1962 Copa Libertadores

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1962 Copa Libertadores de América
Tournament details
Dates February 7 - August 30
Teams 10 (from 9 confederations)
Final positions
Champions Brazil Santos (1st title)
Runners-up Uruguay Peñarol
Tournament statistics
Matches played 26
Goals scored 107 (4.12 per match)
Top scorer(s) Brazil Coutinho
Ecuador Alberto Spencer
Ecuador Enrique Raymondi
(6 goals each)
1961
1963

The 1962 Copa Libertadores de América was the third edition of South America's premier club football tournament. Ten teams entered, one more than the previous season, with Venezuela again not sending a representative. This was the first edition in which the defending champions were allowed to automatically qualify allowing the nation which contained the holders to have an extra team on the tournament.

Arguably, the competition took transcendental international projection from this edition due to the participation of Santos. The constant exhibitions of the Santásticos, containing in its ranks the legendary and magnificent Pelé and compatriots of equal stature such as the chivalric Gilmar, Mauro, Mengálvio, the splendid Coutinho, and the iconic Pepe, were every week news in the world and, inevitably, every corner of the world talked about the Copa de Campeones competition that Santos won in 1962. Santos ended the Carboneros' reign as they defeated Peñarol 0-3 in the deciding playoff in Buenos Aires.

Qualified teams[edit]

Country Team Qualification method
CONMEBOL
1 berth
Peñarol 1961 Copa Libertadores de América winners
 Argentina
1 berth
Racing 1961 Primera División champion
 Bolivia
1 berth
Municipal 1961 Copa Simón Bolívar champion
 Brazil
1 berth
Santos 1961 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A champion
 Chile
1 berth
Universidad Católica 1961 Primera División champion
 Colombia
1 berth
Millonarios 1961 DIMAYOR champion
 Ecuador
1 berth
Emelec 1961 Campeonato Ecuatoriano de Fútbol champion
 Paraguay
1 berth
Cerro Porteño 1961 Primera División champion
 Peru
1 berth
Sporting Cristal 1961 Primera División champion
 Uruguay
1 berth
Nacional 1961 Primera División runner-up

Format and tie-breaking criteria[edit]

This season saw the competition have an increase in participants by one team; as a result, the preliminary round from the previous season was eliminated. The first phase was now a group phase of three groups containing three clubs each. The format for the semifinals and the finals remained the same.

At each stage of the tournament teams receive 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, and no points for a loss. If two or more teams are equal on points, the following criteria will be applied to determine the ranking in the group stage:

  1. a one-game playoff;
  2. superior goal difference;
  3. draw of lots.

Starting this edition, a playoff will become the first tie-breaker, then goal difference.

First round[edit]

Nine teams were drawn into three groups. In each group, teams played against each other home-and-away. The top team in each group advanced to the Semifinals. Peñarol, the title holders, had a bye to the next round.

Group 1[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Brazil Santos 4 3 1 0 20 6 14 7
Paraguay Cerro Porteño 4 2 1 1 7 13 -6 5
Bolivia Municipal 4 0 0 4 7 15 -8 0

Group 2[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Uruguay Nacional 4 3 1 0 9 6 3 7
Argentina Racing 4 1 1 2 7 8 -1 3
Peru Sporting Cristal 4 1 0 3 5 7 -2 2

Group 3[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Chile Universidad Católica 4 2 1 1 10 9 1 5
Ecuador Emelec 4 2 0 2 12 10 2 4
Colombia Millonarios 4 1 1 2 7 10 -3 3

Semifinals[edit]

Four teams were drawn into two groups. 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 Santos 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 3
Chile Universidad Católica 2 0 1 1 1 2 −1 1

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Uruguay Peñarol 2 1 0 1 4 3 +1 2
Uruguay Nacional 2 1 0 1 3 4 −1 2

Peñarol progressed to the finals due to better goal difference.

Finals[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Brazil Santos 2 1 0 1 4 4 0 2
Uruguay Peñarol 2 1 0 1 4 4 0 2

Champion[edit]

Copa Libertadores de América
1962 Champion
Brazil
Santos
First Title

Top goalscorers[edit]

Pos Player Team Goals
1 Brazil Coutinho Brazil Santos 6
Ecuador Alberto Spencer Uruguay Peñarol 6
Ecuador Enrique Raymondi Ecuador Emelec 6
4 Brazil Pelé Brazil Santos 4
Chile Alberto Fouilloux Chile Universidad Católica 4

Footnotes[edit]

A. ^ Only 51 minutes of the second leg was considered official by CONMEBOL. The remaining 39 minutes was a friendly match. In the friendly time, Pagão tied the game at three goals a-piece, but the official score remained 2–3.

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