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Copa libertadores 2019: Who are the South American powerhouses that can lift the trophy?

By Ernesto Ibarra

There has been a lot of talk surrounding this year’s edition of the Copa Libertadores final between Boca Juniors and River Plate. However, with the announcement of a one-game final for the 2019 edition, in a venue to be chosen before the tournament starts, and the high probability of the return of Mexican and MLS teams to the competition, it’s definitely worth taking a look at the excitement that next year’s edition might bring.

The 2019 Edition will see the final be played in Santiago de Chile, and for the first time in 60 years, it will be played on a one-match scenario, in similarity to the UEFA Champions League final, and different from the usual two legs matchup that has been used in the South American competition. 

Although at the time of this writing, not all of the classified teams for the 2019 competition are known, there are already some clubs that due to their results, are more than likely to be heavy contenders in the race for the ultimate South American Club recognition.

Boca Juniors is one of the main candidates, after finishing in first place of the Argentinian Superleague in the 2017-2018 season, they are already classified for the 2019 edition of the South American cup. The “Xeneizes” have continued to show some great shape since then and have managed to reach the Libertadores final of this 2018 after beating Brazilian powerhouse Cruzeiro. With some top class, experienced players, like Carlos Tevez, former Real Madrid midfielder Fernando Gago and international striker Dario Benedetto, in their ranks, Boca Juniors is surely going to be a team to look out for next year.

The main rivals the Argentinians will have, like usual, will likely come from Brazil. Palmeiras who just crowned themselves champions of the Brazilian Serie A and whose Copa Libertadores dream of winning the title was cut short this year only after reaching the semifinals by none other than Boca Juniors themselves. With that still fresh in their memory, and former World Cup-winning coach Felipe Scolari leading the way, the team from Sao Paulo is surely a big candidate to take the cup in 2019.

Other candidates to next year’s title are Cruzeiro, who won this years' Brazilian Cup, Uruguay's two most popular and historically important clubs, Nacional and Peñarol, and Paraguay’s Olimpia, arguably the biggest club in the country and with legendary Paraguay players among their squad like Dario Veron and Roque Santa Cruz who have European Club experience and have played in World Cups.

If we add to these already classified teams, not only some other big names that are on the brink of gaining access to the competition like Sao Paulo, Corinthians, River Plate, Universidad de Chile, or Emelec, but also the probability of seeing Mexican or MLS teams back in the tournament like Chivas or Cruz Azul, who have both reached Libertadores finals in the past, or Atlanta United, who have dominated the North American competition, the Copa Libertadores 2019 might be one of the best ones we’ve seen in a while, and definitely a tournament worth following.



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