Copa Sudamericana 2016

The Copa Sudamericana is also known as Copa Total Sudamericana because of the sponsorship reasons. It is an annual international club football tournament conducted by the CONMEBOL, which was founded in 2002. It is the second most significant club tournament in South American football. In between 2004 and 2008 season the CONCACAF clubs were invited.

In 2002 replacing the two different competitions named as Copa Merconorte and Copa Mercosur by a single tournament, which is called as Copa Sudamericana. From the beginning this competition has been a complete elimination tournament with the number of rounds and changing of teams from year to year. The Copa Sudamericana is treated as a combination of invalid tournaments such as:

  • The Copa CONMEBOL
  • Copa Mercosur
  • Copa Merconorte

The Copa CONMEBOL was an international football tournament formed for South American clubs in 1992.  But this tournament did not eligible for the following two competitions such as Copa Libertadores and Supercopa Sudamericana. This Copa CONMEBOL was canceled in 1999 and which is replaced by the Copa Merconorte and Copa Mercosur.

These two tournaments were started in 1999 but cancelled in 2001. At that time a Pan-American club cup tournament was placed with the name of Copa Pan-Americana, but in place of that tournament, the Copa Sudamericana was introduced in 2002.

The Japanese automobile manufacturer Nissan Motors has initiated sponsoring to this tournament from 2003.  Therefore, the tournament has been formally called as Copa Nissan Sudamericana. In 2003, this competition was won by Cienciano after that in 2004 and 2005, Boca Juniors won the trophy by defeating Bolivar and UNAM clubs.

The 2016 Copa Sudamericana will be the 15th edition and is held from August 2016.  It is South America's secondary international club football tournament conducted by CONMEBOL. The winner of this tournament will also qualify for the following championships:

  • 2016 Copa Libertadores
  • 2016 Recopa Sudamericana
  • 2016 Suruga Bank Championship

2016 Copa Sudamericana Facts

Starting Date: August, 2016

Teams: 47 (from 10 associations)

Copa Sudamericana 2016

Teams Draw Fixtures & Results Round of 16 Quarter Finals Semi Finals Final

Format

First Stage

Copa Sudamericana first stage plays 32 teams from north and south zones. Teams plays with their opponent in home  and away system 2 legs. Highest goals scored team qualified for second stage, if goals tied on aggregate then to choose winner away goals system applied. In this system winner not able to determinate then winner chosen with penalty shoot-out there is no extra time was played.

North Zone – 16 Teams

  • Winners of the Copa Colombia, Superliga Colombiana, Serie A First stage, Copa Venezuela, 2nd-best of the Serie A First stage, previous season's Serie A Second stage, 4th-best Primera Division season aggregate and 3rd-best of the Serie A First stage
  • 2nd-best non-champion Primera A season aggregate
  • 3rd-best non-champion Primera A season aggregate
  • 4th placed team of Torneo Descentralizado
  • 5th placed team of Torneo Descentralizado
  • 6th placed team of Torneo Descentralizado
  • 7th placed team of Torneo Descentralizado
  • Best season aggregate Copa Sudamericana playoffs winner
  • 2nd-best season aggregate Copa Sudamericana playoffs winner

South Zone - Teams

  • Champions of Primera Division
  • Winners of the Copa Chile
  • 3rd placed team of Torneo Adecuación
  • Runners-up of Torneo Apertura
  • 4th placed team of Torneo Apertura
  • 5th placed team of Torneo Clausura
  • 2nd best of Campeonato Clausura classification phase, 3rd-best Campeonato Apertura classification phase, Primera Division non-champion season aggregate and Primera Division non-finalist
  • Best Primera Division champion season aggregate
  • 3rd best of Primera Division non-champion season aggregate and Primera Division non-finalist
  • 4th best of Primera Division non-champion season aggregate and Primera Division non-finalist

Second stage

In this stage total 30 teams qualified. In these 8 teams from winners of North Zone first stage and 8 teams from winners of South Zone first stage. Remaining 14 teams directly qualify to second stage 6 teams from Argentina zone and 8 teams Brazil zone. Each team plays with their opponent team in home and away basis. Winners of this stage qualify for next stage

