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Copa Libertadores

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The Copa Libertadores de América (Portuguese: Copa Libertadores da América) is an annual international club football competition organized by CONMEBOL since 1960. It is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world and the most prestigious club competition in South American football. The tournament is named in honor of the Libertadores (Spanish and Portuguese for liberators), the main leaders of the South American wars of independence,[1] so a literal translation of its name into English would be "Liberators of America Cup".

It is currently sponsored by Bridgestone and thus currently known as the Copa Bridgestone Libertadores for sponsorship reasons. The competition has had several different formats over its lifetime. Initially, only the champions of the South American leagues participated. In 1966, the runners-up of the South American leagues began to join. In 1998, Mexican teams were invited to compete, contesting regularly since the 2000 edition, when the tournament was expanded from 20 to 32 teams. Today at least three clubs per country compete in the tournament, while Argentina and Brazil each have five clubs participating. Traditionally, a group stage has always been used but the number of teams per group has varied several times.
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MLS Managers Survey: The verdict on Copa Libertadores polled the head coaches of each MLS club, who were provided with an anonymous survey featuring an array of questions that many fans have always wanted to ask.

Do you think MLS should be competing in the Copa Libertadores?

- Yes
- Yes, but only with schedule changes
- Yes, but only in the next 5-10 years
- No

Would you be in favor of MLS participation in the Copa Libertadores?

A total of 78.5 percent of respondents say they want a piece of Copa Libertadores action with three of those managers seeking a schedule change to go with entry into the premier South American competition for clubs.

Only three managers who completed the survey indicated they were opposed.
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MLS in Copa Libertadores?
CONMEBOL chimes in with the official word

First, there were the comments by MLS Commissioner Don Garber at a press conference held in Columbus, where he said: "There's always this buzz about Copa Lib every now and again as if we're engaged in conversations with Conmebol about it, and we're not at all. We've got to get more engaged with getting better in our regional tournament."

Then came the kibosh from South American headquarters at CONMEBOL, where they denied there were any talks as claimed by Lance.

"There is no possibility that MLS teams participate in CONMEBOL tournaments," CONMEBOL spokesperson Nestor Benítez told "Not even a Panamerican Cup. That's the reality today although I don't know about the future."

Sources close to CONCACAF also confirmed to that there have been no discussions with CONMEBOL about MLS teams in Copa Libertadores.
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