Conmebol assumes the failure of the ‘European’ finals and plans a radical change

There is concern in Luque, the city where the headquarters of the South American Football Confederation is located. And the discomfort comes exclusively from the lack of success in replicating what is done in Europe, defining the international club tournaments in South America in single-match finals.

Since 2018, seven one-match finals have been played, four in the Copa Sudamericana and three in the Copa Libertadores. Two of those seven games were without an audience due to Covid-19 (the definitions of the 2020 season, which were played in January 2021).

And in the five finals played in a single match, in almost all of them the public was a problem in relation to the stadium. In general, the Libertadores finals have filled, but this time it has drawn attention that the public of Athletico Paranaense has not managed to exhaust the tickets that were available for them.

In the South American, the problem has been more common and it has been graphed in the last two editions: less than a third of the Centenario stadium sold for the 2021 final between Paranaense Y Bragantineadded to the fact that the last edition between Valley Independent Y Sao Pauloplayed in Córdoba, had less than 20% of the public that could cover the stadium.

The decision that Conmebol could make

On the eve of a new definition of the Copa Libertadores de América, different managers and advisers have recognized the great problem they have had with the definitions of a matchso in the next meetings, some things could change.

The first proposal that gains supporters is that of signing by making unique finals, but in the capitals of the countries or, in the case of Brazil, in Rio de Janeiro, the city with the easiest access to the rest of South America. Thus, the fans would avoid the big problems in terms of money and connections that they must make to go to cities where in many countries there are no direct flights.

The other alternative, and which is gaining more ground every day, is the one that goes for the return of the round trip finals. The argument is that it will favor the show, there will no longer be empty stadiums and it will return to the essence of South American footballbecause not all fans have enough money to pay for a ticket and a ticket outside their country, something that necessarily happens with the single final in another destination.