2007 Copa Sudamericana

The 2007 edition of the Copa Sudamericana was played by 34 teams; 30 teams from the CONMEBOL and 4 teams from the CONCACAF.[1] CONMEBOL organized the tournament and invited three North American clubs which were the best three of the CONCACAF Champions' Cup 2007; the fourth North American club was the defending champion Pachuca. The official draw took place on May 22 in Buenos Aires.[1]

2007 Copa Sudamericana
2007 Copa Nissan Sudamericana de Clubes
2007 Copa Nissan Sul-americana do Clubes
Tournament details
DatesJuly 31 – December 5
Teams34 (from 12 associations)
Final positions
ChampionsArgentina Arsenal (1st title)
Runners-upMexico América
Tournament statistics
Matches played66
Goals scored155 (2.35 per match)
Top scorer(s)Colombia Ricardo Ciciliano (6)
2006
2008

The Argentine club Arsenal de Sarandí won their first international title by defeating América in the final, winning 3-2 in the first leg and losing 2-1 in the second leg, which was the only game that they lost. Arsenal scored at least three goals in their opponents stadium in four of the five games they played. They defeated San Lorenzo, an Argentine club that recently won the 2007 Clausura, the Brazilian club Goiás, Argentine giant River Plate and the strongest rivals of Mexican football, Guadalajara and America.

This is the third time a Mexican club has reached the final, and the fourth title for Argentine clubs in the competition. Arsenal became only the third Argentine club to win a major international tournament without winning the Argentine league first, after Lanús and Talleres de Córdoba. They were also the first Argentine club other than Boca Juniors to win an international title since San Lorenzo won the Copa Sudamericana 2002.

Qualified teamsEdit

The Copa Sudamericana 2007 tournament was the seventh edition of the Copa Sudamericana soccer tournament.

Association Team Qualify method[2]
  Argentina Boca Juniors Invitee
River Plate Invitee
Estudiantes 2006–07 Argentine Primera División 2nd place overall
San Lorenzo 2006–07 Argentine Primera División 3rd place overall
Arsenal 2006–07 Argentine Primera División 5th place overall
Lanús 2006–07 Argentine Primera División 6th place
  Bolivia Jorge Wilstermann 2006 Segundo Torneo winner
Real Potosí 2006 Segundo Torneo runner-up
  Brazil São Paulo 2006 Série A winner
Vasco da Gama 2006 Série A 6th place
Figueirense 2006 Série A 7th place
Goiás 2006 Série A 8th place
Corinthians 2006 Série A 9th place
Cruzeiro 2006 Série A 10th place
Botafogo 2006 Série A 12th place
Atlético Paranaense 2006 Série A 13th place
  Chile Colo-Colo 2007 Liguilla Pre-Sudamericana winner
Audax Italiano 2007 Liguilla Pre-Sudamericana runner-up
  Colombia Atlético Nacional 2006 Reclasificacion 2nd place
Millonarios 2006 Reclasificacion 3rd place
  Ecuador El Nacional 2006 Second Stage winner
Olmedo 2007 First Stage winner
  Mexico Pachuca 2006 Copa Sudamericana champion
Guadalajara 2007 CONCACAF Champions' Cup runner-up
América[3] Most total points in 2007 Clausura & 2006 Apertura
  Paraguay Libertad 2006 Liga Paraguaya winner
Tacuary 2006 Liguilla Pre-Sudamericana winner
  Peru Coronel Bolognesi 2006 Torneo Descentralizado 4th place
Universitario 2006 Torneo Descentralizado 5th place
  United States D.C. United[4] 2007 CONCACAF Champions' Cup third place
  Uruguay Danubio 2006–07 Liguilla 3rd place
Defensor Sporting 2006–07 Liguilla 4th place
  Venezuela Zamora 2006–07 Primera División 4th place
Carabobo 2006–07 Primera División 5th place

Fixture DatesEdit

  • Preliminary Rounds: Between July 31 and September 6
  • Round of 16: Between September 11 and October 4
  • Quarterfinals: Between October 9 and November 1
  • Semifinals: Between November 6 and November 15
  • Finals: Between November 28 and December 5
  • Full Schedule

First stageEdit

The table gives the teams in the first round gathered in elimination groups of 2 teams or 4 teams. Teams hosting the first game are on the left. Advancing teams are in bold.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Chile/Bolivia Preliminary
Audax Italiano   3–1   Jorge Wilstermann 2–0 1–1
Real Potosí   2–4   Colo-Colo 1–1 1–3
Venezuela/Ecuador Preliminary
Olmedo   3–1   Zamora 1–0 2–1
Carabobo   0–5   El Nacional 0–1 0–4
Colombia/Perú Preliminary
Millonarios   1–1 (5–4 p)   Coronel Bolognesi 0–1 1–0
Universitario   0–2   Atlético Nacional 0–1 0–1
Paraguay/Uruguay Preliminary
Defensor Sporting   4–3   Libertad 2–1 2–2
Tacuary   2–2 (4–1 p)   Danubio 1–1 1–1

Second stageEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Atlético Paranaense   2–6   Vasco da Gama 2–4 0–2
Lanús   3–2   Estudiantes 2–0 1–2
Arsenal   4–1   San Lorenzo 1–1 3–0
Goiás   2–1   Cruzeiro 2–0 0–1
Colo-Colo   1–1 (a)   Audax Italiano 0–0 1–1
Atlético Nacional   2–3   Millonarios 2–3 0–0
Figueirense   3–3 (a)   São Paulo 2–2 1–1
Botafogo   5–2   Corinthians 3–1 2–1
El Nacional   3–0   Olmedo 2–0 1–0
Tacuary   1–4   Defensor Sporting 1–1 0–3

Final stagesEdit

BracketEdit

To prevent a final with two teams from the same country, CONMEBOL paired Arsenal with River Plate in the semifinals, thus reordering the bracket.

Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                
  Lanús 2 0 2
  Vasco da Gama 0 3 3
  Vasco da Gama 0 1 1
  América 2 0 2
  Pachuca 1 2 3
  América 4 0 4
  América 3 2 5
  Millonarios 2 0 2
  Boca Juniors 2 0 2
  São Paulo (a) 1 1 2
  São Paulo 0 0 0
  Millonarios 1 2 3
  Millonarios (p) 1 1 2 (7)
  Colo Colo 1 1 2 (6)
  América 2 2 4
  Arsenal (a) 3 1 4
  D.C. United 2 0 2
  Guadalajara (a) 1 1 2
  Guadalajara 0 1 1
  Arsenal 0 3 3
  Goiás 2 1 3
  Arsenal 3 1 4
  Arsenal (p) 0 0 0 (4)
  River Plate 0 0 0 (2)
  Defensor 3 0 3
  El Nacional 0 2 2
  Defensor Sporting 2 0 2
  River Plate (a) 2 0 2
  Botafogo 1 2 3
  River Plate 0 4 4

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Copa Nissan Sudamericana 2007: cuadro general de los clasificados". www.conmebol.com (in Spanish). 2007-05-21. Archived from the original on 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2007-05-23.
  3. ^ "Double the dominance". sportsillustrated.cnn.com. 2007-05-11. Retrieved 2007-05-15.
  4. ^ "United invited to Copa Nissan Sudamericana". dcunited.mlsnet.com. 2007-05-21. Archived from the original on 2007-08-20. Retrieved 2007-05-21.