There was a time when people could talk of a big three in the Copa Libertadores -- but Uruguay have slipped off the podium. Between them, the Montevideo giants Penarol and Nacional have 8 titles, but the last was in 1988 -- only once since then has a Uruguayan side reached the final. In a globalised world, it is very hard for Uruguayan clubs to compete when the population of the country is little more than 3 million.
Which leaves, then, a big two: Argentina and Brazil. The two leading footballing countries in South America share 40 of the 55 Libertadores titles. The only time in the last decade they have been denied is when Ecuador's LDU pulled off a shock win in 2008. The knockout phase gets underway in this ye...Read more