Buenos Aires to host Copa Libertadores final

Estadio Mâs Monumental in Buenos Aires, Argentina

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The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) has announced that Buenos Aires will host the final of this year’s Copa Libertadores.

The capital of Argentina will host the final on November 30, with the venue to be confirmed at a later date. The 84,000-capacity Estadio Mâs Monumental, home of River Plate, would appear to be a likely candidate.

The Copa Libertadores final has been a one-off game since 2019, having previously been played over two legs at the respective homes of the two finalists. This year will mark the first time since the switch that the final has taken place in Argentina.

CONMEBOL said the switch, which also covered its Copa Sudamericana club competition, would be more lucrative for the teams involved. The finals of the two competitions now mirror the UEFA Champions League and Europa League.

In 2023, the Copa Libertadores final was held at the Estádio do Maracanã in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro. The stadium also hosted the final in 2020. The 2019 final was held in Lima, while Montevideo and Guayaquil hosted in 2021 and 2022, respectively.

Last year’s Copa Libertadores final saw Brazilian team Fluminense beat Argentina’s Boca Juniors 2-1. A Brazilian team has won the tournament every year since 2019.

The last Argentine club to win was River Plate in 2018 – the last time the final was played over two legs. River defeated arch rival Boca Juniors, with the second leg played at Madrid’s Estadio Santiago Bernabéu after fan violence led to the cancellation of the scheduled match at the Monumental.