Argentina Zone - 6 teams            

  • Winners of the Copa Argentina
  • 3rd best non champion Primera Division season aggregate
  • 4th best non champion Primera Division season aggregate
  • 5th best non champion Primera Division season aggregate
  • 6th best non champion Primera Division season aggregate
  • 7th best non champion Primera Division season aggregate

Brazil Zone – 8 teams

  • 5th placed team of  Serie A
  • 6th placed team of  Serie A
  • 7th placed team of  Serie A
  • 8th placed team of  Serie A
  • 9th placed team of  Serie A
  • 10th placed team of  Serie A
  • 11th placed team of  Serie A
  • 12th placed team of  Serie A

Final Stage

Round of 16

In Round of 16 phase total qualified teams will be 16. Winners of second stage 15 teams qualifies for this round.  Each team opponent choose through draw and plays each other in home and away system.

  • Defending champions
  • Eight winners of the second stage's North & South zone
  • Three winners of the second stage's Argentina zone
  • Four winners of the second stage's Brazil zone

From round 16 winners will qualifies for next round quarter-finals, semi-final and finals. In final if the aggregate goals tie even if apply away goals systems then there will be 30 minutes extra time will play. After extra time also match draw then there will be held penalty shoot-out to choose winner. Copa Sudamericana winner qualified to play in the Copa Libertadores and season of Copa Sudamericana. Winner of Copa Sudamericana  and Copa Libertadores play each other in Recopa Sudamericana.

Prize Money:

For qualifying matches each club: $400,000.Each Club obtain  $90,000 per home match derived from television rights and stadium advertising.The winner of Copa Sudamericana from CONMEBOL is $500,000.

Records

by Club

Most successful clubs: Boca Juniors (2) in years 2004, 2005.

The most number of games played by any Team: 32 matches end of the 2009 season.

Number of appearance in semi-final: 4 by LDU Quito in years 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011

Most Successive Copa Sudamericana titles: 2 by Boca Juniors in years 2004, 2005

Number of appearance in quarterfinal: 4 - Boca Juniors in years 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, LDU Quito in years 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011, River Plate in years 2003, 2007, 2008, 2013, Velez Sarsfield in years 2005, 2009, 2011, 2013 and Sao Paulo in years 2003, 2007, 2012, 2013

Number of appearance in Round of 16: River Plate(8) in years 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2013, Boca Juniors (7) in years 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, LDU Quito (6) in years 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, Sao Paulo (6) in years 2003, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, San Lorenzo (5) in years 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009, Universidad Catolica (5) in years 2003, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2013, Universidad de Chile (5) in years 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, Fluminense (4) in years 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, Internacional(4) in years 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, Arsenal (4) in years 2004, 2007, 2008, 2011, Botafogo (4) in years 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, Cerro Porteno (4) in years 2004, 2005, 2009, 2012, Independiente (4) in years 2003, 2010, 2011, 2012, Lanus (4) in years 2006, 2007, 2009, 2013, Velez Sarsfield (4) in years 2005, 2009, 2011, 2013, Atletico Nacional (4) in years 2002, 2003, 2005, 2013 and Libertad (4) 2002, 2003, 2011, 2013

Most Successive appearance in semifinal: 2 - Atletico Nacional in year 2002, 2003 and Boca Juniors in year 2004, 2005

Most Successive appearance in quarterfinal: 2 - Santos in year 2003, 2004, Guadalajara in year 2007, 2008, Botafogo in year 2008, 2009, Internacional in year 2004, 2005, Atlético Nacional in year 2002, 2003 and 3 by Boca Juniors in year 2003, 2004, 2005

Most Successive appearance in Round of 16: River Plate by 7 times in year 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and Boca Juniors by 7 times in year 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008.

by City

Most successful City: Buenos Aires (2) by clubs Boca Juniors (2), San Lorenzo (1)

Most losing appearances in a final: 2 - Mexico City by clubs UNAM (1), América (1)

by Nation

Number of League winning countries: 11

Nation with most League titles: 6 - Argentina by clubs Boca Juniors (2), San Lorenzo (1), Arsenal (1), Independiente (1), Lanus (1)

Number of appearance as finalists ever: 8 - Argentina by clubs San Lorenzo de Almagro(2002), Club Atletico River Plate(2003), Club Atletico Boca Juniors(2004, 2005), Arsenal de Sarandi (2007), Estudiantes de La Plata(2008), Club Atletico Independiente(2010) and Club Atletico Tigre (2012).

