The Copa CONMEBOL (English: CONMEBOL Cup) was an annual football cup competition organized by CONMEBOL between 1992 and 1999 for South American football clubs.[1] During its time of existence, it was a very prestigious South American club football contest, similar to the UEFA Cup. Clubs qualified for the competition based on their performance in their national leagues and cup competitions. Teams that were not able to qualify for the Copa Libertadores would play in this tournament. The tournament was played as a knockout cup. The tournament ended in 1999, following the expansion of Copa Libertadores to 32 teams. The Copa Mercosur and Copa Merconorte, which both started in 1998, replaced the Copa CONMEBOL; both cups would later be merged in the current Copa Sudamericana.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8]

Copa Conmebol
The trophy awarded to champions
Organising bodyCONMEBOL)
RegionSouth America
Number of teams16
Related competitionsCopa Mercosur
Copa Merconorte
Most successful club(s)Brazil Atlético Mineiro
(2 titles)

The last champion of the competition was Talleres, while Atlético Mineiro is the most successful club in the cup history, having won the tournament two times. The cup was won by seven different clubs but it was never won consecutively.[9][10]



Each national association was assigned a number of entries determined by CONMEBOL which changed slightly from one edition to another. The best teams from the previous season that did not qualify for the Copa Libertadores through their league qualified for the Copa CONMEBOL. The tournament itself was played in two-legged knockout stages. The champion of the Copa CONMEBOL disputed the Recopa Sudamericana, the Copa de Oro and the Copa Master de CONMEBOL, albeit irregularly.


The tournament started in the first stage in which 16 clubs were paired in a series of two-legged knockout ties in the round of 16, the first of four stages that worked on a single elimination phase knockout system that culminated in the finals. During each stage of the tournament, ties were decided on points, followed by goal difference, away goals, then a penalty shootout after full-time of the second leg, if necessary.


Year Country Home team Score Away team Country Venue Location Refs
1992   BRA Atlético Mineiro 2–0 Olimpia   PAR Mineirão Belo Horizonte, Brazil [11]
  PAR Olimpia 1–0 Atlético Mineiro   BRA Estadio Defensores del Chaco Asunción, Paraguay
2–2 on points; Atlético Mineiro won 2–1 on aggregate #
1993   URU Peñarol 1–1 Botafogo   BRA Estadio Centenario Montevideo, Uruguay [12]
  BRA Botafogo 2–2 Peñarol   URU Estádio do Maracanã Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2–2 on points and 3–3 on aggregate; Botafogo won 3–1 in a penalty shootout *
1994   BRA São Paulo 6–1 Peñarol   URU Estádio do Morumbi São Paulo, Brazil [13]
  URU Peñarol 3–0 São Paulo   BRA Estadio Centenario Montevideo, Uruguay
3–3 on points; São Paulo won 6–4 on aggregate #
1995   BRA Atlético Mineiro 4–0 Rosario Central   ARG Mineirão Belo Horizonte, Brazil


  ARG Rosario Central 4–0 Atlético Mineiro   BRA Estadio Gigante de Arroyito Rosario, Argentina
3–3 on points and 4–4 on aggregate; Rosario Central won 4–3 in a penalty shootout *
1996   ARG Lanús 2–0 Santa Fe   COL La Fortaleza Lanús, Argentina [15]
  COL Santa Fe 1–0 Lanús   ARG Estadio El Campín Bogotá, Colombia
3–3 on points; Lanús won 2–1 on aggregate #
1997   ARG Lanús 1–4 Atlético Mineiro   BRA La Fortaleza Lanús, Argentina [11]
  BRA Atlético Mineiro 1–1 Lanús   ARG Mineirão Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Atlético Mineiro won 4–1 on points
1998   BRA Santos 1–0 Rosario Central   ARG Estádio Vila Belmiro Santos, Brazil [16]
  ARG Rosario Central 0–0 Santos   BRA Estadio Gigante de Arroyito Rosario, Argentina
Santos won 4–1 on points
1999   BRA CSA 4–2 Talleres   ARG Estádio Rei Pelé Maceió, Brazil [17]
  ARG Talleres 3–0 CSA   BRA Estadio Olímpico Chateau Carreras Córdoba, Argentina
3–3 on points; Talleres won 5–4 on aggregate #

Performances by clubEdit

Performance in the Copa CONMEBOL by club
Club Titles Runners-up Seasons won Seasons runner-up
  Atlético Mineiro 2 1 1992, 1997 1995
  Rosario Central 1 1 1995 1998
  Lanús 1 1 1996 1997
  Botafogo 1 0 1993
  São Paulo 1 0 1994
  Santos 1 0 1998
  Talleres 1 0 1999
  Peñarol 0 2
1993, 1994
  Olimpia 0 1
  Santa Fe 0 1
  CSA 0 1

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ RSSSF SOUTH AMERICAN COMPETITIONS- RSSSF Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  2. ^ Historia de la Copa Conmebol en página oficial CONMEBOL Retrieved May 18, 2010.
  3. ^ CONMEBOL Cup / UEFA Cup RSSSF Retrieved May 18, 2010.
  4. ^ Información sobre la Copa Conmebol Retrieved May 18, 2010
  5. ^ THE BEST CLUB OF SOUTH AMERICA RSSSF Retrieved January 9, 2014
  6. ^ Globo Esporte Retrieved December 10, 2007
  7. ^ Terra Brazil- Retrieved December 5, 2012
  8. ^ Santander Fútbol- Retrieved July 16, 2012
  9. ^ Bola na Área Copa Conmebol- Retrieved 18, May 2010.
  10. ^ RSSSF SOUTH AMERICAN COMPETITIONS- Retrieved January 9, 2014
  11. ^ a b "Classic club: Atletico Mineiro". Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Archived from the original on 5 May 2015. Retrieved 11 November 2008.
  12. ^ "Classic club: Botafogo". Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Archived from the original on August 21, 2014. Retrieved 11 November 2008.
  13. ^ "Classic club: São Paulo". Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Archived from the original on February 20, 2008. Retrieved 16 November 2008.
  14. ^ "Títulos del Club Atlético Rosario Central" (in Spanish). Rosario Central. Retrieved 11 November 2008.
  15. ^ "Lanús Campeón Copa Conmebol 1996" (in Spanish). Club Atlético Lanús. Archived from the original on 30 May 2011. Retrieved 11 November 2008.
  16. ^ "Classic club: Santos". Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Archived from the original on December 5, 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2008.
  17. ^ "Emblemas Oficiales" (in Spanish). Talleres de Córdoba. Archived from the original on 12 January 2009. Retrieved 11 November 2008.

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