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CONMEBOL Libertadores
Copa Libertadores logo.svg
Organising bodyCONMEBOL
Founded1960; 62 years ago (1960)
RegionSouth America
Number of teams47 (from 10 associations)
Qualifier forRecopa Sudamericana
FIFA Club World Cup
Related competitionsCopa Sudamericana
Current championsBrazil Palmeiras
(3rd title)
Most successful club(s)Argentina Independiente
(7 titles)
Television broadcastersList of broadcasters
Websiteconmebollibertadores.com
2022 Copa Libertadores

The CONMEBOL Libertadores, also known as the Copa Libertadores de América (Portuguese: Copa Libertadores da América), is an annual international club football competition organized by CONMEBOL since 1960. It is the highest level of competition in South American club football. The tournament is named after the Libertadores (Spanish and Portuguese for liberators), the leaders of the South American wars of independence,[1] so a literal translation of its former name into English is "America's Liberators Cup".

The competition has had several formats over its lifetime. Initially, only the champions of the South American leagues participated. In 1966, the runners-up of the South American leagues began to join. In 1998, Mexican teams were invited to compete and contested regularly from 2000 until 2016. In 2000 the tournament was expanded from 20 to 32 teams. Today at least four clubs per country compete in the tournament, with Argentina and Brazil having the most representatives (six and seven clubs, respectively). A group stage has always been used but the number of teams per group has varied.[1][2]

In the present format, the tournament consists of eight stages, with the first stage taking place in late January. The four surviving teams from the first three stages join 28 teams in the group stage, which consists of eight groups of four teams each. The eight group winners and eight runners-up enter the knockout stages, which end with the final in November. The winner of the Copa Libertadores becomes eligible to play in the FIFA Club World Cup and the Recopa Sudamericana.[3]

Independiente of Argentina is the most successful club in the cup's history, having won the tournament seven times. Argentine clubs have accumulated the most victories with 25 wins, while Brazil has the largest number of winning teams, with 10 clubs having won the title. The cup has been won by 25 clubs, 15 of them more than once, and seven clubs have won two years in a row.

History[edit]

The clashes for the Copa Aldao between the champions of Argentina and Uruguay kindled the idea of continental competition in the 1930s.[1] In 1948, the South American Championship of Champions (Spanish: Campeonato Sudamericano de Campeones), the most direct precursor to the Copa Libertadores, was played and organized by the Chilean club Colo-Colo after years of planning and organization.[1] Held in Santiago, it brought together the champions of each nation's top national leagues.[1] The tournament was won by Vasco da Gama of Brazil.[1][4][5] The 1948 South American tournament impulsed, in continent-wide reach, the "champions cup" model, resulting in the creation of the European Cup in 1955, as confirmed by Jacques Ferran (one of the "founding fathers" of the European Cup), in a 2015 interview with a Brazilian TV sports programme.[6]

In 1958, the basis and format of the competition were created by Peñarol's board leaders. On October 8, 1958, João Havelange announced, at a UEFA meeting he attended as an invitee, the creation of Copa de Campeones de America (American Champions Cup, renamed in 1965 as Copa Libertadores), as a South American equivalent of the European Cup, so that the champion clubs of both continental confederations could decide "the best club team of the world" in the Intercontinental Cup.[7][8] On March 5, 1959, at the 24th South American Congress held in Buenos Aires, the competition was ratified by the International Affairs Committee. In 1965, it was named in honor of the heroes of South American liberation, such as Simón Bolívar, José de San Martín, Pedro I, Bernardo O'Higgins, and José Gervasio Artigas, among others.[1]

Format[edit]

Qualification[edit]

Most teams qualify for the Copa Libertadores by winning half-year tournaments called the Apertura and Clausura tournaments or by finishing among the top teams in their championship.[3] The countries that use this format are Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.[3] Peru and Ecuador have developed new formats for qualification to the Copa Libertadores involving several stages.[3] Argentina, Brazil and Chile are the only South American leagues to use a European league format instead of the Apertura and Clausura format.[3] However, one berth for the Copa Libertadores can be won by winning the domestic cups in these countries.[3]

