Barcelona, ​​a stone in the shoe of Argentines and Brazilians in the Copa Libertadores

Barcelona, ​​a stone in the shoe of Argentines and Brazilians in the Copa Libertadores

Barcelona, ​​the Idol of the Shipyard, which has the peculiarity of singing its anthem before matches, re-inscribes its name in the Copa Libertadores de América, breaking the hegemony imposed by the Argentine and Brazilian teams.

In the last three editions of the Cup, the semifinalists were always teams from Argentina and Brazil. The data indicates the predominance of the clubs of the aforementioned countries in the region.

River Plate, Boca Juniors and Palmeiras were present in the semi of 2018, 2019 and 2020; Gremio and Flamengo on two occasions and Santos on one.

The last time a team from another country managed to get into the top four was from 2017 and it was precisely Barcelona de Guayaquil. On that occasion, he settled the tournament with Gremio (champion), Lanús and River Plate.

In 2017 the most important club championship of Conmebol changed its name and was renamed Copa Conmebol Libertadores. The change also brought about an increase in the number of participating teams, which rose to 47 institutions.

Barcelona de Guayaquil is one of the popular teams in Ecuador. He was a finalist in the Copa Libertadores in 1990 with two Uruguayans on his roster, such as Mario Saralegui and Luis Alberto Acosta, a pointer known by the nickname Loco. That team was technically led by Argentine Miguel Ángel Brindisi. Barcelona lost the final to Olimpia of Paraguay.

The second definition was disputed in 1998 with the Argentine Rubén Darío Insúa in technical conduction. The Uruguayan Washington Aires was one of the figures on the squad. The champion of that edition was Vasco da Gama.

Barcelona has two peculiarities. In 2016, he obtained authorization to broadcast his club’s anthem prior to matches.

And another fact that is different is the organization of the “yellow night”, an event that is held every year to present the squad and that has a guest star footballer, as already happened with the Brazilians Ronaldinho and Kaká, the Uruguayan Diego Forlán, the Italians Andrea Pirlo and Alessandro del Piero, and the Argentine Javier Mascherano.

Year by year

These are the semifinalists of the Cup since the name of the Conmebol club tournament was changed in 2017.

2017: Gremio (Brazil), Lanús (Argentina), Barcelona (Ecuador) and River Plater (Argentina).

2018: River Plate (Argentina), Boca Juniors (Argentina), Gremio (Brazil) and Palmeiras (Brazil).

2019: Flamengo (Brazil), River Plate (Argentina), Gremio (Brazil) and Boca Juniors (Argentina).

2020: Palmeiras (Brazil), Santos (Brazil), River Plate (Argentina) and Boca Juniors (Argentina).

2021: Barcelona (Ecuador), Flamengo (Brazil), Atlético Mineiro (Brazil) and Palmeiras (Brazil).

Summary by club and country

Consequently, from 2017 to date, the Brazilian teams have classified the Copa Libertadores semifinals 10 times, the Argentines eight times and the Ecuadorians, represented by Barcelona, ​​twice.

Qualifiers: River Plate (4 times); Gremio, Palmeiras and Boca Juniors (3); Flamengo and Barcelona de Guayaquil (2); Santos, Atlético Mineiro and Lanús (1).

Last Uruguayan team in the semifinals: Defender Sporting (2014).

Last Colombian team in the semifinals: National Athletic (2016).

Last Paraguayan team in the semifinals: Guaraní (2015).

Last Chilean team in the semifinals: Catholic University (2012).

Last Peruvian team in the semifinals: Sporting Cristal (1997).

Last Bolivian team in the semifinals: Bolívar (2014).

Last Venezuelan team in the semifinals: Universidad de Los Andes (1984 where it was played in two groups of three teams and the finalist came out).

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