1963 Copa Libertadores

1963 Copa Libertadores

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1963 Copa Libertadores

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The 1963 Copa de Campeones de América was the fourth edition of South America's premier club football tournament, the Copa de Campeones or better known today as the Copa Libertadores. Nine teams entered with Bolivia and Venezuela not sending a representative.

This edition was notable for the participation of many renowed, world class stars such as José Sanfilippo, Pelé, Garrincha, Antonio Rattín, Alberto Spencer, Jairzinho, among others. The Alvinegro da Vila, usually regarded as the greatest football club team ever, crushed their semifinal and final opponents in stylish fashion which included a 0–4 victory over Botafogo in the fable Estádio do Maracanã, and a 1–2 win in La Bombonera, home of Boca Juniors. In a classic, South American match-up, defending champions Santos defeated the Xeneixes on both legs of the final to retain the title.

Qualified teams

Format and tie-breaking criteria

Due to the uneven number of teams, the first round became a group stage with two groups of three and one group of four. The format for the semifinals and the finals remained the same as the previous season.

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

Eight teams were drawn into two groups of three and one group...
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