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The 1997 Supercopa Libertadores was the tenth and final season of the Supercopa Libertadores, a club football tournament for past Copa Libertadores winners.

1997 Supercopa Libertadores
1997 Supercopa Libertadores
1997 Supercopa Sudamericana João Havelange
Tournament details
Dates15 June – 17 December
Teams17 (from 6 confederations)
Final positions
ChampionsArgentina River Plate (1st title)
Runners-upBrazil São Paulo
Tournament statistics
Matches played60
Goals scored187 (3.12 per match)
Top scorer(s)Chile Ivo Basay
(8 goals)
1996

Vasco da Gama were admitted to the tournament for the first time in recognition of winning the South American Championship of Champions in 1948. Argentinos Juniors did not take part. River Plate won the competition for the first time, defeating São Paulo 2–1 on aggregate in the final.

For its final season, the format of the first round was changed from a two-legged knockout round to four groups of four teams playing each other twice. As 17 teams were scheduled to take part, a preliminary round was played to eliminate one team.

As through the successive editions of this cup were added new champions from the Copa Libertadores, in 1997 the Conmebol decided that the last teams of each group would descend to reduce the number of teams to disputed it. That year descended Velez Sarsfield, Racing Club and Boca Juniors (all teams from Argentina) and Gremio (Brazil).

TeamsEdit

Association Team (Berth) Entry stage Qualification method
  Argentina
6 berths[Note ARG]
Independiente (Argentina 1) Group stage 1964, 1965, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1984 Copa Libertadores champions
Estudiantes de La Plata (Argentina 2) 1968, 1969, 1970 Copa Libertadores champions
River Plate (Argentina 3) 1986, 1996 Copa Libertadores champions
Boca Juniors (Argentina 4) 1977, 1978 Copa Libertadores champions
Vélez Sarsfield (Argentina 5) 1994 Copa Libertadores champions
Racing de Avellaneda (Argentina 6) 1967 Copa Libertadores champions
  Brazil
6 berths
Grêmio (Brazil 1) Group stage 1983, 1995 Copa Libertadores champions
São Paulo (Brazil 2) 1992, 1993 Copa Libertadores champions
Santos (Brazil 3) 1962, 1963 Copa Libertadores champions
Flamengo (Brazil 4) 1981 Copa Libertadores champions
Cruzeiro (Brazil 5) 1976 Copa Libertadores champions
Vasco da Gama (Brazil 6) Preliminary round 1948 Campeonato de Campeones Sudamericano champions
  Chile
1 berth
Colo-Colo (Chile 1) Group stage 1991 Copa Libertadores champions
  Colombia
1 berth
Atlético Nacional (Colombia 1) Group stage 1989 Copa Libertadores champions
  Paraguay
1 berth
Olimpia (Paraguay 1) Group stage 1979, 1990 Copa Libertadores champions
  Uruguay
2 berths
Peñarol (Uruguay 1) Preliminary round 1960, 1961, 1966, 1982, 1987 Copa Libertadores champions
Nacional (Uruguay 2) 1971, 1980, 1988 Copa Libertadores champions

;Notes

  1. Argentina (ARG):

Preliminary roundEdit

The matches were played from 15 June to 13 July.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Vasco da Gama 4 2 1 1 5 4 +1 7 First round
2   Peñarol 4 1 2 1 6 7 −1 5
3   Nacional 4 1 1 2 5 5 0 4
Source: RSSSF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
Home \ Away NAC PEN VAS
Nacional 1–2 2–0
Peñarol 2–2 1–1
Vasco da Gama 1–0 3–1
Source: RSSSF
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Group stageEdit

The matches were played from 26 August to 30 October.

Group 1Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Colo-Colo 6 3 2 1 12 9 +3 11 Semifinals
2   Cruzeiro 6 3 0 3 9 10 −1 9
3   Independiente 6 2 2 2 9 9 0 8
4   Boca Juniors 6 1 2 3 7 9 −2 5
Source: RSSSF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
Home \ Away BOC COL CRU IND
Boca Juniors 2–2 1–0 1–1
Colo-Colo 2–1 4–2 2–0
Cruzeiro 2–1 2–0 2–1
Independiente 2–1 2–2 3–1
Source: RSSSF
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Group 2Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   São Paulo 6 3 2 1 15 8 +7 11 Semifinals
2   Flamengo 6 3 1 2 10 7 +3 10
3   Olimpia 6 1 3 2 6 9 −3 6
4   Vélez Sarsfield 6 1 2 3 6 13 −7 5
Source: RSSSF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
Home \ Away FLA OLI SAO VEL
Flamengo 3–3 3–2 0–1
Olimpia 0–1 0–0 1–0
São Paulo 1–0 4–1 5–1
Vélez Sarsfield 0–3 1–1 3–3
Source: RSSSF
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Group 3Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   River Plate 6 5 0 1 17 9 +8 15 Semifinals
2   Vasco da Gama 6 3 1 2 9 12 −3 10
3   Santos 6 2 1 3 11 12 −1 7
4   Racing de Avellaneda 6 0 2 4 11 15 −4 2
Source: RSSSF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
Home \ Away RAC RIV SAN VAS
Racing de Avellaneda 2–3 2–2 2–3
River Plate 3–2 3–2 5–1
Santos 3–2 2–1 1–2
Vasco da Gama 1–1 0–2 2–1
Source: RSSSF
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Group 4Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Atlético Nacional 6 3 1 2 9 7 +2 10 Semifinals
2   Peñarol 6 2 2 2 10 10 0 8
3   Estudiantes de La Plata 6 2 2 2 8 8 0 8
4   Grêmio 6 1 3 2 9 11 −2 6
Source: RSSSF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
Home \ Away ANA EST GRE PEN
Atlético Nacional 2–0 3–1 1–0
Estudiantes 1–0 0–0 3–1
Grêmio 2–2 3–2 1–1
Peñarol 3–1 2–2 3–2
Source: RSSSF
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Knockout phaseEdit

In the knockout phase, the four group winners played a single-elimination tournament. Each tie was played on a home-and-away two-legged basis.

BracketEdit

  Semifinals Finals
                         
  River Plate 2 1 3  
  Atlético Nacional 0 2 2  
      São Paulo 0 1 1
    River Plate 0 2 2
  São Paulo 3 1 4
  Colo-Colo 1 0 1  

SemifinalsEdit

The matches were played on 5 November, 6 November, 26 November and 27 November.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
São Paulo   4–1   Colo-Colo 3–1 1–0
River Plate   3–2   Atlético Nacional 2–0 1–2

FinalsEdit

The matches were played on 5 November, 6 November, 26 November and 27 November.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
São Paulo   1–2   River Plate 0–0 1–2

River Plate  2–1  São Paulo
Salas   46'   58'   53' Dodô

River Plate won 2–1 on aggregate.


 1997 Supercopa
Sudamericana Winners 
 
River Plate
First title

Top goalscorersEdit

See alsoEdit

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