February 23, 2021

2021 Copa Libertadores: location-map for the 47-team tournament, with Club Histories (Libertadores appearances & titles listed). With a description of the 2 qualifying-spots (from Uruguay) and the 5 placements (from Brazil) yet to be determined.

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2021 Copa Libertadores: location-map for the 47-team tournament, with Club Histories (Libertadores appearances & titles listed)

By Bill Turianski on the 23rd of February 2021;
-2021 Copa Libertadores (
-Summary: results, fixtures, standings ([libertadores]
-Schedule: 2021 Copa Libertadores schedule.

-Copa Libertadores: Long road ahead for minnows like Guarani, Uruguay’s Liverpool (by Tim Vickery on 22 Feb 2021 at

Updated on Friday 26 2021 (see Brazil qualified teams segment 2 paragraphs below)…

The 2021 Copa Libertadores Preliminaries start on 23 and 24 February. (The Group Stage will start on 16 April.) As I did last year, I will post an updated map for the Group Stage, around the 12th of April; then I will post a map/chart for the the Final Stages when the Round of 16 starts, around the middle of July. Of course, that is all subject to change (as it was last season…due to the COVID pandemic).

    2020 Copa Libertadores…the 62nd edition of South America’s most prestigious fútbol competition.

Shown on the map are 45 of the 47 teams that have qualified for the 2021 Libertadores.
Due to scheduling problems related to the COVID-19 pandemic, one country – Uruguay – has 2 qualification-spots yet to be determined, and one country – Brazil – has 5 seeding-spots yet to be determined. In Brazil, all 8 teams to qualify HAVE been determined, and three of those spots are for certain…Definitely qualified and placed are 3 teams: the #1-spot Palmeiras (as Cup Holders), the #2-spot Flamengo (as Brasileiro champions), and the #8-spot Santos (8th-place in 2020 Brasieiro). So in Brazil, it is only a matter of sorting out the other 5 qualified teams. And that will not be sorted out until after the 2020 Copa do Brasil finals/second match is played on Sunday the 7th of March.

The Copa do Brasil finals pits Palmeiras v Grêmio, but Palmeiras have the #1-spot in Brazil (as Cup-Holder), so the spot here goes to either Grêmio (as Copa do Brasil winner), or, if Grêmio loses, the #4 #5 and #6-spots will all move up a notch, and Grêmio will have to take the #7-spot. The 5 teams from Brazil that have qualified but have not yet been placed in spots are: Internacional, Atlético Mineiro, São Paulo, Fluminense, Grêmio. It boils down to this: no one wanted the #7-spot, because it means that the team must play in the preliminaries, and now it is only a question of whether Fluminense or Grêmio gets stuck playing in the second-stage preliminaries.

The teams-chart on the map-page for Brazil will be updated accordingly, on the 8th of March. As it stands right now, I have the teams arranged in the spots with the standings as of Friday the 26th of February.

The spots in Brazil…
-#1-spot will go to 2020 Copa Libertadores champions Palmeiras (Cup Holders).
-#2-spot goes to 2020 Brasileiro champions, Flamengo.
-#3-spot (Copa Brasil winner): finalist Palmeiras already has the #1-spot, so the spot here goes to either finalist Grêmio, or the #4- #5- and #6-spots below will all move up a notch, and Grêmio will have to take the #7-spot.
-#4-spot (2nd-place in 2020 Brasileiro): either Internacional or Atlético Mineiro.
-#5-spot, (3rd-place in 2020 Brasileiro): either Atlético Mineiro or São Paulo.
-#6-spot (4th-place in 2020 Brasileiro): either Fluminense or Grêmio.
-#7-spot [a preliminary/2nd-stage spot] (5th-or-6th-place in 2020 Brasileiro): either São Paulo or Fluminense or Grêmio.
-#8-spot [a preliminary/2nd-stage spot] (8th-place in 2020 Brasileiro): will definitely be Santos.

