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2008 Copa Libertadores de Américas
2008 Copa Santander Libertadores de América
Tournament details
Dates January 29 – July 2
Teams 38 (from 11 confederations)
Final positions
Champions Ecuador LDU Quito (1st title)
Runner-up Brazil Fluminense
Tournament statistics
Matches played 138
Goals scored 358 (2.59 per match)
Top scorer(s) Paraguay Salvador Cabañas
Bolivia Marcelo Moreno
(8 goals each)
Best player Ecuador Joffre Guerrón
2007
2009

The 2008 Copa Libertadores de América was the 49th edition of the Copa Libertadores, CONMEBOL's premier annual international club tournament. This marked the first year the competition was sponsored by Spanish bank Santander. As such, the competition is officially the 2008 Copa Santander Libertadores de América for sponsorship reasons.[1][2]

Ecuadorian club LDU Quito won the competition for the first time in a final decided on penalties. It is the first time a team from Ecuador has won the competition. LDU Quito earned a berth in the 2008 FIFA Club World Cup and 2009 Recopa Sudamericana.

Contents

Qualified teams

Thirty-eight teams qualified for the competition, with twenty-six teams directly qualifying to the Second Stage and twelve entering in the First Stage. Seven countries sent their Apertura champions and Clausura champions for their first two berths. The remaining berth, or berths in Argentina's case, went to the best-placed non-champions shown by an aggregate table. Brazil's league uses a European-style format and thus does not have an Apertura and Clausura tournament. Therefore, they sent their cup champion and the best four of the Brazilian Serie A. Ecuador sent the top three finishers of their national tournament as determined by the Liguilla Final. Uruguay had a Mini-League (Liguilla) to determine who qualified, and Mexico uses the InterLiga to determine two of its qualifiers. The last qualified team in each country played in the First Stage; the defending champion's country had two teams in the first stage because the defending champion automatically qualified.

Country Team Qualifying method
 Argentina
5+1 berths
Boca Juniors 2007 Copa Libertadores champion
Estudiantes 2006 Apertura champion
San Lorenzo 2007 Clausura champion
River Plate 2006-07 Primera División best-placed non-champion
Arsenal 2006-07 Primera División 2nd best-placed non-champion
Lanús 2006-07 Primera División 3rd best-placed non-champion
 Bolivia
3 berths
Real Potosí 2007 Apertura champion
San José 2007 Clausura champion
La Paz Apertura and Clausura Runner-ups Playoff winner
 Brazil
5 berths
São Paulo 2007 Série A champion
Santos 2007 Série A 2nd place
Flamengo 2007 Série A 3rd place
Fluminense 2007 Copa do Brasil champion
Cruzeiro Série A 2007 5th place
 Chile
3 berths
Colo-Colo 2007 Apertura & 2007 Clausura champion
Universidad Católica 2007 Apertura league stage 2nd place
Audax Italiano 2007 Clausura league stage 1st place
 Colombia
3 berths
Atlético Nacional 2007 Apertura & 2007 Finalización champion
Cúcuta Deportivo 2007 season best-placed non-champion
Boyacá Chicó 2007 season 2nd best-placed non-champion
 Ecuador
3 berths
LDU Quito 2007 Serie A champion
Deportivo Cuenca 2007 Serie A runner-up
Olmedo 2007 Serie A 3rd place
 Paraguay
3 berths
Sportivo Luqueño 2007 Apertura champion
Libertad 2007 Clausura champion
Cerro Porteño 2007 Primera División best-placed non-champion
 Peru
3 berths
Universidad San Martín 2007 Apertura champion
Coronel Bolognesi 2007 Clausura champion
Cienciano 2007 Descentralizado best-placed non-champion
 Uruguay
3 berths
Danubio 2006-07 Primera División champion
Nacional 2007 Liguilla Pre-Libertadores champion
Montevideo Wanderers 2007 Liguilla Pre-Libertadores runner-up
 Venezuela
3 berths
Caracas Apertura 2006 champion
Maracaibo Clausura 2007 champion
Mineros de Guayana 2006-07 Primera División best-placed non-finalist
 Mexico
3 invitees (CONCACAF)
Guadalajara 2006 Apertura champion
América 2008 InterLiga champion
Atlas 2008 InterLiga runner-up
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Teams' starting round

