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Copa Libertadores knockout round features Brazilian, Argentine powers

Fifteen teams fell in the qualifying rounds of the Copa Libertadores, South America's premier club competition. Another 16 failed to make it out of the group phase -- leaving 16 teams, including 11 former champions, to do battle in the knockout rounds.

All the representatives from five countries -- Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Venezuela -- have been eliminated. A pair of teams from Ecuador are the only remaining contestants from the north of the continent, in a field dominated by Brazil and...

CONMEBOL says no more Copa Libertadores finals outside of South America

River Plate beat Boca Juniors in Madrid to lift last season's Copa Libertadores title.

CONMEBOL has rejected any chance of another Copa Libertadores final being played out of South America, as happened last year.

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CONMEBOL President Alejandro Dominguez said at a news conference on Monday there were neither plans nor offers to send the South American club championship another continent any time soon.

Last year, River Plate beat archrival Boca Juniors 3-1 in the second leg of the final in Madrid and won its fourth Copa Libertadores title.

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Tevez sends Boca top of group as Penarol exit Copa Lib before knockouts

From time to time, Europe's Champions League throws up shocks, such as Tottenham's dramatic run to this year's final or Liverpool's amazing comeback to eliminate Barcelona on Tuesday.

In general, though, there is a large dose of predictability. The major honours are shared around a select group of clubs.

In South America's Copa Libertadores, meanwhile, things are more fluid. No one has managed to retain the title since 2001. Successful teams are always being broken up, opening space for rivals to...

CONCACAF president skeptical over Liga MX-MLS Copa Libertadores reports

MONTERREY, Mexico -- CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani isn't buying recent reports suggesting that MLS and Liga MX clubs could soon be competing in the Copa Libertadores.

Montagliani is confident that the focus for clubs in the region remains the CONCACAF Champions League, which Monterrey lifted for the fourth time on Wednesday.

"I can tell you unequivocally that I think that's all media speculation," Montagliani told ESPN FC in Monterrey. "Neither MLS nor Liga MX itself as it relates to...

Flamengo face steep challenge in Ecuador to secure Copa Libertadores progression

On a gloriously sunny afternoon in front of a Maracana stadium packed with fans in their red and black colours, Flamengo beat local rivals Vasco da Gama 2-0 on Sunday in the second leg of the final of the Rio State Championship. This was a repeat of the first-leg scoreline, and so, by a comfortable margin, Flamengo are kings of their own hill, with Rio bragging rights assured.

But there is no time to celebrate. Being champion of Rio de Janeiro is all very well. It is a historic title -- but one which...