Peru, Uruguay and Mexico formerly used a second tournament to decide qualification for the Libertadores (the "Liguilla Pre-Libertadores" between 1992 and 1997, the "Liguilla Pre-Libertadores de América" from 1974 to 2009, and the InterLiga from 2004 to 2010, respectively).[2][3] Argentina used an analogous method only once in 1992. Since 2011, the winner of the Copa Sudamericana has qualified automatically for the following Copa Libertadores.[3][9]

For the 2019 edition, the different stages of the competition were contested by the following teams:[3]

Distribution of clubs in the Copa Libertadores
First stage
Second stage
Third stage
  • 8 second stage winners
Group stage
Final stages
Country First Stage Second Stage Group Stage
Brazil 2 5
Argentina 1 5
Chile 2 2
Colombia 2 2
Bolivia 1 1 2
Ecuador 1 1 2
Paraguay 1 1 2
Peru 1 1 2
Uruguay 1 1 2
Venezuela 1 1 2

The winners of the previous season's Copa Libertadores are given an additional entry if they do not qualify for the tournament through their domestic performance; however, if the title holders qualify for the tournament through their domestic performance, an additional entry is granted to the next eligible team, "replacing" the titleholder.

Rules[edit]

The Copa Libertadores logo is shown on the centre of the pitch before every game in the competition.

Unlike most other competitions around the world, the Copa Libertadores historically did not use extra time, or away goals.[3] From 1960 to 1987, two-legged ties were decided on points (teams would be awarded 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for a loss), without considering goal differences. If both teams were level on points after two legs, a third match would be played at a neutral venue. Goal difference would only come into play if the third match was drawn. If the third match did not produce an immediate winner, a penalty shootout was used to determine a winner.[3]

From 1988 onwards, two-legged ties were decided on points, followed by goal difference, with an immediate penalty shootout if the tie was level on aggregate after full-time in the second leg.[3] Starting with the 2005 season, CONMEBOL began to use the away goals rule.[3] In 2008, the finals became an exception to the away goals rule and employed extra time.[3] From 1995 onwards, the "Three points for a win" standard, a system adopted by FIFA in 1995 that places additional value on wins, was adopted in CONMEBOL, with teams now earning 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for a loss.

Tournament[edit]

The current tournament features 47 clubs competing over a six- to eight-month period. There are three stages: the first, the second and the knockout stage.

The first stage involves 12 clubs in a series of two-legged knockout ties.[3] The six survivors join 26 clubs in the second stage, in which they are divided into eight groups of four.[3] The teams in each group play in a double round-robin format, with each team playing home and away games against every other team in their group.[3] The top two teams from each group are then drawn into the knockout stage, which consists of two-legged knockout ties.[3] From that point, the competition proceeds with two-legged knockout ties to quarterfinals, semifinals, and the finals.[3] Between 1960 and 1987 the previous winners did not enter the competition until the semifinal stage, making it much easier to retain the cup.[3]

Between 1960 and 2004, the winner of the tournament participated in the now-defunct Intercontinental Cup or (after 1980) Toyota Cup, a football competition endorsed by UEFA and CONMEBOL, contested against the winners of the European Cup (since renamed the UEFA Champions League)[3] Since 2004, the winner has played in the Club World Cup, an international competition contested by the champion clubs from all six continental confederations. It is organized by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. Because Europe and South America are considered the strongest centers of the sport, the champions of those continents enter the tournament at the semifinal stage.[3] The winning team also qualifies to play in the Recopa Sudamericana, a two-legged final series against the winners of the Copa Sudamericana.[3]

Prizes[edit]

Trophy[edit]

Trophy of the 2020 edition, won by Palmeiras

The tournament shares its name with the trophy, also called the Copa Libertadores or simply la Copa, which is awarded to the Copa Libertadores winner. It was designed by goldsmith Alberto de Gasperi, an Italian-born immigrant to Peru, in Camusso Jewelry in Lima at the behest of CONMEBOL.[10] The top of the laurel is made of sterling silver, except for the football player at the top (which is made of bronze with a silver coating).[11]

The pedestal, which contains badges from every winner of the competition, is made of hardwood plywood. The badges show the season, the full name of the winning club, and the city and nation from which the champions hail. To the left of that information is the club logo. Any club which wins three consecutive tournaments has the right to keep the trophy. Today, the current trophy is the third in the history of the competition.

