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Copa Libertadores showdown: 10 facts

By Andy Lara - Oklahoma City, OK - The Aztec Warriors  - twitter @kookylara

The big day has arrived for Tigres! Can they make history? 

1. This will be the first time a Mexican squad outside of the "big 4" (America, Chivas, C. Azul, UNAM) to reach the championship match


2. Tigres UANL has the most expensive Mexican squad to ever play the libertadores final at 51.8 million dollars, even after inflation adjustments. 


3. This could very well be Tuca's last two matches as he is one of the front runners to take over the Mexico National Team. 


4. Continental championship experience outside of CONCACAFJoffre Guerron and Rafael Sobis have both won Copa Libertadores while Uche has won the African Cup of Nations with Nigeria. 


5. River Plate advanced to the knockout stage thanks to Tigres' B squad' winning on the road at Juan Aurich. The River-Boca incident at the Bombonera also gave River a free pass to quarter finals.


6. Uche is now injury free and could possibly make his debut in the big final. 


7. Historical. Aside from many mexican players possibly winning the cup for the first time this could also be the first time a player born in Nigeria, United States and France win the title. 


8. River Plate's Libertadores drought. 19 years since River has won the title, its gonna be a hostile AND historic site if Tigres can clinch the title in Buenos Aires. 


9. Back to back continental champions. River could also become the 1st team to win Copa Sudamericana and Copa Libertadores in the same football year. 


10. Without a doubt a Libertadores trophy would give Tigres merits to the title of one of the "big" teams in Mexico. This would be the biggest accomplishment in Mexican club football history. 


Finally some good news around

Finally some good news around Mexico soccer.

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