Copa Ganadores de Copa

Copa Ganadores de Copa
Organising bodyCONMEBOL
Founded1970
Abolished1971; 47 years ago (1971)
RegionSouth America
Number of teams8
Related competitionsCopa Libertadores
Last championsMariscal Santa Cruz (1970)

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.[1]

Format

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.

Different countries used different methods of qualification.[2]

  • 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: Winner of Play-off between the two teams tied on points in 3rd place of the Copa Simón Bolívar 1969
  • Chile: Winner of Play-off between the two teams tied on points in 3rd place of the 1969 Chilean League.
  • 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)