Two clubs have kept the actual trophy after three consecutive wins:[12]

Prize money[edit]

As of 2019, clubs in the Copa Libertadores receive US$500,000 for advancing into the second stage and US$1,000,000 per home match in the group phase. That amount is derived from television rights and stadium advertising. The payment per home match increases to US$1,050,000 in the round of 16. The prize money then increases as each quarterfinalist receives US$1,200,000, US$1,750,000 is given to each semifinalist, US$6,000,000 is awarded to the runner-up, and the winner earns US$12,000,000.[13]

  • Eliminated at the first stage: US$350,000
  • Eliminated at the second stage: US$500,000
  • Eliminated at the third stage: US$550,000
  • Group stage: US$3,000,000
  • Round of 16: US$1,050,000
  • Quarter-finals: US$1,200,000
  • Semi-finals: US$1,750,000
  • Runners-up: US$6,000,000
  • Champions: US$12,000,000

Cultural impact[edit]

The Copa Libertadores occupies an important space in South American culture. The folklore, fanfare, and organization of many competitions around the world owe its aspects to the Libertadores.

The "Sueño Libertador"[edit]

Since its creation, the Copa Libertadores has been part of the culture of South America.

The Sueño Libertador ("Liberator Dream") is a promotional phrase used by sports journalism in the context of winning or attempting to win the Copa Libertadores.[14] Thus, when a team gets eliminated from the competition, it is said that the team has awakened from the liberator dream. The project normally starts after the club wins its national league (which grants them the right to compete in the following year's Copa Libertadores).

It is common for clubs to spend large sums of money to win the Copa Libertadores. In 1998 for example, Vasco da Gama spent $10 million to win the competition, and in 1998, Palmeiras, managed by Luiz Felipe Scolari, brought Júnior Baiano among other players, winning the 1999 Copa Libertadores. The tournament is highly regarded among its participants. In 2010, players from Guadalajara stated that they would rather play in the Copa Libertadores final than appear in a friendly against Spain, then reigning world champions,[15] and dispute their national league.[16] Similarly, after their triumph in the 2010 Copa do Brasil, several Santos players made it known that they wished to stay at the club and participate in the 2011 Copa Libertadores, despite having multimillion-dollar contracts lined up for them at clubs participating in the UEFA Champions League, such as Chelsea of England and Lyon of France.[17]

Former Boca Juniors goalkeeper Óscar Córdoba has stated that the Copa Libertadores was the most prestigious trophy he won in his career (above the Argentine league, Intercontinental Cup, etc.)[18]

'La Copa se mira y no se toca'[edit]

Since its inception in 1960, the Copa Libertadores had predominantly been won by clubs from nations with an Atlantic coast: Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. Olimpia of Paraguay became the first team outside of those nations to win the Copa Libertadores when they triumphed in 1979.

The first club from a country with a Pacific coast to reach a final was Universitario of Lima, Peru, who lost in 1972 against Independiente of Argentina.[19] The following year, Independiente defeated Colo-Colo of Chile, another Pacific team, creating the myth that the trophy would never go to the west, giving birth to the saying, "La Copa se mira y no se toca" (Spanish: The Cup is to be seen, not to be touched).[19] Unión Española became the third Pacific team to reach the final in 1975, although they also lost to Independiente.[19] Atletico Nacional of Medellín, Colombia, won the Copa Libertadores in 1989, becoming the first nation with a Pacific coastline to win the tournament.[20] In 1990 and 1998 Barcelona Sporting Club, of Ecuador also made it to the final but lost both finals to Olimpia and CR Vasco da Gama respectively.

