Copa Libertadores: A Champion is Crowned

Internacional came into the second leg of the 2010 Copa Libertadores final with all the advantages. The Brazilian side had earned a hard-fought, come-from-behind first leg victory over Chivas Guadalajara on the road in Mexico. But despite the two away goals in hand, they could not afford to even lose the second leg of the home-and-away final 1-0 — the Copa Libertadores does not permit the away goals rule to serve as a determining factor in breaking... Read More

NTSF 099: Bolt bettered in Stockholm, wider meanings of relegation, Spanish bullfight ban and more…

I am a Non-Traditional Sports Fan by instinct, a writer by trade… and a cook to pay the bills. Unfortunately, working a job in catering has a tendency to throw off my cadence. The summer doldrums — you know, the ones that fans who remain attuned solely to the rhythms of American sport often decry this time of year — are most acutely felt in the way my work schedule lines up. See, this is the golden time of year for a guy like me.... Read More

Copa Libertadores: Think Champions League of the Americas

The Copa Libertadores is one of the most prestigious club tournaments in the world. It’s funny to think about how relatively new tournaments like the Libertadores (annually since 1960) and UEFA Champions League (since 1955 as European Cup; began Champions League format in 1992) are compared to the history of international football in the Olympics (1900) and World Cup (1930) as well as the domestic club leagues which have thrived even longer.... Read More