I wanted to start the thread for the next season. This first thing I want to do is make is clear what the timeline is for this season and what competitions are are being looked at. The seasons will run from roughly August to August, in this season August of 67 to August of 68. There is a little wiggle room around the cut off dates in order to not truncate the beginning or ends of competitions. Most of Europe: This is the standard timeline for all of Western Europe and much of Eastern Europe. No competitions are truncated. Some Eastern Europe (Specifically Hungary and the Soviet Union) will have their league competitions split in half. There is a mid season August break which is the splitting point. The second half of the 67 season and the first half of the 68 season are used. Major European competitions that are part of this season: All domestic and cup competitions on the 1967-68 schedule. The second half of the 1967 domestic competitions and first half of the 1968 domestic competitions in Hungary and the Soviet Union. All European competitions (EC, CWC, FC) on the 1967-68 schedule. The 1967 Intercontinental Cup. For international matches the cut off in Europe will be: season begins in August 5th of 1967 and ends July 31st of 1968. In South America things are slight more complicated using this timeline but I will try to make it perfectly clear. This is an awkward season for Brazil, as the order of competitions is in flux. The Taca Brasil is on its way out. The edition that will be part of this season (67) is the second to last one played and the last of importance. The competition was usually played at the end of the year, from August to December. The 1968 edition started in August of 1968 but did finish until September of 1969. The competitions prolonged conclusion caused to to run past the start of the libertadores and have no impact on qualification. Therefore the top teams in the later rounds pulled all of their best players. For Botafogo, the winners, none of Jairzinho, Gerson, or Caju played in the semifinals of finals. Same thing for Cruziera etc. The Taca Brasil was on its way out and the TRGP, which would soon morph into the Brazilian Championship, was going to take over as the new national competition of record. The first TRGP in 1967 was a replacement for the Rio-Sau Paulo tournament which was always played at the beginning of the year. The 1967 edition was played in May and June of 1967. The TRGP replaced the Rio-Sau Paulo because of Cruziero's success in the 1966 Taca Brasil, proving that a competition for only Rio and Sau Paulo teams was not relevant. Officials quickly realize the TRGP is a better format to decide a national champion than the Taca Brasil. Therefore the 1968 edition is moved into the Taca Brasil's old time slot at the end of the year, being played from August to December of 1968. Because of this neither the 67 or 68 editions of the TRGP will be part of this season. State leagues had traditionally been played at the end of the year. This was true in 1967 with the editions being played from August to Dec of 67. This would change going forward. In 1968 state competitions were moved to the beginning of the year to not conflict with the more robust and important TRGP (soon to be Brazilian Championship) which had been moved to the end of the year. This season two state championships will be part of the season. Major competitions in Brazil that are part of this season: All 1967 state competitions, which ran roughly August 67 to December 67. The 1967 Taca Brasil, which ran from July 30th to December 29th. This is won by Palmieras and qualified for the libertadores. All 1968 state competitions, which ran roughly March to June of 68 (Carioca) or January to June (Paulista). Major Competitions in Argentina that are part of the season The 1967 Nacional, played from September to December 67. The 1968 Metropolitano, played from March to early August of 68. Domestic Competitions in other SA Countries that are part of this season The 1967 Uruguay domestic league, which ran from July to December of 67. 16 of the 18 rounds fall within the time period so I think it is fine to consider all of the 67 domestic season and none of the 68 domestic season. In Chile and Peru seasons run from March to December, so the second half of the 67 domestic season and first half of the 68 domestic seasons will be counted. Libertadores and Internationals The entire 1968 Libertadores will be part of this season, which ran from January to May of 68. The 1967 Intercontinental Cup. All internationals played between August 1 of 67 to August 12 of 68, making the matches between Brazil and Argentina and the end of Brazil's world tour the culmination of the season.