Copa Sudamericana

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CONMEBOL Sudamericana
CONMEBOL Sudamericana logo (2017).svg
Current Copa Sudamericana official logo, in use since 2017
Founded2002; 16 years ago (2002)
RegionSouth America (CONMEBOL)
Number of teams47 (from 10 associations)
Qualifier forRecopa Sudamericana
Suruga Bank Championship
Related competitionsCopa Libertadores
Current championsBrazil Athletico Paranaense
(1st title)
Most successful club(s)Argentina Boca Juniors
Argentina Independiente
(2 titles each)
2018 Copa Sudamericana

The CONMEBOL Sudamericana, named as Copa Sudamericana (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkopa suðameɾiˈkana]; Portuguese: Copa Sul-Americana [ˈkɔpɐ ˈsuw ɐmeɾiˈkɐnɐ]) is an annual international club football competition organized by the 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 before 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. They also contest in the Supercopa Euroamericana and the Suruga Bank Championship.

The reigning champion of the competition is Brazilian club Athletico Paranaense, who defeated Colombian club Junior in the most recent final.

Argentine clubs have accumulated the most victories with eight while containing the largest number of different winning teams, with a total of six clubs having won the title. The cup has been won by 15 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

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]


As of 2015 the tournament comprised 48 teams in a knockout format, with 16 sides getting bye to the second round (last 32).[12]


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.[13]

La Otra Mitad de La Gloria[edit]

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.[14] 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.[15] The Mexican football federation regards Pachuca's victory in 2006 as the most important title won by any Mexican club.[16] Sports Illustrated qualified Arsenal, unlikely contenders for the 2007 edition, as "the underdog that couldn't be stopped".[17]


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.[18] Embratel, a brand of Telmex, is the only telecommunications sponsor of the tournament.[19] Individual clubs may wear jerseys with advertising, even if such sponsors conflict with those of the Copa Sudamericana.[20]

As of May 2017, online entertainment site Bumbet has become a premium sponsor of Copa Sudamericana.[21]

Prize money[edit]

Clubs in the Copa Sudamericana receive $400,000 for qualifying for the competition. Afterwards, each club earns $90,000 per home match.[22] That amount is derived from television rights and stadium advertising.[22] In addition, CONMEBOL pays $500,000 to the winners.[22]

Records and statistics[edit]

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.[23]

As of the end of the 2014 tournament, LDU Quito and São Paulo have played most games in the tournament (50).[24]


Team Winners Runners-up Winning Years Runners-up Years
Argentina Boca Juniors 2 2004, 2005
Argentina Independiente 2 2010, 2017
Ecuador LDU Quito 1 1 2009 2011
Argentina River Plate 1 1 2014 2003
Argentina San Lorenzo 1 2002
Peru Cienciano 1 2003
Mexico Pachuca 1 2006
Argentina Arsenal 1 2007
Brazil Internacional 1 2008
Chile Universidad de Chile 1 2011
Brazil São Paulo 1 2012
Argentina Lanús 1 2013
Colombia Santa Fe 1 2015
Brazil Chapecoense 1 2016
Brazil Athletico Paranaense 1 2018

Winners by country[edit]

Country Wins
 Argentina 8
 Brazil 4
 Colombia 1
 Mexico 1
 Chile 1
 Ecuador 1
 Peru 1



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