1961 Copa Libertadores

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1961 Copa Libertadores de América
Tournament details
Dates April 2 - June 11
Teams (from 9 confederations)
Final positions
Champions Uruguay Peñarol (2nd title)
Runners-up Brazil Palmeiras
Tournament statistics
Matches played 16
Goals scored 52 (3.25 per match)
Top scorer(s) Argentina Osvaldo Panzutto
(4 goals)
1960
1962

The 1961 Copa Libertadores de América was the second season of the competition, South America's prized football tournament. Nine teams entered, two more than the previous season, with Venezuela not sending a representative. In order to further enhance the competition, CONMEBOL maintained the criteria of having regional clashes in order to take advantage of the cross-border rivalries

Although Peñarol also won their national league, this became the first and, so far, only time the defending champions did not qualify automatically to the next edition. Nevertheless, the Mayas successfully defended their title by defeating Palmeiras in the final.

Qualified teams[edit]

Country Team Qualification method
 Argentina
1 berth
Independiente 1960 Primera División champion
 Bolivia
1 berth
Jorge Wilstermann 1960 Copa Simón Bolívar champion
 Brazil
1 berth
Palmeiras 1960 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A champion
 Chile
1 berth
Colo-Colo 1960 Primera División champion
 Colombia
1 berth
Santa Fe 1960 DIMAYOR champion
 Ecuador
1 berth
Barcelona 1960 Campeonato Ecuatoriano de Fútbol champion
 Paraguay
1 berth
Olimpia 1960 Primera División champion
 Peru
1 berth
Universitario 1960 Primera División champion
 Uruguay
1 berth
Peñarol 1960 Primera División champion

Format[edit]

Each match-up was a two-team group stage. Because of the increase in participants, a preliminary group was implemented in the competition, with the rest following the previous season's format. Wins were awarded two points, 1 point for a draw, and no points for a loss. The team with the most points after a home and away game advanced to the next stage.

If the teams still remained tied, goal difference will become a factor. A one-game playoff would be implemented in case the teams are still tied. A draw of lots was to become the last solution to breaking a tie. Controversially, Independiente Santa Fe and Jorge Wilstermann tied on points which would have required a playoff; CONMEBOL, however, scraped the idea and decided that the last semifinal slot was to be given by a draw of lots which the Colombians won.

Tournament bracket[edit]

  Preliminary round First round Semi-finals Finals
                                     
        
   Paraguay Olimpia 5 1  
     Chile Colo-Colo 2 2  
      
        
   Paraguay Olimpia 1 1  
     Uruguay Peñarol 3 2  
        
        
   Peru Universitario 0 2
     Uruguay Peñarol 5 0  
      
        
   Uruguay Peñarol 1 1
   Brazil Palmeiras 0 1
        
        
   Brazil Palmeiras 2 1  
     Argentina Independiente 0 0  
      
        
   Brazil Palmeiras 2 4
     Colombia Santa Fe 2 1  
 Ecuador Barcelona 0 2  
 Colombia Santa Fe 3 2  
   Colombia Santa Fe 2 1
     Bolivia Jorge Wilstermann 3 0  
      

Preliminary round[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Colombia Santa Fe 2 1 1 0 5 2 +3 3
Ecuador Barcelona 2 0 1 1 2 5 −3 1

First Round[edit]

Group 1[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Paraguay Olimpia 2 1 0 1 6 4 +2 2
Chile Colo-Colo 2 1 0 1 4 6 −2 2

Olimpia drew 2–2 with Colo-Colo on point aggregate. Olimpia progressed to the semifinals due to better goal difference.

Group 2[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Uruguay Peñarol 2 1 0 1 5 2 +3 2
Peru Universitario 2 1 0 1 2 5 −3 2

Peñarol drew 2–2 with Universitario on point aggregate. Peñarol progressed to the semifinals due to better goal difference.

Group 3[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Brazil Palmeiras 2 2 0 0 3 0 +3 4
Argentina Independiente 2 0 0 2 0 3 −3 0

Group 4[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Colombia Santa Fe 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 2
Bolivia Jorge Wilstermann 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 2

Independiente Santa Fe drew 2–2 with Jorge Wilstermann on point aggregate and goal difference. No playoff was disputed to determine the winner. Independiente Santa Fe progressed to the semifinals after a draw of lots.

Semifinals[edit]

Seven teams were drawn into two groups, one of our and the other of three. In each group, teams played against each other home-and-away. The top team in each group advanced to the Finals.

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Brazil Palmeiras 2 1 1 0 6 3 +3 3
Colombia Santa Fe 2 0 1 1 3 6 −3 1

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Uruguay Peñarol 2 2 0 0 5 2 +3 4
Paraguay Olimpia 2 0 0 2 2 5 −3 0

Finals[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Uruguay Peñarol 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 3
Brazil Palmeiras 2 0 1 1 1 2 −1 1

Champion[edit]

Copa Libertadores de América
1961 Winner
Uruguay
Peñarol
Second Title

Top goalscorers[edit]

Pos Player Team Goals
1 Argentina Osvaldo Panzutto Colombia Santa Fe 4
2 Argentina Alberto Perazzo Colombia Santa Fe 3
Paraguay Benicio Ferreira Paraguay Olimpia 3
Peru Juan Joya Uruguay Peñarol 3
Colombia Jose Francisco Sasía Uruguay Peñarol 3
Ecuador Alberto Spencer Uruguay Peñarol 3

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