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River Plate among contenders as Copa Libertadores group stage begins

River Plate won the 2018 Copa Libertadores. Can they claim a third triumph in five years?.

The 60th version of the Copa Libertadores kicks off in earnest this week, when the group phase gets underway.

It has been preceded by a six-week long series of qualifying rounds, with 19 clubs competing for the final four group places, and the conclusion that emerged from the action is one of balance. Many of the ties were close, decided by dramatic late goals or penalty shootouts, and all ten countries lost at least one representative during the qualifying process.

Will such balance be preserved...

Matias Almeyda wants to see Copa Libertadores open to MLS, Liga MX

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno weighs in on the challenges Matias Almeyda will face in his first season at the helm of the San Jose Earthquakes.

San Jose Earthquakes coach Matias Almeyda would like to see a continental club competition for the whole of the Americas, including teams from MLS.

The Argentine won the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League with former club Chivas, but believes the Copa Libertadores should be for all the American continent.

"Yes, [MLS teams] should be there because if the Champions [League] is played in all of Europe, then the Copa Libertadores should be played by all of America," stated the 45-year-old in a recent interview...

CONMEBOL's failings surface again in Copa Libertadores qualifier

Tuesday's return leg between Barcelona of Ecuador and Defensor of Uruguay was more notable for what happened off the field.

Barcelona of Ecuador had three things working against them on Tuesday when they kicked off at home to Defensor of Uruguay in the qualifying round of the Copa Libertadores.

One was the torrential rain which had fallen on the city of Guayaquil, making the pitch slow and heavy. Another was the traditional defensive grit and organisation of the Uruguayans.

Even so, Barcelona managed a 1-0 victory on the night. And it would have been enough to take them through to the third and final qualifying round,...

Copa Libertadores second stage headlined by Brazil's Sao Paulo vs. Argentina's Talleres

The Copa Libertadores is under way. Who will take home the trophy in 2019 after River's success in 2018?
The Copa Libertadores is underway. Who will take home the trophy in 2019 after River's success in 2018?

There were some dramatic moments in the opening qualifying round of the 2019 Copa Libertadores.

With the local crowd in the picturesque Ecuadorian city of Manta really getting behind their team, Delfin saw off Nacional of Paraguay. Bolivar of Bolivia looked down and out after losing their first leg 4-2 at home to Defensor of Uruguay but made a noble attempt to save themselves in the return game, and the tie was in doubt until the final whistle of their 3-2 win - impressive, but not quite good enough....

River president laughs off Boca Junior's Copa Libertadores appeal

River Plate president Rodolfo D'Onofrio has said he is struggling to understand Boca Juniors' appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) for the Copa Libertadores to be awarded to them.

On Monday, Boca reportedly sent an extended report to CAS providing further evidence about the attack on their team bus by River Plate fans before the Copa Libertadores final second leg in November.

The game was postponed and then played at Real Madrid's Bernabeu stadium last month, with River beating Boca...