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The 2009 Copa Libertadores de América (officially the 2009 Copa Santander Libertadores de América for sponsorship reasons) was the 50th edition of the Copa Libertadores de América, CONMEBOL's premier annual international club tournament.

2009 Copa Libertadores de América
2009 Copa Libertadores da América
Tournament details
DatesJanuary 27 - July 15
Teams38 (from 11 associations)
Final positions
ChampionsArgentina Estudiantes (4th title)
Runners-upBrazil Cruzeiro
Tournament statistics
Matches played134
Goals scored323 (2.41 per match)
Attendance2,416,216 (18,031 per match)
Top scorer(s)Argentina Mauro Boselli (8 goals)
Best player(s)Argentina Juan Sebastián Verón[1]
2008
2010

The tournament was won by Argentine club Estudiantes de La Plata, who achieved their fourth Copa Libertadores title and first in 39 years. Since the inception of a preliminary round in 2004, they are the first club to start in that round and win the Copa Libertadores. Estudiantes earned a berth to play in 2010 Recopa Sudamericana and in the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup but lost both titles to LDU Quito and Barcelona respectively.

Qualified teamsEdit

Association Team Qualification method
  Argentina
5 berths
Lanús 2007 Apertura champion
River Plate 2008 Clausura champion
Boca Juniors 2008 Apertura champion
San Lorenzo Best average of the 2007 Apertura, 2008 Clausura, & 2008 Apertura
Estudiantes 2nd best average of the 2007 Apertura, 2008 Clausura, & 2008 Apertura
  Bolivia
3 berths
Universitario de Sucre 2008 Apertura champion
Aurora 2008 Clausura champion
Real Potosí 2008 play-off champion
  Brazil
5 berths
São Paulo Campeonato Brasileiro Série A 2008 champion
Grêmio Campeonato Brasileiro Série A 2008 runner-up
Cruzeiro Campeonato Brasileiro Série A 2008 3rd place
Sport Recife 2008 Copa do Brasil champion
Palmeiras Campeonato Brasileiro Série A 2008 4th place
  Chile
3 berths
Everton 2008 Apertura champion
Colo-Colo 2008 Clausura champion
Universidad de Chile 1st place in 2008 Clausura general table
  Colombia
3 berths
Boyacá Chicó 2008 Apertura champion
América 2008 Finalización champion
Independiente Medellín 2008 Primera A best-placed non-champion
  Ecuador
3 + 1 berths
LDU Quito 2008 Copa Libertadores champion
Deportivo Quito 2008 Serie A champion
Deportivo Cuenca 2008 Serie A 3rd place
El Nacional 2008 Serie A 4th place
  Paraguay
3 berths
Libertad 2008 Apertura & 2008 Clausura champion
Guaraní 2008 Primera División best-placed non-champion
Nacional 2008 Primera División 2nd best-placed non-champion
  Peru
3 berths
Universitario 2008 Apertura champion
Universidad San Martín 2008 Clausura champion
Sporting Cristal 2008 Descentralizado best-placed non-champion
  Uruguay
3 berths
Defensor Sporting 2007–08 Primera División champion
Nacional 2008 Liguilla Pre-Libertadores champion
Peñarol 2008 Liguilla Pre-Libertadores 3rd place
  Venezuela
3 berths
Deportivo Táchira 2007–08 Primera División champion
Caracas 2007–08 Primera División runner-up
Deportivo Anzoátegui 2007–08 Primera División best-placed non-finalist
  Mexico
3 invitees (CONCACAF)
San Luis 1st place in 2008 Apertura general table
Guadalajara 2009 InterLiga champion
Pachuca 2009 InterLiga runner-up

Round and draw datesEdit

The calendar shows the dates of the rounds and draw. All events occurred in 2009 unless otherwise stated.

Stage Draw date First leg Second leg
First stage November 25, 2008 January 27–29 February 3–5
Second stage February 10 – April 30
Round of 16 N/A May 5–14 May 12–21
Quarterfinals May 27–28 June 17–18
Semifinals June 24–25 July 1–2
Finals July 8 July 15

Tie-breaking criteriaEdit

At each stage of the tournament teams receive 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, and no points for a loss. If two or more teams are equal on points, the following criteria will be applied to determine the rankings in the group stage:

  1. superior goal difference;
  2. higher number of goals scored;
  3. higher number of away goals scored;
  4. draw.

For the first stage, round of 16, quarterfinals, and semifinals, the fourth criteria is replaced by a penalty shootout if necessary. The finals have their own set of criteria; see the finals section for more details.

