2008 Copa Sudamericana

The 2008 Copa Sudamericana de Clubes was the seventh edition of the Copa Sudamericana football tournament. The draw for the tournament took place on June 10, 2008 in Buenos Aires and the competition was played between July 30 and December 3.[1] Arsenal de Sarandí were the defending champions, having won the trophy the previous season. Brazilian side Internacional won the 2008 tournament, becoming the first Brazilian winners of the trophy.

2008 Copa Sudamericana
2008 Copa Nissan Sudamericana de Clubes
2008 Copa Nissan Sul-americana do Clubes
Tournament details
DatesJuly 30 - December 3
Teams34 (from 12 associations)
Final positions
ChampionsBrazil Internacional (1st title)
Runners-upArgentina Estudiantes
Tournament statistics
Matches played66
Goals scored181 (2.74 per match)
Top scorer(s)Brazil Alex
Brazil Nilmar
(5 goals each)
2007
2009
All statistics correct as of December 3, 2008.

Qualified teamsEdit

A total of 34 teams are participating in the 2008 Copa Sudamericana, from 12 associations (10 from CONMEBOL and 2 from CONCACAF).

Association Team Qualify method
  Argentina
6 + 1 berths
Arsenal 2007 Copa Sudamericana champion
Boca Juniors Invitee
River Plate Invitee
Estudiantes 2007–08 Primera División 2nd place
San Lorenzo 2007–08 Primera División 4th place
Argentinos Juniors 2007–08 Primera División 5th place
Independiente 2007–08 Primera División 6th place
  Bolivia
2 berths
Bolívar 2007 Apertura & Clausura Runners-up Playoff runner-up
Blooming 2007 Apertura & Clausura 3rd place Playoff winners[2]
  Brazil
8 berths
São Paulo 2007 Série A champion
Grêmio 2007 Série A 6th place
Palmeiras 2007 Série A 7th place
Atlético Mineiro 2007 Série A 8th place
Botafogo 2007 Série A 9th place
Vasco da Gama 2007 Série A 10th place
Internacional 2007 Série A 11th place
Atlético Paranaense 2007 Série A 12th place
  Chile
2 berths
Ñublense 2008 Apertura league stage 1st place
Universidad Católica 2008 Apertura league stage 2nd place
  Colombia
2 berths
Deportivo Cali 2007 Reclasificación 4th place
América de Cali 2007 Reclasificación 5th place
  Ecuador
2 berths
LDU Quito 2007 Serie A Second Stage winner
Deportivo Quito 2008 Serie A First Stage winner
  Paraguay
2 berths
Libertad 2007 Primera División champion
Olimpia 2007 Primera División 2nd best-placed non-champion
  Peru
2 berths
Sport Áncash 2007 Descentralizado 2nd best-placed non-champion
Universitario 2007 Descentralizado 3rd best-placed non-champion
  Uruguay
2 berths
Defensor Sporting 2007–08 Uruguayan Primera División champion
River Plate 2008 Liguilla 4th place
  Venezuela
2 berths
Aragua 2007–08 Copa Venezuela champion
Maracaibo 2007–08 Primera División 2nd best-placed non-finalist
  Mexico
2 berths
Guadalajara Best-placed eligible team in 2008 Clausura[3]
San Luis 2nd best-placed eligible team in 2008 Clausura[3][4]
  Honduras
1 berth
Motagua Invitee[5][6][7]

Preliminary stageEdit

The Preliminary Stage opened the Copa Sudamericana. All the second berths of 8 South American football associations contested this round. The four winners advanced to the First Round. Team #1 played at home first.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
River Plate   2–4   Universidad Católica 2–0 0–4
Maracaibo   2–4   América de Cali 0–0 2–4
Universitario   1–2   Deportivo Quito 0–0 1–2
Olimpia   4–3   Blooming 4–2 0–1

First stageEdit

The First Stage consisted of twenty-eight teams each playing two-legged matches. Twenty-four teams qualified directly to this round. The fourteen winners advanced to the Round of 16. Team #1 played at home first.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Defensor Sporting   5–4   Libertad 2–1 3–3
LDU Quito   5–4   Bolívar 4–2 1–2
América de Cali   2–1   Deportivo Cali 2–0 0–1
Ñublense   1–4   Sport Áncash 1–0 0–4
Universidad Católica   6–2   Olimpia 4–0 2–2
Aragua   2–3   Guadalajara 1–2 1–1
San Luis   5–4   Deportivo Quito 3–1 2–3
Arsenal   6–1   Motagua 4–0 2–1
Independiente   3–3 (3–5 p)   Estudiantes 2–1 1–2
Argentinos Juniors   2–0   San Lorenzo 0–0 2–0
Atlético Paranaense   0–0 (4–3 p)   São Paulo 0–0 0–0
Internacional   3–3 (a)   Grêmio 1–1 2–2
Vasco da Gama   3–4   Palmeiras 3–1 0–3
Botafogo   8–3   Atlético Mineiro 3–1 5–2

