Friday, November 26, 2010
Mexican clubs learn Libertadores foes, sort of
By Scott French
America will take on Argentina's Argentinos Juniors and Uruguay's Nacional in group play of next year's Copa Libertadores, but Friday's draw for South America's club competition didn't provide much information for the Aguilas' fellow Mexican qualifiers.
A quick rundown:
AMERICA: Mexico's top qualifier received the toughest draw among the Mexicans. Argentinos Juniors, winner of Argentina's Clausura title, is its country's No. 1 qualifier, and Nacional is Uruguay's No. 2 team in the competition. The fourth club will be Brazil's No. 3 qualifier: Fluminense, Corinthians or Cruzeiro.
Argentinos Juniors won the Libertadores championship in 1985; Nacional has three titles, the last in 1988. Cruzeiro has won twice and was in the 2009 final.
SAN LUIS: The Gladiadores were sent to Group 1, with Peru's (Universidad San Martin or Leon de Huanuco) and Paraguay's (Guarani, Libertad or Cerro Porteņo) top qualifiers and Colombia's No. 2 side.
JAGUARES: The Chiapas club will face the No. 3 team from Peru in the home-and-home first stage, with the winner heading to Group 6 with defending champion Internacional from Brazil (which beat Guadalajara in last summer's final), Bolivia's Jorge Wilstermann and Ecuador's No. 2 qualifier, either Emelec or LDU Quito.
SCHEDULE: The top two teams in each of eight groups will advance to the knockout phase. Opening games are scheduled for Jan. 26; group play begins Feb. 9; the knockout stage opens April 27; and the two-leg final will be June 15 and 22.