From this Sunday until December 2, will be held the Women's Libertadores Cup The location of the event will be the city of Manaus, Brazil. There all the champions of the continent will meet to determine the best team of America in 2018. Argentina will be represented by UAI Urquiza, the last winners of the AFA tournament, who will also be protagonists of the opening game.
The Women's Libertadores Cup has a format very different from the male version. The entire tournament happens in two weeks in a single city and is played by only twelve teams: the ten current champions of the federations that make up Conmebol, for which the last Copa winner (Audax do Brasil) and a guest from the host country (Iranduba, also from Brazil) are added. That is why, in this edition, the place will have the distinction of having three participants.
There will be two scenarios: Arena of the Amazon, built especially for the 2014 Men's World Cup in Brazil, with a capacity of 50,000 spectators, and Ismael Benigno Stadium (better known as Colina Stadium), which has 10,000 sites.
The initial phase will consist of three groups of four teams each. In A will be Audax (Brazil), Spanish Union (Ecuador), Atlético Huila (Colombia) and Peñarol (Uruguay). The B will be composed of Colo Colo (Chile), Santos (Brazil), Sport Girls (Peru) and Deportivo Itá (Bolivia), while from C they will participate UAI Urquiza (Argentina) head-sets, Cerro Porteño (Paraguay), Flor de Patria (Venezuela) and Iranduba (Brazil).
O three first in each group and the best of all second qualifiers for the tournament semifinals: on the one hand they will face the leader of the A and the C and, on the other hand, the leader of the B with the escort. From these crosses will come the two teams that will go to the title and the glory. The losers will be measured by third place.
The first Women's Libertadores Cup organized by Conmebol was held in 2009. So far, there have been nine editions, with broad predominance of Brazilian teams – the strongest in the region – who won the title seven times (Santos 2009 and 2010, San José 2011, 2013 and 2014, Ferroviaria 2015 and Audax 2017). The hits were given by Colo Colo of Chile in 2012 and by Sportivo Limpeño of Paraguay in 2016.
In addition to the participation of UAI Uquiza, there will be other Argentines in the Aldana Cometti, Eliana Stábile – Both Argentine players Lucía Martelli and Fabiana Vallejos, all at Atletico Huila.
UAI Urquiza, the national representatives who dream of the collision
Never an Argentine team won the Copa Libertadores women. The best performances were three third places: Boca Juniors (2010), UAI Urquiza (2015) and River Plate (2017).
Villa Lynch's "El Furgón" will be the representative of the country in this edition for having been enshrined in the AFA First Division tournament in the 2017-2018 season. In addition, he will have the honor of playing the inaugural match of the championship on Sunday, from the age of 18, against Cerro Porteño at the Estadio Arena Amazônia. There will be a live broadcast via Conmebol's official Facebook page.
Will be the third participation of "Las Guerreras" in the World Cup. In 2015 they were third, while in 2016 they were eliminated in the first phase.
"The expectations are always good. We get excited because we know we have a campus to make anyone stronger. But this is a separate tournament: they are the best on the continent and not the same as the AFA tournament. We are excited, but we do not want to rush. It's very complicated: you lose a game in the Group and you already have one foot out of the cup. We believe we will play a good role, it is what we aim for, "he said. Translation and Localization, UAI Urquiza player, a Infobae.
Asked about the rivals they will have in the Group C, Santafesina anticipated that "it will be good, but quite difficult".
"We are with Iranduba, which is local, and which always weighs. It is a Brazilian team, they are always complicated, play very well and have a lot of physique. Besides that, they brought many reinforcements from their selectionthen it will be a difficult team. In Flower of the Homeland we do not know much, just this they try to play well, down. Cerro Porteño is an experienced team that plays a lot with the second balls and that has a strong weapon that's the dead ball"analyzed Sánchez.
The striker considered that high temperatures of Manaus they will be a factor that will influence the performance of the teams: "It's only two weeks, it's a tournament short in time and it's very difficult matches. It's very hot and recovery is difficult."
Another adversity that UAI Urquiza will have to face will be the fact that seven players of his team affected the Argentine national team in the last days. Laurina Oliveros, Adriana Sachs, Milagros Otazú, Miriam Mayorga, Belén Potassa, Mariana Larroquette and Milagros Menéndez qualified for the 2019 World Cup in France with the Albiceleste team in Panama to draw 1 to 1 against the team. (after winning 4 0 on the way out in Buenos Aires) and made a Extensive and tiring crossing to reach Brazil.
Sanchez described as "a dream" the fact that he could play the continent's most important club tournament.
"It's nice to be able to live with this club and with this group, which is incredible.. I have the same feelings as in the first one: I am very happy and I make the most of it, "said the player, who will play his third Copa Libertadores with the cast of" Van ".
After starring in the inaugural match, UAI Urquiza will play again Wednesday, November 21, at the age of 18, at the Amazon Arena before Flor de Pátria, and will close his participation in the Group Stage Saturday 24, also at the age of 18, against Iranduba in the Colina stadium.
"Las Guerreras", directed by Germán Portanova, they will search for a title lacking in Argentine football. They rely on the hierarchy of their squad and the union of the group to give the great blow and raise the World Cup on December 2.