1963 Copa Libertadores

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1963 Copa de Campeones de América
Tournament details
Dates April 7 – September 11
Teams 9 (from 8 confederations)
Final positions
Champions Brazil Santos (2nd title)
Runners-up Argentina Boca Juniors
Tournament statistics
Matches played 19
Goals scored 63 (3.32 per match)
Top scorer(s) Argentina José Sanfilippo (7 goals)

The 1963 Copa de Campeones de América was the fourth season of South America's premier club football tournament. Nine teams entered with Bolivia and Venezuela not sending a representative.

This competition was notable for the participation of many world class stars such as José Sanfilippo, Pelé, Garrincha, Antonio Rattín, Alberto Spencer, Jairzinho, among others. The Alvinegro da Vila, usually regarded as the greatest football club team ever, crushed their semifinal and final opponents in stylish fashion which included a 0–4 victory over Botafogo in the fable Estádio do Maracanã, and a 1–2 win in La Bombonera, home of Boca Juniors. In a classic South American match-up, defending champions Santos defeated the Xeneixes on both legs of the final to retain the title.

Qualified teams[edit]

Country Team Qualification method
1 berth
Santos 1962 Copa de Campeones winners
1 berth
Boca Juniors 1962 Primera División champion
1 berth
Botafogo 1962 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A runner-up
1 berth
Universidad de Chile 1962 Primera División champion
1 berth
Millonarios 1962 Campeonato Profesional champion
1 berth
Everest 1962 Campeonato Ecuatoriano de Fútbol champion
1 berth
Olimpia 1962 Primera División champion
1 berth
Alianza Lima 1962 Primera División champion
1 berth
Peñarol 1962 Primera División champion

Format and tie-breaking criteria[edit]

Due to the uneven number of teams, the first round became a group stage with two groups of three and one group of two. The format for the semifinals and the finals remained the same as the previous season.

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]

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

Group 1[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Brazil Botafogo 4 4 0 0 5 1 +4 8
Peru Alianza Lima 4 1 1 2 2 3 −1 3
Colombia Millonarios 4 0 1 3 0 3 −3 1
Alianza Lima Peru0–0Colombia Millonarios

Millonarios Colombia0–1Peru Alianza Lima
Zegarra Goal

Alianza Lima Peru0–1Brazil Botafogo
Élton Goal

Millonarios Colombia0–2Brazil Botafogo
Antoninho Goal
Rildo Goal

Botafogo Brazil[A]Colombia Millonarios

Botafogo Brazil2–1Peru Alianza Lima
Jairzinho Goal
Santos Goal
Tenemás Goal

Group 2[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Uruguay Peñarol 2 2 0 0 14 1 +13 4
Ecuador Everest 2 0 0 2 1 14 −13 0
Everest Ecuador0–5Uruguay Peñarol
Sasía GoalGoalGoal
Rocha GoalGoal

Peñarol Uruguay9–1Ecuador Everest
Spencer GoalGoalGoalGoalGoal
Matosas GoalGoal
Rocha Goal
Abbadie Goal
Gandó Goal

Group 3[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Argentina Boca Juniors 4 3 0 1 9 6 +3 6
Paraguay Olimpia 4 2 0 2 7 10 −3 4
Chile Universidad de Chile 4 1 0 3 7 7 0 2
Olimpia Paraguay1–0Argentina Boca Juniors
Ferreira Goal

Boca Juniors Argentina5–3Paraguay Olimpia
Valentim GoalGoal
Menéndez GoalGoal
Corbatta Goal
Zárate GoalGoal
Segovia Goal

Boca Juniors Argentina1–0Chile Universidad de Chile
González Goal

Universidad de Chile Chile4–1Paraguay Olimpia
Alvarez GoalGoal
Marcos Goal
Musso Goal
Arámbulo Goal

Olimpia Paraguay2–1Chile Universidad de Chile
Núñez GoalGoal Sepúlveda Goal

Universidad de Chile Chile2–3Argentina Boca Juniors
Campos GoalGoal Sanfilippo GoalGoalGoal


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 Boca Juniors 2 2 0 0 3 1 +2 4
Uruguay Peñarol 2 0 0 2 1 3 −2 0
Peñarol Uruguay1–2Argentina Boca Juniors
Magdalena Goal 80' Valentim Goal 26'88'

Boca Juniors Argentina1–0Uruguay Peñarol
Sanfilippo Goal 47'

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Brazil Santos 2 1 1 0 5 1 +4 3
Brazil Botafogo 2 0 1 1 1 5 −4 1
Santos Brazil1–1Brazil Botafogo
Pelé Goal 90' Jairzinho Goal 60'

Botafogo Brazil0–4Brazil Santos
Pelé Goal 11'15'33'
Lima Goal


Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Brazil Santos 2 2 0 0 5 3 +2 4
Argentina Boca Juniors 2 0 0 2 3 5 −2 0
Santos Brazil3–2Argentina Boca Juniors
Coutinho Goal 2'21'
Lima Goal 28'
Sanfilippo Goal 43'89'

Boca Juniors Argentina1–2Brazil Santos
Sanfilippo Goal 46' Coutinho Goal 50'
Pelé Goal 82'


Copa Libertadores de América
1963 Champion
Second Title

Top goalscorers[edit]

Pos Player Team Goals
1 Argentina José Sanfilippo Argentina Boca Juniors 7
2 Brazil Pelé Brazil Santos 5
Ecuador Alberto Spencer Uruguay Peñarol 5
4 Brazil Paulo Valentim Argentina Boca Juniors 4
5 Brazil Coutinho Brazil Santos 3
Uruguay José Francisco Sasía Uruguay Peñarol 3


A. ^ Not played after Millonarios (already eliminated) preferred paying a fine of USD 4,500 rather than traveling to Rio for the match; points awarded to Botafogo but no goals.

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