019 Primera División aggregate table 2nd best team not yet qualified[15]
 Venezuela
(4 berths)
Caracas (Venezuela 1) Group stage 2019 Primera División champions[16]
Estudiantes de Mérida (Venezuela 2) 2019 Primera División runners-up[16]
Deportivo Táchira (Venezuela 3) Second stage 2019 Primera División aggregate table best team not yet qualified[16]
Carabobo (Venezuela 4) First stage 2019 Primera División aggregate table 2nd best team not yet qualified[16]

Schedule[edit]

The schedule of the competition is as follows.[17][18]

Stage Draw date First leg Second leg
First stage 17 December 2019[19] 21–22 January 2020 28–29 January 2020
Second stage 4–6 February 2020 11–13 February 2020
Third stage 18–20 February 2020 25–27 February 2020
Group stage
  • Matchday 1: 3–5 March 2020
  • Matchday 2: 10–12 March 2020
  • Matchday 3: 17–19 March 2020
  • Matchday 4: 7–9 April 2020
  • Matchday 5: 21–23 April 2020
  • Matchday 6: 5–7 May 2020
Round of 16 13 May 2020 21–23 July 2020 28–30 July 2020
Quarter-finals 18–20 August 2020 25–27 August 2020
Semi-finals 22–24 September 2020 29 September – 1 October 2020
Final 21 November 2020 at Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro

Draws[edit]

Location of teams of the 2020 Copa Libertadores.
Brown pog.svg Brown: Group A; Red pog.svg Red: Group B; Orange pog.svg Orange: Group C;
Yellow pog.svg Yellow: Group D; Green pog.svg Green: Group E; Blue pog.svg Blue: Group F;
Purple pog.svg Purple: Group G; Pink pog.svg Pink: Group H; White pog.svg White: Play-off rounds.

The draw for the qualifying stages and group stage was held on 17 December 2019, 20:30 PYST (UTC−3), at the CONMEBOL Convention Centre in Luque, Paraguay.[20][21][22]

Teams were seeded by their CONMEBOL ranking of the Copa Libertadores as of 15 December 2019 (shown in parentheses), taking into account the following three factors:[23]

  1. Performance in the last 10 years, taking into account Copa Libertadores results in the period 2010–2019
  2. Historical coefficient, taking into account Copa Libertadores results in the period 1960–2009
  3. Local tournament champion, with bonus points awarded to domestic league champions of the last 10 years

For the first stage, the six teams were drawn into three ties (E1–E3), with the teams from Pot 1 hosting the second leg.

First stage draw
Pot 1 Pot 2
Notes
  1. ^ BOL The identity of the team Bolivia 4 was not known at the time of the draw, and was seeded in Pot 2.

For the second stage, the 16 teams were drawn into eight ties (C1–C8), with the teams from Pot 1 hosting the second leg. Teams from the same association could not be drawn into the same tie, excluding the three winners of the first stage, which were allocated to Pot 2 and whose identity was not known at the time of the draw, and could be drawn into the same tie with another team from the same association.

Second stage draw
Pot 1 Pot 2
Notes
  1. ^ BOL The identity of the team Bolivia 3 was not known at the time of the draw, and was seeded in Pot 2.
  2. ^ CHI The identity of the team Chile 4 was not known at the time of the draw, and was seeded in Pot 2.

For the third stage, the eight winners of the second stage were allocated without any draw into the following four ties (G1–G4), with the team in each tie with the higher CONMEBOL ranking hosting the second leg. As their identity was not known at the time of the draw, they could be drawn into the same tie with another team from the same association.

  • Second stage winner C1 vs. Second stage winner C8
  • Second stage winner C2 vs. Second stage winner C7
  • Second stage winner C3 vs. Second stage winner C6
  • Second stage winner C4 vs. Second stage winner C5

For the group stage, the 32 teams were drawn into eight groups (Groups A–H) of four containing a team from each of the four pots. Teams from the same association could not be drawn into the same group, excluding the four winners of the third stage, which were allocated to Pot 4 and whose identity was not known at the time of the draw, and could be drawn into the same group with another team from the same association.

Group stage draw
Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4
Notes
  1. ^ TH The defending Copa Libertadores champions were automatically seeded in Pot 1 and allocated to Group A.
  2. ^ CS The defending Copa Sudamericana champions were automatically seeded in Pot 2.
  3. ^ BOL The identity of the team Bolivia 2 was not known at the time of the draw, and was seeded in Pot 4.

Qualifying stages[edit]

In the qualifying stages, each tie is played on a home-and-away two-legged basis. If tied on aggregate, the away goals rule will be used. If still tied, extra time will not be played, and the penalty shoot-out will be used to determine the winner (Regulations Article 2.4.3).[1].

The qualifying stages are structured as follows:

  • First stage (6 teams): The three winners of the first stage advance to the second stage to join the 13 teams which are given byes to the second stage.
  • Second stage (16 teams): The eight winners of the second stage advance to the third stage.
  • Third stage (8 teams): The four winners of the third stage advance to the group stage to join the 28 direct entrants. The two best teams eliminated in the third stage enter the Copa Sudamericana second stage.