Most losing appearance in a final: 3 - Brazil by clubs Fluminense (1), Goias (1), Ponte Preta (1), Argentina by clubs River Plate (1), Estudiantes (1), Tigre (1) and 2 - Mexico by clubs UNAM (1), America (1).

At least not appeared in final: 0 by Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela

Number of appearance in semi-final: Argentina by 13 times by clubs Boca Juniors (2), River Plate (2), Vélez Sarsfield (2), Argentinos Juniors (1), Arsenal (1), Estudiantes (1), Independiente (1), Lanús (1), San Lorenzo (1), Tigre (1), Brazil by 11 times by clubs Sao Paulo (3), Internacional (2), Atlético Paranaense (1), Fluminense (1), Goias (1), Palmeiras (1), Ponte Preta (1), Vasco da Gama (1), Mexico by 5 times by clubs America (1), Guadalajara (1), Pachuca (1), Toluca (1), UNAM (1)

Number of appearance in quarterfinal: Argentina by 29 times by clubs Boca Juniors (4), River Plate (4), Velez Sarsfield (4), San Lorenzo (3), Arsenal (3), Gimnasia y Esgrima (LP) (2), Independiente (2), Lanús (2), Argentinos Juniors (1), Estudiantes (1), Newell's Old Boys (1), Racing (1), Tigre (1), Brazil by 24 times by clubs Sao Paulo (4), Internacional (3), Palmeiras (2), Santos (2), Vasco da Gama (2), Fluminense (2), Botafogo (2), Atletico Mineiro (1), Atlético Paranaense (1), Avaí (1), Corinthians (1), Goias (1), Grêmio (1), Ponte Preta (1)

Number of appearance in Round of 16: Argentina by 49 times by clubs River Plate (8), Boca Juniors (7), San Lorenzo (5), Arsenal (4), Independiente (4), Lanús (4), Vélez Sarsfield (4), Banfield (2), Gimnasia y Esgrima (LP) (2), Colón (2), Argentinos Juniors (1), Estudiantes (1), Godoy Cruz (1), Newell's Old Boys (1), Racing (1), Rosario Central (1), Tigre (1), Brazil by 43 times by clubs São Paulo (6), Fluminense (4), Internacional (4), Botafogo (4), Santos (3), Goiás (3), Palmeiras (3), Vasco da Gama (2), Atlético Paranaense (2), Corinthians (2), Cruzeiro (2), Atlético Goianiense (1), Atletico Mineiro (1), Avai (1), Bahia (1), Coritiba (1), Flamengo (1), Grêmio (1), Ponte Preta (1), São Caetano (1), Sport Recife (1), Vitória (1), Chile by 17 times by clubs Universidad Católica (5), Universidad de Chile (5), Colo-Colo (2), Cobreloa (1), Santiago Wanderers (1), Unión Española (1), Unión San Felipe (1), Universidad de Concepción (1), Colombia by 16 times by clubs Atlético Nacional (4), América de Cali (2), Millonarios (2), Deportes Tolima (2), Santa Fe (2), Deportivo Pasto (1), Itagüí (1), Junior (1), La Equidad (1), Ecuador by 16 times by clubs LDU Quito (6), Emelec (3), Barcelona (2), El Nacional (2), LDU Loja (2), Deportivo Quito (1), Uruguay by 11 times by clubs Nacional (3), Defensor Sporting (3), Peñarol (2), River Plate (1), Danubio (1), Liverpool (1)

by Goals

The Biggest win by club in final:

  • Defensor Sporting (9–0) Sport Huancayo (September 16, 2010)

The Biggest win in Two leg Final:

  • Alajuelense (2–11) Colo-Colo (2006)

The player won most winners' (winners', runner- ups', and third-place) medals: Claudio Morel Rodriguez

The Top goal scorer in League history:  Eduardo Vargas - 11 goals in 2011

All head coaches won the tournament from their native countries except for Uruguay's Jorge Fossati coached  Ecuadorian club LDU Quito in 2009 and Argentina's Jorge Sampaoli coached Chilean club Universidad de Chile in 2011. The only non-South American manager coached C.F. Pachuca in 2006 is Mexican Enrique Meza  to win title.