Copa Mercosur

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Copa Mercosur
Founded 1998
Abolished 2001
Region South America (CONMEBOL)
Number of teams 20
Most successful club(s) Brazil Palmeiras (2)

The Copa Mercosur (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkopa merkoˈsur], Portuguese: Copa Mercosul [ˈkɔpɐ meʁkoˈsuw], "Mercosur Cup") was a football competition played from 1998 to 2001 by the traditional top clubs from Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Chile. The competition was created by CONMEBOL to generate TV money to the participating teams, but it went beyond and ended up, together with the Copa Merconorte, as natural replacement to the CONMEBOL Cup. These two, Copa Merconorte and Copa Mercosur, were replaced in 2002 by the Copa Sudamericana.

Format[edit]

Twenty teams played in the tournament. The teams were divided in five groups of four teams each and the matches were played in two legs. The group winners and the best three runners-up qualified for the quarterfinals. The quarterfinals, the semifinals were played in two legs. In 1998 and 2000 the finals were played in three legs. In 1999 and 2001 the finals were played in two legs.

Finals[edit]

Key[edit]

Match decided by a penalty shootout after extra time *
Bold – Indicates the winner in two-legged finals
Year Country Home team Score Away team Country Venue Location Refs
1998  BRA Cruzeiro 2–1 Palmeiras  BRA Mineirão Belo Horizonte, Brazil
 BRA Palmeiras 3–1 Cruzeiro  BRA Palestra Itália São Paulo, Brazil
 BRA Palmeiras 1–0 Cruzeiro  BRA Palestra Itália São Paulo, Brazil
Palmeiras won 6–3 on points
1999  BRA Flamengo 4–3 Palmeiras  BRA Maracanã Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
 BRA Palmeiras 3–3 Flamengo  BRA Palestra Itália São Paulo, Brazil
Flamengo won 4–1 on points
2000  BRA Vasco da Gama 2–0 Palmeiras  BRA São Januário Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
 BRA Palmeiras 1-0 Vasco da Gama  BRA Palestra Itália São Paulo, Brazil
 BRA Palmeiras 3–4 Vasco da Gama  BRA Palestra Itália São Paulo, Brazil
Vasco da Gama won 6–3 on points
2001  BRA Flamengo 0–0 San Lorenzo  ARG Maracanã Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
 ARG San Lorenzo 1–1 Flamengo  BRA Pedro Bidegain Buenos Aires, Argentina
Tied 1–1 on aggregate; San Lorenzo won 4–3 on penalties*

Performances[edit]

By club[edit]

Team Won Runner-up Years won Years runner-up
Brazil Palmeiras 1 2 1998 1999, 2000
Brazil Flamengo 1 1 1999 2001
Argentina San Lorenzo 1 0 2001
Brazil Vasco da Gama 1 0 2000
Brazil Cruzeiro 0 1
1998

By country[edit]

Country Won Runners-Up Winning Clubs Runners-Up
 Brazil 3 4 Flamengo (1); Palmeiras (1); Vasco da Gama (1) Palmeiras (2); Flamengo (1); Cruzeiro (1)
 Argentina 1 0 San Lorenzo (1)

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