June 27, 2022

2022 Copa Libertadores: map of Final Stages (16 teams, with match-ups)./+ All of the Round-of-16 stadiums, with club info.

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2022 Copa Libertadores: map of Final Stages (16 teams, with match-ups)

By Bill Turianski on the 27th of June 2022 ;
-2022 Copa Libertadores/Final Stages (
-Summary – CONMEBOL Libertadores – Final Stages [2022] (

The Round of 16
The first legs of the 2022 Copa Libertadores Round of 16 will be played from 28 to 30 June {click on the links at the top of this post for the fixtures}.

The breakdown of qualified clubs-by-country…
•Brazil: 6 clubs (Palmeiras, Flamengo, Atlético Mineiro, Fortaleza, Athletico Paranaense, Corinthians). This includes back-to-back reigning champions Palmeiras.
•Argentina: 6 clubs (River Plate, Estudiantes, Colón, Boca Juniors, Talleres, Vélez Sarsfield),
•Paraguay: 2 clubs (Libertad, Cerro Porteño).
•Colombia: 1 club (Deportes Tolima).
•Ecuador: 1 club (Emelec).

The Big 2 of Argentina and Brazil have placed 12 clubs into the Round of 16, just as the two did last year [2021]. This is the largest total Round-of-16 spots from the combined Brazil and Argentina, amounting to 75% of the teams that advanced.

This is the 5th-straight year that Paraguay have placed two clubs into the Round of 16. This is the 4th-straight year that Ecuador have placed at least one club into the Round of 16.

After 3 years without any of their clubs advancing past the Group stage, Colombia finally has a club back in the Round of 16. And this is now the second-straight year that Uruguay are without a club in the Round of 16. Chile has placed a club into the Round of 16 only once since 2018.

There are two clubs that have advanced from the Libertadores Group Stage for the first time…
Fortaleza, from Fortaleza, capital of the state of Ceará, up in the northeast of Brazil. Fortaleza is the 11th-largest city in South America, with a metro-area population of around 3.9 million. Fortaleza made it to the Round of 16 thanks to a big away win (4-3) in their final group-stage game, versus Colo-Colo in Santiago, Chile (25 May). Fortaleza Esporte Clube, est. 1918, have played 24 seasons in the Brazilian top-flight, starting in 1959, but had never played in the Copa Libertadores. Five years ago, in 2017, stuck in the third division, Fortaleza won promotion from Série C. Four years ago, in 2018, Fortaleza won their second-straight promotion, finishing in 1st in Série B and drawing a 2nd-tier-best 29,400 per league match. Then three years ago, in 2019, Fortaleza were finally back in Série A, and were one of the highest-drawing Brazilian clubs, drawing 33,800 per league match. They finished in a decent 9th place in 2019. But in their second season back in the top tier, in 2020, Fortaleza almost got relegated, finishing in 16th and only avoiding the drop on goal-difference. However, last year, in 2021, Fortaleza had an amazing turnaround and finished in 4th place in the 2021 Brasileiro. That was good enough for Fortaleza to win their first-ever Copa Libertadores spot: an automatic qualification for the 2022 Libertadores group stage. Fortaleza wear blue-and-red-horizontally-striped jerseys. They play at the 63-K-capacity Castelão, which they share with local rivals Ceará Sporting Club (who are also currently a top-flight club).

Talleres, of Córdoba, Argentina’s 2nd-largest city [metro-population: 1.5 million]. Talleres made it through the group stage rather easily, with only one loss (versus Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro), and they beat Chile’s Universidad Católica home and away. 2022 is the third time Talleres have qualified for the Libertadores, and only the second time they have made it to the Group Stage (previously in 2002). Talleres play at a little jewel of a stadium, the 13-K-capacity Estadio Francisco Cabasés, nicknamed ‘La Boutique‘, for its small and elegant design {1:20 video of the venue}. Talleres means ‘workshops’ in Spanish. CA Talleres were founded in 1913 by workers from the Córdoba Central Railway. Talleres have played 26 seasons of Argentine top-flight football, 7 consecutive since promotion back to the Primera División in 2016. Talleres wear dark-blue vertically-striped jerseys. They finished in 3rd place in the 2021 Primera División. Talleres are the only club from Córdoba to ever have qualified for the Copa Libertadores.