Second Stage
Argentina Boca Juniors Argentina San Lorenzo Argentina Estudiantes Argentina River Plate
Brazil Flamengo Brazil São Paulo Brazil Santos Brazil Fluminense
Bolivia Real Potosí Bolivia San José Chile Colo-Colo Chile Universidad Católica
Colombia Atlético Nacional Colombia Cúcuta Deportivo Ecuador LDU Quito Ecuador Deportivo Cuenca
Paraguay Sportivo Luqueño Paraguay Libertad Peru Universidad San Martín Peru Coronel Bolognesi
Mexico Guadalajara Mexico América
First Stage
Argentina Arsenal Argentina Lanús Brazil Cruzeiro Bolivia La Paz
Chile Audax Italiano Colombia Boyacá Chicó Ecuador Olmedo Paraguay Cerro Porteño
Peru Cienciano Uruguay Montevideo Wanderers Venezuela Mineros de Guayana Mexico Atlas

Round and draw dates

The calendar shows the dates of the rounds and draw.

Date Event
December 19, 2007 The draw took place
January 29-February 12, 2008 First stage
February 12-April 23, 2008 Second stage
April 30-May 7, 2008 Round of 16
May 14-May 21, 2008 Quarterfinals
May 28-June 4, 2008 Semifinals
June 25-July 2, 2008 Finals

Tie breakers

Teams at every stage of the tournament will be awarded points depending on the result of a game: 3 for a win, 1 for a draw, 0 for a loss. The following criteria will be used for breaking ties on points:

  1. Goal difference
  2. Goals scored
  3. Away goals
  4. Draw

For the First Stage, Round of 16, Quarterfinals, and Semifinals, the fourth criteria is replaced by a penalty shoot-out if necessary. The Finals have their own set of criteria; see the finals section for more details.

First stage

The First Stage was played between January 29 and February 12.[3]

Team #1   Points   Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg  
Olmedo Ecuador 3–3 (gd) Argentina Lanús 1–0 0–3
Cruzeiro Brazil 6–0 Paraguay Cerro Porteño 3–1 3–2
Arsenal Argentina (gd) 3–3 Venezuela Mineros de Guayana 2–0 1–2
Atlas Mexico (gd) 3–3 Bolivia La Paz 2–0 0–1
Cienciano Peru 4–1 Uruguay Montevideo Wanderers 1–0 0–0
Boyacá Chicó Colombia 3–3 (a) Chile Audax Italiano 4–3 0–1

Second stage

A total of 26 teams qualified directly to this phase and were joined by six teams from the First Stage, bringing the total to 32 teams. The top two teams from each group advanced to the Round of 16. This stage was played between February 12 and April 23.[3]

In results tables, the home team is listed in the left-hand column.

Group 1

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Brazil Cruzeiro 6 3 2 1 11 7 +4 11
Argentina San Lorenzo 6 3 1 2 8 7 +1 10
Venezuela Caracas 6 2 1 3 6 11 −5 7
Bolivia Real Potosí 6 2 0 4 11 11 0 6
  CAR CRU RPO SLO
Caracas 1–1 2–1 2–0
Cruzeiro 3–0 3–0 3–1
Real Potosí 3–1 5–1 2–3
San Lorenzo 3–0 0–0 1–0

Group 2

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Argentina Estudiantes 6 3 2 1 9 5 +4 11
Argentina Lanús 6 2 4 0 9 6 +3 10
Ecuador Deportivo Cuenca 6 1 3 2 2 5 −3 6
Uruguay Danubio 6 1 1 4 5 9 −4 4
  DAN CUE EST LAN
Danubio 2–0 1–2 1–2
Deportivo Cuenca 0–0 1–0 1–1
Estudiantes 2–0 2–0 0–0
Lanús 3–1 0–0 3–3

Group 3

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Mexico Atlas 6 3 2 1 11 6 +5 11
Argentina Boca Juniors 6 3 1 2 12 9 +3 10
Chile Colo-Colo 6 3 1 2 11 9 +2 10
Venezuela Maracaibo 6 0 2 4 3 13 −10 2
  ATL BOC COL MAR
Atlas 3–1 3–0 3–0
Boca Juniors 3–0 4–3 3–0
Colo-Colo 1–1 2–0 2–0
Maracaibo 1–1 1–1 1–3

Group 4

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Brazil Flamengo 6 4 1 1 9 4 +5 13
Uruguay Nacional 6 4 0 2 9 5 +4 12
Peru Cienciano 6 2 1 3 5 9 −4 7
Peru Coronel Bolognesi 6 0 2 4 0 5 −5 2
  CIE BOL FLA NAC
Cienciano 1–0 0–3 2–1
Coronel Bolognesi 0–0 0–0 0–1
Flamengo 2–1 2–0 2–0
Nacional 3–1 1–0 3–0

