CONMEBOL: Historic superfinal in Madrid
source: StadiumDB.com; author: michał
For the first time in history two archrivals from Buenos Aires play against one another in Copa Libertadores final and for the first time they both have to fly to Europe for the game. Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu was selected as the venue for second leg of what's referred to as the Superfinal.
It's been as intense as one could imagine, you must have seen how Boca Juniors supporters filled La Bombonera to motivate their team during open training session. But intensity in the case of this year's Copa Libertadores final also showed its dark side when bus with Boca players was attacked before the second leg, prompting the game's abandonment.
Since November 24 it's been a guessing game as to when and where the second leg would be played, with selection of a neutral venue outside Buenos being a certainty.
Numerous bids from across both Americas were announced publicly, most notably by the cities of Mendoza (Argentina), Miami (USA), Asunción (Paraguay), Montevideo (Uruguay) and Medellin (Colombia).
Interestingly, also cities from outside the two continents decided to bid. Genoa and Madrid were the European bids, while Al Ain and Doha wanted to bring the game to the Middle East.
In the end, following agreements with the police, municipality, Spanish football association and Real Madrid, CONMEBOL opted to host the second game between River Plate and Boca at Santiago Bernabeu. The match will take place on December 9, first whistle at 16:30 (Buenos Aires time, 20:30 CET).