Other clubs from nations with Pacific coastlines to have won the competition are Colo-Colo of Chile in 1991, Once Caldas of Colombia in 2004, and LDU Quito of Ecuador in 2008. Atletico Nacional of Colombia earned their second title in 2016. Particular mockery was used from Argentinian teams to Chilean teams for never having obtained the Copa Libertadores, so after Colo-Colo's triumph in 1991 a new phrase saying "la copa se mira y se toca" (Spanish: The Cup is seen and touched) was implemented in Chile.

Ambassador[edit]

Pelé (here pictured in 2006) was designated ambassador of the Copa Libertadores

Pelé, regarded by many football historians, former players and fans to be the best footballer in the game's history,[21] was appointed ambassador of the Copa Libertadores in 2008 by Banco Santander, the competition's main sponsor by then.[22][23] The assignment was then renovated as the corporation considered Pelé "a promoter of the competition with his team Santos FC during the 1960s".[24]

In 1999, he was voted as the Football Player of the Century by the IFFHS International Federation of Football History and Statistics. In the same year, French weekly magazine France-Football consulted their former "Ballon D'Or" winners to elect the Football Player of the Century. Pelé came in first place.[25] In 1999 the International Olympic Committee named Pelé the "Athlete of the Century".[26]

Media coverage[edit]

The tournament attracts television audiences beyond South America, Mexico, and Spain. Matches are broadcast in over 135 countries, with commentary in more than 30 languages, and thus the Copa is often considered one of the most watched sports events on TV;[27] Fox Sports, for example, reaches more than 25 million households in the Americas.[28] Movistar+ broadcasts live Copa Libertadores matches in Spain.[29]

As of January 19, 2019 beIN Sports has obtained the broadcasting rights for Australia, Canada, MENA, New Zealand, and the United States beginning in 2019 through 2022.[30]

Sponsorship[edit]

From 1997 to 2017, the competition had a single main sponsor for naming rights. The first major sponsor was Toyota, who signed a ten-year contract with CONMEBOL in 1997.[31] The second major sponsor was Banco Santander, who signed a five-year contract with CONMEBOL in 2008.[32] The third major sponsor was Bridgestone, who signed a sponsorship deal for naming rights for a period of five years from 2013 edition to 2017.[33]

As of 2022, sponsors of Copa Libertadores are:

The logo of Banco Santander displayed on the field of Estadio Gran Parque Central, 2010

Match ball[edit]

Nike supplies the official match ball since 2003, as they do for all other CONMEBOL competitions.[34][35] As of 2022, the current match ball for the Copa Libertadores is the Nike Flight.[36]

The Flight model was introduced in 2020 in replacement of the "Merlin" by the same manufacturer. A different version of the Flight had been used during the 2021 Copa América.[37]

Records and statistics[edit]

The data below does not include the 1948 South American Championship of Champions, as it is not listed by Conmebol either as a Copa Libertadores edition or as an official competition. However, at least in the years 1996/1997, Conmebol entitled equal status to both Copa Libertadores and the 1948 tournament, in that the 1948 champion club (CR Vasco da Gama) was allowed to participate in Supercopa Libertadores, a Conmebol official competition that allowed participation for former Libertadores champions only (for example, not admitting participation for champions of other Conmebol official competitions, such as Copa CONMEBOL).

