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The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL, /ˈkɒnmɪbɒl/; Spanish: Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol;[1] Portuguese: Confederação Sul-Americana de Futebol[2] or CSF) is the continental governing body of association football in South America (apart from Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana) and it is one of FIFA's six continental confederations. The oldest continental confederation in the world, its headquarters are located in Luque, Paraguay, near Asunción. CONMEBOL is responsible for the organization and governance of South American football's major international tournaments. With 10 member football associations, it has the fewest members of all the confederations in FIFA.

South American Football Confederation
CONMEBOL logo (2017).svg
CONMEBOL member associations map.svg
Abbreviation CONMEBOL
Formation 9 July 1916; 101 years ago (1916-07-09)
Type Federation of national associations
Headquarters Luque (Gran Asunción), Paraguay
Coordinates 25°15′38″S 57°30′58″W / 25.26056°S 57.51611°W / -25.26056; -57.51611
Region served
South America
Membership
10 member associations
Official languages
Spanish, Portuguese
Alejandro Domínguez
Vice Presidents
Ramón Jesurún (1st)
Laureano González (2nd)
Arturo Salah (3rd)
Treasurer
Rolando López
Parent organization
FIFA
Website www.CONMEBOL.com

CONMEBOL national teams have won nine FIFA World Cups (Brazil five, Uruguay two and Argentina two), and CONMEBOL clubs have won 22 Intercontinental Cups and four FIFA Club World Cups. Argentina and Uruguay have won two Olympic gold medals each, Brazil has won one Olympic gold medal. It is considered one of the strongest confederations in the world.

The World Cup qualifiers of CONMEBOL have been described as the "toughest qualifiers in the world", for their simple round-robin system, entry of some of the top national teams in the world, leveling of the weaker national teams, climate conditions, geographic conditions, strong home stands and passionate supporters.[3][4] Currently, the Confederation is planning to create the first women's qualification to the FIFA Women's World Cup to replace the Copa América Femenina.

Juan Ángel Napout was the president of CONMEBOL until 3 December 2015 when he was arrested in a raid in Switzerland as part of the U.S. Justice Department's bribery case involving FIFA. Wilmar Valdez (Uruguay) was interim president until 26 January 2016 when Alejandro Domínguez (Paraguay) was elected president. The Vice Presidents are Ramón Jesurum (Colombia), Laureano González (Venezuela), and Arturo Salah (Chile).

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HistoryEdit

 
The old logo, used between 1989 and 2017, featured the flags of every member of the confederation

In 1916, the first edition of the "Campeonato Sudamericano de Fútbol" (South-American Football Championship), now known as the "Copa América", was contested in Argentina to commemorate the centenary of the Argentine Declaration of Independence. The four participating associations of that tournament gathered together in order to officially create a governing body to facilitate the organization of the tournament. Thus, CONMEBOL was founded on 9 July 1916, Argentine Independence Day, under the initiative of Uruguayan Héctor Rivadavia Gómez, but approved by the football associations of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay. The constitutional congress on 15 December of that same year ratified the decision.

Over the years, the other football associations in South America joined, with the last being Venezuela in 1952. Guyana, Suriname, and the French overseas department of French Guiana, while geographically in South America, are not part of CONMEBOL. Consisting of a French territory, a former British territory, and a former Dutch territory, and located near the Caribbean Sea, they are part of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), mainly due to historical, cultural, and sporting reasons. With ten member nations, CONMEBOL is the smallest and the only fully continental land-based FIFA confederation (no insular countries or associates from different continents).

MembersEdit

Country Association Founded Joined National team Top division
  Argentina AFA 1893 1916 ARG (M, W) Primera División
  Bolivia FBF 1925 1926 BOL (M, W) Liga Profesional
  Brazil CBF 1914 1916 BRA (M, W) Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
  Chile FFC 1895 1916 CHI (M, W) Primera División
  Colombia FCF 1924 1936 COL (M, W) Primera A
  Ecuador FEF 1925 1927 ECU (M, W) Serie A
  Paraguay APF 1906 1921 PAR (M, W) División Profesional
  Peru FPF 1922 1925 PER (M, W) Primera División
  Uruguay AUF 1900 1916 URU (M, W) Primera División
  Venezuela FVF 1926 1952 VEN (M, W) Primera División

CompetitionsEdit

InternationalEdit

The main competition for men's national teams is the Copa América, started in 1916. CONMEBOL also runs national competitions at Under-20, Under-17 and Under-15 levels. For women's national teams, CONMEBOL operates the Copa América Femenina for senior national sides, as well as Under-20 and Under-17 championships.

