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2012 Copa Libertadores

The 2012 Copa Libertadores de América (officially the 2012 Copa Santander Libertadores for sponsorship reasons) was the 53rd edition of the Copa Libertadores de América, South America's premier international club football tournament organized by CONMEBOL. It ran from January 24 to July 4, 2012. Santos were the defending champions, but lost to Corinthians in the semifinals.

2012 Copa Libertadores de América
2012 Copa Libertadores da América
Tournament details
DatesJanuary 24 – July 4, 2012
Teams38 (from 11 associations)
Final positions
ChampionsBrazil Corinthians (1st title)
Runners-upArgentina Boca Juniors
Tournament statistics
Matches played138
Goals scored364 (2.64 per match)
Top scorer(s)Argentina Matías Alustiza
Brazil Neymar
(8 goals each)
Best player(s)Qatar Emerson[1]
2011
2013

São Paulo-based club Corinthians won the competition, with an undefeated campaign, after defeating six-time champion Boca Juniors in the finals. It is Corinthians' first Libertadores title. By winning the competition, Corinthians won the right to play in the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup and the 2013 Recopa Sudamericana.

Qualified teamsEdit

Association Team (Berth) Entry stage Qualification method
  Argentina
5 berths
Vélez Sársfield (Argentina 1) Second Stage 2011 Clausura champion
Boca Juniors (Argentina 2) 2011 Apertura champion
Lanús (Argentina 3) 2011 tournaments aggregate table best non-champion
Godoy Cruz (Argentina 4) 2011 tournaments aggregate table 2nd best non-champion
Arsenal (Argentina 5) First Stage 2011 Copa Sudamericana best performing team not yet qualified
  Bolivia
3 berths
Bolívar (Bolivia 1) Second Stage 2011 Adecuación champion
The Strongest (Bolivia 2) 2011 Apertura champion
Real Potosí (Bolivia 3) First Stage 2011 Adecuación runner-up
  Brazil
5+1 berths
Santos (Brazil 1) Second Stage 2011 Copa Libertadores de América champion
Corinthians (Brazil 2) 2011 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A champion
Vasco da Gama (Brazil 3) 2011 Copa do Brasil champion
Fluminense (Brazil 4) 2011 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A 3rd place
Flamengo (Brazil 5) First Stage 2011 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A 4th place
Internacional (Brazil 6) 2011 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A 5th place
  Chile
3 berths
Universidad de Chile (Chile 1) Second Stage 2011 Apertura champion and 2011 Copa Sudamericana champion
Universidad Católica (Chile 2) 2011 Primera División aggregate table best non-champion
Unión Española (Chile 3) First Stage 2011 Primera División aggregate table 2nd best non-champion
  Colombia
3 berths
Atlético Nacional (Colombia 1) Second Stage 2011 Apertura champion
Junior (Colombia 2) 2011 Finalización champion
Once Caldas (Colombia 3) First Stage 2011 Primera A aggregate table best non-champion
  Ecuador
3 berths
Deportivo Quito (Ecuador 1) Second Stage 2011 Serie A champion
Emelec (Ecuador 2) 2011 Serie A runner-up
El Nacional (Ecuador 3) First Stage 2011 Serie A 3rd place
  Paraguay
3 berths
Olimpia (Paraguay 1) Second Stage 2011 Primera División aggregate table best champion
Nacional (Paraguay 2) 2011 Primera División aggregate table 2nd best champion
Libertad (Paraguay 3) First Stage 2011 Primera División aggregate table best non-champion
  Peru
3 berths
Juan Aurich (Peru 1) Second Stage 2011 Descentralizado champion
Alianza Lima (Peru 2) 2011 Descentralizado runner-up
Sport Huancayo (Peru 3) First Stage 2011 Descentralizado 3rd place
  Uruguay
3 berths
Nacional (Uruguay 1) Second Stage 2010–11 Primera División champion
Defensor Sporting (Uruguay 2) 2010–11 Primera División runner-up
Peñarol (Uruguay 3) First Stage 2010–11 Primera División aggregate table 3rd place
  Venezuela
3 berths
Deportivo Táchira (Venezuela 1) Second Stage 2010–11 Primera División champion
Zamora (Venezuela 2) 2010–11 Primera División runner-up
Caracas (Venezuela 3) First Stage 2010–11 Primera División aggregate table best non-finalist
  Mexico
(CONCACAF)
3 invitees
Guadalajara (Mexico 1) Second Stage 2011 Apertura classification phase best eligible team
Cruz Azul (Mexico 2) 2011 Apertura classification phase 2nd best eligible team
UANL (Mexico 3) First Stage 2011 Apertura classification phase 3rd best eligible team