First stageEdit

In the First Stage, twelve teams played a two-legged tie (one game at home and one game away) against another opponent. The winner of each tie advanced to the Second Stage. Team #1 played the second leg at home.

Teams Scores Tie-breakers
Team #1 Points Team #2 1st leg 2nd leg GD AG Pen.
Peñarol   1:4   Indepen. Medellín 0–4 0–0
Estudiantes   3:3   Sporting Cristal 1–2 1–0 0:0 1:0
Nacional   4:1   El Nacional 5–0 3–3
Deportivo Cuenca   3:3   Deportivo Anzoátegui 0–2 3–0 +1:−1
Real Potosí   0:6   Palmeiras 1–5 0–2
Pachuca   3:3   Universidad de Chile 0–1 2–1 0:0 0:1

Second stageEdit

A total of 26 teams qualified directly to this phase and were joined by six teams from the First Stage, bringing the total to 32 teams. The top two teams from each group advanced to the Third Stage.

Group 1Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts   RFE   PAL   CC   LDU
  Sport Recife 6 4 1 1 10 7 +3 13 0–2 2–1 2–0
  Palmeiras 6 3 1 2 9 7 +2 10 1–1 1–3 2–0
  Colo-Colo 6 2 1 3 9 7 +2 7 1–2 0–1 3–0
  LDU Quito 6 1 1 4 6 13 −7 4 2–3 3–2 1–1

Group 2Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts   BOC   CUE   TÁC   GDL
  Boca Juniors 6 5 0 1 11 3 +8 15 1–0 3–0 3–1
  Deportivo Cuenca 6 3 1 2 9 4 +5 10 1–0 3–1 4–0
  Deportivo Táchira 6 3 0 3 6 9 −3 9 0–1 1–0 2–1
  Guaraní 6 0 1 5 5 15 −10 1 1–3 1–1 1–2

Group 3Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts   NAC   USM   RIV   NPR
  Nacional 6 4 2 0 12 3 +9 14 2–1 3–0 3–1
  Universidad San Martín 6 2 2 2 7 9 −2 8 1–1 2–1 2–1
  River Plate 6 2 1 3 7 9 −2 7 0–0 3–0 1–0
  Nacional 6 1 1 4 7 12 −5 4 0–3 1–1 4–2

Group 4Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts   SPO   DEF   DIM   AMC
  São Paulo 6 4 1 1 10 6 +4 13 2–1 1–1 2–1
  Defensor Sporting 6 2 2 2 5 5 0 8 0–1 4–3 1–0
  Independiente Medellín 6 1 4 1 6 6 0 7 2–1 0–0 0–0
  América 6 0 3 3 3 7 −4 3 1–3 0–0 1–1

Group 5Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts   CRU   ELP   QUI   UNI
  Cruzeiro 6 4 1 1 9 5 +4 13 3–0 2–0 2–0
  Estudiantes 6 3 1 2 9 4 +5 10 4–0 4–0 1–0
  Deportivo Quito 6 2 2 2 6 9 −3 8 1–1 1–0 3–1
  Universitario de Sucre 6 0 2 4 2 8 −6 2 0–1 0–0 1–1

Group 6Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts   CAR   GDL   EVE   LAN
  Caracas 6 3 1 2 7 4 +3 10 2–0 1–0 3–1
  Guadalajara 6 2 3 1 9 6 +3 9 1–0 6–2 0–0
  Everton 6 2 2 2 7 10 −3 8 1–0 1–1 1–1
  Lanús 6 0 4 2 5 8 −3 4 1–1 1–1 1–2

Group 7Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts   GRÊ   UCH   BOY   AUR
  Grêmio 6 5 1 0 11 1 +10 16 0–0 3–0 2–0
  Universidad de Chile 6 3 1 2 8 6 +2 10 0–2 3–0 3–0
  Boyacá Chicó 6 3 0 3 8 8 0 9 0–1 3–0 2–1
  Aurora 6 0 0 6 3 15 −12 0 1–2 1–2 0–3

Group 8Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts   LIB   SLU   UNI   SLO
  Libertad 6 4 0 2 7 5 +2 12 0–2 2–1 2–0
  San Luis 6 2 2 2 7 7 0 8 0–1 2–2 2–0
  Universitario 6 2 2 2 6 7 −1 8 2–1 0–0 1–0
  San Lorenzo 6 2 0 4 6 7 −1 6 0–1 4–1 2–0

Knockout stagesEdit

The last four stages of the tournament (round of 16, quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals) form a single-elimination tournament, commonly known as a knockout stage. Sixteen teams advanced into the first of these stages: the third stage.

