SANTIAGO – The World Cup is over, but there is another international tournament going on – the Copa Libertadores. Current Chilean soccer champion Colo Colo is representing the country in this year’s edition. The round of 16 will continue in August, with some exciting fixtures.
The 2018 Copa Libertadores had a break due to the World Cup but now that the tournament is over, Latin-America’s Cup will continue. As the only remaining Chilean team in the cup, Colo Colo is facing the Brazilian team of Corinthians on August 7th. A victory against the Brazilian team would mean a step closer to the quarter finals. In that round Colo Colo would face the winner of the match between Paraguayan Cerro Porteño and Brazilian Palmeiras.
🔥¡Así quedó la llave de octavos de final de la @Libertadores ! 🔥
De aquí sale el campeón 🏆 pic.twitter.com/S9nEZCw3Bo
— CONMEBOL Libertadores (@Libertadores) June 5, 2018
Copa Libertadores is a tournament organized by the South-American Soccer Federation Conmebol (Spanish acronym), in which teams from 10 South-American nations compete. The champion will represent Conmebol at the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates in December. The Club World Cup is a competition among the six continental confederations, of which Real Madrid is the current champion.
Internationally, the history of Chilean soccer began in the 1920s. By that time, the country had just participated in non-official tournaments abroad. But it wasn’t until 1948 that a Chilean team played in an official international competition. The South American Championship, organized by the Soccer Federation of Chile in 1948, was Chile’s international debut. The next year the country won the Pacific Cup. In 1960, the South American Football Confederation Conmebol created the Copa Libertadores, which is nowadays one of the most important championships in the world.
Editor-In-Chief Boris van der Spek is the founder of Chile Today. He worked in Colombia, Surinam and the Netherlands as reporter and works with international media during major events, like the social crisis, the elections and the Pope’s visit.