Football and passion are nearly synonymous, but for every positive example there seems to be a negative one. Case in point: the past week in Brazil.
After their Copa Sudamericana win and first ever continental trophy, Atletico Paranaense have eyes on joining the traditional Brazilian powerhouses.
Brazilian club Atletico Paranaense needed extra time and penalties to secure their first ever continental title over Colombian squad Junior.
Colombian side Atletico Junior and Atletico Paranaense of Brazil ended level 1-1 in Wednesday's first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final.
You could be forgiven for not knowing that the Copa Sudamericana final is upon us; Junior of Colombia and Atletico Paranaense of Brazil meet.
While the Copa Libertadores highlights an all-Argentina final, the Copa Sudamericana semifinals feature teams from Brazil and Colombia.
Chile has been chosen to host the final of the 2019 Copa Libertadores, the first to be played as a one-off game at a neutral venue.
Unlike the Libertadores, the Copa Sudamericana has all of South America dreaming of continental glory.
Chapecoense's recovery from a plane crash and Barcelona's win against Paris Saint-Germain have been nominated for Comeback of the Year.
Prosecutors in Rio de Janeiro launched an investigation Thursday into the fan violence surrounding the Copa Sudamericana final.
After a win in the first leg, Independiente fought Flamengo to a 1-1 draw in the second leg to claim the Copa Sudamericana, their first since 2010.
Independiente defeated Flamengo 3-2 on aggregate to win the Copa Sudamericana title after a 1-1 draw in the second leg of the final Wednesday night.
Flamengo play Argentine team Independiente in the second leg of the Copa Sudamericana final at the Maracana.
"It's the saddest time in my career. I haven't played the most important games of my life and now I'm not in a final with my club," Guerrero said.
While the Copa Sudamericana can't match the significance of the Libertadores, the Independiente-Flamengo title matchup should make for great football.
Yuki Abe scored a penalty with two minutes left to give J-League side Urawa Reds a 1-0 victory over Brazil's Chapecoense.
The strike came in a 5-0 Copa Sudamericana second round win over Chilean side Palestino.
Atletico Nacional were crowned Recopa Sudamericana champions on Wednesday with a 4-1 victory -- and 5-3 aggregate win -- over Chapecoense.
The team's chartered flight crashed just miles from the airport in November, 2016, on the way to face Atletico Nacional in the Copa Sudamericana.
A Bolivian fan was killed in a knife attack after he was apparently caught up in a brawl between rival Colombian hooligans groups.
CONMEBOL chief Alejandro Dominguez has said discussions are under way over reintroducing the Intercontinental Cup.
Twenty-six football fans, mostly Chileans, were arrested at Arena Corinthians, Brazilian police said on Thursday.
Chapecoense beat Colombia's Atletico Nacional 2-1 on Tuesday in an emotional match that commemorated the victims of last year's fatal air crash.
The 2017 Recopa Sudamericana will pit Chapecoense against Atletico Nacional where a tinge of brotherhood will be evident.
Boston River and Comerciantes Unidos will play the first leg of their Copa Sudamericana clash on Feb. 28. The return game will be three months later.