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1964 Copa Libertadores

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1964 Copa de Campeones de América
Tournament details
DatesApril 3 - August 12
Teams11 (from 10 confederations)
Final positions
ChampionsArgentina Independiente (1st title)
Runners-upUruguay Nacional
Tournament statistics
Matches played26
Goals scored88 (3.38 per match)
Top scorer(s)Argentina Mario Rodríguez and Paraguay Celino Mora (6 goals)
1963
1965

The 1964 Copa de Campeones de América was the fifth edition of South America's premier club football tournament. For the first time since its inception, every member of CONMEBOL was represented in the competition. Deportivo Italia became the first club from Venezuela to participate, providing an unexpectedly impressive performance after eliminating Bahia of Brazil in the preliminary round and beating Barcelona in Guayaquil.

Building up on Boca Juniors's great showing in the last season, Argentine football managed to put themselves on the international map as Independiente won Argentina's first title. El Diablo Rojo, or Red Devil, eliminated the powerful Santos, which played without the main stars of its attack (Dorval, Mengálvio, Coutinho and an injured Pelé didn't play, and Pepe played just the first match of the semifinal).[1] After winning both matches of their semifinal series the Argentines dispatched Nacional in the finals. Mario Rodríguez was a key factor in Independiente's triumph and he became the top scorer of the tournament with 6 goals.

Qualified teams

Country Team Qualification method
CONMEBOL
1 berth
Santos 1963 Copa Libertadores de América winners
 Argentina
1 berth
Independiente 1963 Primera División champion
 Bolivia
1 berth
Aurora 1963 Copa Simón Bolívar champion
 Brazil
1 berth
Bahia 1963 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A runner-up
 Chile
1 berth
Colo-Colo 1963 Primera División champion
 Colombia
1 berth
Millonarios 1963 Campeonato Profesional champion
 Ecuador
1 berth
Barcelona 1963 Campeonato Ecuatoriano de Fútbol champion
Paraguay Paraguay
1 berth
Cerro Porteño 1963 Primera División champion
 Peru
1 berth
Alianza Lima 1963 Primera División champion
 Uruguay
1 berth
Nacional 1963 Primera División champion
 Venezuela
1 berth
Deportivo Italia 1963 Venezuelan Primera División champion

Tie-breaking criteria

This edition saw a first round, with three groups containing three teams each; the preliminary round from the 1961 edition was reintroduced. The format for the semifinals and the finals remained unchanged.

At each stage of the tournament teams receive 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, and no points for a loss. If two or more teams are equal on points, the following criteria will be applied to determine the ranking in the group stage:

  1. a one-game playoff;
  2. superior goal difference;
  3. draw of lots.

Preliminary round

Owing to the uneven number of teams in the competition, a preliminary round was created to determine who joined the other 9 teams in the competition. As a predominated "weak" side, Venezuela has its representative face off against Brazil's second representative. The winner of the series would advance into the First round. Both matches took place in Caracas.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Venezuela Deportivo Italia 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 3
Brazil Bahía 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1 1
April 8, 1964 Bahía Brazil 1 – 2 Venezuela Deportivo Italia Caracas
Vevê Goal Jaime Goal
Iramido Goal

First round

Nine teams were drawn into groups of three. In each group, teams played against each other home-and-away. The top team in each group advanced to the Semifinals. Santos, the title holders, had a bye to the next round.

Group 1

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Uruguay Nacional 4 3 1 0 9 2 7 7
Paraguay Cerro Porteño 4 1 2 1 11 6 5 4
Bolivia Aurora 4 0 1 3 2 14 -12 1
April 12, 1964 Aurora Bolivia 2 – 2 Paraguay Cerro Porteño Cochabamba
Herbas Goal
Alcócer Goal
Mora Goal
Rojas Goal
April 19, 1964 Nacional Uruguay 2 – 0 Bolivia Aurora Montevideo
Abeledo GoalGoal
April 26, 1964 Cerro Porteño Paraguay 2 – 2 Uruguay Nacional Asunción
Mora GoalGoal Méndez Goal
Oyarbide Goal
May 3, 1964 Aurora Bolivia 0 – 3 Uruguay Nacional Cochabamba
Bergara Goal
Pérez Goal
Acosta Goal
May 17, 1964 Cerro Porteño Paraguay 7 – 0 Bolivia Aurora Asunción
Rojas GoalGoal
Mora GoalGoal
Rojas Goal
Breglia Goal
Rojas Goal