In futsal there is the Copa América de Futsal and Campeonato Sudamericano de Futsal Sub-20. The Campeonato Sudamericano Femenino de Futsal is the women's equivalent to the man's tournament.

ClubEdit

CONMEBOL also runs the two main club competitions in South America: the Copa Libertadores was first held in 1960 and the Copa Sudamericana was launched by CONMEBOL in 2002 as an indirect successor to the Supercopa Libertadores (begun in 1988). A third competition, the Copa CONMEBOL, started in 1992 and was abolished in 1999. In women's football CONMEBOL also conducts the Copa Libertadores Femenina for club teams. The competition was first held in 2009.

The Recopa Sudamericana pits the past year's winners of the Copa Libertadores against the winners of the Copa Sudamericana (previously the winners of the Supercopa Libertadores), and came into being in 1989.

The Intercontinental Cup was jointly organised with UEFA between the Copa Libertadores and the UEFA Champions League winners.

Current championsEdit

Competitions Champion Title Runner-Up Next Edition
Clubs
Copa Libertadores de América   Grêmio 3rd   Lanús 2018
Copa Libertadores Femenina   Audax 1st   Colo-Colo 2018
Copa Sudamericana   Chapecoense 1st   Atlético Nacional 2017
Recopa Sudamericana   Atlético Nacional 1st   Chapecoense 2018
Copa Libertadores de Futsal   Carlos Barbosa 5th   Cerro Porteño 2018
Copa Libertadores Femenina de Futsal   Unochapecó 2nd   Sport Colonial 2018
U-20 Copa Libertadores   São Paulo 1st   Liverpool 2018
Copa Libertadores de Beach Soccer   Vasco da Gama 2nd   Malvin 2018
Nations Men
Copa América   Chile 2nd   Argentina 2019
South American Under-20 Championship   Uruguay 8th   Ecuador 2019
South American Under-17 Championship   Brazil 12th   Chile 2019
South American Under-15 Championship   Argentina 1st   Brazil 2019
Copa América de Futsal   Brazil 10th   Argentina 2019
South American Under-20 Futsal Championship   Argentina 1st   Brazil 2018
South American Under-17 Futsal Championship   Brazil 1st   Argentina 2018
CONMEBOL Beach Soccer Championship   Brazil 6th   Paraguay 2019
Nations Women
Copa América Femenina   Brazil 6th   Colombia 2018
South American Under-20 Women's Football Championship   Brazil 7th   Venezuela 2018
South American Under-17 Women's Football Championship   Venezuela 2nd   Brazil 2018
Copa América Femenina de Futsal   Colombia 1st   Uruguay 2017
South American Under-20 Women's Futsal Championship   Brazil 1st   Colombia 2018

CONMEBOL CompetitionsEdit

World Cup participation and resultsEdit

Legend
  • 1st – Champion
  • 2nd – Runner-up
  •  3rd  – Third Place[6]
  • 4th – Fourth place
  • QF – Quarterfinals
  • R16 – Round of 16 (since 1986: knockout round of 16)
  • R2 – Second round (for the 1974, 1978, and 1982 tournaments, which had two group stages)
  • GS – Group Stage (in the 1950, 1974, 1978, and 1982 tournaments, which had two group stages, this refers to the first group stage)
  • 1S – First Knockout Stage (1934–1938 Single-elimination tournament)
  • Q — Qualified for upcoming tournament
  •    — Did not qualify
  •     — Did not enter / Withdrew / Banned
  •     — Hosts