Knockout stagesEdit

Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                
  LDU Quito 0 1 1
  Boca Juniors * 4 1 5
  Boca Juniors 0 1 1
  Internacional * 2 2 4
  Universidad Católica * 1 0 1
  Internacional (a) 1 0 1
  Internacional 2 4 6
  Guadalajara * 0 0 0
  Guadalajara * 2 4 6
  Atlético Paranaense 2 3 5
  Guadalajara 2 2 4
  River Plate * 1 2 3
  Defensor Sporting * 1 1 2
  River Plate 2 2 4
  Internacional 1 1 2
  Estudiantes * 0 1 1
  América de Cali * 1 1 2
  Botafogo 0 3 3
  Botafogo 0 2 2
  Estudiantes * 2 2 4
  Arsenal 1 0 1
  Estudiantes * 2 0 2
  Estudiantes 1 1 2
  Argentinos Juniors * 1 0 1
  San Luis * 2 0 2
  Argentinos Juniors 1 2 3
  Argentinos Juniors 1 2 3
  Palmeiras * 0 0 0
  Sport Áncash * 0 0 0
  Palmeiras 0 1 1

(*)Indicates that the team plays at home for the first leg

Round of 16Edit

The Second Stage was the Round of 16, played by the fourteen winners from the First Round, plus River Plate and Boca Juniors. As in the First Round, these teams played two-legged matches. Team #1 played at home first.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Boca Juniors   5–1   LDU Quito 4–0 1–1
América de Cali   2–3   Botafogo 1–0 1–3
San Luis   2–3   Argentinos Juniors 2–1 0–2
Guadalajara   6–5   Atlético Paranaense 2–2 4–3
Defensor Sporting   2–4   River Plate 1–2 1–2
Sport Áncash   0–1   Palmeiras 0–0 0–1
Estudiantes   2–1   Arsenal 2–1 0–0
Universidad Católica   1–1(a)   Internacional 1–1 0–0

QuarterfinalsEdit

The Quarterfinals was played by the eight winners from the Round of 16. As in the First Round, these teams played two-legged matches. Team #1 played at home first.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Internacional   4–1   Boca Juniors 2–0 2–1
Estudiantes   4–2   Botafogo 2–0 2–2
Palmeiras   0–3   Argentinos Juniors 0–1 0–2
River Plate   3–4   Guadalajara 1–2 2–2

SemifinalsEdit

The Semifinals was played by the four winners from the Quarterfinals. As in the First Round, these teams played two-legged matches. Team #1 played at home first.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Guadalajara   0–6   Internacional 0–2[8] 0–4[9]
Argentinos Juniors   1–2   Estudiantes 1–1 0–1

FinalsEdit

The Finals were played by the two winners from the Semifinals. As in the First Round, these teams played two-legged matches. Team #1 played at home first.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Estudiantes   1–2   Internacional 0–1[10][11][12] 1–1 (aet).[13][14]

ChampionEdit

Copa Sudamericana
2008 Winner
 
Internacional
1st Title

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "La Copa Sudamericana comenzará el 30 de julio y la CSF promete novedades" (in Spanish). ESPN Deportes. 2008-04-04. Retrieved 2008-05-31.
  2. ^ Automatically declared winner. Apertura's 3rd place La Paz FC already qualified for Copa Libertadores 2008.
  3. ^ a b "Tabla General de Clasificación por Grupos" (in Spanish). Federacíon Mexicana de Fútbol Asociación. 2008-02-25. Retrieved 2008-02-25.
  4. ^ Mexican teams participating in the CONCACAF Champions League 2008-09 are excluded from participating in the 2008 Copa Sudamericana. As both Santos Laguna and Cruz Azul have qualified for the CONCACAF Champions League via the Clausura 2008 playoffs, then next placed team (San Luis) will take their place in Sudamericana.
  5. ^ Saprissa no estará en la Copa Nissan Suramericana Archived 2008-06-12 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Diez.hn - Fútbol Hondureño - Honduras estará en la ¡Copa Sudamericana!". Archived from the original on 2009-02-13. Retrieved 2008-06-10.
  7. ^ (Best 2008 CONCACAF Champions' Cup club which won't take part on the next season)
  8. ^ [1] Chivas 0-2 Internacional
  9. ^ [2] Goleadas y eliminadas
  10. ^ Buscará Estudiantes dar primer golpe a Inter Archived 2008-12-07 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Alex amarga a Estudiantes y adelanta al Inter Archived 2008-12-07 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ FOTOS: Lo mejor de la final
  13. ^ "¡Internacional brillante campeón de la Copa Nissan Sudamericana!" (in Spanish). conmebol / Reproduction: ZH. Retrieved 4 December 2008.
  14. ^ "Inter iguala con Estudiantes y es campeón (1-1)" (in Spanish). FIFA.com. Archived from the original on December 7, 2008. Retrieved 4 December 2008.