Founded 1992
Abolished 1999
Region South America (CONMEBOL)
Number of teams 16
Most successful club(s) Brazil Atlético Mineiro
(2 titles)

The Copa CONMEBOL (English: CONMEBOL Cup) was an annual football cup competition organized by CONMEBOL between 1992 and 1999 for South American football clubs.[1] During its time of existence, it was a very prestigious South American club football contest, similar to the UEFA Cup. Clubs qualified for the competition based on their performance in their national leagues and cup competitions. Teams that were not able to qualify for the Copa Libertadores played in this tournament. The tournament was played as a knockout cup. The tournament ended in 1999, following the expansion of Copa Libertadores to 32 teams. The Copa Mercosur and Copa Merconorte, which both started in 1998, replaced the Copa CONMEBOL, and the merger of those three cups transformed in the current Copa Sudamericana, being all of them the precursors of the cup.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8]

The last champion of the competition was Talleres, while Atlético Mineiro is the most successful club in the cup history, having won the tournament two times. The cup was won by seven different clubs but it was never won consecutively.[9][10]



Each national association was assigned a number of entries determined by CONMEBOL which changed slightly from one edition to another. The best teams from the previous season that did not qualify for the Copa Libertadores through their league qualified for the Copa CONMEBOL. The tournament itself was played in two-legged knockout stages. The champion of the Copa CONMEBOL disputed the Recopa Sudamericana, the Copa de Oro and the Copa Master de CONMEBOL, albeit irregularly.


The tournament started in the first stage in which 16 clubs were paired in a series of two-legged knockout ties in the round of 16, the first of four stages that worked on a single elimination phase knockout system that culminated in the finals. During each stage of the tournament, ties were decided on points, followed by goal difference, away goals, then a penalty shootout after full-time of the second leg, if necessary.


Year Country Home team Score Away team Country Venue Location Refs
1992  BRA Atlético Mineiro 2–0 Olimpia  PAR Mineirão Belo Horizonte, Brazil [11]
 PAR Olimpia 1–0 Atlético Mineiro  BRA Estadio Defensores del Chaco Asunción, Paraguay
2–2 on points; Atlético Mineiro won 2–1 on aggregate #
1993  URU Peñarol 1–1 Botafogo  BRA Estadio Centenario Montevideo, Uruguay [12]
 BRA Botafogo 2–2 Peñarol  URU Estádio do Maracanã Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2–2 on points and 3–3 on aggregate; Botafogo won 3–1 in a penalty shootout *
1994  BRA São Paulo 6–1 Peñarol  URU Estádio do Morumbi São Paulo, Brazil [13]
 URU Peñarol 3–0 São Paulo  BRA Estadio Centenario Montevideo, Uruguay
3–3 on points; São Paulo won 6–4 on aggregate #
1995  BRA Atlético Mineiro 4–0 Rosario Central  ARG Mineirão Belo Horizonte, Brazil


 ARG Rosario Central 4–0 Atlético Mineiro  BRA Estadio Gigante de Arroyito Rosario, Argentina
3–3 on points and 4–4 on aggregate; Rosario Central won 4–3 in a penalty shootout *
1996  ARG Lanús 2–0 Santa Fe  COL La Fortaleza Lanús, Argentina [15]
 COL Santa Fe 1–0 Lanús  ARG Estadio El Campín Bogotá, Colombia
3–3 on points; Lanús won 2–1 on aggregate #
1997  ARG Lanús 1–4 Atlético Mineiro  BRA La Fortaleza Lanús, Argentina [11]
 BRA Atlético Mineiro 1–1 Lanús  ARG Mineirão Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Atlético Mineiro won 4–1 on points
1998  BRA Santos 1–0 Rosario Central  ARG Estádio Vila Belmiro Santos, Brazil [16]
 ARG Rosario Central 0-0 Santos  BRA Estadio Gigante de Arroyito Rosario, Argentina
Santos won 4–1 on points
1999  BRA CSA 4–2 Talleres  ARG Estádio Rei Pelé Maceió, Brazil [17]
 ARG Talleres 3–0 CSA  BRA Estadio Olímpico Chateau Carreras Córdoba, Argentina
3–3 on points; Talleres won 5–4 on aggregate #


Club Winners Runners-up Years won Years runner-up
Brazil Atlético Mineiro211992, 19971995
Argentina Rosario Central1119951998
Argentina Lanús1119961997
Brazil Botafogo101993
Brazil São Paulo101994
Brazil Santos101998
Argentina Talleres101999

See also


  2. Historia de la Copa Conmebol en página oficial CONMEBOL Retrieved May 18, 2010.
  3. CONMEBOL Cup / UEFA Cup RSSSF Retrieved May 18, 2010.
  4. Información sobre la Copa Conmebol Retrieved May 18, 2010
  5. THE BEST CLUB OF SOUTH AMERICA RSSSF Retrieved January 9, 2014
  6. Globo Esporte Retrieved December 10, 2007
  7. Terra Brazil- Retrieved December 5, 2012
  8. Santander Fútbol- Retrieved July 16, 2012
  9. Bola na Área Copa Conmebol- Retrieved 18, May 2010.
  10. RSSSF SOUTH AMERICAN COMPETITIONS- Retrieved January 9, 2014
  11. 1 2 "Classic club: Atletico Mineiro". Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Archived from the original on 5 May 2015. Retrieved 11 November 2008.
  12. "Classic club: Botafogo". Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 11 November 2008.
  13. "Classic club: São Paulo". Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 16 November 2008.
  14. "Títulos del Club Atlético Rosario Central" (in Spanish). Rosario Central. Retrieved 11 November 2008.
  15. "Lanús Campeón Copa Conmebol 1996" (in Spanish). Club Atlético Lanús. Retrieved 11 November 2008.
  16. "Classic club: Santos". Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 11 November 2008.
  17. "Emblemas Oficiales" (in Spanish). Talleres de Córdoba. Retrieved 11 November 2008.

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