The 2008 Copa Libertadores was the 49th edition of the Copa Libertadores, CONMEBOL's annual international club tournament. 38 teams qualified for this tournament and 6 of them were knocked-out in the preliminary round. Due to the competition's sponsorship by the Spanish Santander Bank, it will be known as the Copa Santander Libertadores for the next five years.
38 teams qualified for this edition, with 26 teams directly qualifying to the group stage and 12 having to play in the preliminary round. Seven countries sent their Apertura winners and Clausura winners for their first two berths. The remaining berth, or berths in Argentina's case, went to the best-place finishers 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 winner and the best four of the Brazilian Championship. Uruguay and Ecuador had a Mini-League (Liguilla
) to determine who qualify, and Mexico uses the InterLiga
to determine two of its qualifiers. The last qualified team in each country played the Preliminary Round; the country who had a club win the previous edition (Argentina) had two teams in the Preliminary Round because the defending champion automatically qualifies.Qualifying Methods
Round and draw dates
The calendar shows the dates of the rounds and draw.
The teams that have qualified for the preliminary round. A total of 12 teams played in a two-legged round. 6 teams qualified for the next round. Team 1
played the first leg at home. The away goals rule
was employed in this round. The preliminary round was played between January 29
and February 12
A total of 26 teams qualified directly for this stage and 6 joined them from the preliminary round, making a total of 32 teams. The top two of each group qualified for the Round of 16. This stage was played between February 12
and April 23
| Teams qualified for Round of 16 |
| Teams eliminated |
In results tables, the home team is listed in the left-hand column.
In the knockout stage, the teams played two games against each other on a home-and-away basis. The away goals rule
was used during this stage but not in the final. If after 90 minutes of play during the 2nd leg the teams were still tied on goals, the teams then went onto a penalty shootout
. Extra time
was only used in the finals. The teams were seeded 1 to 8 (first placed teams of each group) and 9 to 16 (second placed teams of each group) and the ties were 1 vs 16, 2 vs 15, etc. Higher seeded teams played at home during the second leg.
| Teams qualified as first place
|| Teams qualified as second place |
Round of 16
The round of 16 was played between April 29
and May 1
The quarterfinals were played between May 14
and May 21
The semifinals were played between May 27
and June 3
The first and second legs of the final were played on June 25
and July 2
Updated to games played 2008-06-26