Copa Libertadores

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Copa Libertadores
Conmebol-libertadores.svgTemplate: Infobox football competition / maintenance / logo format
Association CONMEBOL
First edition 1960
Teams 38
Game mode Knockout system (qualification) Round
(8 groups of 4 teams each)
Knockout system
(from the round of 16)
Title holder BrazilBrazil Flamengo Rio de Janeiro (2)
Record winner ArgentinaArgentina CA Independiente (7)
Record player UruguayUruguay Ever Hugo Almeida (113)
Record scorer EcuadorEcuador Alberto Spencer (54)
Current season 2020
Qualification for FIFA Club World Cup
Recopa Sudamericana

The CONMEBOL Libertadores or Copa Libertadores (in German Liberator Cup ) is the most important South American club soccer competition , comparable to the European Champions League . Originally played as the Copa Campeones de América from 1960 to 1964 . Until 2016, the game was played from January to August. The competition is organized by the South American Football Association (CONMEBOL). Mexican teams also took part from 1998 to 2016. The winner will qualify for the FIFA Club World Cup and the upcoming Copa Libertadores, and will also play against the winner of the Copa Sudamericana for the Recopa Sudamericana , the counterpart to the UEFA Super Cup .

year Winner Campeonato Sudamericano de Campeones
( 1948 ) ( CR Vasco da Gama )
year Winner of the
Copa Campeones de America
1960 Peñarol Montevideo
1961 Peñarol Montevideo
1962 FC Santos
1963 FC Santos
1964 CA Independiente
Copa Libertadores winner
1965 CA Independiente
1966 Peñarol Montevideo
1967 Racing Club
1968 Estudiantes de La Plata
1969 Estudiantes de La Plata
1970 Estudiantes de La Plata
1971 Nacional Montevideo
1972 CA Independiente
1973 CA Independiente
1974 CA Independiente
1975 CA Independiente
1976 Cruzeiro Belo Horizonte
1977 Boca Juniors
1978 Boca Juniors
1979 Club Olimpia
1980 Nacional Montevideo
1981 Flamengo Rio de Janeiro
1982 Peñarol Montevideo
1983 Gremio Porto Alegre
1984 CA Independiente
1985 Argentinos Juniors
1986 River Plate
1987 Peñarol Montevideo
1988 Nacional Montevideo
1989 Atlético Nacional
1990 Club Olimpia
1991 CSD Colo-Colo
1992 Sao Paulo FC
1993 Sao Paulo FC
1994 CA Velez Sarsfield
1995 Gremio Porto Alegre
1996 River Plate
1997 Cruzeiro Belo Horizonte
1998 CR Vasco da Gama
1999 Palmeiras São Paulo
2000 Boca Juniors
2001 Boca Juniors
2002 Club Olimpia
2003 Boca Juniors
2004 Once Caldas
2005 Sao Paulo FC
2006 Internacional Porto Alegre
2007 Boca Juniors
2008 LDU Quito
2009 Estudiantes de La Plata
2010 Internacional Porto Alegre
2011 FC Santos
2012 Corinthians São Paulo
2013 Atlético Mineiro
2014 Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro
2015 River Plate
2016 Atlético Nacional
2017 Gremio Porto Alegre
2018 River Plate
2019 Flamengo Rio de Janeiro


With the Campeonato Sudamericano de Campeones in Santiago in Chile in 1948, a first attempt was made to establish a competition for the champions of South America. Today it is considered the forerunner of the Copa Libertadores and was officially recognized as such by CONMEBOL in 1996. This recognition enabled the then winner CR Vasco da Gama to take part in the Supercopa Sudamericana 1997, a competition in which all clubs that had previously been successful in the Libertadores participated.

For many years the name of a commercial sponsor has been part of the official name of the competition. The competition was called the Copa Toyota Libertadores from 1998 to 2007 , the Copa Santander Libertadores from 2008 to 2012 and the tire manufacturer Bridgestone's main sponsor from 2013 to 2017 .


Over time, the mode was changed several times. Initially, the game was played in a pure knockout system , later a group stage was added. Just like the number and strength of the groups, the number of clubs per country also varied. Until the 1980s, when there was a tie in the group and in the knockout rounds, the goal difference played no role, but a decider was due. At the beginning of the 1990s, if there was a tie, the goal difference also decided. If this was also the same, there were no more playoffs in the finals, but, as is usual in South America, there was a penalty shoot-out immediately after the second leg .

