The Recopa Sudamericana is an annually since 1989 been transferred intermittently football competition for club teams, which will be hosted by the South African continental federation CONMEBOL. It is comparable to the discharged by UEFA UEFA Super Cup.
The winner of the Copa Libertadores and the winner of the Super Copa Sudamericana from 1989 to 1998 respectively determined in the following calendar year in home -and-away the winner of the Recopa. By setting the Supercopa 1998, the Recopa was no longer played. Since the introduction of the Copa Sudamericana in 2002, the Recopa is again each in the following calendar year, for the first time, fought in 2003 between the winners of the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana usually with return game.
A special feature was that the Recopa games were played twice at the same time as part of another competition, namely the first leg in 1993 as a league game for the Brazilian championship and both games in 1999 as a group matches of the Copa Mercosur. In 1991, the title was awarded without a fight to Olimpia Asunción, as the club both the Copa Libertadores, and the Supercopa won. In 1993, the Sao Paulo FC also won both competitions. This time, however, the winner of the now also no longer transmitted Copa Conmebol was invited as an opponent.
The 2005 edition was carried out under the name Recopa Sudamericana FOX SPORTS. After the competition was from 2006 to 2008 Recopa Sudamericana VISA. From 2009 to 2011, no sponsorship was held for the competition. Since 2012 is the name of competition Recopa Sudamericana Santander.
In the past few sweeps were decided in each case only one game on a neutral court. Thus, the Recopa took place in 1990 in the United States, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996 and in Japan in 1997 and again in 2003 and 2004 in the USA.
Currently, the Recopa is decided in return game, where the Libertadores winners each in the return game has home advantage. The winner is the team with most points. If both teams have ever won a game, decides which goal difference. If this is also equal to or end in a draw both games, there is the return leg extension and possibly penalties. The away goals rule is not applied.
Games and winners
The previous 20 competitions were won by 13 different clubs from seven countries, with the clubs from Brazil with seven titles were most successful. Record winner with four titles are the Boca Juniors from Buenos Aires.