CONMEBOL

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South American Football Confederation
CONMEBOL logo.svg
CONMEBOL.svg
Abbreviation CONMEBOL
Formation 9 July 1916; 100 years ago (1916-07-09)
Type Federation of national associations
Headquarters Luque (Gran Asunción), Paraguay
Coordinates 25°15′38″S 57°30′58″W / 25.26056°S 57.51611°W / -25.26056; -57.51611
Region served
South America
Membership
10 member associations
Official languages
Spanish, Portuguese
Alejandro Domínguez
Vice Presidents
Ramón Jesurun (1st)
Laureano González (2nd)
Treasurer
Luis Segura a.i.
Website www.CONMEBOL.com

The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL, /ˈkɒnmbɒl/; Spanish: Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol;[1] Portuguese: Confederação Sul-Americana de Futebol[2] or CSF) is the continental governing body of association football in South America (apart from Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana) and it is one of FIFA's six continental confederations. The oldest continental confederation in the world, its headquarters are located in Luque, Paraguay, near Asunción. CONMEBOL is responsible for the organization and governance of South American football's major international tournaments. With 10 member football associations, it has the fewest members of all the confederations in FIFA.

CONMEBOL national teams have won nine FIFA World Cups (Brazil five, Uruguay two and Argentina two), and CONMEBOL clubs have won 22 Intercontinental Cups and four FIFA Club World Cups. Argentina and Uruguay have won two Olympic gold medals each, Brazil has won one Olympic gold medal. It is considered one of the strongest confederations in the world.

The World Cup qualifiers of CONMEBOL have been described as the "toughest qualifiers in the world",[3][4] for their simple round-robin system, entry of some of the top national teams in the world, leveling of the weaker national teams, climate conditions, geographic conditions, strong home stands and passionate supporters. Currently, the Confederation is planning to create the first women's qualification to the FIFA Women's World Cup to replace the Copa América Femenina.

Juan Ángel Napout was the president of CONMEBOL until December 3, 2015 when he was arrested in a raid in Switzerland as part of the U.S. Justice Department's widening bribery case involving FIFA. Wilmar Valdez (Uruguay) was interim president until January 26, 2016 when Alejandro Domínguez (Paraguay) was elected president. The first and second vice-presidents are Ramón Jesurum (Colombia) and Laureano González (Venezuela).

History[edit]

In 1916, the first edition of the Campeonato Sudamericano de Fútbol (South-American Football Championship), now known as the Copa América, was contested in Argentina to commemorate the centenary of the Argentine Declaration of Independence. The four participating associations of that tournament gathered together in order to officially create a governing body to facilitate the organization of the tournament. Thus, CONMEBOL was founded on July 9, 1916, Argentine Independence Day, under the initiative of Uruguayan Héctor Rivadavia, but approved by the football associations of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay. The constitutional congress on December 15 of that same year ratified the decision.

Over the years, the other football associations in South America joined, with the last being Venezuela in 1952. Guyana, Suriname, and the French overseas department of French Guiana, while geographically in South America, are not part of CONMEBOL. Consisting of a French territory, a former British territory, and a former Dutch territory, and located near the Caribbean Sea, they are part of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), mainly due to historical, cultural, and sporting reasons. With ten member nations, CONMEBOL is the smallest and the only fully continental land-based FIFA confederation (no insular countries or associates from different continents).

Competitions[edit]

International[edit]

The main competition for men's national teams is the Copa América, started in 1916. CONMEBOL also runs national competitions at Under-20, Under-17 and Under-15 levels. For women's national teams, CONMEBOL operates the Copa América Femenina for senior national sides, as well as Under-20 and Under-17 championships.

In futsal there is the Copa América de Futsal and Campeonato Sudamericano de Futsal Sub-20. The Campeonato Sudamericano Femenino de Futsal is the women's equivalent to the man's tournament.

Club[edit]

CONMEBOL also runs the two main club competitions in South America: the Copa Libertadores was first held in 1960 and the Copa Sudamericana was launched by CONMEBOL in 2002 as an indirect successor to the Supercopa Libertadores (begun in 1988). A third competition, the Copa CONMEBOL, started in 1992 and was abolished in 1999. In women's football CONMEBOL also conducts the Copa Libertadores Femenina for club teams. The competition was first held in 2009.

The Recopa Sudamericana pits the past year's winners of the Copa Libertadores against the winners of the Copa Sudamericana (previously the winners of the Supercopa Libertadores), and came into being in 1989.

