Copa Ganadores de Copa

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The Copa Ganadores de Copa, also known as Recopa Sudamericana de Clubes, was a South American football tournament organized by CONMEBOL. Its first edition was held in 1970 and was won by Bolivian club Mariscal Santa Cruz. The second edition was organized in 1971, however, Group One matches have never been played and the tournament reduced to a friendly competition at the end and the winner of Group Two was crowned the champion. The competition was not held after this year.

The tournament was contested by football clubs which were the most recent winners of South American domestic cup competitions or the highest team club that did not qualify for the Copa Libertadores. The actual qualifying criteria varied across countries.

It should not be confused with Recopa Sudamericana, the competition played between the champion of Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana.


The competition was a round robin tournament with two groups, each group was played in a different city. The group winners qualify for the two-legged final.

Methods of qualification of different countries

Different countries used different methods of qualification.[1]

  • Argentina: Winner of Copa Argentina (in 1970, as the winner Boca Juniors earned eligibility of Copa Libertadores, the runner-up Atlanta entered this tournament)
  • Bolivia: The highest-placed team in the league not to qualify for the Copa Libertadores
  • Chile: Winner of Pre - Recopa between the 3rd and 4th place of the Chilean League 1969.
  • Ecuador: Winner of Copa Ecuador
  • Paraguay: The highest-placed team in the league not to qualify for the Copa Libertadores
  • Peru: The highest-placed team in the league not to qualify for the Copa Libertadores
  • Uruguay: Winner of the Torneo de Copa
  • Venezuela: Winner of the Copa de Venezuela (in 1970, as the winner Deportivo Galicia earned eligibility of Copa Libertadores, the runner-up Unión Deportiva Canarias entered this tournament)

Copa Ganadores de Copa 1970


Group One:
Ecuador El Nacional
Paraguay Libertad
Venezuela Unión Deportiva Canarias

Group Two:
Argentina Atlanta
Bolivia Mariscal Santa Cruz
Chile Unión Española
Peru Municipal
Uruguay Rampla Juniors

Ultimately, Brazil and Colombia refused to enter the competition,[1] and so there were only three teams in Group One but five teams in Group Two.


Season Champion Score Runner-up Venue
Bolivia Mariscal Santa Cruz 0–0 Ecuador El Nacional Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa
2–0 Estadio La Paz
Mariscal Santa Cruz won 2–0 on aggregate

Top scorer

Year Player Club Goals
1970 Paraguay Eliseo Báez Bolivia Mariscal Santa Cruz 5

Copa Ganadores de Copa 1971


Group One:
Uruguay Huracán Buceo
Chile Concepción
Argentina one undefined team from Argentina
Bolivia one undefined team from Bolivia

Group Two:
Ecuador América
Paraguay Olimpia
Peru Juan Aurich
Venezuela Valencia


Brazil and Colombia decided not to enter the competition again. The same format was adopted as the previous session.[2]

Nonetheless, on February 25, 1971, CONMEBOL decided to reduce it into a friendly tournament and there would not be a trophy, because Deportes Concepción withdrew from the tournament and confirmation of participation had not been received from Huracán Buceo. Matches in Group One were never played and América, the winner of Group Two, was regarded as the champion of the friendly tournament. But although CONMEBOL doesn´t list the 1971 edition as an official tournament,[3] the IFFHS (International Federation of Footbal History and Stadistics) count it as an official competition to his numbers and records.

Group Two matches were played in parallel with Group Five matches of the Copa Libertadores 1971.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Recopa Sudamericana de Clubes 1970
  2. 2.0 2.1 Recopa Sudamericana de Clubes 1971
  3. "Las competiciones oficiales de la CONMEBOL |". Retrieved 2015-08-20.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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