The spots in Uruguay… {Uruguay 2020 aggregate table}
#1-spot (Best in aggregate table): most likely Nacional (who have a 6-and-7-point lead on the two chasing teams of Montevideo City Torque, and Peñarol). (In case you are wondering, Montevideo City is a Uruguayan top-flight-newcomer that is owned by the Manchester City owner-group, and have never qualified for the Copa Libertadores.)
#2-spot (2nd-best in aggregate table): most likely either Montevideo City or Peñarol. Both these teams refused the #4-spot or the #3-spot [ie, the much-less-coveted preliminary-rounds spots], so one of these two may well miss out on the Libertadores despite having a better aggregate record than the teams that have accepted the #3-spot (Montevideo Wanderers) and the #4-spot (Liverpool of Montevideo).

The map, and the teams-chart, for Uruguay will be updated accordingly, on the 12th of April.
But by that time I will have posted another whole new map, of the 2021 Libertadores Group Stage.

This map includes the preliminary-stage teams: there are 19 preliminary-stage teams…and only four of those 19 teams will advance to the Group Stage. (Note: the 19 preliminary clubs are shown in italics, on the teams-by-country lists.)

Qualified teams by country:
Brazil has 8 teams (7+ Copa Libertadores holder).
Argentina has 7 teams (6+ Copa Sudamericana holder).
The eight other countries all have 4 teams each, in the tournament (Uruguay, Colombia, Paraguay, Ecuador, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Venezuela).

(Note: Copa Libertadores winner of the 2020 tournament was Palmeiras, of São Paulo, Brazil. Copa Sudamericana winner of the 2020 tournament was Defensa y Justicia, of Florencio Varela in Greater Buenos Aires, Argentina.)

One other note:
This is the first time I have listed, on the map, the city-location of every qualified team. Also, for the first time, I have included an inset map. The inset map is of Greater Buenos Aires. I included this because all 7 qualified teams from Argentina are from either Buenos Aires (5 teams), or from Greater Buenos Aires (2 teams). This is unprecedented.

Thanks to all at the links below
-Globe-map of South America by Luan at File:South America (orthographic projection).svg ([South America]).
-Blank map of South America by Anbans 585 at File:CONMEBOL laea location map without rivers.svg ([2018 Copa Libertadores]).
-Blank map of Greater Buenos Aires, by NordNordWest at File:Argentina Greater Buenos Aires location map.svg (
-2021 Copa Libertadores (
-Copa Libertadores 1960-2019 Club Histories (
-Libertadores titles list {}.

February 9, 2021

France: 2020-21 Ligue 1 – Location-map, with 2 charts: Seasons-in-1st-Division (current clubs) & All-time French titles list.

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France: 2020-21 Ligue 1 – Location-map, with 2 charts: Seasons-in-1st-Division (current clubs) & All-time French professional titles list

By Bill Turianski on the 9th of February 2021;
-2020–21 Ligue 1 (
-Ligue 1 – Summary: matches, table, players, etc. (
-Get French Football…your home of French football in English (
-Football en France: Histoire, stats et classement sur la Ligue 1 ( [Recommended.]

The map shows the twenty clubs in the current season of the French Ligue 1 [2020-21].
The map features the locations and crests of the 20 current Ligue Un clubs, along with the 10 largest French cities, and the 13 Regions of Metropolitan France (aka European France). {Largest French cities’ metropolitan area populations from 2016 census, here}. The major French rivers are also shown {see further below, at the foot of this post, for more on that}.

Plus, there are two charts on the right-hand side of the map page….
One chart shows Seasons-in-1st-Division [current clubs]. (2020-21 is the 83rd season of Ligue 1.) Marseille has spent the longest in the French top flight, with 71 seasons. Second-most seasons in the French top flight goes to two clubs – Saint-Étienne, and Bordeaux – both with 68 seasons. Also shown on the chart are the consecutive seasons each club has currently spent in the top tier. Reigning champions PSG are the current longest-serving member of Ligue 1, with 47 straight seasons; second-longest top-flight tenure belongs to Lyon, with 32 straight seasons.

