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Sources: CONMEBOL threaten ban over FIFA 20

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Flamengo's new-look defence will determine club's Recopa, Copa Libertadores fates

Copa Libertadores holders Flamengo were held to a 2-2 draw in Quito but are still favourites to claim the Recopa Sudamericana on Wednesday.

It is all square entering the decisive second leg of the Recopa Sudamericana, or South America's Super Cup, the annual challenge between the champions of the Copa Libertadores and the winners of the Copa Sudamericana.

Last week, there was parity on the field between teams with no parity in their purse strings. Brazilian giants Flamengo have a budget this year of $162 million. Meanwhile, Independiente del Valle of Ecuador have a budget of $7 million. At home in Quito for the first leg, Independiente...

FIFA 20: CONMEBOL threaten ban to club who withhold naming rights - sources

Flamengo players celebrate with the Copa Libertadores trophy after beating River Plate in the final.
Flamengo were the winners of the 2019 Copa Libertadores.

South American football's governing body CONMEBOL have threatened a continental ban to any team who don't release their rights to EA Sports, according to ESPN Brasil sources.

Several clubs across the continent have contracts with rival sports gaming company, Konami, who produce Pro Evolution Soccer, while CONMEBOL themselves were also had a deal with the Japanese company until 2019.

However, from 2020, they agreed rights with EA Sports and have requested all clubs release their commercial and naming...

Flamengo, Independiente del Valle get Copa Libertadores preview in Recopa matchup

Everton Ribeiro looks on during Flamengo's Brazilian Supercopa final against Athletico PR.
Flamengo will meet Independiente del Valle in the Recopa, a preview of the pair's matchup in the Copa Libertadores.

Across the next two Wednesdays, South America plays out its Recopa -- or Super Cup, pitting the winner of the Copa Libertadores against the champion of the Copa Sudamericana.

The winning side will doubtless perform an enthusiastic lap of honour. They will have got their hands on a trophy. But this is one of those titles that barely qualifies as such. Unless something extraordinary happens, the games will not live long in the memory.

It is, after all, an uneven fight.

The Libertadores is, by...

Corinthians' early exit shows the unpredictability of the Copa Libertadores

Corinthians, who made it to the round of 16 last season, couldn't even survive the second qualifying round of the Copa Libertadores this campaign.

The big guns of Europe prepare for battle next week when the knockout phase of the Champions League gets underway. The world's best will be on show -- but for all the quality, the competition comes under some fire for being increasingly predictable, dominated by a handful of super clubs.

In South America, meanwhile, the equivalent tournament, the Copa Libertadores, is still in its qualifying rounds -- and a giant has already fallen. At the first hurdle, 2012 champions Corinthians of Brazil were...

Copa Libertadores weighted against weaker teams but will there be any shocks?

Flamengo players celebrate with the Copa Libertadores trophy after beating River Plate in the final.
Flamengo are the Copa Liberatores champions.

Less than two months after the cries of the crowd from the 2019 Libertadores final have died down, it is time for the 2020 version to get underway.

It was on Nov. 23 when Flamengo of Brazil struck twice right at the end to steal the title from under the noses of Argentina's River Plate. The game took place in Lima, in the stadium of Universitario -- who kick off this year's action on Tuesday night then they travel to Venezuela to take on Carabobo.

It is the opening game in a convoluted, six week...