    Below: 2021 Libertadores Round of 16 venues – all 16 clubs’ stadiums…

#1 seed, back-to-back reigning champions Palmeiras – Allianz Parque (aka Palestra Itália), in São Paulo, SP, Brazil.
Photo credit above –[@AllianzParque].

#2 seed, River Plate – El Monumental (Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti), in the Belgrano district of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Photo credit above – Toni Lamberttuchi Fettuchini at[photos].

#3 seed, Flamengo – Maracanã (Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Photo credit above – Getty Images via

#4 seed, Estudiantes de La Plata – Estadio Jorge Luis Hirschi, La Plata, Buenos Aires province, Argentina.
Photo and image credits above – E de L P jersey badge, photo unattributed at Stadium drone image, unattributed at

#5 seed, Atlético Mineiro – Mineirão (Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto), in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Photo and image credits above – original badge from; photo by Prefeitura de Belo Horizonte at

# 6 seed, Libertad – Estadio Tigo La Huerta (aka Tuyukuá), in the Las Mercedes barrio of Asunción, Paraguay.
Photo credit above – Francisco Caceres Sanchez [2019], at[photos].

#7 seed, Colón – Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao Lopez (aka ‘El Cementerio de Los Elefantes’), in Santa Fe, Argentina.
Photo credit above – unattributed at

#8 seed, Boca Juniors – La Bombonera (‘the Chocolate Box’), in La Boca district of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Photo credit above – unattributed at[@brfootball].

#9 seed, Deportes Tolima – Estadio Manuel Murillo Toro, in Ibagué, capital of the department of Tolima, central Colombia.
Photo credit above – DobleJJO at[photos].

#10 seed, Talleres – Francisco Cabasés Stadium, aka La Boutique de Barrio Jardín, in the Jardín Espinoza neighborhood of the city of Córdoba, Argentina.
Photo credit above – unattributed at[@pavlito98t].

#11 seed, Fortaleza – Castelão (Estádio Governador Plácido Castelo), in Fortaleza, Ceará, northeastern Brazil.
Photo credit above – Fábio Lima at File:Fortaleza Arena.jpg (

#12 seed, Athletico Paranaense – Arena da Baixada (aka Estádio Joaquim Américo), in Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil.
Image credit above – screenshot from video uploaded by Wassmansdorff at

#13 seed, Corinthians – Arena Corinthians (aka Neo Química Arena), in the eastern part of São Paulo, SP, Brazil.
Image credit above – screenshot from video uploaded by One Man Wolf Pack at

#14 seed, Emelec – Estadio George Capwell, in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
Photo credit above – unattributed at

#15 seed, Vélez Sarsfield – Estadio José Amalfitani, in Liniers district of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Photo credit above –

#16 seed, Cerro Porteño – Estadio General Pablo Rojas (aka La Olla; aka La Nueva Olla), in Asunción, Paraguay.
Photo credit above – Miryan O. Rodríguez at[photos].

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]).
-2022 Copa Libertadores (
-Copa Libertadores 1960-2019 Club Histories (
-Libertadores titles list {}.

June 10, 2022

CHL (Canadian Hockey League): 2021-22 location-map of the 60 teams (18 QMJHL teams, 20 OHL teams, 22 WHL teams), plus chart: Memorial Cup Tournament Appearances & Titles by current CHL teams (2021).

CHL (Canadian Hockey League): 2021-22 location-map of the 60 teams (18 QMJHL teams, 20 OHL teams, 22 WHL teams), plus chart: Memorial Cup Tournament Appearances & Titles by current CHL teams (2021)

By Bill Turianski on the 10th of June 2022;

Links… (Fr).

Canadian Hockey League (CHL): the umbrella-organization for the 3 leagues of Major Junior Hockey in Canada. The 3 leagues are: the Western Hockey League (WHL, est. 1966), the Ontario Hockey League (OHL, est. 1933), and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL/ LMJHQ in French, est. 1969). 60 teams: in the CHL-system, there are 52 teams from Canada (from 9 Canadian provinces), and there are 8 teams from the USA (from 4 US states). The CHL as the umbrella-organization was established in 1975, but as mentioned, the three individual leagues were established earlier; see league side-bars on the upper-part of the map for more info.