The second chart is the All-time French titles list. Saint-Étienne have won the most French titles: 10. But Saint-Étienne’s last title came 40 seasons ago, in 1981. Two clubs have the second-most titles – Marseille, and PSG – with 9. Marseille last won it in 2010. Paris Saint-Germain, as mentioned, are the reigning champions, and are by far the most wealthy club in the country, to the point of making a mockery of any notion of a balanced competition. (PSG is owned by a subsidiary of the slave-owning Gulf state Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund.) And PSG have been champions for 7 of the last 8 seasons, and for the last 3 straight seasons.

But PSG might not win the title this season.
Because both Lille and Lyon sit above PSG in the table, currently [9 February 2020]. So the neutral fan is left with the appealing prospect of an actual title race in France right now. Lille has won 6 straight, and seized first place on the last day of January, when PSG stumbled against relegation-threatened Lorient. Meanwhile, Lyon has been at or near the top all season, and beat PSG away, in mid-December. Here are some crucial title-race fixtures…Sunday the 21st of March: Lyon v PSG. Saturday the 3rd of April: PSG v Lille. Saturday the 24th of April: Lyon v Lille.

Here is a recent article on current league-leaders Lille, from the Guardian/football site…Lille were Ligue 1 title contenders. Now they look like the favourites (by Adam White and Eric Devin on 4 Feb 2021 at

Major Rivers in France
Since I could not find a suitable blank map of France which featured major rivers, I drew in the rivers on the map here myself, using a variety of sources. I took extra care in plotting the rivers through the two largest French cities of Paris and Lyon. The 10 longest rivers in France are shown, and are listed at the foot of the map. Due to conflicting interpretations of river-lengths, I could not find a definitive list of the longest rivers in France online, except for the Google-search result of that {here/see the 10 images across the top of the search-result}. I then confirmed the numbers, using both Wikipedia and the online Encyclopædia Britannica, and a few other sources. Below, I have reproduced the text at the foot of the map…

Longest Rivers in France
1. Rhine (1,230 km/760 mi): rises in the Swiss Alps in eastern Switzerland. Flows through Switzerland, Leichtenstein, Austria, Germany, France & Netherlands. Empties into the North Sea, near Rotterdam, Netherlands.

2. Loire (1,006 km/629 mi): rises in the SE Massif Centrale. Longest river wholly in France. It flows north to Orléans, then swings west. Empties into the Bay of Biscay (Atlantic Ocean), near Nantes.

3. Meuse (925 km/575 mi): flows through NE France, Belgium & Netherlands. Drains into the North Sea via the Rhine–Meuse–Scheldt delta in southern Netherlands.

4. Rhône (813 km/575 mi): rises in the Rhône Glacier in the southern Swiss Alps. Flows through Switzerland & SE France, passing through Lyon. Empties into the Mediterranean Sea near Marseille.

5. Seine (775 km/482 mi): rises at Source-Seine, 30 km (19 mi) NW of Dijon. Flows generally north-west, passing through the capital, Paris. Empties into the English Channel at Le Havre.

6. Moselle (545 km/339 mi): a left-bank tributary of the Rhine that flows through NE France, Luxembourg and western Germany. It joins the Rhine at Koblenz, Germany.

7. Garrone (529 km/329 mi): rises in the Spanish Pyrenees. Flows through northern Spain and SW France, passing through Toulouse. Empties into the Gironde estuary at Bordeaux.

8. Marne (514 km/319 mi): a right-bank tributary of the Seine. It runs north, and then bends west, and joins the Seine 6 km (4 mi) S of central Paris, at Charenton-le-Pont.

9. Lot (485 km/301 mi): a right-bank tributary of the Garonne that rises in the southern Massif Centrale. It joins the Garonne 95 km (59 mi) SE of Bordeaux, at Aiguillon.

10. Dordogne (483 km/300 mi): rises on the flanks of the Puy de Sancy (the highest point in the the Massif Centrale). Flows west to join the Gironde estuary just north of Bordeaux.

Thanks to all at the links below…
-Blank map of France by Superbenjamin at File:France location map-Regions and departements-2016.svg (
-Seasons-in-1st-division data, from[Bilan historique Ligue 1].
-Longest rivers in France, from[longest-rivers-in-france].
-Largest French cities (2016 census figures of metropolitan-areas), from via’s_aires_urbaines_(metropolitan_areas).
-2020–21 Ligue 1 ( and

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