Copa Sudamericana

The CONMEBOL Sudamericana, named as Copa Sudamericana (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkopa suðameɾiˈkana]; Portuguese: Copa Sul-Americana [ˈkɔpɐ ˈsulɐmeɾiˈkɐnɐ]), is an annual international club football competition organized by CONMEBOL since 2002.[1] It is the second-most prestigious club competition in South American football. CONCACAF clubs were invited between 2004 and 2008.[2] The CONMEBOL Sudamericana began in 2002, replacing the separate competitions Copa Merconorte and Copa Mercosur (that had replaced Copa CONMEBOL) by a single competition.[1][2] Since its introduction, the competition has been a pure elimination tournament with the number of rounds and teams varying from year to year.

CONMEBOL Sudamericana
CONMEBOL Sudamericana logo (2017).svg
Organizing bodyCONMEBOL
Founded2002; 20 years ago (2002)
RegionSouth America
Number of teams47 (from 10 associations)
Qualifier forRecopa Sudamericana
Suruga Bank Championship
Related competitionsCopa Libertadores
Current champion(s)Ecuador Independiente del Valle
(2nd title)
Most successful club(s)
Television broadcastersList of broadcasters
2022 Copa Sudamericana

The CONMEBOL Sudamericana is considered a merger of defunct tournaments such as the Copa CONMEBOL, Copa Mercosur and Copa Merconorte.[3][4][5][6] The winner of the Copa Sudamericana becomes eligible to play in the Recopa Sudamericana.[7] They gain entry onto the next edition of the Copa Libertadores, South America's premier club competition, and also contest the J.League Cup / Copa Sudamericana Championship.

The reigning champion of the competition is Ecuadorian club Independiente del Valle, who defeated Brazilian club São Paulo in the most recent final.

Argentine clubs have accumulated the most victories with nine while containing the largest number of different winning teams, with a total of seven clubs having won the title. The cup has been won by 17 different clubs. Argentine clubs Boca Juniors and Independiente as well as Brazilian club Athletico Paranaense and Ecuadorian club Independiente del Valle are the most successful clubs in the cup's history, having won the tournament twice, with Boca Juniors being the only one to achieve it back-to-back, in 2004 and 2005.


Boca Juniors, Independiente, Athletico Paranaense, and Independiente del Valle are currently the most successful clubs with two titles each

In 1992, the Copa CONMEBOL was an international football tournament created for South American clubs that did not qualify for the Copa Libertadores and Supercopa Sudamericana.[8] This tournament was discontinued in 1999 and replaced by the Copa Merconorte and Copa Mercosur. These tournaments started in 1998 but were discontinued in 2001.[9][10] A Pan-American club cup competition was intended, under the name of Copa Pan-Americana, but instead, the Copa Sudamericana was introduced in 2002 as a single-elimination tournament with the reigning Copa Mercosur champion, San Lorenzo.[11]


Until 2016 the tournament comprised 47 teams in a knockout format, with the Argentine and Brazilian teams getting byes to the second round and the defending champions entering the competition in the round of 16.[12] Starting from the 2017 edition, the tournament implemented the following format changes:[13][14][15][16]

  • The tournament was expanded from 47 to 54 teams.
  • A total of 44 teams would directly enter the Copa Sudamericana, while a total of 10 teams eliminated from the Copa Libertadores (two best teams eliminated in the third stage of qualifying and eight third-placed teams in the group stage) would be transferred to the Copa Sudamericana, entering the competition in the second stage.[17]
  • The schedule of the tournament was extended to year-round so it would start in February and conclude in December.
  • As the Copa Libertadores and the Copa Sudamericana would be held concurrently, no team would be able to qualify for both tournaments in the same year (except those which were transferred from the Copa Libertadores to the Copa Sudamericana).
  • The Copa Sudamericana champions would no longer directly qualify for the next edition as they would now directly qualify for the group stage of the Copa Libertadores (although they would still be able to defend their title if they finished third in the group stage).
  • Brazil would be allocated six berths, decreased from eight.
  • All teams directly entering the Copa Sudamericana would enter the first stage.[17]