From 2005 to 2016, 38 teams were allowed to take part in the tournament. 44 clubs from ten nations have participated since 2017 . In addition, this year the tournament was held for the first time over the entire season of the South American football calendar, i.e. from the end of January to the end of November.

The conditions of participation differ greatly from country to country. The winning teams of the previous editions of the Copa Libertadores and the Copa Sudamericana each have a starting place. In addition, a total of seven teams from Brazil will be allowed to start (the winner of the Copa do Brasil and the six best in the championship of the previous season), from Argentina the best five teams of the previous season will be allowed to compete in the championship as well as the winner of the Copa Argentina . According to a similar key (cup winners with the three championship best), four teams from the following associations each compete: Bolivia , Ecuador , Paraguay , Peru , Uruguay and Venezuela . All participating teams must have a women's soccer team. This measure is intended to strengthen women's football in South America. For example, when the rule was announced in January 2017, only seven of the 20 clubs in the top Brazilian division had a women's football division.

28 of the 44 teams are directly qualified for the group stage. Sixteen teams play in a qualifying round for the remaining places in the group stage. The teams participating in the group stage play six games in eight groups of four teams each (three at home, three away). The first and second placed reach the round of 16 and from then on determine the winner in the knockout system with a return leg. In the final, the away goals rule will be suspended. The final is also the only round in which there is extra time. For a long time, the matches in the knockout phase were not drawn by lots, but were allocated based on the performance during the group phase, so that the best-placed first in the group played against the worst-placed second in the group. Pairings that already existed in the group stage were therefore not excluded. With the staging of 2017, this regulation was changed and there was a draw for the round of 16 for the first time.

In 2017, video evidence was used for the first time at the semi-finals and finals . In the 2018 edition , the referees were able to access the VAR from the quarter-finals. In the same year, there was a final outside of the South American continent for the first time due to riots before the final second leg . The second leg of the self-proclaimed Liberation Cup took place in the capital of the former colonial power of a large part of Latin America, namely in the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid.

Since it took place in 2019 , the winner of the competition will no longer be determined in a two-way leg, but in a single game. The location of the first game in the final was the Estadio Monumental "U" in Lima .


after clubs
rank society title Final participation Quota
1 Escudo del Club Atlético Independiente.svg CA Independiente 7th 7th 100%
2 CA Boca Juniors.svg Boca Juniors 6th 10 60%
3 Coat of arms - Peñarol Montevideo.svg Peñarol Montevideo 5 10 50%
4th Estudiantes de La Plata 4th 5 80%
5 CA River Plate.svg River Plate 4th 7th 60%
6th Olimpia Asunción.svg Club Olimpia 3 7th 43%
7th Club Nacional de Football's logo.png Nacional Montevideo 3 6th 50%
Brasao do Sao Paulo Futebol Clube.svg Sao Paulo FC 3 6th 50%
9 Gremio Porto Alegre.svg Gremio Porto Alegre 3 5 60%
10 Santos FC logo.svg FC Santos 3 4th 75%
11 Cruzeiro Esporte Clube.svg Cruzeiro Belo Horizonte 2 4th 50%
12 SC Internacional PA.svg Internacional Porto Alegre 2 3 67%
Atletico Nacional.svg Atlético Nacional 2 3 67%
14th CRFlamengo.svg Flamengo Rio de Janeiro 2 2 100%
15th SEPalmeiras.svg Palmeiras São Paulo 1 4th 25%
CSD Colo-Colo 1 2 50%
17th Racing Club Avellaneda.svg Racing Club (Avellaneda) 1 1 100%
Asociacion Atletica Argentinos Juniors.svg Argentinos Juniors 1 1 100%
CA Vélez Sársfield.svg CA Velez Sarsfield 1 1 100%
CR Vasco da Gama 1 1 100%
Once Caldas.svg Once Caldas 1 1 100%
LDU Quito logo.png LDU Quito 1 1 100%
Corinthians São Paulo 1 1 100%
CAMineiro.svg Atlético Mineiro 1 1 100%
San Lorenzo de Almagro.svg Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro 1 1 100%
by country
rank country title Final participation Clubs
(italics: only finalists)
1 ArgentinaArgentina Argentina 25th 36 CA Independiente, Boca Juniors, Estudiantes de La Plata, River Plate, Racing Club, Argentinos Juniors, CA Vélez Sársfield, CA San Lorenzo de Almagro , CA Newell's Old Boys 69%
2 BrazilBrazil Brazil 19th 33 FC Santos, FC São Paulo, Cruzeiro Belo Horizonte, Grêmio Porto Alegre, SC Internacional, Palmeiras São Paulo, Flamengo Rio de Janeiro, CR Vasco da Gama, Corinthians São Paulo, Atlético Mineiro , AD São Caetano, Atlético Paranaense, Fluminense FC 56%
3 UruguayUruguay Uruguay 8th 16 Peñarol Montevideo, Nacional Montevideo 50%
4th ParaguayParaguay Paraguay 3 8th Club Olimpia , Club Nacional 38%
5 ColombiaColombia Colombia 3 10 Atlético Nacional, Once Caldas , Deportivo Cali, América de Cali 30%
6th ChileChile Chile 1 6th CSD Colo-Colo , Unión Española, CD Cobreloa, CD Universidad Católica 17%
7th EcuadorEcuador Ecuador 1 4th Liga de Quito , Barcelona SC , Independiente del Valle 25%
9 MexicoMexico Mexico 0 3 Cruz Azul CD, Guadalajara CD, UANL Tigres
10 PeruPeru Peru 0 2 Universitario de Deportes, Sporting Cristal