Men'sEdit

Team  
1930
 
1934
 
1938
 
1950
 
1954
 
1958
 
1962
 
1966
 
1970
 
1974
 
1978
 
1982
 
1986
 
1990
 
1994
 
1998
 
 
2002
 
2006
 
2010
 
2014
 
2018
 
2022
Total
Appearances
inclusive
WC Qual.
  Brazil GS 1S 3rd 2nd QF 1st 1st GS 1st 4th 3rd R2 QF R16 1st 2nd 1st QF QF 4th Q 21 21
  Argentina 2nd 1S GS GS QF R2 1st R2 1st 2nd R16 QF GS QF QF 2nd Q 17 18
  Uruguay 1st 1st 4th GS QF 4th GS R16 R16 GS 4th R16 Q 13 19
  Chile GS GS 3rd GS GS GS R16 R16 R16 9 18
  Paraguay GS GS GS R16 R16 R16 GS QF 8 19
  Colombia GS R16 GS GS QF Q 6 16
  Peru GS QF R2 GS Q 5 17
  Bolivia GS GS GS 3 18
  Ecuador GS R16 GS 3 15
  Venezuela 0 13
Combined CONMEBOL Appearances 7 2 1 5 2 3 5 4 3 4 3 4 4 4 4 5 5 4 5 6 5 TBD 85
inclusive World Cup Qualification 7 2 1 5 4 8 9 10 10 9 10 10 10 10 9 10 10 10 10 10 10 TBD 174

Women'sEdit

Team  
1991
 
1995
 
1999
 
2003
 
2007
 
2011
 
2015
 
2019
Total inclusive
WC Qual.
  Argentina GS GS 2 6
  Bolivia 0 6
  Brazil GS GS 3rd QF 2nd QF R16 7 7
  Chile 0 7
  Colombia GS R16 2 5
  Ecuador GS 1 6
  Paraguay 0 5
  Peru 0 5
  Uruguay 0 5
  Venezuela 0 6
Total 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 TBD 12
inclusive World Cup Qualification 3 5 10 10 10 10 10 TBD 58

FIFA Confederations CupEdit

Legend
  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • 4th – Fourth place
  • GS – Group stage
  • Q — Qualified for upcoming tournament
  •  ••  — Qualified but withdrew
  •  •  — Did not qualify
  •  ×  — Did not enter / Withdrew from the Copa América or withdrew from the Confederations Cup / Banned
  •    — Hosts
Team 1992
 
1995
 
1997
 
1999
 
2001
 
 
2003
 
2005
 
2009
 
2013
 
2017
 
2021
 
Total
  Argentina 1st 2nd × 2nd 3
  Bolivia GS 1
  Brazil × 1st 2nd 4th GS 1st 1st 1st 7
  Chile 2nd 1
  Colombia 4th 1
  Uruguay 4th 4th 2
Total 1 1 2 2 1 2 2 1 2 1

FIFA Futsal World CupEdit

Legend
  • 1st — Champions
  • 2nd — Runners-up
  • 3rd — Third place
  • 4th — Fourth place
  • QF — Quarterfinals
  • R2 — Round 2 (1989–2008, second group stage, top 8; 2012–present: knockout round of 16)
  • R1 — Round 1
  • Q — Qualified for upcoming tournament
  •    — Hosts
Nation 1989
 
1992
 
1996
 
2000
 
2004
 
2008
 
2012
 
2016
 
Years
  Argentina R2 R2 R1 R2 4th R2 QF 1st 8
  Brazil 1st 1st 1st 2nd 3rd 1st 1st R2 8
  Colombia 4th R2 2
  Paraguay R2 R1 R1 R2 R2 QF 6
  Uruguay R2 R1 R1 3
Nations 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 4

FIFA Beach Soccer World CupEdit

Legend
  • 1st — Champions
  • 2nd — Runners-up
  • 3rd — Third place
  • 4th — Fourth place
  • QF — Quarterfinals (1999–2001, 2004–present)
  • R1 — Round 1
  • q — Qualified for upcoming tournament
  •  ••  — Qualified but withdrew
  •  •  — Did not qualify
  •     — Hosts
1995
 
(8)
1996
 
(8)
1997
 
(8)
1998
 
(10)
1999
 
(12)
2000
 
(12)
2001
 
(12)
2002
 
(8)
2003
 
(8)
2004
 
(12)
2005
 
(12)
2006
 
(12)
2007
 
(16)
2008
 
(16)
2009
 
(16)
2011
 
(16)
2013
 
(16)
2015
 
(16)
2017
 
(16)
Total Participations
  Argentina R1
7th
R1
8th
4th R1
8th
R1
10th
3rd R1
8th
QF
7th
QF
8th
QF
5th
R1
11th
QF
5th
R1
9th
R1
11th
QF
8th
R1
12th
16/19
  Brazil 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 4th 1st 1st 1st 3rd 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd 3rd QF
5th
1st 19/19
  Chile R1
9th
1/19
  Ecuador R1
16th
1/19
  Paraguay R1
9th
R1
11th
QF
7th
3/19
  Peru 4th 4th 2nd QF
7th
R1
9th
5/19
  Uruguay R1
6th
2nd 2nd 3rd 3rd R1
9th
R1
11th
3rd R1
5th
QF
6th
QF
5th
2nd 3rd QF
7th
4th 15/19
  Venezuela QF
5th
R1
9th
R1
16th
3/19

