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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Copa Libertadores: Quarterfinals kick off tonight

By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN Now that the shock has worn down from four Brazilian teams being ousted in the Copa Libertadores Round of 16, which concluded last week, the focus is now on the remaining quarterfinalists, which represent seven nations. … Continue reading »

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Copa Libertadores: Four Brazilian teams ousted, including defending champ Inter

By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN The samba beats were quieted Wednesday night. In what had to be one of the strangest yet historic evenings in Copa Libertadores history, four Brazilian teams were out-fought, out-played and simply out-spirited as they fell in … Continue reading »

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Copa Libertadores Round of 16: A Look Back

By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN Chile's Universidad Catolica, Brazil's Fluminense and Argentina's Velez Sarsfield put themselves in prime position to advance to the quarterfinals with favorable results in this week's first legs of the Copa Libertadores Round of 16 stage. Brazil's … Continue reading »

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Copa Libertadores: Group stage concludes this week; Flu and Santos battling to continue

By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN Four groups down, four to go. Copa Libertadores finally wraps up its group-stage matches this week as 12 teams battle for the seven remaining spots available in the Round of 16, with defending champions Internacional of … Continue reading »

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Copa Libertadores: Cruzeiro moves on as top seed, Liga de Quito takes its group

By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN Brazil's Cruzeiro grabbed the top seed into the knockout stages after romping to another win this past week, Ecuador's Liga de Quito took first in its group following an emphatic home victory and supporters for Uruguay's … Continue reading »

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Copa Libertadores: Much still to be determined as group play wraps up

By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN The Copa Libertadores group phase winds down over the next week as the final matchday approaches. With six sides through and 20 teams still battling for the 10 available spots into the knockout round, this has … Continue reading »

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