(As of April 6, 2020)

Record player
rank player society Games Period
1 UruguayanUruguayan Ever Hugo Almeida Olimpia Asunción 113 1973-1990
2 ParaguayansParaguayans Sergio Aquino Club Cerro Porteño (16),
Club Libertad (88)
104 2001–
3 BoliviansBolivians Vladimir Soria Bolívar La Paz (93),
Club Jorge Wilstermann (3)
96 1986-2000
4th ColombiansColombians Antony de Ávila América de Cali (87),
Barcelona Sporting Club (7)
94 1983-1998
5 ColombiansColombians Willington Ortíz Los Millonarios , (27)
Deportivo Cali (8),
América de Cali (57)
92 1973-1988
6th BrazilianBrazilian Rogério Ceni Sao Paulo FC 90 2004-2015
7th UruguayanUruguayan Pedro Rocha Peñarol Montevideo (60),
São Paulo FC (23),
Palmeiras São Paulo (6)
89 1962-1979
8th EcuadoriansEcuadorians Alberto Spencer Peñarol Montevideo (70),
Barcelona SC Guayaquil (18)
88 1960-1972
9 BoliviansBolivians Carlos Borja Bolívar La Paz 87 1979-1997
ColombiansColombians Alexander Escobar América de Cali (71),
LDU Quito (16)
87 1985-2000
ArgentiniansArgentinians Andrés D'Alessandro River Plate (28),
CA San Lorenzo (9),
SC Internacional (50)
87 2001–
12 ArgentiniansArgentinians Agustín Orión CA San Lorenzo (16),
Estudiantes (18),
Boca Juniors (41),
Colo-Colo (10)
85 2005–
13 ParaguayansParaguayans Juan Battaglia Club Cerro Porteño (17),
América de Cali (67)
84 1978-1990
ParaguayansParaguayans Pedro Sarabia River Plate (25),
Club Libertad (45)
Club Cerro Porteño (14)
84 1996-2010
BrazilianBrazilian Fabio Vasco da Gama (2),
Cruzeiro (82)
84 2001–
16 ArgentiniansArgentinians Clemente Rodríguez Boca Juniors (75),
Estudiantes (8)
83 2001-2013
17th UruguayanUruguayan Luis Cubilla Peñarol Montevideo (11),
CA River Plate (29),
Nacional Montevideo (42)
82 1960-1974
18th ParaguayansParaguayans Carlos Bonet Club Libertad (55),
Club Cerro Porteño (20),
Deportivo Capiatá (6)
81 2003–
BrazilianBrazilian Danilo São Paulo FC (39),
Corinthians São Paulo (42)
81 2004–
PeruvianPeruvian Jorge Soto Sporting Cristal 81 1993-2007
BrazilianBrazilian Henrique Cruzeiro (70),
Santos FC (11)
81 2008–
22nd ChileanChilean Jaime Pizarro Colo-Colo (55)
Barcelona SC Guayaquil (8)
Universidad Católica (17)
80 1983-1999
Record goal scorers
rank player society Gates Period
1 EcuadoriansEcuadorians Alberto Spencer Peñarol Montevideo (48),
Barcelona Sporting Club (6)
53 1960-1972
2 UruguayanUruguayan Pedro Rocha Club Atlético Peñarol (27),
FC São Paulo (10),
Palmeiras São Paulo (1)
38 1962-1979
3 UruguayanUruguayan Fernando Morena Peñarol Montevideo 37 1973-1986
4th ArgentiniansArgentinians Daniel Onega River Plate 31 1966-1973
5 UruguayanUruguayan Julio Morales Nacional Montevideo 30th 1966-1981
6th ColombiansColombians Antony de Ávila América de Cali (27),
Barcelona Sporting Club (2)
29 1983-1998
ArgentiniansArgentinians Juan Carlos Sarnari River Plate (10),
CD Universidad Católica (12),
CF Universidad de Chile (4),
Independiente Santa Fe (3)
29 1966-1976
BrazilianBrazilian Luizão CR Vasco da Gama (8),
Corinthians São Paulo (15),
Grêmio Porto Alegre (1)
FC Sao Paulo (5)
29 1998-2005
9 ArgentiniansArgentinians Luis Artime CA Independiente (8),
Nacional Montevideo (20)
28 1966-1974
ArgentiniansArgentinians Beto Acosta Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro (8),
Boca Juniors (1),
CD Universidad Católica (18)
28 1966-1974
11 PeruvianPeruvian Oswaldo Ramírez Sport Boys (4),
Universitario de Deportes (15),
Sporting Cristal (8)
27 1963-1981
12 BrazilianBrazilian Palhinha Cruzeiro Belo Horizonte (20),
Corinthians São Paulo (3),
Atlético Mineiro (2)
25th 1975-1981
ArgentiniansArgentinians Juan Carlos Sánchez Club Jorge Wilstermann (8),
Club Blooming (15),
Club San José (1)
25th 1973-1992
ArgentiniansArgentinians Juan Román Riquelme Boca Juniors 25th 2000-2013
ArgentiniansArgentinians Lucas Pratto Universidad Catolica (6),

