A new Copa Libertadores season has begun in South America.
Although some leagues like the Brazilian Serie A are yet to resume, the top club football competition in that region has kicked off regardless.
The first round of group games was played during the last week. While some teams started off their campaigns with a win, others will be looking forward to Round 2 to get their season underway appropriately.
Unlike other intercontinental club competitions, save for the CONCACAF Champions League, this season’s Copa Libertadores is still young. With plenty of games still to be played, which teams should you be keeping an eye out for in this new season?
The Argentine team have won the competition four times.
More important is how well they have performed in this competition in recent times. River Plate have made three final appearances in the last five editions of this tournament.
River Plate, however, have started off their campaign with a loss. A 3-0 loss to LDU Quito means they are now bottom of the table.
The reigning champions won their second-ever Copa Libertadores title last season.
A title win plus a feature in the FIFA Club World Cup final makes them a name to look out for this season as it progresses.
Having started off their campaign with a win, the Brazilians will look to repeat last year’s feat this season.
This is another Brazilian side that is supposed to be suffering from a lack of competitive games since the Brazilian league has yet to resume. However, they didn’t let that stop them from registering an emphatic 3-0 win in their opening Copa Libertadores game this season.
They’re definitely one team you should look out for this season.
How will the second round of group games play out?
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You cannot mention the Copa Libertadores without mentioning this Argentine side. With seven titles, they are the most successful club in this competition.
However, they failed to qualify for this year’s edition of the tournament.
In their stead, fans will witness clubs like Santos (Brazil), Guarani(Paraguay), Wilstermann (Bolivia) and Nacional (Uruguay).
All the teams mentioned above won their opening group games and will be looking to keep up the momentum when they face their next opponents this week.
Will there be red cards in the second round?
In which games will they be shown?
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32 teams will continue the group stage till the boys are separated from the men and the knockout stages begin. Which teams will you be rooting for this season in the Copa Libertadores? Drop your comments and join the conversation.