Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Sam Kelly in South America

As Europe winds down for the club season and gears up for the European Championship, football in South America is just getting to the business stage of the season. In Brazil, the national championship started last weekend; elsewhere, such as here in Argentina, the title race (and River Plate's push for promotion) enters its final stretch, with three rounds of matches left after this weekend. And right at the top of the club game, the identities of the semi-finalists in the Copa Libertadores are now known. It's a tasty semi-final lineup, too, featuring both defending champions Santos and Universidad de Chile, winners of last year's Copa Sudamericana, the region's second tier continental competition, being joined by two giants of their domestic leagues. Santos take on fellow Brazilians Corinthians, the most-supported club in the continent's largest city. Universidad de Chile, more succinctly known as 'La U', have to get past the club who dominated the competition in the early years of the current century; Boca Juniors.

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