Velez Sarsfield (5),

Atletico Mineiro (7),

River Plate (7)

25th 2011–
16 UruguayanUruguayan Rodrigo López Club Olimpia (9),
Club Libertad (6),
CA Vélez Sarsfield (4),
Estudiantes de La Plata (3),
Club Guaraní (2)
24 since 2002
BoliviansBolivians Luis Fernando Salinas Bolívar La Paz 24 1983-1992

Logo history

General logo Logo 1998 to 2007 Logo 2008 to 2012 Logo 2013 to 2016 Logo since 2017
Conmebol-libertadores.svg Copa Toyota Libertadores 1.png Copa santander libertadores new.jpg Copa Bridgestone Libertadores Logo 2.png Copa libertadores neu.png

Individual evidence

  1. Main sponsor Bridgestone - press release on ( Memento from January 2, 2013 in the web archive )
  2. À la Champions: Libertadores cresce e jogos serão de fevereiro a novembro , report in Portuguese on from September 27, 2016, accessed on May 21, 2019
  3. CBF anuncia que o Brasil terá mais duas vagas na próxima Libertadores , report in Portuguese on from October 2, 2016, accessed on May 21, 2019
  4. Clube sem futebol feminino ficará fora da Libertadores a partir de 2019 , report in Portuguese on of January 26, 2017, accessed on May 21, 2019
  5. CONMEBOL LIBERTADORES BRIDGESTONE: Sorteio das Oitavas de Final , communication in Portuguese on of June 14, 2017, accessed on May 21, 2019
  6. Video evidence from 2018 , report on from July 5, 2018, page in portug., Accessed on July 6, 2018
  7. Final from 2019 , report on from February 23, 2018, accessed on October 5, 2018
  8. Martín Fernandez / Raphael Sibilla: Conmebol, Flamengo e River Plate decidem: final da Libertadores sai de Santiago e será em Lima no dia 23 de novembro. November 5, 2019, accessed November 6, 2019 (Portuguese).
  9. FOCUS Online: Because of unrest: Libertadores finals moved from Santiago de Chile to Lima. Retrieved November 5, 2019 .
  10. Copa Libertadores record player.
  11. Copa Libertadores record scorers.

See also

Web links

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