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1964 Copa Libertadores

1964 Copa Libertadores de América
Tournament details
Dates April 3 - August 12
Teams 11 (from 10 confederations)
Final positions
Champions 23x15px Independiente (1st title)
Runners-up 23x15px Nacional
Tournament statistics
Matches played 26
Goals scored 88 (3.38 per match)
Top scorer(s) 23x15px Mario Rodríguez and 23x15px Celino Mora (6 goals)
1963
1965

The 1964 Copa Libertadores 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 who played without injured Pelé, after winning both matches of their semifinal series and dispatched Nacional in the finals. Mario Rodríguez became a key factor in Independiente's triumph as he became top scorer of the tournament with 6 goals.

Qualified teams

Country Team Qualification method
CONMEBOL
1 berth
Santos 1963 Copa Libertadores de América winners
23x15px Argentina
1 berth
Independiente 1963 Primera División champion
23x15px Bolivia
1 berth
Aurora 1963 Copa Simón Bolívar champion
23x15px Brazil
1 berth
Bahia 1963 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A runner-up
23x15px Chile
1 berth
Colo-Colo 1963 Primera División champion
23x15px Colombia
1 berth
Millonarios 1963 DIMAYOR champion
23x15px Ecuador
1 berth
Barcelona 1963 Campeonato Ecuatoriano de Fútbol champion
23x15px Paraguay
1 berth
Cerro Porteño 1963 Primera División champion
23x15px Peru
1 berth
Alianza Lima 1963 Primera División champion
23x15px Uruguay
1 berth
Nacional 1963 Primera División champion
23x15px 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

Due to the uneven amount 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
23x15px Deportivo Italia 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 3
23x15px Bahía 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1 1

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
23x15px Nacional 4 3 1 0 9 2 7 7
23x15px Cerro Porteño 4 1 2 1 11 6 5 4
23x15px Aurora 4 0 1 3 2 14 -12 1

Group 2

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
23x15px Independiente 4 3 1 0 11 3 8 7
23x15px Millonarios 4 2 0 2 6 8 -2 4
23x15px Alianza Lima 4 0 1 3 5 11 -6 1

Group 3

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
23x15px Colo-Colo 4 3 0 1 9 7 2 6
23x15px Barcelona 4 2 0 2 9 4 5 4
23x15px Deportivo Italia 4 1 0 3 2 9 -7 2

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
23x15px Independiente 2 2 0 0 5 3 +2 4
23x15px Santos 2 0 0 2 3 5 −2 0

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
23x15px Nacional 2 2 0 0 8 4 +4 4
23x15px Colo-Colo 2 0 0 2 4 8 −4 0

Finals

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
23x15px Independiente 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1 3
23x15px Nacional 2 0 1 1 0 1 −1 1

Champion

Copa Libertadores de América
1964 Champion
100px
Independiente
First Title

Top goalscorers

Pos Player Team Goals
1 23x15px Mario Rodríguez 23x15px Independiente 6
23x15px Celino Mora 23x15px Cerro Porteño 6
3 23x15px Nivaldo 23x15px Barcelona 5
4 23x15px Luis Ernesto Suárez 23x15px Independiente 4
23x15px Raúl Armando Savoy 23x15px Independiente 4
3 23x15px Francisco Valdés 23x15px Colo-Colo 3
23x15px Luis Hernán Álvarez 23x15px Colo-Colo 3
23x15px Roberto Frojuelo 23x15px Colo-Colo 3
23x15px Delio Gamboa 23x15px Millonarios 3
23x15px Domingo Pérez 23x15px Nacional 3
23x15px Víctor Zegarra 23x15px Alianza Lima 3

Footnotes

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 (apparently after Independiente refused to travel to Bogotá); points were awarded to Independiente (but no goals).
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