Author Archives: Nestor F. S.

Atletico Junior perfect; Jaguares, Caracas surprise at Copa Libertadores

By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN It's only been four weeks of group-stage competition of the Copa Libertadores, but the tournament has already provided some epic matches and surprising results, as Colombia's Atletico Junior remains perfect after three matches in its group, … Continue reading »

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A look ahead to the Copa Libertadores

By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN After years of playing in Europe, veteran left-back Roberto Carlos probably forgot how intense Copa Libertadores competition can get on the field as well as off of it. Two weeks ago, his Corinthians side was booted … Continue reading »

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South American Roundup: National teams regroup after the World Cup

By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN It's been a little more than a month since the festivities in South Africa concluded but work has already begun for many national teams all over the world eying Brazil 2014 as managers and administrators scramble … Continue reading »

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CONMEBOL shining in South Africa

Photo by ISIphotos.com By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN Aside from the vuvuzelas and some questionable refereeing decisions, the headline news to come out of South Africa is the performance of all five South American representatives in the group stage of the … Continue reading »

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Copa Libertadores: Round of 16 set to conclude

By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN Copa Libertadores quarterfinalists will be determined this week as the second-leg matches of the Round of 16 phase kick off with Mexico's Chivas, Argentina's Banfield and Brazil's Cruzeiro going into their away games with comfortable leads. … Continue reading »

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Copa Libertadores: Round of 16 ready to kick off

By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN The defending champions are suffering from exhaustion, all five of Brazil's representatives are still alive and both Mexican teams that withdrew from last year's tournament over the swine flu debacle make their debuts as the Copa Libertadores Round … Continue reading »

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Copa Libertadores group stages continue in Week 10

By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN   With this year's edition of the Copa Libertadores giving Mexico's Chivas and San Luis byes into the Round of 16 because of the swine flu debacle last year, only six of the top second-placed teams from … Continue reading »

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Copa Libertadores: Recapping the Group Stage

By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN With four rounds gone for most teams and several already eliminated, it's time to assess and provide a brief synopsis on which squads look good enough to go deep into the Copa Libertadores pool, which teams … Continue reading »

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Copa Libertadores: Ronaldo, Adriano ready for debuts

By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos and Adriano will get their first taste of this year's Copa Libertadores competition as their sides kick off their campaigns in the third week of action, which will also see former Boca Juniors goalkeeper Roberto Abbondanzieri making his debut with … Continue reading »

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Copa Libertadores Rewind: Peruvian and Chilean clubs shine

By NESTOR F. SEBASTIANThe unpredictability and parity was demonstrated this week in the second week of Copa Libertadores group-stage matches as Chilean and Peruvian clubs got off to strong starts to their respective campaigns. Both of Chile's top teams, Colo … Continue reading »

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Copa Libertadores: Group Stage resumes

By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN With last week's full menu of 13 games kicking off Copa Libertadores' group phase, the tournament continues this week with a light schedule as six matches have the three remaining Argentine representatives facing tricky away ties, … Continue reading »

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Copa Libertadores: Group stage to kick off

By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN A full slate of matches is scheduled to bombard fans this week as the group phase of the Copa Libertadores gets underway with 13 scheduled tilts, including the remaining second-leg matches that will determine the last … Continue reading »

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