Group 5

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Argentina River Plate 6 4 0 2 14 8 +6 12
Mexico América 6 3 0 3 10 10 0 9
Chile Universidad Católica 6 3 0 3 6 6 0 9
Peru Universidad San Martín 6 2 0 4 4 10 −6 6
  AME RIV UCA USM
América 4–3 2–1 3–1
River Plate 2–1 2–0 5–0
U. Católica 2–0 1–2 1–0
U. San Martín 1–0 2–0 0–1

Group 6

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Colombia Cúcuta Deportivo 6 3 2 1 7 4 +3 11
Brazil Santos 6 3 1 2 13 6 +7 10
Mexico Guadalajara 6 3 0 3 8 5 +3 9
Bolivia San José 6 1 1 4 4 17 −13 4
  CUC GUA SJO SAN
Cúcuta Deportivo 1–0 0–0 0–0
Guadalajara 0–1 2–0 3–2
San José 2–4 0–3 2–1
Santos 2–1 1–0 7–0

Group 7

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Brazil São Paulo 6 3 2 1 6 4 +2 11
Colombia Atlético Nacional 6 2 2 2 8 5 +3 8
Paraguay Sportivo Luqueño 6 2 1 3 8 10 −2 7
Chile Audax Italiano 6 2 1 3 6 9 −3 7
  ATN AUD SPA LUQ
Atlético Nacional 1–1 1–1 3–0
Audax Italiano 1–0 1–0 1–2
São Paulo 1–0 2–1 1–0
Sportivo Luqueño 1–3 4–1 1–1

Group 8

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Brazil Fluminense 6 4 1 1 11 3 +8 13
Ecuador LDU Quito 6 3 1 2 10 5 +5 10
Argentina Arsenal 6 3 0 3 6 14 −8 9
Paraguay Libertad 6 1 0 5 5 10 −5 3
  ARS FLU LDU LIB
Arsenal 2–0 0–1 1–0
Fluminense 6–0 1–0 2–0
LDU Quito 6–1 0–0 2–0
Libertad 1–2 1–2 3–1

Knockout stages

The last four stages of the tournament (Round of 16, Quarterfinals, Semifinals, and Finals) form a single-elimination tournament, commonly known as a knockout stages. Sixteen teams advanced into the first of these stages: the Round of 16.

Seeding

The 16 qualified teams were seeded according to their results in the Second Stage. The top teams from each group were seeded 1-8, with the team with the most points as seed 1 and the team with the least as seed 8. The second-best teams from each group were seeded 9-16, with the team with the most points as seed 9 and the team with the least as seed 16.

Seed Team Pts GD GF AG
1 Brazil Fluminense 13 +8 11 2
2 Brazil Flamengo 13 +4 8 3
3 Argentina River Plate 12 +6 14 5
4 Mexico Atlas 11 +5 11 2
5 Brazil Cruzeiro 11 +4 11 2
6 Argentina Estudiantes 11 +4 9 5
7 Colombia Cúcuta Deportivo 11 +3 7 6
8 Brazil São Paulo 11 +2 6 2
9 Uruguay Nacional 12 +4 9 2
10 Brazil Santos 10 +7 13 3
11 Ecuador LDU Quito 10 +5 10 2
12 Argentina Boca Juniors 10 +3 12 2
13 Argentina Lanús 10 +3 9 3
14 Argentina San Lorenzo 10 +1 8 4
15 Mexico América 9 0 10 1
16 Colombia Atlético Nacional 8 +3 8 3
Teams qualified as a group winner
Teams qualified as a group runner-up


Tie-breaking rules (based on Second Stage games): 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd goals scored; 4th away-goals.

