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The 2022 edition of the Under-20 Copa Libertadores ended with a final between two of South America’s most exciting youth projects.

One one side, hosts and holders Independiente del Valle were looking to consolidate a brilliant run at junior level, which has seen the Ecuadorians not only reach three consecutive Libertadores finals, but also bring through an enviable number of talents who have since moved on – including current internationals such as Brighton’s Moises Caicedo, Valladolid striker Gonzalo Plata and MLS duo Jhegson Mendez and Alan Franco.

On the other, one of the aristocrats of the South American game, a five-time continental champion, newly immersed in the recruitment and development of young prospects in their bid to reclaim their place at the top table.


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