In Europe, it's the UEFA Champions League and in South America, it's the Copa Libertadores. For more than 50 years, the best teams the continent has to offer have gone into battle for the most revered South American football crown. Just as its European cousin, the structure of the tournament has changed many times since its inception in 1960.
Today, the qualifying rounds are played out over two legs in a group phase structure, which is then followed by a knockout phase (last 16 to the final). Record-holders in this tournament are CA Independiente with seven titles, although the Argentineans have not brought the trophy home to Avellaneda since 1984.
In addition to Independiente, Diego Maradona's Boca Juniors and CA Penerol from Uruguay have both experienced tremendous successes in the Copa Libertadores.