Top Story: Santiago and Lima to stage Conmebol club finals

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Top Story: Santiago and Lima to stage Conmebol club finals

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The South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) has named the Chilean capital of Santiago and Lima in Peru as hosts of the revamped finals of its top club competitions, the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana.

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South American soccer’s governing body announced in February that the finals would follow a single-game format from the 2019 season in an attempt to mirror Uefa tournaments and make the occasion more lucrative for the participating teams. The competitions currently operate under a two-leg final system and a switch was first scheduled for 2017, only to be postponed.

The Uruguayan city of Montevideo had also put forward a bid to host the games but dropped out on Tuesday, leaving Santiago to stage the Copa Libertadores final and Lima to host the climax of the Sudamericana.

“These decisions are due to the strategic objective of promoting the sporting development of South American football through greater resources, more investment and better standards at all levels,” said Conmebol president Alejandro Dominguez.

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SmartSeries

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