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Copa Argentina de Futbol


The Copa Argentina was an official tournament organized by Argentine Football Association (AFA), with the aim of qualifying clubs for the Copa Ganadores de Copa. It was contested by teams in Primera Division Argentina that did not earn eligibility to participate in the Copa Libertadores of the following year, and by the best clubs in the regional leagues.

Only two editions were contested, namely in 1969 and 1970, although the last one did not finish. Therefore, the only champion of this competition was Boca Juniors, who defeated Atlanta in the final of 1969 edition.

History

A new international competition, Copa Ganadores de Copa, would be held by CONMEBOL in 1970 as the South American equivalence of UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. AFA thus started a cup competition, the Copa Argentina, in 1969 and the winner would qualify for the Copa Ganadores de Copa 1970.

Format

The competition was contested by 32 teams using a two-legged elimination format. Two points were awarded for winning a leg, one for a draw and null for a loss. The teams having more points would qualify to the next round. If both teams had same numbers of point, it would be determined by the total number of goals, total number of goal concealed, and penalty shootout accordingly.

Copa Argentina 1969

Teams

All teams in the Primera Division Argentina participated the competition with some top teams from the regional leagues, except teams that had already qualified to the Copa Libertadores, namely, Velez Sarsfield and River Plate, the winners and runners-up of Nacional 1968 respectively, and Estudiantes de La Plata, the champions of Copa Libertadores 1968.

Results

Boca Juniors and Atlanta entered the final. Boca won the tournament by defeating Atlanta 2-0 in two legs.

However, as Boca later won the Nacional 1969 and qualified to the Copa Libertadores 1970, Atlanta qualified to the Copa Ganadores de Copa 1970 as the runners-up.

Copa Argentina 1970

Teams

Apart from teams that had got the Copa Libertadores eligibility, namely Boca Juniors and River Plate, the champions and runners-up of Nacional 1969, and Estudiantes de La Plata, who won the Copa Libertadores 1969, all clubs in the Primera Division Argentina participated this competition. The champions of Primera B, Ferro, also took part in the tournament, alongside with 13 top clubs from regional leagues.

Results

Copa Argentina 1970 has never finished. 32 teams played the competition and San Lorenzo and Velez Sarsfield entered the final. The tournament had been lasting for a long period in that year. Starting in March 1970, the first leg of the final was played in March 1971. At that time, the Copa Ganadores de Copa, which the winner of Copa Argentina would be qualifying for, had already started. Moreover, as Huracan Buceo and Deportes Concepcion, the two other team in the same group with the Argentine representiative in the Copa Ganadores de Copa, had not confirmed their particicpation, so the organizor announced the Copa Ganadores de Copa would become a friendly tournament. Therefore, after the first leg of the Copa Argentina final was held, which the teams drew 2-2, the second leg was never played. No Argentine teams participated in the Copa Ganadores de Copa 1971.

External links

1969 edition RSSSF

1970 edition RSSSF

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