Group 2

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Argentina Independiente 4 3 1 0 11 3 8 7
Colombia Millonarios 4 2 0 2 6 8 -2 4
Peru Alianza Lima 4 0 1 3 5 11 -6 1
May 31, 1964 Independiente Argentina 4 – 0 Peru Alianza Lima Avellaneda
Savoy Goal
Rodríguez Goal
Rolan Goal
Suárez Goal
June 7, 1964 Independiente Argentina 5 – 1 Colombia Millonarios Avellaneda
Rodríguez GoalGoal
Suárez GoalGoal
Savoy Goal
Parodi Goal

Group 3

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Chile Colo-Colo 4 3 0 1 9 7 2 6
Ecuador Barcelona 4 2 0 2 9 4 5 4
Venezuela Deportivo Italia 4 1 0 3 2 9 -7 2
May 24, 1964 Deportivo Italia Venezuela 0 – 3 Ecuador Barcelona Caracas
Nivaldo Goal
Geninho Goal
Calderón Goal
May 28, 1964 Colo-Colo Chile 0 – 4 Ecuador Barcelona Santiago
Nivaldo GoalGoal
Helio Goal
Geninho Goal

Semifinals

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

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Argentina Independiente 2 2 0 0 5 3 +2 4
Brazil Santos 2 0 0 2 3 5 −2 0

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Uruguay Nacional 2 2 0 0 8 4 +4 4
Chile Colo-Colo 2 0 0 2 4 8 −4 0
July 15, 1964 Colo-Colo Chile 2 – 4 Uruguay Nacional Santiago
Baeza Goal o.g.'
Alvarez Goal
Sanfilippo GoalGoal
Leites Goal
Douksas Goal

Finals

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Argentina Independiente 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1 3
Uruguay Nacional 2 0 1 1 0 1 −1 1
August 6, 1964 Nacional Uruguay 0 – 0 Argentina Independiente Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
Attendance: 60,000
Referee: Leo Horn (Netherlands)
August 12, 1964 Independiente Argentina 1 – 0 Uruguay Nacional La Doble Visera, Avellaneda
Rodríguez Goal 35' Attendance: 80,000
Referee: Dimas Larrosa (Paraguay)

Champion

Copa Libertadores de América
1964 Champion
Argentina
Independiente
First Title

Top goalscorers

Pos Player Team Goals
1 Argentina Mario Rodríguez Argentina Independiente 6
Paraguay Celino Mora Paraguay Cerro Porteño 6
3 Brazil Nivaldo Ecuador Barcelona 5
4 Argentina Luis Ernesto Suárez Argentina Independiente 4
Argentina Raúl Armando Savoy Argentina Independiente 4
Colombia Delio Gamboa Colombia Millonarios 4
3 Chile Francisco Valdés Chile Colo-Colo 3
Chile Luis Hernán Álvarez Chile Colo-Colo 3
Brazil Roberto Frojuelo Chile Colo-Colo 3
Uruguay Domingo Pérez Uruguay Nacional 3
Peru Víctor Zegarra Peru Alianza Lima 3

Footnotes

  1. ^ [1] News at journal Folha de S.Paulo on June 23, 2015, the Argentine TV brought up to light phone recordings conversations between Abel Gnecco, Argentina's representative in referee committee of Conmebol and the former president of AFA, Julio Grondona, who died in 2014 and who in 1964 was president of Independiente. In the wiretapping (recorded at May 17, 2013), Grondona praises himself for have conspired with the referee team of semifinal between Santos and Independiente, in order that Brazilian team could not qualify for the final. Transcription of the wiretape, included. (in Portuguese)
A. ^ Played in Avellaneda (Racing Club's stadium) due to the tragedy around the olympic qualifier between Peru and Argentina in Lima.
B. ^ Played in Bogotá (El Campin) due to the tragedy around the olympic qualifier between Peru and Argentina in Lima.
C. ^ Not played due to differences between CONMEBOL and the Colombian football federations, ADEFútbol and FEDEBOL (after Independiente refused to travel to Bogotá); points incredibly were awarded to Independiente despite refused to play (but no goals).
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