2010 Recopa Sudamericana
The 2010 Recopa Sudamericana de Clubes was a two-legged tie that determined the winner of the Recopa Sudamericana, an annual football match between the winners of the previous season's Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana competitions. It was contested between Argentine club Estudiantes de La Plata and LDU Quito from Ecuador. The first leg was played on August 25 in Quito, while the second leg was played in Quilmes due to Estadio Ciudad de La Plata was undergoing renovations. Estudiantes participated in t the Recopa for their first time ever, having qualified by winning the 2009 Copa Libertadores.
|LDU Quito won 4–1 on points|
|Date||August 25, 2010|
|Venue||Estadio Casa Blanca, Quito|
|Referee||Roberto Silvera (Uruguay)|
|Date||September 8, 2010|
|Venue||Estadio Centenario, Quilmes|
|Referee||Carlos Simon (Brazil)|
On the other hand, LDU Quito was the defending champion and making their second consecutive appearance having won the 2009 Copa Sudamericana. LDU Quito successfully defended their title after winning the first leg 2–1 and drawing the second leg 0–0. They became the third team to win back-to-back Recopa Sudamericanas.
As a curious fact, in June 2020 Estudiantes de La Plata filled a claim with Conmebol, requesting to be crowned champion of the 2010 edition. In the complaint, Estudiantes alleged that LDU player Gonzalo Chila should have not been registered to play the final, as he had falsified his identity document. Nevertheless, Conmebol did not take the claim into account and LDU was confirmed as champion.
|Team||Previous finals app.|
Bold indicates winning years
The Recopa Sudamericana was played over two legs; home and away. The team that qualified via the Copa Libertadores plays the second leg at home. The team that accumulates the most points —three for a win, one for a draw, zero for a loss— after the two legs is crowned the champion. The away-goals rule is not used. Should the two teams be tied on points after regulation of the second leg, the team with the best goal difference wins. If the two teams have equal goal difference, extra time is used. The extra time consists of two 15-minute halves. If the tie is still not broken, a penalty shoot-out ensues according to the Laws of the Game.
Estudiantes qualified to the Recopa Sudamericana by winning the 2009 Copa Libertadores. It was their fourth Copa Libertadores title and first in 39 years, which they achieved by defeating Brazilian club Cruzeiro 4–1 on points. Liga de Quito are the reigning title holders of the competition, having won the 2009 edition of this competition after beating Internacional on both legs of the Recopa, their first title of the competition. The club earned the right to defend the trophy after winning the 2009 Copa Sudamericana, beating Fluminense in a rematch of the 2008 Copa Libertadores Finals (which LDU Quito also won). The victory was the club's first ever title in the competition and third international title ever (as well as their nation's).
Prior to the 2010 Recopa, Estudiantes and LDU Quito had previously met two times in South American competition. The first meeting between the two sides took place in the Round of 16 of the 2008 Copa Libertadores; LDU Quito won the first match 2–0 at the Estadio Casa Blanca in Quito, and lost 2–1 at the Estadio Ciudad de La Plata. Luis Bolaños's 25th-minute goal in the second match gave LDU Quito a favorable goal difference, which eliminated Estudiantes. LDU Quito subsequently went on to win the competition. Estudiantes are entering the Recopa for their first time ever. They are the seventh Argentine club to dispute this title; the first to do so was Racing in 1989. This will be LDU Quito's second consecutive appearance (as well as their second all-time appearance) of the Recopa Sudamericana. They are the only side from Ecuador to participate in the Recopa Sudamericana.
The venues for this final series were Estadio Casa Blanca, located in Quito, and Estadio Centenario Dr. José Luis Meiszner in Quilmes. The Estadio Casa Blanca was built between 1995 and 1997, and it hosted its first match on March 6, 1997, in a game between LDU Quito and Atlético Mineiro of Belo Horizonte. Prior to this match, the stadium had hosted a final series match for the Copa Libertadores in 2008, the Recopa Sudamericana in 2009 as well as the 2009 final of the Copa Sudamericana. With a capacity of 55,400, it was the largest stadium in Quito, and the second largest in Ecuador after the Estadio Monumental Banco Pichincha in Guayaquil.
On the other hand, Estadio Centenario Dr. José Luis Meiszner hosted the second leg. Ñocated in the Quilmes district and property of Quilmes Atlético Club, it was built in 1995 to commemorate the club's centenary in 1997 (which is also why the stadium bears the name "Centenario"). It underwent a renovation in 1998 to increase its capacity. With the 2010 Recopa final, Estadio Centenario hosted an international final series match for the first time.
The referees for the 2010 Recopa Sudamericana were Roberto Silvera of Uruguay and Carlos Simon of Brazil. Silvera had been a referee since 2003 and had officiated several CONMEBOL club competitions including a final series match of the 2006 and 2009 Copa Sudamericana.
Simon became a referee in Brazil in 1993 and for the FIFA in 1997. He participated in the 2000 Olympic Games, the 2002, 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Tournaments, the 2002, 2006, and 2010 FIFA World Cup and every Copa Libertadores competition since 2000. He also officiated the finals of the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A four times (1998, 1999, 2001 and 2002), the Copa do Brasil three times (2000, 2003 and 2004).
|LDU Quito||2–1||Estudiantes LP|
|Barcos 8', 17'||Report||Rojo 12'|
|Estudiantes LP||0–0||LDU Quito|
Man of the Match:
- Recopa 2010 by Pablo Ciullini on the RSSSF
- El día que Liga Deportiva Universitaria dio la vuelta en Argentina on Bendito Fútbol website, 8 Sep 2019
- El reclamo de Estudiantes por la mala inclusión de un jugador on Infobae, 1 Jun 2020
- Estudiantes va con todo por la Sudamericana 2010 on Goal.com, 1 June 2020
- Conmebol desestima la denuncia de Estudiantes on El Comercio (Peru)
- Official regulations on Conmebol website