Copa de Oro

For other similarly named tournaments, see Gold Cup (disambiguation).
Copa de Oro
Founded 1993
Abolished 1996
Region South America (CONMEBOL)
Number of teams 4
Most successful club(s) Argentina Boca Juniors
Brazil Cruzeiro
Brazil Flamengo
(1 title each)

The Copa de Oro (English: Gold Cup, Portuguese: Copa Ouro), or Copa de Oro Nicolás Leoz, was a football cup winners' cup competition contested on 3 occasions by the most recent winners of all Conmebol continental competitions. These included champions of the Copa Libertadores, Supercopa Sudamericana, Copa CONMEBOL, Supercopa Masters and Copa Masters CONMEBOL. The Recopa Sudamericana champions did not participate. The cup is one of the many continental club competitions that have been organised by CONMEBOL. The first competition was held in 1993 featuring the 4 major continental champions of the previous season whilst the second competition in 1995 two continental champions declined to play leaving only two participants to play. In the final edition in 1996, all the continental champions accepted the invite to play. Boca Juniors, Cruzeiro and Flamengo were the only winners of the tournament with one title each.[1][2][3] Brazil became the most successful nation of the competition with two victories.


The 1993 edition was contested by Atlético Mineiro (winners of the 1992 Copa CONMEBOL), Boca Juniors (winners of the 1992 Supercopa Masters), Cruzeiro (winners of the 1992 Supercopa Sudamericana) and São Paulo (winners of the 1992 Copa Libertadores). In the semifinals, Boca Juniors defeated Telê Santana's São Paulo in the mythical La Bombonera 1-0; the Paulistas' golden generation would return the dosage on the return leg and the series went into extra-time. Tied 1-1 on aggregate, Sergio Daniel Martínez made history as he scored the first ever golden goal in a South American competition. In the final, Boca Juniors managed to hold Atlético Mineiro to a 0-0 tie in the Mineirão and win 1-0 in Buenos Aires, with the goal coming from Carlos MacAllister, to become the first ever winners of the competition.[1] In 1994, the tournament was not played because of the scandal last year.

In 1995, 1994 Copa Libertadores champion Vélez Sársfield and 1994 Supercopa Sudamericana champion Independiente declined to play. This only left the 1994 Copa CONMEBOL and 1995 Supercopa Masters champions in the tournament. Cruzeiro faced São Paulo; in the first leg in Belo Horizonte, São Paulo managed to win 0-1 before the game was suspended at the 47th minute due to Cruzeiro having four players sent off in the first half (they had used all the substitutions) and having one injured player leaving just six in the field for the Reposa; in accordance with the regulations, the minimum number of players per team is seven. However, Cruzeiro managed to come back from and win 0-1 in the Morumbi to eventually win the trophy on penalties. Due to scheduling conflicts, this season was played as part of the Supercopa Sudamericana, specifically the quarterfinal stage.[2]

The 1996 Copa de Oro was played entirely in the city of Manaus and the final edition. The four teams were the champions of the 1995 Copa Libertadores, 1995 Copa CONMEBOL and 1996 Copa Masters CONMEBOL in addition to the runner-up of the 1995 Supercopa Sudamericana as the 1995 champion Independiente declined to play. In the semifinals, Flamengo defeated Rosario Central 2-1 and São Paulo 3-1 and become champions of the competition.[3]


* Winner after a penalty shoot-out
Bold Indicates the winner


Year Country Winner Score Runner-up Country Venue Attendance Refs
1993  ARG Boca Juniors 0–0 Atlético Mineiro  BRA Mineirão, Belo Horizonte [1]
 ARG Boca Juniors 1–0 Atlético Mineiro  BRA Estadio Camilo Cichero, Buenos Aires
Boca Juniors won 3–1 on points.
1995  BRA Cruzeiro 0–1 São Paulo  BRA Mineirão, Belo Horizonte [2][4]
 BRA Cruzeiro 1–0 São Paulo  BRA Estádio do Morumbi, São Paulo
3–3 on points; 1–1 on aggregate; Cruzeiro won 4–2 in a penalty shootout*
1996  BRA Flamengo 3–1 São Paulo  BRA Vivaldão, Manaus [3]


By club

Team Won Runner-up Years won Years runner-up
Argentina Boca Juniors101993
Brazil Cruzeiro101995
Brazil Flamengo101996
Brazil São Paulo021995, 1996
Brazil Atlético Mineiro011993

By nation

Country Won Runners-Up Winning Clubs Runners-Up
Brazil Brazil 2 3 Cruzeiro (1), Flamengo (1) São Paulo (2), Atlético Mineiro (1)
Argentina Argentina 1 0 Boca Juniors (1)


  1. 1 2 3 "Boca Juniors, Títulos" (in Spanish). Club Atlético Boca Juniors. Retrieved May 20, 2010.
  2. 1 2 3 "Relação dos Títulos oficiais do Cruzeiro" (in Portuguese). Cruzeiro Esporte Clube. Retrieved May 20, 2010.
  3. 1 2 3 "Títulos" (in Portuguese). Clube de Regatas do Flamengo. Retrieved May 20, 2010.
  4. The 1995 edition was disputed by the 1994 champions of the two "minor" South American competitions: Cruzeiro (winner of the 1994 Supercopa Masters, played in 1995) and São Paulo FC (winner of the 1994 Copa CONMEBOL). The champions of the two "major" competitions, namely Argentine clubs Vélez Sársfield (winner of the 1994 Copa Libertadores) and Club Atlético Independiente (winner of the 1994 Supercopa Sudamericana), decided not to participate in the 1995 edition of the Copa de Oro, and instead disputed the Recopa Sudamericana in a single match carried out in Tokyo, Japan.

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