CorruptionEdit

On 27 May 2015, several CONMEBOL leaders were arrested in Zürich, Switzerland by Swiss police, and indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice on charges of corruption, money laundering, and racketeering.[7] Those swept up in the operation include former CONMEBOL Presidents Eugenio Figueredo and Nicolás Léoz and several football federations presidents such as Carlos Chavez and Sergio Jadue. On 3 December 2015, the CONMEBOL President Juan Ángel Napout was arrested also.[8]

LeadershipEdit

Executive CommitteeEdit

Name Nationality Position
Alejandro Dominguez   Paraguay President[9]
Ramón Jesurún   Colombia 1st Vice President
Laureano González   Venezuela 2nd Vice President
Arturo Salah   Chile 3rd Vice President
Jose Astigarraga   Paraguay General Secretary[10]

Past presidentsEdit

 
Headquarters of CONMEBOL in Luque, Paraguay

RankingsEdit

National teamsEdit

Men's Top FIFA
ranked team

Brazilian national football teamArgentina national football teamBrazilian national football teamColombian national football teamArgentina national football teamColombian national football teamArgentina national football teamUruguayan national football teamBrazilian national football teamArgentina national football teamBrazilian national football teamArgentina national football teamBrazilian national football teamArgentina national football teamBrazilian national football teamArgentina national football teamBrazilian national football teamArgentina national football team 
Men's national teams
FIFA Rankings
   Women's national teams
FIFA Rankings
Rank Nation Points Rank Nation Points
2   Brazil 1619 9   Brazil 1955
4   Argentina 1455 24   Colombia 1756
9   Chile 1173 *   Argentina 1621
10   Peru 1160 40   Chile 1562
13   Colombia 1095 *   Paraguay 1459
17   Uruguay 1034 *   Ecuador 1451
36   Paraguay 750 56   Peru 1409
50   Bolivia 664 62   Venezuela 1388
51   Venezuela 663 *   Uruguay 1361
60   Ecuador 608 83   Bolivia 1217

* Inactive for more than 18 months and therefore not ranked
Men's update: 16 October 2017
Women's update: 1 September 2017

ClubsEdit

Football Database RankingsEdit

Rank Club Points
29   Boca Juniors 1729
42   Santos FC 1684
45   River Plate 1674
51   Corinthians 1661
52   Palmeiras 1656
55   Lanús 1655
56   Independiente 1653
61   Cruzeiro 1648
64   Grêmio 1644
67   San Lorenzo 1642

Last updated: 15 October 2017[11]

IFFHSEdit

Zonal
Ranking
IFFHS
Ranking
Club Points
1 7   Independiente Santa Fe 240
2 9   River Plate 234
3 13   Boca Juniors 220
4 18   Internacional 210
5 21   Emelec 207.5
6 25   Corinthians 198
7 28   Guaraní 193.5
8 29   Racing Club 192
9 32   São Paulo FC 182
10 34   Huracán 178.5

Last updated on: 7 January 2016 – [1]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Spanish pronunciation: [komfeðeɾaˈsjon suðameɾiˈkana ðe ˈfuðβol].
  2. ^ Portuguese pronunciation: [kõfedeɾaˈsɐ̃w ˈsuw.ɐmeɾiˈkɐnɐ dʒi futʃʲˈbɔw].
  3. ^ "La eliminatoria más difícil del mundo". ESPN Desportes (in Spanish). 11 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Vickery, Tim (18 October 2011). "South American WCQ toughest in world". ESPN. 
  5. ^ Las competiciones oficiales de la CONMEBOL
  6. ^ There was no Third Place match in 1930; The United States and Yugoslavia lost in the semifinals. FIFA recognizes the United States as the third-placed team and Yugoslavia as the fourth-placed team using the overall records of the teams in the 1930 FIFA World Cup.
  7. ^ "FIFA Officials Face Corruption Charges in US". 2015-05-27. 
  8. ^ "Arrest of soccer bosses creates power vacuum at CONMEBOL". 2015-12-04. 
  9. ^ "The Executive Committee". CONMEBOL. 
  10. ^ "CONMEBOL". FIFA. 
  11. ^ "World Football / Soccer Clubs Ranking". FootballDatabase. 

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