First stage[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
San José Bolivia E1 Paraguay Guaraní 22 Jan 29 Jan
Carabobo Venezuela E2 Peru Universitario 21 Jan 28 Jan
Progreso Uruguay E3 Ecuador Barcelona 22 Jan 29 Jan

Second stage[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
E2 C1 Paraguay Cerro Porteño 5 Feb 12 Feb
Cerro Largo Uruguay C2 Chile Palestino 5 Feb 12 Feb
Independiente Medellín Colombia C3 Venezuela Deportivo Táchira 4 Feb 11 Feb
Macará Ecuador C4 Colombia Deportes Tolima 4 Feb 11 Feb
Chile 4 Chile C5 Brazil Internacional 4 Feb 11 Feb
The Strongest Bolivia C6 Argentina Atlético Tucumán 5 Feb 12 Feb
E1 C7 Brazil Corinthians 5 Feb 12 Feb
E3 C8 Peru Sporting Cristal 6 Feb 13 Feb

Third stage[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
C1 G1[†] C8 18–20 Feb 25–27 Feb
C2 G2[†] C7 18–20 Feb 25–27 Feb
C3 G3[†] C6 18–20 Feb 25–27 Feb
C4 G4[†] C5 18–20 Feb 25–27 Feb
  1. Order of legs to be decided, with the team in each tie with the higher CONMEBOL ranking hosting the second leg.

Copa Sudamericana qualification[edit]

The two best teams eliminated in the third stage enter the Copa Sudamericana second stage. Only matches in the third stage are considered for the ranking of teams.

Pos Third stage losers Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Loser G1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Copa Sudamericana
2 Loser G2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Loser G3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Loser G4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 18 February 2020. Source: CONMEBOL
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Away goals scored; 5) CONMEBOL ranking (Regulations Article 2.2.1.6).[1]

Group stage[edit]

In the group stage, each group is played on a home-and-away round-robin basis. The teams are ranked according to the following criteria: 1. Points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, and 0 points for a loss); 2. Goal difference; 3. Goals scored; 4. Away goals scored; 5. CONMEBOL ranking (Regulations Article 2.4.2).[1]

The winners and runners-up of each group advance to the round of 16 of the final stages. The third-placed teams of each group enter the Copa Sudamericana second stage.

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification FLA IDV JUN G1
1 Brazil Flamengo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Round of 16 22 Apr 6 May 11 Mar
2 Ecuador Independiente del Valle 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 Mar 11 Mar 6 May
3 Colombia Junior 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Copa Sudamericana 4 Mar 7 Apr 22 Apr
4 G1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 Apr 4 Mar 19 Mar
First match(es) will be played on 4 March 2020. Source: CONMEBOL

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification PAL BOL TIG G2
1 Brazil Palmeiras 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Round of 16 22 Apr 6 May 10 Mar
2 Bolivia Bolívar 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 Mar 10 Mar 6 May
3 Argentina Tigre 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Copa Sudamericana 4 Mar 7 Apr 23 Apr
4 G2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 Apr 4 Mar 19 Mar
First match(es) will be played on 4 March 2020. Source: CONMEBOL

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification PEÑ CCL CAP WIL
1 Uruguay Peñarol 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Round of 16 21 Apr 5 May 11 Mar
2 Chile Colo-Colo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 Mar 11 Mar 5 May
3 Brazil Athletico Paranaense 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Copa Sudamericana 3 Mar 8 Apr 21 Apr
4 Bolivia Jorge Wilstermann 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 Apr 4 Mar 17 Mar
First match(es) will be played on 3 March 2020. Source: CONMEBOL

Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification RIV SPA LDQ BIN
1 Argentina River Plate 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Round of 16 22 Apr 5 May 11 Mar
2 Brazil São Paulo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 Mar 11 Mar 5 May
3 Ecuador LDU Quito 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Copa Sudamericana 4 Mar 7 Apr 21 Apr
4 Peru Binacional 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 Apr 5 Mar 17 Mar
First match(es) will be played on 4 March 2020. Source: CONMEBOL

Group E[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification GRE UCA AME G4
1 Brazil Grêmio 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Round of 16 21 Apr 7 May 12 Mar
2 Chile Universidad Católica 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 Mar 10 Mar 7 May
3 Colombia América de Cali 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Copa Sudamericana 3 Mar 8 Apr 21 Apr
4 G4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 Apr 3 Mar 18 Mar
First match(es) will be played on 3 March 2020. Source: CONMEBOL

Group F[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification NAC RAC ALI ESM
1 Uruguay Nacional 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Round of 16 22 Apr 6 May 12 Mar
2 Argentina Racing 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 Mar 12 Mar 6 May
3 Peru Alianza Lima 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Copa Sudamericana 5 Mar 8 Apr 22 Apr
4 Venezuela Estudiantes de Mérida 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 Apr 5 Mar 18 Mar
First match(es) will be played on 5 March 2020. Source: CONMEBOL

Group G[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification OLI SAN DEL DYJ
1 Paraguay Olimpia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Round of 16 23 Apr 5 May 11 Mar
2 Brazil Santos 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 Mar 10 Mar 5 May
3 Ecuador Delfín 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Copa Sudamericana 4 Mar 9 Apr 23 Apr
4 Argentina Defensa y Justicia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 Apr 3 Mar 17 Mar
First match(es) will be played on 3 March 2020. Source: CONMEBOL

Group H[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification BOC LIB CAR G3
1 Argentina Boca Juniors 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Round of 16 21 Apr 7 May 10 Mar
2 Paraguay Libertad 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 Mar 10 Mar 7 May
3 Venezuela Caracas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Copa Sudamericana 3 Mar 8 Apr 22 Apr
4 G3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 Apr 3 Mar 18 Mar
First match(es) will be played on 3 March 2020. Source: CONMEBOL

Final stages[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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