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1966 Copa Libertadores

1966 Copa Libertadores de América
Tournament details
Dates February 5 - April 15
Teams 17 (from 8 confederations)
Final positions
Champions 23x15px Peñarol (3rd title)
Runners-up 23x15px River Plate
Tournament statistics
Matches played 95
Goals scored 283 (2.98 per match)
Top scorer(s) 23x15px Daniel Onega (17 goals)
1965
1967

The 1966 Copa Libertadores de América was the seventh edition of the competition, the premier South American club football tournament, organized by CONMEBOL. Colombia and Brazil did not send their representatives. This edition became the first club competition of the world to include the runners-up of each of its participating association. Despite the fact that Colombian and Brazilian clubs did not participate, this tournament saw a record 95 matches being played out to determine this year's champion.

Colombia did not send a representative due to the disagreements between CONMEBOL and the Colombian football federations. The Brazilians protested the inclusion of the runners-up of each nation and argued that the tournament should be reserved for national champions. That led them to become denatured and the powers reserved only for the champions, in addition to the priority order they gave their interstate tournaments and the many unattractive encounters-to-come against teams from the "Pacific", the Brazilian clubs opted for tours around the world instead as they were seen more economically rewarding. Not having any economic incentives, CONMEBOL was forced to allow clubs the freedom of whether they participated or not. This trend will continue for the next 5 editions.

After winning each of their home legs, Peñarol and River Plate required a playoff to break the deadlock. The match was played in the Estadio Nacional of Santiago, Chile. River Plate finished the first half 2-0 and was in cruise control towards its first title. The manyas managed to revert the disadvantage to push this match into extra time. With two more goals, the final score of 2-4 meant that Peñarol became the first three-time winners of the competition. The collapse of River Plate in the second half led the club to being known, even now, as the "gallinas".

Qualified teams

Country Team Qualification method
CONMEBOL
1 berth
Independiente 1965 Copa Libertadores de América winners
23x15px Argentina
1 berth
Boca Juniors 1965 Primera División champion
River Plate 1965 Primera División runner-up
23x15px Bolivia
1 berth
Municipal 1965 Copa Simón Bolívar champion
Jorge Wilstermann 1965 Copa Simón Bolívar runner-up
23x15px Chile
1 berth
Universidad de Chile 1965 Primera División champion
Universidad Católica 1965 Primera División runner-up
23x15px Ecuador
1 berth
Emelec 1965 Campeonato Ecuatoriano de Fútbol champion
9 de Octubre 1965 Campeonato Ecuatoriano de Fútbol runner-up
23x15px Paraguay
1 berth
Olimpia 1965 Primera División champion
Guaraní 1965 Primera División runner-up
23x15px Peru
1 berth
Alianza Lima 1964 Primera División champion
Universitario 1964 Primera División runner-up
23x15px Uruguay
1 berth
Peñarol 1964 Primera División champion
Nacional 1964 Primera División runner-up
23x15px Venezuela
1 berth
Lara 1965 Venezuelan Primera División champion
Deportivo Italia 1965 Venezuelan Primera División runner-up

Tie-breaking criteria

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.

First round

Sixteen teams were drawn into two groups of six and one group of four. In each group, teams played against each other home-and-away. The top two teams in each group advanced to the Semifinals. Independiente, the title holders, had a bye to the next round.

Group 1

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
23x15px River Plate 10 8 1 1 23 8 +15 17
23x15px Boca Juniors 10 7 0 3 19 9 +10 14
23x15px Universitario 10 4 3 3 10 13 -3 11
23x15px Deportivo Italia 10 4 2 4 15 18 -3 10
23x15px Alianza Lima 10 2 0 8 9 16 -7 4
23x15px Lara 10 1 2 7 5 17 -12 4

Group 2

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
23x15px Universidad Católica 6 2 3 1 9 5 +4 7
23x15px Guaraní 6 2 2 2 9 9 0 6
23x15px Olimpia 6 2 2 2 7 10 -3 6
23x15px Universidad de Chile 6 1 3 2 6 7 -1 5

Group 3

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
23x15px Peñarol 10 8 0 2 20 10 +10 16
23x15px Nacional 10 7 1 2 22 10 +12 15
23x15px Jorge Wilstermann 10 4 2 4 14 14 0 10
23x15px Municipal 10 4 1 5 21 22 -1 9
23x15px Emelec 10 4 0 6 15 18 -3 8
23x15px 9 de Octubre 10 1 0 9 13 31 -18 2

Semifinals

Seven teams were drawn into two groups, one of four and the other of three. 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 River Plate 6 3 2 1 13 8 +5 8
23x15px Independiente 6 3 2 1 9 6 +3 8
23x15px Boca Juniors 6 2 3 1 7 6 +1 7
23x15px Guaraní 6 0 1 5 5 14 -9 1

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
23x15px Peñarol 4 3 0 1 6 1 +5 6
23x15px Universidad Católica 4 2 0 2 4 5 -1 4
23x15px Nacional 4 1 0 3 3 7 -4 2

Finals

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
23x15px Peñarol 2 1 0 1 4 3 +1 2
23x15px River Plate 2 1 0 1 3 4 -1 2


May 20, 1966
Playoff
River Plate 23x15px 2–4 (a.e.t.) 23x15px Peñarol
D. Onega Goal 27'
Solari Goal 42'
Spencer Goal 65'102'
Abbadie Goal 71'
Rocha Goal 109'
Estadio Nacional, Santiago
Attendance: 40,240
Referee: Claudio Vicuña (Chile)

Champion

Copa Libertadores de América
1966 Champion
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Peñarol
Third Title

Top goalscorers

Pos Player Team Goals
1 23x15px Daniel Onega 23x15px River Plate 17
2 23x15px Pedro Rocha 23x15px Peñarol 10
3 23x15px Alfredo Hugo Rojas 23x15px Boca Juniors 7
23x15px Julio César Morales 23x15px Nacional 7
23x15px Orlando Virgili 23x15px Nacional 7
23x15px Agostino Nitti 23x15px Deportivo Italia 7
23x15px23x15px Salomón Moyano 23x15px Municipal 7
23x15px Gerardo González 23x15px Olimpia 7
23x15px Hugo Lencina 23x15px Emelec 7
23x15px Cirilo Fernández 23x15px 9 de Octubre 7
23x15px Ausberto García 23x15px Jorge Wilstermann 7

Footnotes

A. ^ The match finished 1-1, but Universitario were declared 0-1 winners as Alianza fielded two ineligible players: Catalá and Cruz.
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