List of finals[edit]

  • From 1960 to 1987 the winner was defined by points (2 per win, 1 per draw), with a third match if necessary.
  • From 1989 to 2018 the winner was defined by goal difference, with no playoff held.
  • From 2019, the final was played under a single match.
Keys
  •   Playoff result
  •   Aggregate score (only indicated in case both teams were tied on points)
  •   Defined on penalty shoot-out in the second leg
Year Winners 1st.
leg
2nd.
leg
Playoff/
Agg.
Runners-up Venue
(1st leg)
City
(1st leg)
Venue
(2nd leg)
City
(2nd leg)
Venue
(Playoff)
City
(Playoff)
1960 Uruguay Peñarol
1–0
1–1
Paraguay Olimpia Centenario Montevideo M. Ferreira Asunción
1961 Uruguay Peñarol
1–0
1–1
Brazil Palmeiras Centenario Montevideo Pacaembu São Paulo
1962 Brazil Santos
2–1
2–3
3–0
Uruguay Peñarol Villa Belmiro Santos Centenario Montevideo Monumental Buenos Aires
1963 Brazil Santos
3–2
2–1
Argentina Boca Juniors Maracanã Rio de Janeiro Bombonera Buenos Aires
1964 Argentina Independiente
0–0
1–0
Uruguay Nacional Centenario Montevideo Independiente Avellaneda
1965 Argentina Independiente
1–0
1–3
4–1
Uruguay Peñarol Independiente Avellaneda Centenario Montevideo Est. Nacional Santiago
1966 Uruguay Peñarol
2–0
2–3
4–2
Argentina River Plate Centenario Montevideo Monumental Buenos Aires Est. Nacional Santiago
1967 Argentina Racing
0–0
0–0
2–1
Uruguay Nacional Racing Avellaneda Centenario Montevideo Est. Nacional Santiago
1968 Argentina Estudiantes
2–1
1–3
2–0
Brazil Palmeiras Estudiantes La Plata Pacaembu São Paulo Centenario Montevideo
1969 Argentina Estudiantes
1–0
2–0
Uruguay Nacional Centenario Montevideo Estudiantes La Plata
1970 Argentina Estudiantes
1–0
0–0
Uruguay Peñarol Estudiantes La Plata Centenario Montevideo
1971 Uruguay Nacional
0–1
1–0
2–0
Argentina Estudiantes Estudiantes La Plata Centenario Montevideo Nacional Lima
1972 Argentina Independiente
0–0
2–1
Peru Universitario Est. Nacional Lima Independiente Avellaneda
1973 Argentina Independiente
1–1
0–0
2–1
Chile Colo Colo Independiente Avellaneda Est. Nacional Santiago Centenario Montevideo
1974 Argentina Independiente
1–2
2–0
1–0
Brazil São Paulo Pacaembu São Paulo Independiente Avellaneda Est. Nacional Santiago
1975 Argentina Independiente
0–1
3–1
2–0
Chile Unión Española Est. Nacional Santiago Independiente Avellaneda Def. del Chaco Asunción
1976 Brazil Cruzeiro
4–1
1–2
3–2
Argentina River Plate Mineirão Belo Horizonte Monumental Buenos Aires Est. Nacional Santiago
1977 Argentina Boca Juniors
1–0
0–1
0–0 (5–4 (p))
Brazil Cruzeiro Bombonera Buenos Aires Mineirão Belo Horizonte Centenario Montevideo
1978 Argentina Boca Juniors
0–0
4–0
Colombia Deportivo Cali P. Guerrero Cali Bombonera Buenos Aires
1979 Paraguay Olimpia
2–0
0–0
Argentina Boca Juniors Def. del Chaco Asunción Bombonera Buenos Aires
1980 Uruguay Nacional
0–0
1–0
Brazil Internacional Beira-Rio Porto Alegre Centenario Montevideo
1981 Brazil Flamengo
2–1
0–1
2–0
Chile Cobreloa Maracanã Rio de Janeiro Est. Nacional Santiago Centenario Montevideo
1982 Uruguay Peñarol
0–0
1–0
Chile Cobreloa Centenario Montevideo Est. Nacional Santiago
1983 Brazil Grêmio
1–1
2–1
Uruguay Peñarol Centenario Montevideo Olímpico Porto Alegre
1984 Argentina Independiente
1–0
0–0
Brazil Grêmio Olímpico Porto Alegre Independiente Avellaneda
1985 Argentina Argentinos Juniors
1–0
0–1
1–1 (5–4 (p))
Colombia América Cali Monumental Buenos Aires P. Guerrero Cali Def. del Chaco Asunción
1986 Argentina River Plate
2–1
1–0
Colombia América Cali P. Guerrero Cali Monumental Buenos Aires
