As the appetite for football to restart in South America grows, clubs must consider a future in which they cannot rely on selling stars to Europe.
Football's calendar is being upended by the coronavirus, but that hasn't stopped officials in South America from insisting on playing on as planned.
Clubs in the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana have been offered an advance of up to 60% of their prize money so they can stay solvent.
South American football's governing body Conmebol have threatened a continental ban to any team who don't release their rights to EA Sports.
Faced with searing heat, torrential rain and a hostile crowd, it felt like everything was against Independiente del Valle ahead of the Copa final.
Unheralded Ecuadorean side Independiente del Valle overcame a rain-sodden pitch to beat Argentina's Colon 3-1 and win the Copa Sudamericana.
The Copa Sudamericana final features two teams with very different approaches in Independiente del Valle and Colon in a first of its kind decider.
The clash between stalwarts Union de Santa Fe and upstarts Independiente del Valle was a study in contrasts often found in Copa Sudamericana.
Argentine side Union de Santa Fe will use Viagra to combat the altitude when they face Independiente del Valle in the Ecuadorian capital of Quito.
Football and passion are nearly synonymous, but for every positive example there seems to be a negative one. Case in point: the past week in Brazil.
After their Copa Sudamericana win and first ever continental trophy, Atletico Paranaense have eyes on joining the traditional Brazilian powerhouses.
Brazilian club Atletico Paranaense needed extra time and penalties to secure their first ever continental title over Colombian squad Junior.
Colombian side Atletico Junior and Atletico Paranaense of Brazil ended level 1-1 in Wednesday's first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final.
You could be forgiven for not knowing that the Copa Sudamericana final is upon us; Junior of Colombia and Atletico Paranaense of Brazil meet.
While the Copa Libertadores highlights an all-Argentina final, the Copa Sudamericana semifinals feature teams from Brazil and Colombia.
Chile has been chosen to host the final of the 2019 Copa Libertadores, the first to be played as a one-off game at a neutral venue.
Unlike the Libertadores, the Copa Sudamericana has all of South America dreaming of continental glory.
Chapecoense's recovery from a plane crash and Barcelona's win against Paris Saint-Germain have been nominated for Comeback of the Year.
Prosecutors in Rio de Janeiro launched an investigation Thursday into the fan violence surrounding the Copa Sudamericana final.
After a win in the first leg, Independiente fought Flamengo to a 1-1 draw in the second leg to claim the Copa Sudamericana, their first since 2010.
Independiente defeated Flamengo 3-2 on aggregate to win the Copa Sudamericana title after a 1-1 draw in the second leg of the final Wednesday night.
Flamengo play Argentine team Independiente in the second leg of the Copa Sudamericana final at the Maracana.
"It's the saddest time in my career. I haven't played the most important games of my life and now I'm not in a final with my club," Guerrero said.
While the Copa Sudamericana can't match the significance of the Libertadores, the Independiente-Flamengo title matchup should make for great football.
Yuki Abe scored a penalty with two minutes left to give J-League side Urawa Reds a 1-0 victory over Brazil's Chapecoense.