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The 1961 Copa de Campeones de América was the second season of the competition, South America's prized football tournament. Nine teams entered, two more than the previous season, with Venezuela not sending a representative. In order to further enhance the competition, CONMEBOL maintained the criteria of having regional clashes in order to take advantage of the cross-border rivalries

1961 Copa de Campeones de América
Tournament details
DatesApril 2 - June 11
Teams9 (from 9 confederations)
Final positions
ChampionsUruguay Peñarol (2nd title)
Runners-upBrazil Palmeiras
Tournament statistics
Matches played16
Goals scored52 (3.25 per match)
Top scorer(s)Argentina Osvaldo Panzutto
(4 goals)
1960
1962

Although Peñarol also won their national league, this became the first and, so far, only time the defending champions did not qualify automatically to the next edition. Nevertheless, the Manyas successfully defended their title by defeating Palmeiras in the final.

Qualified teamsEdit

Country Team Qualification method
  Argentina
1 berth
Independiente 1960 Primera División champion
  Bolivia
1 berth
Jorge Wilstermann 1960 Copa Simón Bolívar champion
  Brazil
1 berth
Palmeiras 1960 Taça Brasil champion
  Chile
1 berth
Colo-Colo 1960 Primera División champion
  Colombia
1 berth
Santa Fe 1960 Campeonato Profesional champion
  Ecuador
1 berth
Barcelona 1960 Campeonato Ecuatoriano de Fútbol champion
  Paraguay
1 berth
Olimpia 1960 Primera División champion
  Peru
1 berth
Universitario 1960 Primera División champion
  Uruguay
1 berth
Peñarol 1960 Primera División champion

FormatEdit

Each match-up was a two-team group stage. Because of the increase in participants, a preliminary group was implemented in the competition, with the rest following the previous season's format. Wins were awarded two points, 1 point for a draw, and no points for a loss. The team with the most points after a home and away game advanced to the next stage.

If the teams still remained tied, goal difference will become a factor. A one-game playoff would be implemented in case the teams are still tied. A draw of lots was to become the last solution to breaking a tie. Controversially, Independiente Santa Fe and Jorge Wilstermann tied on points which would have required a playoff; CONMEBOL, however, scrapped the idea and decided that the last semifinal slot was to be given by a draw of lots which the Colombians won.

Tournament bracketEdit

  Preliminary round First round Semi-finals Finals
                                     
       
    Olimpia 5 1  
      Colo-Colo 2 2  
     
       
    Olimpia 1 1  
      Peñarol 3 2  
       
       
    Universitario 0 2
      Peñarol 5 0  
     
       
    Peñarol 1 1
    Palmeiras 0 1
       
       
    Palmeiras 2 1  
      Independiente 0 0  
     
       
    Palmeiras 2 4
      Santa Fe 2 1  
  Barcelona 0 2  
  Santa Fe 3 2  
    Santa Fe 2 1
      Jorge Wilstermann 3 0  
     

Preliminary roundEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Santa Fe 2 1 1 0 5 2 +3 3
  Barcelona 2 0 1 1 2 5 −3 1

First roundEdit

Group 1Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Olimpia 2 1 0 1 6 4 +2 2
  Colo-Colo 2 1 0 1 4 6 −2 2

Olimpia drew 2–2 with Colo-Colo on point aggregate. Olimpia progressed to the semifinals due to better goal difference.

Group 2Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Peñarol 2 1 0 1 5 2 +3 2
  Universitario 2 1 0 1 2 5 −3 2

Peñarol drew 2–2 with Universitario on point aggregate. Peñarol progressed to the semifinals due to better goal difference.

Group 3Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Palmeiras 2 2 0 0 3 0 +3 4
  Independiente 2 0 0 2 0 3 −3 0

Group 4Edit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Santa Fe 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 2
  Jorge Wilstermann 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 2

Independiente Santa Fe drew 2–2 with Jorge Wilstermann on point aggregate and goal difference. No playoff was disputed to determine the winner. Independiente Santa Fe progressed to the semifinals after a draw of lots.

SemifinalsEdit

Four teams were drawn into two groups of two teams each. In each group, teams played against each other home and away. The top team in each group advanced to the Finals.

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Palmeiras 2 1 1 0 6 3 +3 3
  Santa Fe 2 0 1 1 3 6 −3 1

Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Peñarol 2 2 0 0 5 2 +3 4
  Olimpia 2 0 0 2 2 5 −3 0

FinalsEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Peñarol 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 3
  Palmeiras 2 0 1 1 1 2 −1 1

ChampionEdit

Copa Libertadores de América
1961 Winner
 
Peñarol
Second Title

Top goalscorersEdit

ReferencesEdit

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