1987 Uruguay Peñarol
0–2
2–1
1–0
Colombia América Cali P. Guerrero Cali Centenario Montevideo Est. Nacional Santiago
1988 Uruguay Nacional
0–1
3–0
3–1
Argentina Newell's Old Boys R. Central Rosario Centenario Montevideo
1989 Colombia Atlético Nacional
0–2
2–0
5–4 (p)
Paraguay Olimpia Def. del Chaco Asunción El Campín Bogotá
1990 Paraguay Olimpia
2–0
1–1
Ecuador Barcelona Def. del Chaco Asunción Monumental Guayaquil
1991 Chile Colo Colo
0–0
3–0
Paraguay Olimpia Def. del Chaco Asunción D. Arellano Santiago
1992 Brazil São Paulo
0–1
1–0
3–2 (p)
Argentina Newell's Old Boys R. Central Rosario Morumbi São Paulo
1993 Brazil São Paulo
5–1
0–2
5–3
Chile Universidad Católica Morumbi São Paulo Est. Nacional Santiago
1994 Argentina Vélez Sarsfield
1–0
0–1
5–3 (p)
Brazil São Paulo J. Amalfitani Buenos Aires Morumbi São Paulo
1995 Brazil Grêmio
3–1
1–1
Colombia Atlético Nacional Olímpico Porto Alegre A. Girardot Medellín
1996 Argentina River Plate
0–1
2–0
2–1
Colombia América Cali P. Guerrero Cali Monumental Buenos Aires
1997 Brazil Cruzeiro
0–0
1–0
Peru Sporting Cristal Est. Nacional Lima Mineirão Belo Horizonte
1998 Brazil Vasco da Gama
2–0
2–1
Ecuador Barcelona São Januário Rio de Janeiro Monumental Guayaquil
1999 Brazil Palmeiras
0–1
2–1
4–3 (p)
Colombia Deportivo Cali P. Guerrero Cali Palestra Itália São Paulo
2000 Argentina Boca Juniors
2–2
0–0
4–2 (p)
Brazil Palmeiras Bombonera Buenos Aires Morumbi São Paulo
2001 Argentina Boca Juniors
1–0
0–1
3–1 (p)
Mexico Cruz Azul Est. Azteca Mexico DF Bombonera Buenos Aires
2002 Paraguay Olimpia
0–1
2–1
4–2 (p)
Brazil São Caetano Def. del Chaco Asunción Pacaembu São Paulo
2003 Argentina Boca Juniors
2–0
3–1
Brazil Santos Bombonera Buenos Aires Morumbi São Paulo
2004 Colombia Once Caldas
0–0
1–1
2–0 (p)
Argentina Boca Juniors Bombonera Buenos Aires Palogrande Manizales
2005 Brazil São Paulo
1–1
4–0
Brazil Athletico Paranaense Beira-Rio Porto Alegre Morumbi São Paulo
2006 Brazil Internacional
2–1
2–2
Brazil São Paulo Morumbi São Paulo Beira-Rio Porto Alegre
2007 Argentina Boca Juniors
3–0
2–0
Brazil Grêmio Bombonera Buenos Aires Olímpico Porto Alegre
2008 Ecuador LDU Quito
4–2
1–3
3–1 (p)
Brazil Fluminense Casa Blanca Quito Maracanã Rio de Janeiro
2009 Argentina Estudiantes
0–0
2–1
Brazil Cruzeiro Estadio Único La Plata Mineirão Belo Horizonte
2010 Brazil Internacional
2–1
3–2
Mexico Guadalajara Omnilife Zapopan Beira-Rio Porto Alegre
2011 Brazil Santos
0–0
2–1
Uruguay Peñarol Centenario Montevideo Pacaembu São Paulo
2012 Brazil Corinthians
1–1
2–0
Argentina Boca Juniors Bombonera Buenos Aires Pacaembu São Paulo
2013 Brazil Atético Mineiro
0–2
2–0
4–3 (p)
Paraguay Olimpia Def. Chaco Asunción Mineirão Belo Horizonte
2014 Argentina San Lorenzo
1–1
1–0
Paraguay Nacional Def. Chaco Asunción P. Bidegain Buenos Aires
2015 Argentina River Plate
0–0
3–0
Mexico UANL Universitario Nuevo León Monumental Buenos Aires
2016 Colombia Atlético Nacional
1–1
1–0
Ecuador Independiente del Valle Olímpico Quito A. Girardot Medellín
2017 Brazil Grêmio
1–0
2–1
Argentina Lanús Grêmio Porto Alegre Ciudad Lanús Lanús
2018 Argentina River Plate
2–2
3–1
Argentina Boca Juniors Bombonera Buenos Aires S. Bernabéu Madrid
2019 Brazil Flamengo
2–1
Argentina River Plate Monumental Lima
2020 Brazil Palmeiras
1–0
Brazil Santos Maracanã Rio de Janeiro
2021 Brazil Palmeiras
2–1
Brazil Flamengo Centenario Montevideo
2022 Monumental Guayaquil
Notes
  1. ^ Since this edition, the final was played under a single match format.

