2002 Copa Sudamericana
The Copa Sudamericana 2002 was the first playout of the newly created South American football competition for club teams. In this first season was attended by 21 teams from nine member associations CONMEBOL, where up to Argentina, which was allowed to send five clubs in the race, including the winner of the last time the discharged Copa Mercosur 2001 CA San Lorenzo, each country was given two starting places. The clubs from Brazil attended among others scheduling reasons not attend. The competition was played in the second half and was regarded as the successor to the Copa Mercosur and Copa Merconorte, each of which was played from 1998 to 2001 and the discharged 1992-1999 Copa Conmebol. It began on 28 August 2002 with the first round and ended on 11 December 2002 with the final second leg in Buenos Aires.
The competition will be held from the first round to the final in pure knockout system with return game. With point- and Torgleichheit the away goals rule. If the number of away goals scored equal, follows after the return game immediately followed by a penalty shootout. This rule also applied to the final. The participants from Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Uruguay intervened only in the 2nd round in a competition.
It was attended by two representatives from Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela, which each had against each other. The first legs were held on 28 and 29 August, and September 3 and 4, instead of the return matches between the 6th and 12th September 2002.
Participants were the five winners of the first round and the representatives of Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Uruguay, where the crews of the latter four countries, except San Lorenzo, in turn, each against each other had. The first legs took place between the 3rd and 19th, the return matches between the 17th and 26th September 2002.
Participants were the eight winners of the second round. The first legs took place on October 22, 23, 29 and 30 on the 1st, 2nd, 8th and 9th, the return games.
The first legs took place on 13 and 12 November on 5 and 6, the return games.
See also: List of scorers of the Copa Sudamericana