Football has been one of the main sports with millions of fans across the world. Fans come together to watch the exhilarating games while cheering their favorite teams and players on from the sidelines and in from large television screens. There are many football leagues, and one of the most important club tournaments in South American football is the Copa Sudamericana.
A game that was first played by the poor folk who didn’t have much time for leisure and found pleasure in this sport are the forefathers of this amazing sport that we all love to watch and take part in.
What is Copa Sudamericana?
The Copa Sudamericana, also known as the CONMEBOL Sudamericana, which began in the year 2002, is an annual international club football competition which is organized by CONMEBOL. Around the world, there are many leagues and tournaments, but this tournament is the second most prestigious club competition in all of South American Football. From the first tournament, the competition has been a game of pure elimination, with the number of teams and rounds varying from one year to the other.
This tournament determines the team which will get the chance to compete in the Recopa Sudamericana. They will also gain eligibility to play in the next edition of South America’s premier club competition, Copa Libertadores, as well as the J. League Cup / Copa Sudamericana Championship. The consecutive champion of the Copa Sudamericana is Defensa y Justicia which is an Argentine club that played against the Lanús, another Argentine club, and won in the most recent match.
The Format of Copa Sudamericana
The tournament has a varying number of teams and rounds each year, and thereby until the year 2016; there were about 47 teams arranged into a knockout format. After the year 2017, there were some changes that stand to this day.
- There is the rule that all teams which gained direct entry to the tournament can enter into the first stage.
- The number of teams permitted to participate went from 47 to 54 teams.
- Direct entry into the competition will be given to 44 teams, and ten teams that have been eliminated from the Copa Libertadores ill have the chance to participate in the second stage of Copa Sudamericana.
These are some of the few format changes that were made in the tournament.
What is Brazil Serie?
Brazil Serie is known as the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A and is the popular Brazilian professional league specifically for men’s football clubs. Brazil, despite its short history in the football world, has made such a huge impact with its world-famous players and teams. The Brazil Serie is considered one of the strongest leagues in the world because of the number of champion world titles. A total of 10 championships have been won in the Brazil Serie by six clubs. It is a league of legends where the world watches the greatest sport unfold in a fierce battle.
What is Sao Januário Stadium?
Estádio São Januário also known as Sao Januário Stadium opened with a match between Vasco da Gama and Santos (5-3) on 21 April 1927. Even though it lost its importance pretty fast, Sao Januário Stadium was one of the largest in South America and Brazil until the opening of Pacaembu in 1940. It is located in the city of Rio de Janeiro and has been the site of some of the greatest leagues and tournaments. Sao Januário Stadium hosted the Campeonato Brasileiro, Copa Libertadores, Campeonato Carioca and Copa do Brasil.
The world of football has always been beloved by many and Copa Sudamericana, as well as the Brazil Serie, has gained great popularity by their close call games that are a treat to the fans. Stadiums such as the Sao Januário Stadium have served as hosts to many games and are home to countless trophies and championships. To all those who love football, these tournaments continue to bring forth legend and promising players to the field.