The Intercontinental Cup was jointly organised with UEFA between the Copa Libertadores and the UEFA Champions League winners.

Members[edit]

Country Association Founded Joined National team Top division
 Argentina AFA 1893 1916 ARG (M, W) Primera División
 Bolivia FBF 1925 1926 BOL (M, W) Liga Profesional
 Brazil CBF 1914 1916 BRA (M, W) Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
 Chile FFC 1895 1916 CHI (M, W) Primera División
 Colombia FCF 1924 1936 COL (M, W) Primera A
 Ecuador FEF 1925 1927 ECU (M, W) Serie A
 Paraguay APF 1906 1921 PAR (M, W) División Profesional
 Peru FPF 1922 1925 PER (M, W) Primera División
 Uruguay AUF 1900 1916 URU (M, W) Primera División
 Venezuela FVF 1926 1952 VEN (M, W) Primera División

Membership proposal[edit]

Country Association Founded Joined National team Top division
 New Zealand NZF [5][6] 1891  — NZL (M, W) New Zealand Championship

CONMEBOL competitions[edit]

World Cup participation and results[edit]

Legend
  • 1st – Champion
  • 2nd – Runner-up
  •  3rd  – Third Place[8]
  • 4th – Fourth place
  • QF – Quarterfinals
  • R16 – Round of 16 (since 1986: knockout round of 16)
  • R2 – Second round (for the 1974, 1978, and 1982 tournaments, which had two group stages)
  • GS – Group Stage (in the 1950, 1974, 1978, and 1982 tournaments, which had two group stages, this refers to the first group stage)
  • 1S – First Knockout Stage (1934–1938 Single-elimination tournament)
  • Q — Qualified for upcoming tournament
  •    — Did not qualify
  •     — Did not enter / Withdrew / Banned
  •     — Hosts

Men's[edit]

Team Uruguay
1930
Italy
1934
France
1938
Brazil
1950
Switzerland
1954
Sweden
1958
Chile
1962
England
1966
Mexico
1970
West Germany
1974
Argentina
1978
Spain
1982
Mexico
1986
Italy
1990
United States
1994
France
1998
South Korea
Japan
2002
Germany
2006
South Africa
2010
Brazil
2014
Russia
2018
Qatar
2022
Total
Appearances
inclusive
WC Qual.
 Brazil GS 1S 3rd 2nd QF 1st 1st GS 1st 4th 3rd R2 QF R16 1st 2nd 1st QF QF 4th 20 20
 Argentina 2nd 1S GS GS QF R2 1st R2 1st 2nd R16 QF GS QF QF 2nd 16 17
 Uruguay 1st 1st 4th GS QF 4th GS R16 R16 GS 4th R16 12 18
 Chile GS GS 3rd GS GS GS R16 R16 R16 9 17
 Paraguay GS GS GS R16 R16 R16 GS QF 8 18
 Colombia GS R16 GS GS QF 5 15
 Peru GS QF R2 GS 4 16
 Bolivia GS GS GS 3 17
 Ecuador GS R16 GS 3 14
 Venezuela 0 12
Combined CONMEBOL Appearances 7 2 1 5 2 3 5 4 3 4 3 4 4 4 4 5 5 4 5 6 TBD TBD 80
inclusive World Cup Qualification 7 2 1 5 4 8 9 10 10 9 10 10 10 10 9 10 10 10 10 10 TBD TBD 164

Women's[edit]

Team China
1991
Sweden
1995
United States
1999
United States
2003
China
2007
Germany
2011
Canada
2015
Total inclusive
WC Qual.
 Argentina GS GS 2 6
 Bolivia 0 6
 Brazil GS GS 3rd QF 2nd QF R16 7 7
 Chile 0 7
 Colombia GS R16 2 5
 Ecuador GS 1 6
 Paraguay 0 5
 Peru 0 5
 Uruguay 0 5
 Venezuela 0 6
Total 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 12
inclusive World Cup Qualification 3 5 10 10 10 10 10 58

FIFA Confederations Cup[edit]

