Copa Mercosur

The Copa Mercosur (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkopa meɾkoˈsuɾ], Portuguese: Copa Mercosul [ˈkɔpɐ meʁkoˈsuw], "Mercosur Cup") was a football competition played from 1998 to 2001 by the traditional top clubs from Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Ecuador, Chile and Bolivia. The competition was created by CONMEBOL to generate TV money to the participating teams, but it went beyond and ended up, together with the Copa Merconorte, as natural replacement to the CONMEBOL Cup. These two, Copa Merconorte and Copa Mercosur, were replaced in 2002 by the Copa Sudamericana.

Copa Mercosur
Copa mercosur trophy.png
The trophy awarded to champions
Organising bodyCONMEBOL
Founded1998
Abolished2001; 21 years ago (2001)
RegionSouth America
Number of teams20
Related competitionsCopa Merconorte
Most successful club(s)Brazil Palmeiras
Brazil Flamengo
Brazil Vasco
Argentina San Lorenzo
(1 title each)
Television broadcastersPSN
ESPN
Sportsnet
TSN

FormatEdit

Twenty teams played in the tournament. The teams were divided in five groups of four teams each and the matches were played in two legs. The group winners and the best three runners-up qualified for the quarterfinals. The quarterfinals, the semifinals were played in two legs. In 1998 and 2000 the finals were played in three legs. In 1999 and 2001 the finals were played in two legs.

Final venuesEdit

Throughout the brief history of the competition a total of five venues were used to host the final series:

Belo Horizonte São Paulo Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro Buenos Aires
Mineirão Estádio Palestra Itália Maracanã Stadium Estádio São Januário Estadio Pedro Bidegain
Capacity: 61,800 Capacity: 27,600 Capacity: 78,800 Capacity: 24,500 Capacity: 48,000
         

FinalsEdit

Year Country Champion Runner-up Country 1st leg 1st leg
Venue
2nd leg 2st leg
Venue
Playoff Playoff
Venue
1998   BRA Palmeiras Cruzeiro   BRA
1–2
Mineirão
3–1
Palestra Itália
1–0
Palestra Itália
1999   BRA Flamengo Palmeiras   BRA
4–3
Maracanã
3–3
Palestra Itália
2000   BRA Vasco da Gama Palmeiras   BRA
2–0
São Januário
0–1
Palestra Itália
4–3
Palestra Itália
2001   ARG San Lorenzo Flamengo   BRA
0–0
Maracanã
1–1 (4–3 p)
Pedro Bidegain
Keys
  •   Match decided by a penalty shootout after extra time
  •   Match playoff after the series ended tied on aggregate

PerformancesEdit

By clubEdit

Team Won Runner-up Years won Years runner-up
  Palmeiras 1 2 1998 1999, 2000
  Flamengo 1 1 1999 2001
  San Lorenzo 1 0 2001
  Vasco da Gama 1 0 2000
  Cruzeiro 0 1
1998

By countryEdit

Country Won Runners-Up Winning Clubs Runners-Up
  Brazil 3 4 Flamengo (1); Palmeiras (1); Vasco da Gama (1) Palmeiras (2); Flamengo (1); Cruzeiro (1)
  Argentina 1 0 San Lorenzo (1)

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