Performances by club[edit]

Bolivia and Venezuela are the only countries never to reach a final. Beyond them, Peru (and Mexico in their invitational period) are the only ones never to win a final.

Performance in the Copa Libertadores by club
Club Titles Runners-up Seasons won Seasons runner-up
Argentina Independiente 7 0 1964, 1965, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1984
Argentina Boca Juniors 6 5 1977, 1978, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2007 1963, 1979, 2004, 2012, 2018
Uruguay Peñarol 5 5 1960, 1961, 1966, 1982, 1987 1962, 1965, 1970, 1983, 2011
Argentina River Plate 4 3 1986, 1996, 2015, 2018 1966, 1976, 2019
Argentina Estudiantes 4 1 1968, 1969, 1970, 2009 1971
Paraguay Olimpia 3 4 1979, 1990, 2002 1960, 1989, 1991, 2013
Uruguay Nacional 3 3 1971, 1980, 1988 1964, 1967, 1969
Brazil São Paulo 3 3 1992, 1993, 2005 1974, 1994, 2006
Brazil Palmeiras 3 3 1999, 2020, 2021 1961, 1968, 2000
Brazil Santos 3 2 1962, 1963, 2011 2003, 2020
Brazil Grêmio 3 2 1983, 1995, 2017 1984, 2007
Brazil Cruzeiro 2 2 1976, 1997 1977, 2009
Brazil Flamengo 2 1 1981, 2019 2021
Colombia Atlético Nacional 2 1 1989, 2016 1995
Brazil Internacional 2 1 2006, 2010 1980
Chile Colo-Colo 1 1 1991 1973
Argentina Racing 1 0 1967
Argentina Argentinos Juniors 1 0 1985
Argentina Vélez Sársfield 1 0 1994
Brazil Vasco da Gama 1 0 1998
Colombia Once Caldas 1 0 2004
Ecuador LDU Quito 1 0 2008
Brazil Corinthians 1 0 2012
Brazil Atlético Mineiro 1 0 2013
Argentina San Lorenzo 1 0 2014
Colombia América de Cali 0 4 1985, 1986, 1987, 1996
Colombia Deportivo Cali 0 2 1978, 1999
Chile Cobreloa 0 2 1981, 1982
Argentina Newell's Old Boys 0 2 1988, 1992
Ecuador Barcelona 0 2 1990, 1998
Peru Universitario 0 1 1972
Chile Unión Española 0 1 1975
Chile Universidad Católica 0 1 1993
Peru Sporting Cristal 0 1 1997
Mexico Cruz Azul 0 1 2001
Brazil São Caetano 0 1 2002
Brazil Athletico Paranaense 0 1 2005
Brazil Fluminense 0 1 2008
Mexico Guadalajara 0 1 2010
Paraguay Nacional 0 1 2014
Mexico UANL 0 1 2015
Ecuador Independiente del Valle 0 1 2016
Argentina Lanús 0 1 2017

