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The Copa Ganadores de Copa, also known as Recopa Sudamericana de Clubes, was a now defunct official South American football tournament organized by CONMEBOL. Its first edition was held in 1970 and was won by Bolivian club Mariscal Santa Cruz. The second edition was organized in 1971, however, Group One matches have never been played and the tournament reduced to a friendly competition at the end and the winner of Group Two was crowned the champion. The competition was not held after this year.

The tournament was contested by football clubs which were the most recent winners of South American domestic cup competitions or the highest team club that did not qualify for the Copa Libertadores. The actual qualifying criteria varied across countries. It was intended to be the South American equivalent to the European UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.

It should not be confused with Recopa Sudamericana, the competition played between the champion of Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana.

Format

The competition was a round robin tournament with two groups, each group was played in a different city. The group winners qualify for the two-legged final.

Methods of qualification of different countries

Different countries used different methods of qualification.



Copa Ganadores de Copa 1970

Teams

Group One:

 El Nacional 
Libertad
Unión Deportiva Canarias
Group Two:

 Atlanta 
Mariscal Santa Cruz
Unión Española
Deportivo Municipal
Rampla Juniors


Ultimately, Brazilmarker and Colombiamarker refused to enter the competition, and so there were only three teams in Group One but five teams in Group Two.

Final

Year Final
Winner Score Runner-up
1970 Mariscal Santa Cruz

(BOLmarker)
0 - 0

2 - 0

Aggregate

2 - 0
El Nacional

(ECUmarker)


Top scorer

Player Club Goals
Eliseo Báez Mariscal Santa Cruz 5


Copa Ganadores de Copa 1971

Teams

Group One:

 Huracán Buceo
Deportes Concepción
one undefined team from Argentina
one undefined team from Bolivia
Group Two:

 América de Quito 
Olimpia
Juan Aurich
Valencia FC


Results

Brazil and Colombia decided not to enter the competition again. The same format was adopted as the previous session.

Nonetheless, on February 25, 1971, CONMEBOL decided to reduce it into a friendly tournament and there would not be a trophy, because Deportes Concepción withdrew from the tournament and confirmation of participation had not been received from Huracán Buceo. Matches in Group One were never played and América, the winner of Group Two, was regarded as the champion of the friendly tournament.

Group Two matches were played in parallel with Group Five matches of the Copa Libertadores 1971.

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