SeedingEdit

The 16 qualified teams were seeded according to their results in the Second Stage. The top teams from each group were seeded 1-8, with the team with the most points as seed 1 and the team with the least as seed 8. The second-best teams from each group were seeded 9-16, with the team with the most points as seed 9 and the team with the least as seed 16.

Teams qualified as a group winner
Seed Team Pts GD GF AG
1   Grêmio 16 +10 11 5
2   Boca Juniors 15 +8 11 4
3   Nacional 14 +9 12 4
4   São Paulo 13 +4 10 5
5   Cruzeiro 13 +4 9 2
6   Sport Recife 13 +3 10 6
7   Libertad 12 +2 7 3
8   Caracas 10 +3 7 1
Teams qualified as a runner-up
Seed Team Pts GD GF AG
9   Deportivo Cuenca 10 +5 9 1
10   Estudiantes 10 +5 9 0
11   Palmeiras 10 +2 9 5
12   Universidad de Chile 10 +2 8 2
13   Guadalajara 9 +3 9 2
14   San Luis 8 0 7 0
15   Defensor Sporting 8 0 5 1
16   Universidad San Martín 8 −2 7 2

BracketEdit

  Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                                             
1   Grêmio 3 2  
16   Universidad San Martín 1 0  
  1   Grêmio (a) 1 0  
  8   Caracas 1 0  
8   Caracas 1 4
9   Cuenca 2 0  
  1   Grêmio 1 2  
  5   Cruzeiro 3 2  
4   São Paulo  
13   Guadalajara  
  4   São Paulo 1 0
  5   Cruzeiro 2 2  
5   Cruzeiro 2 1
12   U. de Chile 1 0  
  5   Cruzeiro 0 1
  10   Estudiantes 0 2
3   Nacional  
14   San Luis  
  3   Nacional (a) 1 0
  11   Palmeiras 1 0  
6   Sport Recife 0 1 (1)
11   Palmeiras (p) 1 0 (3)  
  3   Nacional 0 1
  10   Estudiantes 1 2  
7   Libertad 0 0  
10   Estudiantes 3 0  
  10   Estudiantes 1 1
  15   Defensor Sporting 0 0  
2   Boca Juniors 2 0
15   Defensor Sporting 2 1  

Round of 16Edit

The first match of the Round of 16 began on 5 May, with the last match played on 21 May. Team #1, as the higher seeded team, played the second leg at home.

Teams Scores Tie-breakers
Team #1 Points Team #2 1st leg 2nd leg GD AG Pen.
Grêmio   6:0   Universidad San Martín 3–1 2–0
Boca Juniors   1:4   Defensor Sporting 2–2 0–1
Nacional   w/o[A]   San Luis
São Paulo   w/o[A]   Guadalajara
Cruzeiro   6:0   Universidad de Chile 2–1 1–0
Sport Recife   3:3   Palmeiras 0–1 1–0 0:0 0:0 1:3
Libertad   1:4   Estudiantes 0–3 0–0
Caracas   3:3   Deportivo Cuenca 1–2 4–0 +3:−3

QuarterfinalsEdit

Team #1, as the higher seeded team, played the second leg at home.

Teams Scores Tie-breakers
Team #1 Points Team #2 1st leg 2nd leg GD AG Pen.
Grêmio   2:2   Caracas 1–1 0–0 0:0 1:0
Nacional   2:2   Palmeiras 1–1 0–0 0:0 1:0
São Paulo   0:6   Cruzeiro 1–2 0–2
Estudiantes   6:0   Defensor Sporting 1–0 1–0

SemifinalsEdit

Team #1, as the higher seeded team, played the second leg at home.

Teams Scores Tie-breakers
Team #1 Points Team #2 1st leg 2nd leg GD AG Pen.
Grêmio   1:4   Cruzeiro 1–3 2–2
Nacional   0:6   Estudiantes 0–1 1–2

FinalsEdit


Copa Libertadores de América
2009 Champion
 
Estudiantes de La Plata
Fourth Title

Top goalscorersEdit

FootnotesEdit

A. ^ Guadalajara and San Luis withdrew from the tournament following concerns raised by both Nacional and São Paulo over the H1N1 flu outbreak in Mexico, South American teams refused to travel to Mexico to play the match; no agreement was reached on alternative venues for the first-leg matches, both scheduled to be played in Mexico. Both Guadalajara and San Luis were later secured a place in the round of 16 for the 2010 Copa Libertadores.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Conoce a los jugadores más valiosos de la Libertadores". 10 October 2012. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
General

External linksEdit