1965 Copa Libertadores

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1965 Copa Libertadores de América
Tournament details
Dates January 31 - April 15
Teams 10 (from 9 confederations)
Final positions
Champions Argentina Independiente (2nd title)
Runners-up Uruguay Peñarol
Tournament statistics
Matches played 26
Goals scored 83 (3.19 per match)
Top scorer(s) Brazil Pelé (9 goals)
1964
1966

The 1965 Copa Libertadores de América was the sixth edition of South America's premier club football tournament. Colombia did not send a representative due to the disagreements between CONMEBOL and the Colombian football federation. This will become the last edition in which only the national champions of each association may participate.

After the victorious campaign the previous year, Independiente will go on to successfully defend the title after beating another Uruguayan team, this time Peñarol. Independiente begun a legacy that saw it become a world class football team and this consegration paved the way for future conquests to come.

Qualified teams[edit]

Country Team Qualification method
CONMEBOL
1 berth
Independiente 1964 Copa Libertadores de América winners
 Argentina
1 berth
Boca Juniors 1964 Primera División champion
 Bolivia
1 berth
The Strongest 1964 Copa Simón Bolívar champion
 Brazil
1 berth
Santos 1964 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A champion
 Chile
1 berth
Universidad de Chile 1964 Primera División champion
 Ecuador
1 berth
Deportivo Quito 1964 Campeonato Ecuatoriano de Fútbol champion
 Paraguay
1 berth
Guaraní 1964 Primera División champion
 Peru
1 berth
Universitario 1964 Primera División champion
 Uruguay
1 berth
Peñarol 1964 Primera División champion
 Venezuela
1 berth
Deportivo Galicia 1964 Venezuelan Primera División champion

Tie-breaking criteria[edit]

The format of the competition remained nearly the same as the previous year's edition; the preliminary round was eliminated from this edition.

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.

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. Independiente, the title holders, had a bye to the next round.

Group 1[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Argentina Boca Juniors 4 4 0 0 11 3 8 8
Bolivia The Strongest 4 1 1 2 5 7 -2 4
Ecuador Deportivo Quito 4 0 1 3 3 9 -6 1

Group 2[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Brazil Santos 4 4 0 0 10 3 7 8
Chile Universidad de Chile 4 1 0 3 6 9 -3 2
Peru Universitario 4 1 0 3 5 9 -4 2

Group 3[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Uruguay Peñarol 4 3 0 1 5 2 3 6
Paraguay Guaraní 4 3 0 1 6 5 1 6
Venezuela Deportivo Galicia 4 0 1 3 2 6 -4 1

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
Argentina Independiente 2 1 0 1 2 1 +1 2
Argentina Boca Juniors 2 1 0 1 1 2 −1 2

Independiente progressed to the finals due to better goal difference.

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Uruguay Peñarol 2 1 0 1 7 7 0 2
Brazil Santos 2 1 0 1 7 7 0 2

Finals[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Argentina Independiente 2 1 0 1 2 3 -1 2
Uruguay Peñarol 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1 2

Champion[edit]

Copa Libertadores de América
1965 Champion
Argentina
Independiente
Second Title

Top goalscorers[edit]

Pos Player Team Goals
1 Brazil Pelé Brazil Santos 8
2 Uruguay Pedro Rocha Uruguay Peñarol 4
Uruguay José Francisco Sasía Uruguay Peñarol 4
Uruguay Héctor Jesús Silva Uruguay Peñarol 4
Brazil Pepe Brazil Santos 4

Footnotes[edit]

A. ^ Points were taken from Deportivo Galicia due to irregularities in their line-up. Peñarol was awarded the points. Peñarol advanced due to goal difference.

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