CHL teams are for players aged 16-20. Two non-North-American-born players are allowed per team; overage, and underage player-waivers are sometimes allowed. Players receive stipend & board, and believe it or not, this actually qualifies as pay in the NCAA’s monopolistic view, so players who commit to an OHL or QMJHL or WHL team in the CHL-system become ineligible to play later on in the USA in the NCAA-system. Whereas around 30% of NHL players have had a US-collegiate career prior to signing in the NHL, a solid 47-to-48% of all NHL players originally played in Canadian Major Junior hockey {see this, from the Washington Post}.

The winners of the 3 leagues each season contest the Memorial Cup Tournament (est. 1919), which is usually played in the month of May. The Memorial Cup is a 4-team round-robin competition, which comprises the WHL champion, the OHL champion, the QMJHL champion, plus the host team. The past two tournaments were cancelled due to COVID, so this is the first tournament since 2018-19, when the Quebec league’s Rouyn-Noranda Huskies were Memorial Cup champions. Rouyn-Noranda is a small and isolated mining community of 42,000, 320 miles NW of Montreal. The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies beat the Halifax Mooseheads 4-2, in Halifax on May the 26th 2019, to win the title.

This year’s tournament [2022] will take place in St. John, New Brunswick from June 20-29, at the 6.3-K-capacity TD Station. The St. John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL are the host team. The St. John Sea Dogs won the Memorial Cup in 2011; this will be the team’s 4th appearance in the tournament.
•so, the St. John Sea Dogs are already in the tournament as host team. The other 3 teams to qualify are down to the following…
•WHL: Edmonton Oil Kings or Seattle Thunderbirds.
•OHL: Windsor Spitfires or Hamilton Bulldogs.
•QMJHL: Shawinigan (Quebec) Cataractes or Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island) Islanders.

The map is a location-map with the three league’s areas tinted.

The chart on the far-left-hand-side:
Memorial Cup Tournament Appearances & Titles by current CHL teams (2021)
-Number of Memorial Cup titles (including host-team status noted by italics).
-Number of Memorial Cup tournament appearances (including host-team status noted by italics).
26 of the 60 current CHL teams have won a Memorial Cup title. The most titles won by a current team is the 5 titles won by the Oshawa Generals (who last won it in 2015). The most tournament appearances is 16 appearances, by the oldest Major Junior hockey team, the Regina St. Pats (est. 1917). Note: in the chart, teams are listed, not franchises, thus Kootenay Ice’s one Memorial Cup title and 3 tournament-appearances do not carry over, when the franchise moved from British Columbia, to Winnipeg Manitoba, as the Winnipeg Ice, in 2019. So that makes it 7 for 7 in Canada: now all 7 Canadian cities with NHL teams (Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Ottawa, Winnipeg) also have a Major Junior hockey team. And with the debut of the NHL’s Seattle Kraken this season, Seattle is also in this category.

Other changes in teams and their gear since 2019 are the following…
-Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, in 2019, dropped the Screaming from their name and unveiled a smart new logo {Cape Breton Eagles}.
-Portland Winterhawks unveiled a new logo in 2021, dropping their long-time Chicago Blackhawks-derived logo, for one that features a hawk’s head superimposed over a grey mountain range with subtle ‘WH’ inscribed in the mountain’s crags {Portland Winterhawks}.
-Sarnia Sting dropped the disc logo and went back to classic full-wasp-with-hockey-stick design {[Sarnia Sting]}.
-Erie Otters went back to their original otter-with-helmet-&-stick logo, in just yellow-gold and navy (no red) {[Erie Otters].
-Everett Silvertips’s primary logo is now the green-silver-and-pale-brown shield-with-grizzley-head-&-mountain design {Everett Silvertips}, and their original primary logo (grizzley-with-stick-wordmark) is now their shoulder-patch logo.
Thanks to all at the following…
-Canadian Hockey League (
-Photo of Memorial Cup (CHL), unattributed at
-Hockey ice photo from

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