Author Archives: Nestor F. S.

After a return to prominence, Copa America 2011 could be one of the best

By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN The tournament that essentially inspired the World Cup had been watered down. Little by little, Copa America had lost some of its prestige. CONMEBOL decided to implement a two-year cycle in the South American tournament in … Continue reading »

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Copa Libertadores: Santos, Penarol set for final showdown in Sao Paulo

By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN Two of South America's most storied clubs — Brazil's Santos and Uruguay's Penarol – face off in the return leg of the Copa Libertadores final tonight (8:30 p.m., Fox Sports en Espanol) after a goalless match last week … Continue reading »

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Copa Libertadores: Velez Sarsfield manager looks to shake off past demons

By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN The Copa Libertadores — without global marketing and SuperBowl-like build-up — has remained one of the more prestigious competitions in the world. Its passion, purity and pressure is what drives all South American-based players to step … Continue reading »

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Copa Libertadores semis: A Look Ahead

By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN Four South American teams representing four countries will do battle over the next two days in the opening legs of the Copa Libertadores semifinals. Brazil's Santos and Paraguay's Cerro Porteno open their tie Wednesday night, while … Continue reading »

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Copa Libertadores: Cerro Porteno, Santos, Velez, Penarol reach semifinals

By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN Out of the four semifinalists in this year's Copa Libertadores, only Paraguay's Cerro Porteno will be vying for its first title with Brazil's Santos, Argentina's Velez Sarsfield and Uruguay's Penarol all having lifted the trophy on … Continue reading »

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Copa Libertadores: Velez Sarsfield, Penarol close in on semifinal berths

By NESTOR F. SEBASTIANArgentina's Velez Sarsfield and Uruguay's Penarol each have a step into the semifinals of the Copa Libertadores after their shutout wins in the home legs of their quarterfinal ties. Santos, the lone Brazilian team remaining in the … Continue reading »

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