While Brazilian clubs have won six of the past seven continental crowns, Ecuador's Independiente del Valle earned an upset win in the Sudamericana.
The only thing standing between Brazilian domination of South American club football is a is Ecuador's Independiente del Valle.
Only a model club from Ecuador stands in the way of Sao Paulo's Copa Sudamericana pursuit and extending Brazilian dominance in club competitions.
Luis Suarez went on as a substitute in his first match since returning to Nacional but couldn't help his club avoid a loss to Atletico Goianiense.
With the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana dominated by Brazilian and Argentine teams, Venezuela's Deportivo Tachira is rising above it all.
With their second Copa Sudamericana title in three years, Athletico had staked their claim to join Brazilian football's elite sides.
Athletico Paranaense won their second Copa Sudamericana title on Saturday when they beat Red Bull Bragantino 1-0 in an all-Brazilian final.
Athletico Paranaense and Red Bull Bragantino have the chance to prove they are more than just two of Brazil's 'emerging' clubs.
Argentina has drawn first blood in South America's 2021 calendar of club football, with Defensa y Justicia beating Palmeiras in Wednesday's Recopa.
Defensa y Justicia possess a renowned commitment to identity, and manager Hernan Crespo worked with that ideal to win the club's first major trophy.
Defensa y Justicia won their first continental title on Saturday after a comprehensive 3-0 win over Lanus secured them the Copa Sudamericana.
Luis Zubeldia (Lanus) & Hernan Crespo (Defensa y Justicia) are both top young coaches. Saturday they meet in the Copa Sudamericana final.
CONMEBOL called off Thursday's first leg of the Copa Sudamericana semifinal between Chile's Coquimbo and Argentina's Defensa y Justicia
If Diniz can win the Copa Sudamericana it would further establish him as the great hope of Brazilian coaches.
As the appetite for football to restart in South America grows, clubs must consider a future in which they cannot rely on selling stars to Europe.
Football's calendar is being upended by the coronavirus, but that hasn't stopped officials in South America from insisting on playing on as planned.
Clubs in the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana have been offered an advance of up to 60% of their prize money so they can stay solvent.
South American football's governing body Conmebol have threatened a continental ban to any team who don't release their rights to EA Sports.
Faced with searing heat, torrential rain and a hostile crowd, it felt like everything was against Independiente del Valle ahead of the Copa final.
Unheralded Ecuadorean side Independiente del Valle overcame a rain-sodden pitch to beat Argentina's Colon 3-1 and win the Copa Sudamericana.
The Copa Sudamericana final features two teams with very different approaches in Independiente del Valle and Colon in a first of its kind decider.
The clash between stalwarts Union de Santa Fe and upstarts Independiente del Valle was a study in contrasts often found in Copa Sudamericana.
Argentine side Union de Santa Fe will use Viagra to combat the altitude when they face Independiente del Valle in the Ecuadorian capital of Quito.
Football and passion are nearly synonymous, but for every positive example there seems to be a negative one. Case in point: the past week in Brazil.
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|Universidad Católica (Quito)||6||1||2||3||-1||5|
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|Liga de Quito||6||3||2||1||+2||11|
|Defensa y Justicia||6||1||1||4||-3||4|
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|Deportivo La Guaira||6||0||1||5||-12||1|
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|Unión (Santa Fe)||6||3||3||0||+8||12|