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Conmebol and Concacaf are ready to strike gold with this NEW Tournament that would come to replace the Defuncts MercoNorte and MercoSur Cups.
If it flyes, it could be in August 2002 (Barely two months from now )
These would be the two Groups in the Cup:

Group 1 (16 Teams) // Group 2 (16 Teams)

Country # Teams // Country # Teams

Argentina 4 // México 4
Brasil 4 // Estados Unidos 2
Uruguay 2 // Colombia 2
Chile 2 // Perú 2
Paraguay 2 // Venezuela 1
Bolivia 1 // Ecuador 2
último campeón Copa Mercosur 1 // Centroamérica y Caribe 3

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Not a bad idea, but I hope they don't clutter an already absurdly cluttered schedule. There's a reason the Mercosur Cup failed and it's because it ultimately proved to be a meaningless tournament. Hwoever, a championship for the Americas is not a bad idea. I think Conmebol needs something on a grander scale to increase revenues and including the USA and Mexico might help. If it becomes a bigger deal and gets coverage in the US, then it could also help with expansion of the game. Some of the MLS teams are quite good. DC United beat Vasco a few years ago to win some Continental trophy.
 

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Dae said:
DC United beat Vasco a few years ago to win some Continental trophy.
Yep !!!! And I was at Lockhart Stadium in Ft Lauderdale that cool winter night to witness all the Magic !!!!!


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Chile's preparations are underway, as a "Lightning" Tournament has been arranged for July to determine the 2 Clubs to represent Chile in the Cup...The pairings are as follows:

Coquimbo Unido-Colo Colo
Universidad Católica-Unión Española
DeportesConcepcion-Universidad de Chile
Cobreloa-Cobresal
Santiago Wanderers-Palestino
Rangers-Huachipato
Audax Italiano-Santiago Morning
Deportes Temuco-Unión San Felipe

Only ONE game, advancing to the next level with a possible game to determine #1 for positioning seeds in the Cup, once the Top 2 Clubs are there !!!

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well, do not expect too much of Colombian sides (again, i know...) because the Federation is gonna send 2 small sides chosen randomly. Those were Envigado and Union Magdalena (which was in second division last season)

What is unfair is that Millonarios (my team) won the last Merconorte and didn't get a place for this tournament. But since the same is gonna happen in the next World Cup I might as well accept it :eek:
 

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Universidad Catolica wins the Apertura and their 8th Championship in Chile....So they're the 1st Team, out of 3..For Chile in the 2003 Cup.
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in peru there hasnt been any word on what clubs will be representing us
i think that it will be the champ and runner up of the apertura wich is out of universitario and alianza
 

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The INfamous Cup

Wil it be played ?? Will it not ??? Taht is the big QUESTION ???? :eek:

Conflicting news out of Conmebol Headquarters in Asuncion, Paraguay on 7-2 Have the Cup On and Off a few times..

A FINAL and irrevocable decision is to be made my the end of today July 3r, 2002.

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Now they're saying that Supercopa may return
 

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Copa Panamericana... Mercosul... Merconorte... Super copa...

... all mickey mouse cups that I could not care less about...

... only schedule nightmares, taking attention from what only matters: national leagues and the libertadores

Bordon "I have never attended a Mercosul match" is Gone!
 

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Bordon is gone! said:
Copa Panamericana... Mercosul... Merconorte... Super copa...

... all mickey mouse cups that I could not care less about...

... only schedule nightmares, taking attention from what only matters: national leagues and the libertadores

Yes Watson !!! You're abosolutely right !!!! :cool:
 

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July 15th ....

In Buenos Aires, on the above mentioned date, Conmebol will announce the future of the PanAmerican Cup.
Until then everything is up in the air.

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Meeting of 7-15

Meeting of 7-15
This right off the Conembol Web Site......

The Panamerican Cup as originally proposed with Teams from that Federation PLUS Concacaf's WILL FLY but in the 2nd half of 2003.

No mention is made YET in the Official Web Site for any other Cups at the Club level in this year 2002.

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Pan-American Cup Not a reality yet !!!

07/30/2002.

Unresolved differences between South American Confederation of Futbol (CSF) and CONCACAF (a.k.a. the Football Confederation or the FC) have postponed the Pan-American Cup from happening this year. There were just too many discrepancies on how the Tournament was to be handled. The CSF was to handle the tournament, but contacted the FC in April to have the tournament to begin in August. The time span was too short for the FC and the CSF to workout the kinks.

Starting with the differences of which teams would participate and how the teams would be paired up, the FC representatives would like to have the best teams to participate in the tournament. CSF has said that the tournament wouldn't replace the Copa Libertadores, but would include teams that were best from their countries. The CSF wanted the Pan-American Cup to replace both the Mercosur Cup and the Merconorte Cup. Instead of having two separate tournaments, there would be two groups. Group One was a make up of the Southern most countries of South America. Group Two would contain from the FC and from the Northern most countries. Also this tournament wouldn't be an invitational tournament like the Mercosur and Merconorte Cups. Instead teams would have to qualify for the 32 spots. However sequence of qualification wasn't decided upon by the two Confederations. Then the FC wanted to insure that if their best teams would play, then have the best of South America participate as well. The CSF could not guarantee this could happen. The FC wanted to see more matches with teams like Boca Juniors from Argentina going against Club America of Mexico, because those are the matches' people would pay to see.

Which brings up the last point and perhaps the biggest sticky point, Television revenue. After seeing how the Copas Merconorte and Mercosur tournaments would fail, the two Confederations wanted to make sure that the Television rights were ironed out. The Argentine-Brazil consortium TyT, which is the combination of Torneos and Competencias of Argentina and Traffic of Brazil, handled the two tournaments. However, the Merconorte matches were never televised, due to squabbling of the Argentine group and the confederations that had teams involved. In all fairness the majority of the problems were linked to the economical problems of Argentina, but it had a huge impact on how the Television was being carried out in South America. With the buyout of the Pan-American Sports Network (PSN), television coverage of sports from Latin America is going through a metamorphism. At the time of this writing, there hasn't been a Television deal or organization that could handle the coverage of the Pan-American Cup.

With these issues still have to be ironed out; there is still the hope that the tournament will be taken place in 2003. The FC has revamped its Club Championship, so it can work an agreement with CSF. The two Confederations used to hold the Inter-American Cup, but the South American teams never took this seriously. So hopefully there will be an All-American tournament which crowns the best team in the Americas', both for the North and the South.

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