Recopa Sudamericana winners, Champions list in history

May 11, 2021 0 By Ibiye Ambille

Recopa Sudamericana winners, Champions list in history

Who won the 2021 Recopa Sudamericana and the defending Champions? Defensa y Justicia is the defending Champions of the Competition.


What does Recopa mean? Recopa means Super Cup in South American and it played by Copa Libertadores winners and Copa Sudamericana winners organized by the CONMEBOL association.


Recopa Sudamericana final? It is the final played to decide the winner which is played over two legs and the winner becomes Champions over the aggregate scoreline.


The Recopa Sudamericana is an annual football competition organized by the CONMEBOL association for South American teams featuring teams that won the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana the previous season.


Argentine side Defensa y Justicia is the defending Champions of the Recopa Sudamericana after winning the 2021 final played against Palmeiras 4-3 on penalties after an aggregate score which stood at 3-3.


The Competition can also be referred to as the South American Super Cup since it is a tie between the winners of the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana.


Every year, a new Champion emerges as two of the biggest teams from their respective Championship square up against each other in a separate contest.

The Cup Competitions was formerly introduced in 1988.


Despite Argentina’s football dominance in South American, this time the Recopa Sudamericana is dominated by teams from Brazil even though Boca Juniors have emerged Champions more times as an individual team.


Since the inception of the competition, up to seventh different clubs have won.


Recopa Sudamericana winners, list of Champions in history


Boca Juniors

Boca Juniors is an Argentine professional football club.


When it comes to the Recopa Sudamericana, Boca Juniors is the most successful team in the South American continent with 4 titles with three out of four titles won at the start of the 21st century.

The Argentine and South American giants won their first trophy in 1990 after lifting the Supercopa Libertadores the previous year which was the second most prestigious Competition now replaced by Copa Sudamericana.

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Boca Juniors however made it back to back wins in 2005 and 2006 adding its fourth title in 2008 and was the last time the club won the Recopa Sudamericana as a club.

The Argentine giants also ended up as runners up during the 2004 season.


Since the triumph in 2008.


River Plate

River Plate Plate is an Argentine professional football club.


River Plate is the second most successful team in the Recopa Sudamericana with three titles behind fellow compatriots Boca Juniors leading the all-time winner’s list with four titles.

In the late 90s, River Plate lost in back to back finals in 1997 and 1998.


However, despite these losses, the Buenos Aires-based Argentine Primera Division side came back stronger to lift its first trophy in 2015.


The triumph in 2015 was accompanied by another title in 2016 making it back to back wins for the club to recount for the lost finals in the earlier campaigns.


The last time River Plate won the Recopa Sudamericana was in 2019.


That year, the giants overcame fierce domestic rivals Boca Juniors in the Copa Libertadores finals in 2018 which had to be played in a neutral venue outside the shores of South America.

Clube Atlético River Plate lifted the 2019 Recopa Sudamericana after beating the Brazilian side and Copa Sudamericana winners the previous year Athletico Paranaense in a 3-1 aggregate scoreline.

São Paulo

Brazilian Série A side São Paulo is the third Best team in the competition have won two titles.

The two titles by São Paulo were back to back wins between 1993 and 1994.


Today, the club is the most successful Brazilian team ever to lift the South American Super Cup twice.


Internacional is a professional football club based in Brazilian and competes in the Série A.


Internacional is the fourth most successful team in the Recopa Sudamericana and the second-best Brazilian side in the competition.

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Internacional titles came in 2007 and 2011.


Club Olimpia is a Paraguayan club based in the capital city Asunción and competes in the Paraguayan football league.


Olimpia has always flown the Paraguayan flag on the international scene.


Olimpia also boosts two Recopa Sudamericana titles and are fourth on the all-time winner’s list.


Olimpia lifted the title in 1991 and 2003.


For Olimpia, this worry one of the best moments in the history of the club winning the continental Super Cup.


The Paraguayan Champions also boost major trophies including the Copa Libertadores and the Copa Sudamericana.

Olimpia holds a perfect record and has never lost in any final of the South American Super Cup.


LDU Quito

Liga Deportiva Universitaria is a professional football club in Ecuador and competes in the Ecuadorian Serie A, the country’s top-flight football league.

LDU Quito prides itself as two-time winners of the Competition and did so by winning the competition twice in a row between 2009 and 2010.

LDU Quito is also another perfect side in the Competition no finals lost since the club’s participation in the South American Super Cup.


Grêmio is the third Brazilian football team on this list with two titles added to its trophy cabinet.


The first title won by Grêmio was in 1996 and the recent was in 2018.

Unlike the Copa Libertadores winners tagged the ultimate on the continent of South America, a team that has won the Copa Sudamericana which is the second tier competition always go toe to toe with them.

Record and the history of the Competition are shared between the two winners of separate tournaments.


Unlike the way it often turns out in Europe where the UEFA Champions League winners also find a way to win the UEFA Super Cup over the UEFA Europa League winners, the Recopa Sudamericana is quite different from it.

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The Competition is fierce leaving every team to place more priority on it.


Although this could be attributed to the style of choosing a two-legged final where teams are crowned Champions on an aggregate basis.

Other notable teams that have won the Competition


Independiente 1

Cruzeiro 1

Vélez Sarsfield 1

Atlético Nacional 1

Nacional 1

Colo-Colo 1

Cienciano 1

Santos 1

Corinthians 1

Atlético Mineiro 1

Flamengo 1

Defensa y Justicia


The Competition is most popular amongst South American football followers as the two giants of the continent clash in a bid to claim the bragging rights of the best team.

It is also followed internationally by South American football lovers.


Over the years, the Competition has witnessed several Champions with teams from Brazil emerging Champions the most.


Argentine sides Boca Juniors and River Plate are the two most successful followed by São Paulo.


Value of the Recopa Sudamericana

The Competition is one of the most valued cup tournaments on the continent outside the top two cup tournaments.


It regarded as the decider as to who becomes the superior over the other on the South American continent.

Today it receives huge followers across the world.


The organization have tried to expand the reach of the competition by engaging with more international broadcasters spread across the world.


Outside the top two knockout cup competitions, it is the next must-watch Cup tie involving another two big sides on the South American continent.


It is usually played at the start of the new Calendar year to determine the Champions before the commencement of the new season Competitions.


Argentine teams are the most successful while Brazilian teams have the most teams that have won it.



This article highlights the Recopa Sudamericana winners, Champions list of the all-time winners in history.

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