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Cerezo Osaka clinch spot in Suruga Bank Championship 2018 as J.League YBC Levain Cup winners to face CONMEBOL Sudamericana champions

04 November 2017

Cerezo Osaka clinch spot in Suruga Bank Championship 2018 as J.League YBC Levain Cup winners to face CONMEBOL Sudamericana champions

The 2017 J.League YBC Levain Cup final was held on Saturday 4 November at Saitama Stadium 2002, where Cerezo Osaka became the crowned champions of the tournament.

The victory has put the Osaka club to the Suruga Bank Championship 2018 to be scheduled next summer where they take on the champions of the CONMEBOL Sudamericana in 2017. Cerezo will be making their first appearance in the intercontinental competition.

As of today, the potential cup winners of South American championship have been trimmed down to four semifinalists: Libertad of Paraguay, Flamengo of Brazil, Atlético Junior of Colombia and Indipendiente of Chile.

Championship Outline

Championship Name (TBC):
SURUGA bank Championship 2018 SAITAMA
J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP / CONMEBOL Sudamericana Final

Promoters:
Japan Football Association (JFA)
South American Football Federation (CONMEBOL)
Japan Professional Football League (J. League)

Fixture:
Cereso Osaka (Japan/ J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP 2017 winners) vs CONMEBOL Sudamericana 2017 winners

Date:
Summer 2018 (TBC)

Venue:
Announced at a later date

Past Championships

 Year (Date)VenueJapanese TeamResultSouth American Team
1 2008(30 July) Nagai
(Osaka)
Gamba Osaka 0-1 Arsenal FC
(Argentina)
2 2009(5 August) Kyuseki Dome
 (Oita)
Oita Trinita 1-2 SC Internacional
(Brazil)
3 2010(4 August) National Stadium
(Tokyo)
F.C. Tokyo 2-2
(PK4-3)
LDU de Quito
(Ecuador)
4 2011(3 August) Ecopa
(Shizuoka)
Jubilo Iwata 2-2
(PK4-2)
Independiente
(Argentina)
5 2012(1 August) Kashima
(Ibaraki)
Kashima Antlers 2-2
(PK7-6)
Universidad de Chile
(Chile)
6 2013(7 August) Kashima
(Ibaraki)
Kashima Antlers 3-2 Sao Paolo FC
(Brazil)
7 2014(6 August) Kashiwa
(Chiba)
Kashiwa Reysol 2-1 Lanus
(Argentina)
8 2015(11 August) Expo' 70
(Osaka)
Gamba Osaka 0-3 River Plate
(Argentina)
9 2016(10 August) Kashima
(Ibaraki)
Kashima Antlers 0-1 Independiente Santa Fe
(Columbia)
10 2017(15 August) Saitama
(Saitama)
Urawa Red Diamonds 1-0 Chapecoense
(Brazil)

*Overall Result:Japan 6 wins, 4 losses(including 3 wins on penalties)

About Copa Sudamericana

This is a prestigious football club competition in South America, equally important as the CONMEBOL Copa Libertadores. The championship started in 2002 by integrating two former international football competitions in South America—Copa Merconorte in the north and Copa Mercosur in the south.

All the fixtures from the first round to the final are played in a home-and-away knockout format. In 2017, a total of 54 clubs entered the championship from 10 different countries belonging to the CONMEBOL.

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