Since 2019, the finals of the Libertadores Cup, the most important Conmebol club tournament, and the South American Cup, the second in the order of the entity, they are played in a single match at a neutral venue.
Conmebol’s decision was to copy what is done in Europe, where the Champions League and the Europa League define the venue for the final in advance.
Until now, the Libertadores finals have been played at the Monumental stadium in Lima (2019), at the Maracaná (2020), at the Centenario de Montevideo (2021) and at the Monumental Isidro Romero Carbo, in Guayaquil (2022).
For its part, the latest editions of the South American have been defined in the General Pablo Rojas stadium, in Asunción (2019), the Mario Alberto Kempes, in Córdoba (2020), the Centenario de Montevideo (2021) and the Mané Garrincha, in Brasilia (2022).
Two Colombian stadiums aspired to receive the final
For this year, two Colombian stadiums were, in theory, with good options to receive the final of the Libertadores this year: the Atanasio Girardot, from Medellín, and the Roberto Meléndez, from Barranquilla.
However, the Conmebol Council decided to risk it for known options and it will repeat its headquarters in both the Libertadores and the South American.
Alejandro Domínguez, president of the entity, announced the decision on his social networks: the final of the Libertadores will return to the Maracaná this year. That game will be on November 11.
In addition, the final of the South American will return to the historic Centenario, in Montevideo. The meeting will be on October 28.
By decision of the Council of the @CONMEBOLthe CONMEBOL final @Libertadores It will be in Rio de Janeiro at the Maracana stadium and the CONMEBOL final @South American in Montevideo.
Two unique matches that inspire us to Believe Big in 2023! ⚽️💪🏻
— Alejandro Dominguez (@agdws) March 9, 2023
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