1962 Copa Libertadores Finals

The 1962 Copa de Campeones Finals was the final series of the 1962 staging of South American football's premier club competition, the Copa de Campeones, better known today as the Copa Libertadores. The showpiece event was contested between defending champions Peñarol and Santos. Two-time winners Peñarol were appearing in their third consecutive final, whereas Santos were seeking to win the competition for the first time. Ten teams entered the competition in its third season and, due to the rules in place at the time, Peñarol received a bye into the semifinals and reached the final having won only one match in the semifinal round.

1962 Copa de Campeones Finals
Santos v penarol at river.jpg
Santos FC, champions
Event1962 Copa de Campeones de América
2–2 on points
Santos won after a play-off
First leg
Date28 July 1962
VenueEstadio Centenario, Montevideo
RefereeCarlos Robles (Chile)
Second leg
Date30 August 1962
VenueEstadio Vila Belmiro, Santos
RefereeCarlos Robles (Chile)
Date30 September 1962 (1962-09-30)
VenueEstadio Monumental, Buenos Aires
RefereeLeo Horn (Netherlands)

In the semi-finals, Peñarol drew 2-2 on points with classic rivals Nacional after they each won a match. A playoff was contested in order to break the tie; the match ended in a draw and Peñarol went through due to their better total goal difference. Santos breezed past the first round winning three of their matches and drawing once, while scoring an astonishing twenty goals and conceding six. The team contained incredible figures such as the fabulous Coutinho, the legendary Pelé and the great Pepe, among others. In the semifinals, the ballet blanco dispatched Universidad Católica to earn a slot in the finals. Santos would go on to dethrone Peñarol after winning the playoff 3-0 to win the coveted throphy and become the second champions of this prestigious event.[1]

Qualified teamsEdit

Team Previous finals appearances (bold indicates winners)
  Peñarol 2 (1960, 1961)
  Santos None


Estadio Centenario in Montevideo, Estadio Vila Belmiro in Santos and Estadio Monumental in Buenos Aires were the venues for the three matches (first and second leg plus playoff, respectively) of the finals.


The finals were played over two legs; home and away. The team that accumulated the most points —two for a win, one for a draw, zero for a loss— after the two legs would be crowned champion. Unlike the previous two editions however, should the two teams be tied on points after the second leg a playoff was at a neutral venue would become the next tie-breaker. Goal difference was going to be used as a last resort.

Match detailsEdit

First legEdit

First leg
Peñarol  1–2  Santos
Spencer   18' Coutinho   29', 70'
Attendance: 48,105
Referee: Carlos Robles (Chile)

Second legEdit

Second leg
Santos  2–3 [1]  Peñarol
Dorval   17'
Mengálvio   35'
Spencer   14', 49'
Sasía   51'
Attendance: 18,000
Referee: Carlos Robles (Chile)


Santos  3–0  Peñarol
Caetano   11' (o.g.)
Pelé   48', 89'


  1. ^ Copa Libertadores de América 1962 by José Luis Pierrend, John Beuker, Pablo Ciullini and Osvaldo Gorgazzi on RSSSF

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