Legend
  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • 4th – Fourth place
  • GS – Group stage
  • Q — Qualified for upcoming tournament
  •  ••  — Qualified but withdrew
  •  •  — Did not qualify
  •  ×  — Did not enter / Withdrew from the Copa América or withdrew from the Confederations Cup / Banned
  •    — Hosts
Team 1992
Saudi Arabia
1995
Saudi Arabia
1997
Saudi Arabia
1999
Mexico
2001
South Korea
Japan
2003
France
2005
Germany
2009
South Africa
2013
Brazil
2017
Russia
2021
Qatar
Total
 Argentina 1st 2nd × 2nd 3
 Bolivia GS 1
 Brazil × 1st 2nd 4th GS 1st 1st 1st 7
 Chile Q 1
 Colombia 4th 1
 Uruguay 4th 4th 2
Total 1 1 2 2 1 2 2 1 2 1

FIFA Futsal World Cup[edit]

Legend
  • 1st — Champions
  • 2nd — Runners-up
  • 3rd — Third place
  • 4th — Fourth place
  • QF — Quarterfinals
  • R2 — Round 2 (1989–2008, second group stage, top 8; 2012–present: knockout round of 16)
  • R1 — Round 1
  • Q — Qualified for upcoming tournament
  •    — Hosts
Nation 1989
Netherlands
1992
Hong Kong
1996
Spain
2000
Guatemala
2004
Chinese Taipei
2008
Brazil
2012
Thailand
2016
Colombia
Years
 Argentina R2 R2 R1 R2 4th R2 QF 1st 8
 Brazil 1st 1st 1st 2nd 3rd 1st 1st Q 8
 Colombia 4th Q 2
 Paraguay R2 R1 R1 R2 R2 Q 6
 Uruguay R2 R1 R1 3
Nations 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 4

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup[edit]

Legend
  • 1st — Champions
  • 2nd — Runners-up
  • 3rd — Third place
  • 4th — Fourth place
  • QF — Quarterfinals (1999–2001, 2004–present)
  • R1 — Round 1
  • q — Qualified for upcoming tournament
  •  ••  — Qualified but withdrew
  •  •  — Did not qualify
  •     — Hosts
1995
Brazil
(8)
1996
Brazil
(8)
1997
Brazil
(8)
1998
Brazil
(10)
1999
Brazil
(12)
2000
Brazil
(12)
2001
Brazil
(12)
2002
Brazil
(8)
2003
Brazil
(8)
2004
Brazil
(12)
2005
Brazil
(12)
2006
Brazil
(12)
2007
Brazil
(16)
2008
France
(16)
2009
United Arab Emirates
(16)
2011
Italy
(16)
2013
French Polynesia
(16)
2015
Portugal
(16)
2017
The Bahamas
(16)
Total Participations
 Argentina R1
7th
R1
8th
4th R1
8th
R1
10th
3rd R1
8th
QF
7th
QF
8th
QF
5th
R1
11th
QF
5th
R1
9th
R1
11th
QF
8th
R1
12th
16/18
 Brazil 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 4th 1st 1st 1st 3rd 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd 3rd QF
5th
18/18
 Chile R1
9th
1/18
 Paraguay R1
9th
R1
11th
2/18
 Peru 4th 4th 2nd QF
7th
R1
9th
5/18
 Uruguay R1
6th
2nd 2nd 3rd 3rd R1
9th
R1
11th
3rd R1
5th
QF
6th
QF
5th
2nd 3rd QF
7th
4th 15/18
 Venezuela QF
5th
R1
9th
R1
16th
3/18

Corruption[edit]

On 27 May 2015, several CONMEBOL leaders were arrested in Zürich, Switzerland by Swiss police, and indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice on charges of corruption, money laundering, and racketeering.[9] Those swept up in the operation include former CONMEBOL Presidents Eugenio Figueredo and Nicolás Léoz. On 3 December 2015, the CONMEBOL President Juan Ángel Napout was arrested also.[10]

CONMEBOL presidents[edit]

Headquarters of CONMEBOL in Luque, Paraguay

Current champions[edit]