The tournament shares its name with the trophy, also called the Copa Sudamericana or simply la Sudamericana, which is awarded to the Copa Sudamericana winner.[18]

La Otra Mitad de La GloriaEdit

La Otra Mitad de La Gloria (The other half of glory) is a promotional Spanish phrase used in the context of winning or attempting on winning the Copa Sudamericana.[19] It is a term widely used by Spanish-speaking media. The tournament itself has become highly regarded among its participants since its inception. In 2004, Cienciano's conquest of the trophy ignited a party across Peru.[20] The Mexican football federation regards Pachuca's victory in 2006 as the most important title won by any Mexican club.[21]


Like the Copa Libertadores, the Copa Sudamericana was sponsored by a group of multinational corporations. Like the premier South American club football tournament forementioned, the competition used a single, main sponsor. The first major sponsor was Nissan Motors, who signed an 8-year contract with CONMEBOL in 2003.[citation needed]

However, the competition has had many secondary sponsors that invest in the tournament as well. Many of these sponsors are nationally based but have expanded to other nations. Nike supplies the official match ball, as they do for all other CONMEBOL competitions.[22] Embratel, a brand of Telmex, is the only telecommunications sponsor of the tournament.[23] Individual clubs may wear jerseys with advertising, even if such sponsors conflict with those of the Copa Sudamericana.[24]

Prize moneyEdit

Clubs in the Copa Sudamericana receive $400,000 for qualifying for the competition. Afterwards, each club earns $90,000 per home match.[25] That amount is derived from television rights and stadium advertising.[25] In addition, CONMEBOL pays $500,000 to the winners.[25]

Media coverageEdit

Starting 2019 season, DirecTV (Latin America, exclude Brazil) and DAZN (Brazil) broadcast the Copa and Recopa Sudamericana coverage until 2022 from the previous broadcaster, Fox Sports (Latin America) and the CONMEBOL Libertadores-Sudamericana broadcast package are separate.[26][27] RedeTV! (Brazil) will also broadcast the tournament.[28]

Records and statisticsEdit

Claudio Morel Rodríguez has won a record three Copa Sudamericana medals.

Claudio Morel Rodríguez is the only player to have won three Copa Sudamericana winners' medals.[29]

As of the end of the 2014 tournament, LDU Quito and São Paulo have played most games in the tournament (50).[30]


Performance in the Copa Sudamericana by club
Club Titles Runners-up Seasons won Seasons runner-up
  Boca Juniors 2 2004, 2005
  Independiente 2 2010, 2017
  Athletico Paranaense 2 2018, 2021
  Independiente del Valle 2 2019, 2022
  LDU Quito 1 1 2009 2011
  São Paulo 1 1 2012 2022
  Lanús 1 1 2013 2020
  River Plate 1 1 2014 2003
  San Lorenzo 1 2002
  Cienciano 1 2003
  Pachuca 1 2006
  Arsenal 1 2007
  Internacional 1 2008
  Universidad de Chile 1 2011
  Santa Fe 1 2015
  Chapecoense 1 2016
  Defensa y Justicia 1 2020
  Atlético Nacional 0 3
2002, 2014, 2016
  Bolívar 0 1
  UNAM 0 1
  Colo-Colo 0 1
  América 0 1
  Estudiantes 0 1
  Fluminense 0 1
  Goiás 0 1
  Tigre 0 1
  Ponte Preta 0 1
  Huracán 0 1
  Flamengo 0 1
  Junior 0 1
  Colón 0 1
  Red Bull Bragantino 0 1

Performances by nationEdit

Performances in finals by nation
Nation Titles Runners-up Total
  Argentina 9 6 15
  Brazil 5 6 11
  Ecuador 3 1 4
  Colombia 1 4 5
  Mexico 1 2 3
  Chile 1 1 2
  Peru 1 0 1
  Bolivia 0 1 1



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