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Ecuador's Independiente del Valle making noise in Copa Sudamericana against Argentine, Brazilian giants

Independiente del Valle players celebrate during a Copa Sudamericana match between Independiente del Valle and Universidad Catolica.
Independiente del Valle are proving to be Ecuador's Leicester in the Copa Sudamericana.

South America has its very own version of the 2015-16 vintage Leicester City, a mouse that roars so loudly that it turns into a lion.

In a scenario of continental club competitions dominated by Argentina and Brazil, little Independiente del Valle from Ecuador are bucking the trend. In 2016 they reached the final of the Copa Libertadores, South America's Champions League, eliminating the Buenos Aires giants River Plate and Boca Juniors along the way. Now they have struck again, overcoming Independiente,...

Union-Independiente clash a study in Copa Sudamericana contrasts

Independiente del Valle of Ecuador has emerged as a club that produces top talent.

Second string cup competitions are an easy target. It is a comfortable position, for example, to sneer at the Thursday night football of the Europa League -- and if that applies to a tournament containing the likes of Benfica and Napoli, Arsenal and Chelsea, it is all the more true on the other side of the Atlantic. 

The Copa Libertadores came to life in 1960 as South America's response to the creation in Europe of the competition now known as the Champions League. The Libertadores has history...

Can Delfin follow in the Copa Libertadores footsteps of Independiente del Valle?

Arturo Mina
Ecuador's Independiente del Valle marched all the way to the Copa Libertadores final in 2016.

On Tuesday night, Delfin of Ecuador kick off the 2019 Copa Libertadores when they host Nacional of Paraguay in the qualifying round.

Delfin might draw some inspiration from one of their compatriots; three years ago, Independiente del Valle were in the qualifying round of the Libertadores, also against Paraguayan opposition. And had Guarani scored a last minute penalty, the Ecuadorian side would have made no further progress.

Instead, they went all the way to the final. On the way they eliminated...

Jose Angulo banned for four years by CAS for testing positive for cocaine

Angulo played in both legs of the 2016 Copa Libertadores final for Independiente del Valle.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has banned Ecuadorean forward Jose Angulo for four years after he tested positive for cocaine in the 2016 Copa Libertadores final.

CAS upheld FIFA's appeal for a longer sentence after Angulo received a one-year suspension from South American governing body CONMEBOL.

The 22-year-old Angulo, who hails from Ecuador, is banned until July 19, 2020.

CAS said its judging panel found the "facts submitted by the player did not match with the evidence produced by the...

 By Tim Vickery

Copa Libertadores gets new lease of life for 2017, but questions remain

Copa Libertadores
The Copa Libertadores will adopt a new format for the 2017 edition.

Until just a few years ago, the draw for the Copa Libertadores gave only the vaguest idea of what the tournament was going to look like.

The ceremony was held in November, before the South American championships had been decided. It was not yet clear which teams would be participating -- which made it hard to get excited about the prospect of a clash between Paraguay 2 and Ecuador 1.

Now, the draw is being held later. This year it is taking place on Wednesday -- the day the last ball is kicked in...