THE SOUTH AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFEDERATION AND BRIDGESTONE TO KICK-OFF 2014 COPA BRIDGESTONE LIBERTADORESParticipating teams in attendance for tournament draw ceremony in Asuncion, Paraguay

Asunción, Paraguay (Dec. 12, 2013) – The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) and Bridgestone Latin America Tire Division (BATO LA) held the tournament draw ceremony today for the 2014 Copa Bridgestone Libertadores at the Convention Center of the South American Football Confederation in the city of Luque in Asuncion, Paraguay, kicking off soccer's greatest tournament in Latin America.
The 2014 Copa Bridgestone Libertadores marks the 55th edition of the South America's premier international soccer club tournament organized by CONMEBOL. The tournament will run with the participation of teams from eleven countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.

 “To CONMEBOL, it is a matter of satisfaction to have the contribution of Bridgestone as a first line sponsor in our beloved Copa Libertadores,” said Eugenio Figueredo, President of the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL). “We are aware of the fact that the development of soccer in South America has a close link with our sponsors, who rely on a product of superior quality.”

“The passion for soccer – and a good performance – that unites fans across Latin America is one we share in Bridgestone and resembles the benefits of our leading products,” said Matias Borges, Consumer Sales and Marketing Director for Bridgestone Latin America.  “It is the performance moments of Libertadores soccer and the exciting 2014 championship kick-off that is inspiring the start of new promotional programs across Latin America.”

Through its title sponsorship agreement in the Copa Bridgestone Libertadores, Bridgestone is reinforcing its commitment to sports and renowned events at an international level, which unite fans from different countries, no matter distance or language.

Bridgestone has developed a variety of commercial and promotional activities in the region, bringing the excitement of soccer to fans and motorists. Bridgestone Latin America is organizing local amateur tournaments and competitions based on game forecasts, and also promoting talent among fans through its “BS Reporter" contest. In addition, leveraging the digitally engaged fan, Bridgestone has developed dynamic activities in social networks, providing opportunities to receive free tickets for games, including the final match. During 2014, Bridgestone will continue with different contests and activities to celebrate its passion for soccer in all participating countries.

Within the framework of soccer and aligned with its commitment to corporate citizenship, Bridgestone subsidiaries in Latin America have also planned several donations for  communities and institutions, in addition to the development of soccer schools for children.

In December 2012, Bridgestone and CONMEBOL announced a five-year sponsorship agreement and will be the title sponsor of the championship until 2017. For more information about Copa Bridgestone Libertadores and other local and international tournaments please visit:

About Latin American Tire division, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations:
Bridgestone Americas maintains an established and strong presence in Latin America through the subsidiaries that make up the Latin American Tire division (BATO LA), which is part of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. BATO LA, through seven manufacturing and sales subsidiaries, operates six tire production plants — two in Brazil, and one each in Argentina, Costa Rica, Mexico and Venezuela — along with proving grounds in Acuña, Mexico, and São Pedro, Brazil. In addition, through Bandag do Brasil Ltda. and Bandag de Mexico, S.A. de C.V., the companies manufacture and market pre-cure retread for truck and bus tires.

About South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL):
The South American Football Confederation is the continental governing body of association football in South America and it is one of FIFA's six continental confederations. The oldest continental confederation in the world, its headquarters are located in Luque, Paraguay, and its current president is Eugenio Figueredo. CONMEBOL is responsible for the organization and governance of South American football's major international tournaments. CONMEBOL national teams have won nine FIFA World Cups (Brazil five, Argentina and Uruguay two trophies each), and CONMEBOL clubs have won 22 Intercontinental Cups and three FIFA Club World Cups. Argentina and Uruguay have also won two Olympic gold medals each. With 10 member football associations, it is the smallest confederation in FIFA.