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Maracana to host 2020 Copa Libertadores final

Maracana was one of five Brazilian stadiums bidding to host the 2020 final.

Rio de Janeiro's historic Maracana stadium will host the 2020 final of the Copa Libertadores.

CONMEBOL announced the decision on Thursday. The match is scheduled for Nov. 21 next year.

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The Maracana was one of eight venues bidding to host the game, including another five from Brazil.

CONMEBOL also said the 2020 final of the Copa Sudamericana will be played at the Mario Kempes...

Why River Plate coach Gallardo could end up at Barcelona

Marcelo Gallardo's River Plate summoned up just enough to earn a potential dream final with Barcelona.
Marcelo Gallardo has put together an impressive CV in his six years in South America.

Pep Guardiola is a big fan of River Plate coach Marcelo Gallardo and it's looking increasingly likely the Manchester City coach will be able to see his work more closely in the coming year.

"What Gallardo has done with River is incredible," Guardiola told an Argentine TV station. "Some things are inexplicable. Every year three coaches are named as the best in the world, and he's never among them. I can't understand it. It's as if there's nothing else in the world apart from Europe."

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Best of Brazilian football on show as Flamengo, Gremio play out pulsating draw

Gabriel Barbosa and Bruno Cortez
Gabriel 'Gabigol' Barbosa and Bruno Cortez square-off in Wednesday's Copa Libertadores semifinal first leg.

The all-Brazilian semifinal of the Copa Libertadores always held promise -- and Wednesday's first leg certainly did not disappoint.

In the battle between the two best footballing sides in the land -- Gremio and, especially, Flamengo -- fought out a pulsating 1-1 draw, punctuated with enough talking points for the discussion to last all the way to the rematch in three weeks' time.

Champions in 2017, Gremio are appearing in the semifinals for the third consecutive year. They are a well established...

Boca Juniors with deja vu as River Plate outflank Gustavo Alfaro's side

Ramon Abila
Ramon Abila knows Boca Juniors have a mountain to climb in the Copa Libertadores semifinal.

Before their team's home game against historic rivals Boca Juniors, three River Plate fans each held aloft a large inflatable number -- a nine, a one and a two.

It was a reference to a date: Dec. 9, 2018, when the two Buenos Aires giants met in the final of the Copa Libertadores and River won 3-1.

Oct. 1 will not be seen as a date of equal significance. This, after all, was only the first leg of the semifinal. But River's 2-0 win on Tuesday puts them right on course to make it through to this year's...