Performances by nation[edit]

Performances in finals by nation
Nation Titles Runners-up Total
 Argentina 25 12 37
 Brazil 21 17 38
 Uruguay 8 8 16
 Colombia 3 7 10
 Paraguay 3 5 8
 Chile 1 5 6
 Ecuador 1 3 4
 Mexico 0 3 3
 Peru 0 2 2

Most goals[edit]

A young man sitting down, wearing a striped shirt. Behind him, three men wearing the same shirt and dark shorts are partially visible
Alberto Spencer scored 54 total goals in the competition, a record that still stands today.
Daniel Onega scored a record 17 goals in a single season during the 1966 tournament.
Rank Country Player Goals Apps Goal Ratio Debut Club(s)
1 Ecuador Alberto Spencer 54 87 0.62 1960 Uruguay Peñarol
Ecuador Barcelona
2 Uruguay Fernando Morena 37 77 0.48 1973 Uruguay Peñarol
3 Uruguay Pedro Rocha 36 88 0.41 1962 Uruguay Peñarol
Brazil São Paulo
Brazil Palmeiras
4 Argentina Daniel Onega 31 47 0.66 1966 Argentina River Plate
5 Uruguay Julio Morales 30 76 0.39 1966 Uruguay Nacional
6 Colombia Antony de Ávila 29 94 0.31 1983 Colombia América de Cali
Ecuador Barcelona
Argentina Juan Carlos Sarnari 29 62 0.47 1966 Argentina River Plate
Chile Universidad Católica
Chile Universidad de Chile
Colombia Santa Fe
Brazil Luizão 29 43 0.67 1998 Brazil Vasco da Gama
Brazil Corinthians
Brazil Grêmio
Brazil São Paulo
9 Bolivia Juan Carlos Sánchez 26 53 0.49 1973 Bolivia Jorge Wilstermann
Bolivia Blooming
Bolivia San José
Argentina Luis Artime 26 40 0.65 1966 Argentina Independiente
Uruguay Nacional

Most appearances[edit]

Rank Country Player Apps Goals From To Club(s)
1 Paraguay Ever Hugo Almeida 113 0 1973 1990 Olimpia
2 Colombia Antony de Ávila 94 29 1983 1998 América de Cali
Barcelona
3 Bolivia Vladimir Soria 93 4 1986 2000 Bolívar
4 Colombia Willington Ortiz 92 19 1973 1988 Millonarios
América de Cali
Deportivo Cali
5 Brazil Rogério Ceni 90 14 2004 2015 São Paulo
6 Uruguay Pedro Rocha 88 36 1962 1979 Peñarol
São Paulo
Palmeiras
7 Ecuador Alberto Spencer 87 54 1960 1972 Peñarol
Barcelona
Bolivia Carlos Borja 87 11 1979 1997 Bolívar
9 Paraguay Juan Battaglia 85 22 1978 1990 Cerro Porteño
América de Cali
10 Colombia Álex Escobar 83 14 1985 2000 América de Cali
LDU Quito

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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Further reading[edit]

  • Goldblatt, David Goldblatt (2008). The Ball Is Round: A Global History of Soccer. Penguin Group. ISBN 978-1-59448-296-0.
  • Jozsa, Frank (2009). Global Sports: Cultures, Markets and Organizations. World Scientific. ISBN 978-981-283-569-7.
  • Barraza, Jorge (1990). Copa Libertadores de América, 30 años (in Spanish). Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol.
  • Napoleão, Antonio Carlos (1999). O Brasil na Taça Libertadores da América (in Portuguese). Mauad Editora Ltda. ISBN 85-7478-001-4.

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