Copa_Libertadores_2008

Copa Libertadores 2008

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.

Qualified teams

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
Country Team Qualify method

5+1 berths
Boca Juniors Copa Libertadores 2007 defending champions
Estudiantes de La Plata 2006 Apertura winners
San Lorenzo 2007 Clausura winners
River Plate 2006-07 season 4th place
Arsenal 2006-07 season 5th place
Lanús 2006-07 season 6th place

3 berths
Club Bamin Real Potosí 2007 Apertura winners
San José 2007 Clausura winners
La Paz Apertura and Clausura Runner-ups Playoff winners

5 berths
São Paulo FC Campeonato Brasileiro Série A 2007 winners
Fluminense Copa do Brasil 2007 winners
Santos FC Campeonato Brasileiro Série A 2007 2nd place
Flamengo Campeonato Brasileiro Série A 2007 3rd place
Cruzeiro Campeonato Brasileiro Série A 2007 5th place

3 berths
Colo-Colo 2007 Apertura winners & 2007 Clausura winners
Universidad Católica 2007 Apertura league stage 2nd place
Audax Italiano 2007 Clausura league stage 1st place

3 berths
Atlético Nacional 2007 Apertura & 2007 Finalización winners
Cúcuta Deportivo 2007 season best-place finishers
Boyacá Chicó F.C. 2007 season second best-place finishers

3 berths
LDU Quito 2007 Liguilla Final winners
Deportivo Cuenca 2007 Liguilla Final runners-up
Olmedo 2007 Liguilla Final 3rd place

3 invitees (CONCACAF)
Guadalajara 2006 Apertura winners
América 2008 InterLiga winners
CF Atlas InterLiga 2008 runners-up

3 berths
Sportivo Luqueño 2007 Apertura winners
Libertad 2007 Clausura winners
Cerro Porteño 2007 season best-place finishers

3 berths
Universidad San Martín 2007 Apertura winners
Coronel Bolognesi 2007 Clausura winners
Cienciano 2007 season best-place finishers

3 berths
Danubio F.C. 2006-07 season winners
Nacional 2007 Liguilla Pre-Libertadores winners
Montevideo Wanderers 2007 Liguilla Pre-Libertadores runners-up

3 berths
Caracas FC Apertura 2006 winners
Maracaibo Clausura 2007 winners
Mineros de Guayana 2006-07 season best-place finishers

Group Stage
Boca Juniors San Lorenzo Fluminense Flamengo
Estudiantes River Plate São Paulo Santos
Real Potosí Colo Colo Atl.Nacional LDU Quito
San José Universidad Católica Cúcuta Deportivo Cuenca
U. San Martin Sportivo Luqueño Danubio Caracas
Coronel Bolognesi Libertad Nacional Maracaibo
Guadalajara Club América
Preliminary Round
Arsenal Lanús Cruzeiro La Paz
Audax Italiano Boyacá Chicó Olmedo Cienciano
Cerro Porteño Wanderers Mineros CF Atlas

Round and draw dates

The calendar shows the dates of the rounds and draw.
Date Event
December 19 2007 The draw took place
January 29-February 12 2008 Preliminary Round
February 12-April 23 2008 Group Stage
April 30-May 7 2008 Round of 16
May 14-21 2008 Quarter-finals
May 28-June 4 2008 Semi-finals
June 11-June 25 2008 Final

Preliminary round

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.

Group Stage

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.

Group 1

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Cruzeiro 6 3 2 1 11 7 +4 11
San Lorenzo 6 3 1 2 8 7 +1 10
Caracas 6 2 1 3 6 11 -5 7
Real Potosí 6 2 0 4 11 11 0 6
  SLO POT CAR CRU
San Lorenzo 1–0 3–0 0–0
Real Potosí 2–3 3–1 5–1
Caracas 2–0 2–1 1–1
Cruzeiro 3–1 3–0 3–0

Group 2

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Estudiantes 6 3 2 1 9 5 +4 11
Lanús 6 2 4 0 9 6 +3 10
Deportivo Cuenca 6 1 3 2 2 5 -3 6
Danubio 6 1 1 4 5 9 -4 4
  EST DAN CUE LAN
Estudiantes LP 2–0 2–0 0–0
Danubio 1–2 2–0 1–2
Deportivo Cuenca 1–0 0–0 1–1
Lanús 3–3 3–1 0–0