DrawEdit

The draw of the tournament was held on November 25, 2011, at 15:00 UTC−03:00, in Luque, Paraguay.[2][3]

For the first stage, each of the six ties contains one team from each pot. For the second stage, each of the eight groups contains one team from each pot. Teams from the same association in Pots 1 and 3 cannot be placed in the same group. However, a first stage winner may be drawn with a team from the same association in the second stage.

As per agreement when deciding the seeding for the 2011 Copa Libertadores, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay all had their berth 1 teams be seeded teams for 2012 instead of the berth 1 teams from Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela for 2011.

First Stage
Pot 1 Pot 2
Second Stage
Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

Teams had not yet fully qualified to the specific berth when the draw took place.[3]

ScheduleEdit

All dates listed are Wednesdays, but matches may be played on the day before (Tuesdays) and after (Thursdays) as well.[3]

Stage First leg Second leg
First Stage January 25 February 1
Second Stage February 8, 15, 22
March 7, 14, 21, 28
April 4, 11, 18
Round of 16 April 25
May 2
May 9
Quarterfinals May 16 May 23
Semifinals June 13 June 20
Finals June 27 July 4

First stageEdit

The First Stage, played in home-and-away two-legged format, began on January 24 and ended on February 2.[4] Team 1 played the second leg at home.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Sport Huancayo   1–4   Arsenal 0–3 1–1
Flamengo   3–2   Real Potosí 1–2 2–0
Caracas   1–5   Peñarol 0–4 1–1
Libertad   4–2   El Nacional 0–1 4–1
Once Caldas   2–3   Internacional 0–1 2–2
UANL   2–3   Unión Española 0–1 2–2

Second stageEdit

The second stage, played in home-and-away round-robin format, began on February 7 and ended on April 19.[4] The top two teams from each group advanced to the Round of 16.

Group 1Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts SAN INT STR AUR
  Santos 6 4 1 1 12 5 +7 13 3–1 2–0 2–0
  Internacional 6 2 2 2 10 6 +4 8 1–1 5–0 2–0
  The Strongest 6 2 1 3 5 11 −6 7 2–1 1–1 2–1
  Juan Aurich 6 2 0 4 4 9 −5 6 1–3 1–0 1–0

Group 2Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts LAN EME FLA OLI
  Lanús 6 3 1 2 11 6 +5 10 1–0 1–1 6–0
  Emelec 6 3 0 3 7 8 −1 9 0–2 3–2 1–0
  Flamengo 6 2 2 2 12 10 +2 8 3–0 1–0 3–3
  Olimpia 6 2 1 3 10 16 −6 7 2–1 2–3 3–2

Group 3Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts UE BOL JUN UC
  Unión Española 6 3 1 2 10 7 +3 10 2–1 2–0 1–1
  Bolívar 6 3 1 2 9 7 +2 10 1–3 2–1 3–0
  Junior 6 2 1 3 8 8 0 7 2–1 0–1 3–0
  Universidad Católica 6 1 3 2 6 11 −5 6 2–1 1–1 2–2

Group 4Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts FLU BOC ARS ZAM
  Fluminense 6 5 0 1 7 4 +3 15 0–2 1–0 1–0
  Boca Juniors 6 4 1 1 9 3 +6 13 1–2 2–0 2–0
  Arsenal 6 2 0 4 6 7 −1 6 1–2 1–2 3–0
  Zamora 6 0 1 5 0 8 −8 1 0–1 0–0 0–1

Group 5Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts LIB VAS NAC ALI
  Libertad 6 4 1 1 11 7 +4 13 1–1 2–1 4–1
  Vasco da Gama 6 4 1 1 10 6 +4 13 2–0 1–2 3–2
  Nacional 6 2 0 4 5 7 −2 6 1–2 0–1 1–0
  Alianza Lima 6 1 0 5 6 12 −6 3 1–2 1–2 1–0