Competitions Champion Title Runner-Up Next Edition
Clubs
Copa Libertadores de América Colombia Atlético Nacional 2nd Ecuador Independiente del Valle 2017
Copa Libertadores Femenina Brazil São José 3rd Venezuela Caracas FC 2016
Copa Sudamericana Brazil Chapecoense 1st Colombia Atlético Nacional 2017
Recopa Sudamericana Argentina River Plate 1st Argentina San Lorenzo 2016
Suruga Bank Championship Colombia Santa Fe 1st Japan Kashima Antlers 2017
U-20 Copa Libertadores Brazil São Paulo 1st Uruguay Liverpool 2017
Nations Men
Copa América Chile Chile 2nd Argentina Argentina 2019
South American Under-20 Championship  Argentina 5th  Colombia 2017
South American Under-17 Championship  Brazil 11th  Argentina 2017
South American Under-15 Championship  Peru 1st  Colombia 2015
Copa América – FIFA Futsal  Argentina 1st  Paraguay 2019
Copa America Beach Soccer  Brazil 3th  Argentina 2016
Nations Women
Copa América Femenina  Brazil 6th  Colombia 2018
South American Under-20 Women's Football Championship  Brazil 6th  Paraguay 2017
South American Under-17 Women's Football Championship Venezuela Venezuela 1st Colombia Colombia 2015

Rankings[edit]

National teams[edit]

Top FIFA ranked team

Argentina national football team Brazilian national football team Colombian national football team Argentina national football team Colombian national football team Argentina national football team Uruguayan national football team Brazilian national football team Argentina national football team Brazilian national football team Argentina national football team Brazilian national football team Argentina national football team Brazilian national football team Argentina national football team Brazilian national football team Argentina national football team
  • Last updates:
    • Men's national teams: 24 November 2016
    • Women's national teams: 10 July 2015
Top men's national teams
Rankings are calculated by FIFA.
____ Top women's national teams
Rankings are calculated by FIFA.
CSF FIFA Nation Points CSF FIFA Nation Points
1 1  Argentina 1634 1 6  Brazil 1975
2 2  Brazil 1544 2 25  Colombia 1747
3 4  Chile 1404 3 36  Argentina 1621
4 6  Colombia 1345 4 42  Chile 1559
5 9  Uruguay 1187 5 51  Paraguay 1459
6 19  Peru 965 6 54  Ecuador 1451
7 20  Ecuador 890 7 61  Peru 1412
8 40  Paraguay 684 8 65  Venezuela 1380
9 59  Venezuela 581 9 70  Uruguay 1361
10 95  Bolivia 359 10 96  Bolivia 1217

Clubs[edit]

Football Database Rankings[edit]

CSF Club Points
1 Argentina Estudiantes 1697
2 Brazil Palmeiras 1697
3 Colombia Atlético Nacional 1677
4 Brazil Santos FC 1670
5 Brazil Flamengo 1647
6 Argentina Boca Juniors 1635
7 Argentina Racing Club 1632
8 Argentina Lanús 1630
9 Argentina San Lorenzo 1624
10 Brazil Mineiro 1613
50 Argentina Talleres 1506
63 Argentina Belgrano 1476

Last updated: 4 December 2016

IFFHS[edit]

Zonal
Ranking
IFFHS
Ranking
Club Points
1 7 Colombia Independiente Santa Fe 240
2 9 Argentina River Plate 234
3 13 Argentina Boca Juniors 220
4 18 Brazil Internacional 210
5 21 Ecuador Emelec 207.5
6 25 Brazil Corinthians 198
7 28 Paraguay Guaraní 193.5
8 29 Argentina Racing Club 192
9 32 Brazil São Paulo FC 182
10 34 Argentina Huracán 178.5

Last updated on: January 7, 2016 – [1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Spanish pronunciation: [komfeðeɾaˈsjon suðameɾiˈkana ðe ˈfuðβol].
  2. ^ Portuguese pronunciation: [kõfedeɾaˈsɐ̃w ˈsuw.ɐmeɾiˈkɐnɐ dʒi futʃʲˈbɔw].
  3. ^ "La eliminatoria más difícil del mundo", ESPN (in Spanish)
  4. ^ "South American WCQ toughest in world", ESPN
  5. ^ A Bola "Blatter abre caminho para movimentação de Nova Zelândia", January 05, 2013.
  6. ^ "Plumb: NZ Football rolls the dice on new coach". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 22 November 2014. 
  7. ^ Las competiciones oficiales de la CONMEBOL
  8. ^ There was no Third Place match in 1930; The United States and Yugoslavia lost in the semifinals. FIFA recognizes the United States as the third-placed team and Yugoslavia as the fourth-placed team using the overall records of the teams in the 1930 FIFA World Cup.
  9. ^ "FIFA Officials Face Corruption Charges in US". 2015-05-27. 
  10. ^ "Arrest of soccer bosses creates power vacuum at CONMEBOL". 2015-12-04. 

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