Group 3

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
CF Atlas 6 3 2 1 11 6 +5 11
Boca Juniors 6 3 1 2 12 9 +3 10
Colo-Colo 6 3 1 2 11 9 +2 10
Maracaibo 6 0 2 4 3 13 -10 2
  BOC COL MAR ATL
Boca Juniors 4–3 3–0 3–0
Colo-Colo 2–0 2–0 1–1
Maracaibo 1–1 1–3 1–1
Atlas 3–1 3–0 3–0

Group 4

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flamengo 6 4 1 1 9 4 +5 13
Nacional 6 4 0 2 9 5 +4 12
Cienciano 6 2 1 3 5 9 -4 7
Coronel Bolognesi 6 0 2 4 0 5 -5 2
  FLA NAC BOL CIE
Flamengo 2–0 2–0 2–1
Nacional 3–0 1–0 3–1
Bolognesi 0–0 0–1 0–0
Cienciano 0–3 2–1 1–0

Group 5

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
River Plate 6 4 0 2 14 8 +6 12
América 6 3 0 3 10 10 0 9
U. Católica 6 3 0 3 6 6 0 9
U. San Martín 6 2 0 4 4 10 -6 6
  RIV UC USM AME
River Plate 2–0 5–0 2–1
U. Católica 1–2 1–0 2–0
U. San Martín 2–0 0–1 1–0
América 4–3 2–1 3–1

Group 6

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Cúcuta Deportivo 6 3 2 1 7 4 +3 11
Santos 6 3 1 2 13 6 +7 10
Guadalajara 6 3 0 3 8 5 +3 9
San José 6 1 1 4 4 17 -13 4
  SAN CSJ CUC GUA
Santos 7–0 2–1 1–0
Club San José 2–1 2–4 0–3
Cúcuta Deportivo 0–0 0–0 1–0
Guadalajara 3–2 2–0 0–1

Group 7

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
São Paulo 6 3 2 1 6 4 +2 11
Atlético Nacional 6 2 2 2 8 5 +3 8
Sportivo Luqueño 6 2 1 3 8 10 -2 7
Audax Italiano 6 2 1 3 6 9 -3 7
  SPO LUQ ATN AUD
São Paulo 1–0 1–0 2–1
Sportivo Luqueño 1–1 1–3 4–1
Atlético Nacional 1–1 3–0 1–1
Audax Italiano 1–0 1–2 1–0

Group 8

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Fluminense 6 4 1 1 11 3 +8 13
LDU Quito 6 3 1 2 10 5 +5 10
Arsenal 6 3 0 3 6 14 -8 9
Libertad 6 1 0 5 5 10 -5 3
  FLU LIB LDU ARS
Fluminense 2–0 1–0 6–0
Libertad 1–2 3–1 1–2
LDU Quito 0–0 2–0 6–1
Arsenal 2–0 1–0 0–1

Knockout stage

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.

Qualified teams

Teams qualified as first place

Teams qualified as second place

Seed Team Pld Pts GF GA GD
1 Fluminense 6 13 11 3 +8
2 Flamengo 6 13 9 4 +5
3 River Plate 6 12 14 8 +6
4 CF Atlas 6 11 11 6 +5
5 Cruzeiro 6 11 11 7 +4
6 Estudiantes 6 11 9 5 +4
7 Cúcuta 6 11 7 4 +3
8 São Paulo 6 11 6 4 +2
9 Nacional 6 12 9 5 +4
10 Santos 6 10 13 6 +7
11 LDU Quito 6 10 10 5 +5
12 Boca Juniors 6 10 12 9 +3
13 Lanús 6 10 9 6 +3
14 San Lorenzo 6 10 8 7 +1
15 América 6 9 10 10 0
16 Atlético Nacional 6 8 8 5 +3

Bracket

Round of 16

The round of 16 was played between April 29,30 and May 1,6,8.

Quarter-finals

The quarterfinals were played between May 14, 15 and May 21, 22.

Semi-finals

The semifinals were played between May 27, 28 and June 3, 4.

Final

The first and second legs of the final were played on June 25 and July 2, respectively.

Top scorers

Updated to games played 2008-06-26

Copa Libertadores
2008 Winners

LDU Quito
First Title

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