Group 6Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts COR CAZ NAC TAC
  Corinthians 6 4 2 0 13 2 +11 14 1–0 2–0 6–0
  Cruz Azul 6 3 2 1 11 4 +7 11 0–0 4–1 4–0
  Nacional 6 1 1 4 6 13 −7 4 1–3 1–2 3–2
  Deportivo Táchira 6 0 3 3 4 15 −11 3 1–1 1–1 0–0

Group 7Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts VEL QUI DEF GDL
  Vélez Sársfield 6 4 0 2 10 6 +4 12 1–0 1–3 3–0
  Deportivo Quito 6 3 1 2 11 4 +7 10 3–0 2–0 5–0
  Defensor Sporting 6 3 0 3 6 7 −1 9 0–3 2–0 1–0
  Guadalajara 6 1 1 4 2 12 −10 4 0–2 1–1 1–0

Group 8Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts UCH ATN GOD PEÑ
  Universidad de Chile 6 4 1 1 11 6 +5 13 2–1 5–1 2–1
  Atlético Nacional 6 3 2 1 16 8 +8 11 2–0 2–2 3–0
  Godoy Cruz 6 1 2 3 10 16 −6 5 0–1 4–4 1–0
  Peñarol 6 1 1 4 6 13 −7 4 1–1 0–4 4–2

Knockout stagesEdit

The last four stages of the tournament (Round of 16, Quarterfinals, Semifinals, and Finals), played in home-and-away two-legged format, form a single-elimination tournament, contested by the sixteen teams which advance from the Second Stage.[5]

SeedingEdit

The 16 qualified teams are seeded in the knockout stages according to their results in the second stage, with the group winners seeded 1–8, and the group runners-up seeded 9–16.[5] The teams were ranked by: 1. Points (Pts); 2. Goal difference (GD); 3. Goals scored (GF); 4. Away goals (AG); 5. Drawing of lots.

Teams qualified as group winners
Seed Team Pts GD GF AG
1   Fluminense 15 +3 7 5
2   Corinthians 14 +11 13 4
3   Santos 13 +7 12 5
4   Universidad de Chile 13 +5 11 2
5   Libertad 13 +4 11 4
6   Vélez Sársfield 12 +4 10 5
7   Lanús 10 +5 11 3
8   Unión Española 10 +3 10 5
Teams qualified as group runners-up
Seed Team Pts GD GF AG
9   Boca Juniors 13 +5 9 4
10   Vasco da Gama 13 +4 10 4
11   Atlético Nacional 11 +8 16 9
12   Cruz Azul 11 +7 11 3
13   Deportivo Quito 10 +7 11 1
14   Bolívar 10 +2 9 3
15   Emelec 9 −1 7 3
16   Internacional 8 +4 10 2

BracketEdit

  Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                                             
2   Corinthians 0 3  
15   Emelec 0 0  
  2   Corinthians 0 1  
  10   Vasco da Gama 0 0  
7   Lanús 1 2 (4)
10   Vasco da Gama (p) 2 1 (5)  
  2   Corinthians 1 1  
  3   Santos 0 1  
3   Santos 1 8  
14   Bolívar 2 0  
  3   Santos (p) 0 1 (4)
  6   Vélez Sársfield 1 0 (2)  
6   Vélez Sársfield 1 1
11   Atlético Nacional 0 1  
  2   Corinthians 1 2
  9   Boca Juniors 1 0
4   U. de Chile 1 6  
13   Deportivo Quito 4 0  
  4   U. de Chile (p) 1 1 (5)
  5   Libertad 1 1 (3)  
5   Libertad 1 2
12   Cruz Azul 1 0  
  4   U. de Chile 0 0
  9   Boca Juniors 2 0  
1   Fluminense 0 2  
16   Internacional 0 1  
  1   Fluminense 0 1
  9   Boca Juniors 1 1  
8   Unión Española 1 2
9   Boca Juniors 2 3  

Round of 16Edit

The Round of 16 began on April 25 and ended on May 10.[6] Team 1 played the second leg at home.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Fluminense   2–1   Internacional 0–0 2–1
Corinthians   3–0   Emelec 0–0 3–0
Santos   9–2   Bolívar 1–2 8–0
Universidad de Chile   7–4   Deportivo Quito 1–4 6–0
Libertad   3–1   Cruz Azul 1–1 2–0
Vélez Sársfield   2–1   Atlético Nacional 1–0 1–1
Lanús   3–3 (4–5 p)   Vasco da Gama 1–2 2–1
Unión Española   3–5   Boca Juniors 1–2 2–3

