Less and less to go before the start of the group stage of the South American Cup 2023: the second most important competition on the continent, which It will start on Wednesday, April 5.. And the final will be played in one of the temples of South American football: the Centennial Stadium of Montevideo.
The previous stage of the competition in which Independiente del Valle has just been crowned in 2022, brings together 32 teams from Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile, Venezuela, Colombia and Peru. Argentines and Brazilians qualify directly, and among the rest of the clubs they were measured in a single match to earn a place in the contest. In addition, they will participate those casts that were defeated in Phase 3 of the Libertadores.
Monday March 27at the Conmebol headquarters located in Luque, Paraguay, the draw for international competitions will take placeboth from the Libertadores, to define the respective groups of each competition.
They got their ticket Liga de Quito, Emelec (Ecuador), Oriente Petrolero, Blooming (both from Bolivia), Guaraní, General Caballero (Paraguay), Palestino, Audax Italiano (Chile), César Vallejo University, Universitario (Peru), Independiente Santa Fe , Deportes Tolima (Colombia), Peñarol, Danubio (Uruguay), Puerto Cabello Academy and Students from Mérida (Venezuela).
It is worth remembering the teams already classified. The Argentines are Gymnastics and Fencing La Plata, Defense and Justice, Tigre, Newells, Estudiantes and San Lorenzo. While Brazil is represented by: San Pablo, América MG, Botafogo, Santos, Goiás and Bragantino.
To them, the clubs that could not access the group instance in said competition were added from the Libertadores. Those are Millionaires (Colombia), Fortaleza (Brazil), Deportes Magallanes (Chile) and Huracán (Argentina).
format and dates
From the groups begins the true South American. They are divided into eight groups of four teams where they play all against each other round trip. Each team plays six games and the first two advance to the round.
Then, the round of 16 playoffs will take place, where the second in each zone play a round trip series against the third in the Libertadores groups. It would be an instance of the 16th final, since those winners will go against the leaders of the Group Phase, in what are the eighths.
Quarterfinals (between August 23 and 30) and semifinals (September 29 to October 4), will have a team already assembled from 8th round and keys to two games are also played. The grand final, on Saturday 10/28 in Montevideo.