Copa Libertadores: Brazilian teams are feared for the wrong reasons

Football teams from South American nations fear visiting Brazil for Copa Libertadores games, as the country still struggles to control coronavirus transmissions.

Image: André Chiavassa/TBR

Copa Libertadores — South America’s answer to the UEFA Champions League — is back today, after a six-month hiatus. This return has not been — and will not be — an easy feat, with clubs and federations riddled with economic problems only exacerbated by the pandemic, not to mention the health risks for teams traveling to and from areas where the coronavirus continues to spread.

To make the return possible, the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) has developed a sanitary protocol to create “mobile bubbles,” by isolating players and coaches as much as possible from outside risks. Over USD 94 million have...

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