Bracket

  Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                                                     
1  Brazil Fluminense 2 1 3  
16  Colombia Atl. Nacional 1 0 1  
  1  Brazil Fluminense 0 3 3  
  8  Brazil São Paulo 1 1 2  
8  Brazil São Paulo 0 2 2
9  Uruguay Nacional 0 0 0  
  1  Brazil Fluminense 2 3 5  
  12  Argentina Boca Juniors 2 1 3  
5  Brazil Cruzeiro 1 1 2  
12  Argentina Boca Juniors 2 2 4  
  12  Argentina Boca Juniors 2 3 5
  4  Mexico Atlas 2 0 2  
4  Mexico Atlas 1 2 3
13  Argentina Lanús 0 2 2  
  1  Brazil Fluminense 2 3 5 (1)
  11  Ecuador LDU Q (p) 4 1 5 (3)
6  Argentina Estudiantes 0 2 2  
11  Ecuador LDU Q 2 1 3  
  11  Ecuador LDU Q (p) 1 1 2 (5)
  14  Argentina San Lorenzo 1 1 2 (3)  
3  Argentina River Plate 1 2 3
14  Argentina San Lorenzo 2 2 4  
  11  Ecuador LDU Q (a) 1 0 1
  15  Mexico América 1 0 1  
7  Colombia Cúcuta 0 0 0  
10  Brazil Santos 2 2 4  
  10  Brazil Santos 0 1 1
  15  Mexico América 2 0 2  
2  Brazil Flamengo 4 0 4
15  Mexico América 2 3 5  

Round of 16

The Round of 16 was played between April 29 and 30, and May 1, 6, and 8.[4] Team #1 played the second leg at home.

Team #1   Points   Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg  
Fluminense Brazil 6–0 Colombia Atlético Nacional 2–1 1–0
Flamengo Brazil 3–3 (gd) Mexico América 4–2 0–3
River Plate Argentina 1–4 Argentina San Lorenzo 1–2 2–2
Atlas Mexico 4–1 Argentina Lanús 1–0 2–2
Cruzeiro Brazil 0–6 Argentina Boca Juniors 1–2 1–2
Estudiantes Argentina 3–3 (gd) Ecuador LDU Quito 0–2 2–1
Cúcuta Deportivo Colombia 0–6 Brazil Santos 0–2 0–2
São Paulo Brazil 4–1 Uruguay Nacional 0–0 2–0

Quarterfinals

The Quarterfinals were played on May 14, 15, and May 21 and 22.[4] Team #1 played the second leg at home.

Team #1   Points   Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg  
Fluminense Brazil (gd) 3–3 Brazil São Paulo 0–1 3–1
Santos Brazil 3–3 (gd) Mexico América 0–2 1–0
LDU Quito Ecuador 2–2 (5–3 p) Argentina San Lorenzo 1–1 1–1
Atlas Mexico 1–4 Argentina Boca Juniors 2–2 0–3

Semifinals

The Semifinals were played between May 27, 28, and June 3, 4.[4] Team #1 played the second leg at home.

Team #1   Points   Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg  
Fluminense Brazil 4–1 Argentina Boca Juniors 2–2 3–1
LDU Quito Ecuador (a) 2–2 Mexico América 1–1 0–0

Finals

The first and second legs of the final were played on June 25 and July 2, respectively.[4]

Team #1   Points   Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg  
LDU Quito Ecuador 3–3 a.e.t.
(3–1 p)
Brazil Fluminense 4–2 1–3
Copa Santander Libertadores de América
2008 Champion
Ecuador
LDU Quito
First Title

Top scorers

Pos Name Team Goals
1 Paraguay Salvador Cabañas Mexico América 8
Bolivia Marcelo Moreno Brazil Cruzeiro 8
3 Uruguay Sebastián Abreu Argentina River Plate 7
Brazil Thiago Neves Brazil Fluminense 7
Argentina Bruno Marioni Mexico Atlas 7
Argentina Martín Palermo Argentina Boca Juniors 7
7 Brazil Adriano Brazil São Paulo 6
Brazil Kléber Pereira Brazil Santos 6
Brazil Washington Brazil Fluminense 6
Colombia Mauricio Molina Brazil Santos 6

References

  1. ^ "Beginning 2008 it will be the Santander Libertadores Cup". conmebol.com. http://www.conmebol.com/articulos_ver.jsp?id=61423&slangab=E. Retrieved 2007-10-05.  
  2. ^ The draw took place on December 19, 2007 in Asunción. |url=http://www.conmebol.com/articulos_ver.jsp?id=61727&slangab=E |title=The 2008 Santander Libertadores Cup is already in play |publisher=conmebol.com |accessdate=2007-12-21 }}
  3. ^ a b "Match Schedule". conmebol.com. http://img.conmebol.com/csf/pub/articulo/2008/Prog_1aFase_Libertadores_08_v1.pdf. Retrieved 2008-01-10.  
  4. ^ a b c d "The 2008 Santander Libertadores Cup is already in play". conmebol.com. http://www.conmebol.com/articulos_ver.jsp?id=61727&slangab=E. Retrieved 2007-12-21.  

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