QuarterfinalsEdit

The Quarterfinals began on May 16 and ended on May 24.[7] Team 1 played the second leg at home.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Fluminense   1–2   Boca Juniors 0–1 1–1
Corinthians   1–0   Vasco da Gama 0–0 1–0
Santos   1–1 (4–2 p)   Vélez Sársfield 0–1 1–0
Universidad de Chile   2–2 (5–3 p)   Libertad 1–1 1–1

SemifinalsEdit

The Semifinals began on June 13 and ended on June 21.[8] Team 1 played the second leg at home.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Corinthians   2–1   Santos 1–0 1–1
Universidad de Chile   0–2   Boca Juniors 0–2 0–0

FinalsEdit

The Finals were played over two legs, with the higher-seeded team playing the second leg at home. If the teams were tied on points and goal difference at the end of regulation in the second leg, the away goals rule would not be applied and 30 minutes of extra time would be played. If still tied after extra time, the title would be decided by penalty shootout.[5]


Corinthians won on points 3–1.

Copa Libertadores de América
2012 Champion
 
Corinthians
First Title

Top goalscorersEdit

AwardsEdit

NotesEdit

Brazilian coach Ricardo Ferretti sent a team of substitutes of Tigres UANL, and was heavily criticized by the Latin press that claimed that he had "ignored" the competition.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Emerson Sheik recebe troféu de melhor jogador da Libertadores e aponta, humilde: 'O prêmio é de todos nós'" [Emerson Sheik receives award for best player of the Libertadores and points, humble: "This award is for all of us'] (in Portuguese). globo. November 24, 2012. Retrieved January 29, 2013.
  2. ^ "Libertadores: el sorteo será el 25/11" (in Spanish). CONMEBOL. October 4, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c "Impactante Sorteo de la CSL 2012" (in Spanish). CONMEBOL. November 25, 2011. Archived from the original on November 28, 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Programa de Partidos – Copa Santander Libertadores de América 2012" (PDF) (in Spanish). CONMEBOL. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-01-31.
  5. ^ a b c "Copa Santander Libertadores 2012: reglamento del torneo" (PDF) (in Spanish). CONMEBOL. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-03-24. In each tie, the team with the higher seed will play at home in the second leg.
  6. ^ "Copa Santander Libertadores: programa de octavos de final" (in Spanish). CONMEBOL. April 19, 2012.
  7. ^ "Libertadores: programa de 4tos de final" (in Spanish). CONMEBOL. May 11, 2012.
  8. ^ "Libertadores: las semis ya tienen fecha" (in Spanish). CONMEBOL. May 28, 2012.
  9. ^ "Copa Santander Libertadores — Goleadores" (in Spanish). CONMEBOL.
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  19. ^ "Cvitanich, el jugador de la 9a semana" [Cvitanich, the player of the 9th week] (in Spanish). CONMEBOL. April 13, 2012. Retrieved April 13, 2012.
  20. ^ "Alustiza, el jugador de la 10a semana" [Alustiza, the player of the 10th week] (in Spanish). CONMEBOL. April 21, 2012. Retrieved April 21, 2012.
  21. ^ "Martínez, el jugador de la 12a semana" [Martínez, the player of the 12th week] (in Spanish). CONMEBOL. May 5, 2012. Retrieved May 5, 2012.
  22. ^ "Riquelme, el mejor de la 13a semana" [Riquelme, the player of the 13th week] (in Spanish). CONMEBOL. May 12, 2012. Retrieved May 12, 2012.
  23. ^ "Obolo, el jugador de la 14a semana" [Obolo, the player of the 14th week] (in Spanish). CONMEBOL. May 19, 2012. Retrieved May 19, 2012.
  24. ^ "Herrera, el jugador de la 15a semana" [Herrera, the player of the 15th week] (in Spanish). CONMEBOL. May 26, 2012. Retrieved May 26, 2012.
  25. ^ "Corinthians gana el Trofeo Fair Play" [Corinthians won the Fair Play Trophy] (in Spanish). CONMEBOL. September 25, 2012. Retrieved September 25, 2012.

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