With no chance of qualifying for Libertadores, Timão is guaranteed in the next edition of the tournament, which will have a group stage and a more robust prize pool
No chance of qualifying for the next edition of Copa Libertadores de América, The Corinthians is assured of his place in the Copa Sudamericana 2021, second-tier tournament in South America, but that Timão hasn’t won yet. So far, Alvinegro paulista has participated in the competition six times, stopping at most in the semifinals. The goal of the team trained by Vagner Mancini, now, is to end the taboo in the competition that will have a new face and also a more interesting prize.
For this season, to Conmebol defined that the South American will be divided into three phases: the preliminary, where clubs from the same country (except Brazil and Argentina) duel and generate 16 classifieds; the group phase, when the teams from the preliminary phase meet in eight braces with four participants, making round-trip duels; and the knockout, when the eight leaders of the groups await the eight third placed in the group stage of the Libertadores. In addition, South America’s top football entity increased the prize pool, delivering $ 11.8 million (about R $ 64 million) to the winning team. In a financial crisis and without the prospect of making a major investment, Corinthians sees the championship as a good chance of winning a title in the season, something that was lacking in 2020, and improving the situation of the club, which saw the inflow decrease with the Covid-19 pandemic and the consequent absence of fans at the Neo Química Arena.
Corinthians campaigns in South America
2003 – First phase
Timão’s first participation in Sul-Americana took place in 2003. On the occasion, the Corinthians fell and failed to pass in the triangular formed with Atlético-MG and Fluminense, being eliminated in the first phase after the defeats by 2 to 0 for the miners and the cariocas – Tricolor das Laranjeiras ended up going to the third phase, but was eliminated by São Paulo soon after.
2005 – Quarterfinals
Two years later, with a different regulation, Corinthians passed through Goiás in the first knockout round of the Copa Sudamericana, passing through Goiás with a 2-0 victory and a 1-1 draw. In the round of 16, the then team led by Antônio Lopes dispatched River Plate with two equal points: 0-0 at Pacaembu, and 1-0 at Monumental Nuñez, advancing thanks to the qualified goal. In the quarterfinals, however, Alvinegro ended up falling after beating Tigres 2-1, but suffering a painful 4-2 in Mexico.
2006 – Round of 16
The following year, Corinthians also beat their Brazilian rival in the first round, beating Vasco on two occasions: 3 to 1 and 1 to 0. The next match, however, against Lanús, the São Paulo club drew at home without goals and lost 4-2 in Argentina, saying goodbye to the tournament early against the modest Argentine team.
2007 – First phase
In the tragic year of the relegation of Corinthians to the 2nd division of the Brazilian Championship, the team from São Paulo also experienced shame in the South American Championship, falling to Botafogo right from the start, when they were defeated twice: 3 to 1 (Rio de Janeiro) and 2 to 1 (São Paulo).
2017 – Round of 16
Corinthians lived a hiatus of ten editions without participating in the tournament. In 2017, the elimination went to Racing, in the round of 16. After a 1-1 draw in the arena, Fábio Carille’s team lost control in Argentina, lost Jô and Rodriguinho by expulsion and left the tournament after 0-0 equality.
2019 – Semifinal
The best campaign of the Parque São Jorge team in South America took place in 2019, when the team passed Racing on penalties (First Stage), Deportivo Lara, from Venezuela, 4-0 on aggregate score (Second Stage), Montevideo Wanders , from Uruguay, 4 to 1 in the aggregate (Round of 16) and Fluminense in the qualified goal criterion after two draws (Quarterfinals). In the semi, however, he took 2-0 for Independiente del Valle, in the middle of Neo Química Arena, getting only a 2-0 in Ecuador.