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All 38 clubs of the 2013 Copa Libertadores confirmed

December 20, 2012 By Gregory Sica
The draw for the 2013 edition of South America's maximum club competition will take place in Luque, Paraguay, on Friday.
With Bolivar's victory over Oriente Petrolero at the Felix Capriles stadium on Thursday, all 38 clubs of the 2013 Copa Libertadores were decided.

Bolivar needed an injury-time equaliser from Ever Cantero to level the game 2-2 and force a penalty shoot-out which they went on to win 4-2 in Cochabamba.

Bolivar will join The Strongest and San Jose as Bolivia's representatives in the competition, which has never been won by a Bolivian club.

Corinthians, the defending champions come into the competition as one of the main title contenders, as do the other five Brazilian participants, which are Fluminense, Atletico Mineiro, Gremio, Palmeiras and Sao Paulo.

Boca Juniors, who were losing finalists to Corinthians in 2012, are also expected to fight for the title, and have made a number of changes to increase their chances of doing this, which includes the recent appointment of Carlos Bianchi as head coach.

Argentina's other four representatives are league champions Velez Sarsfield, Newell's Old Boys, Tigre and Arsenal de Sarandi.

Uruguayan giants Nacional and Penarol, who have won a combined eight Copa Libertadores titles, will be looking to return to their glory days of the past, and like every year are expected to be a threat.

As will be the likes of Universidad de Chile, Liga de Quito, Cerro Porteno, Libertad and Colombian champions Millonarios.

Once again three Mexican teams have been invited to the competition, these being Toluca, Leon and Mexican league winners Tijuana.

Despite having reached the final a couple of times, Mexican teams have never won the Copa Libertadores.

One team of great note who will miss out on the competition is 2011 champions Santos. The team who boasts a number of high-quality players such as Neymar failed to secure qualification after finishing in eighth position of the Brazilian league.


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