- Palmeiras and Santos clashed in today’s Copa Libertadores final
- We highlight both clubs and their competition
- Legend, title and statistics features
The last Libertadores
Palmeiras has appeared in four Libertadores finals, losing three times in 1961, 1968 and 2000.A team including Marcos, Junior Baiano, Roque Junior, Junior, Cesar Sampaio, Zinho, Alex and Paulo Nunes beat Deportivo Cali to lift the trophy in 1999 , previously lost in a tight match to Manchester United in the Intercontinental Cup.
Palmeiras also won the 1951 Copa Rio, the first transcontinental tournament. The eight-team event featured Austria Vienna, Juventus, Nacional and Sporting.
Santos have won three of the four finals in which they have featured. They won in 1962 and ’63, then beat Benfica and AC Milan in successive Intercontinental Cups. Neymar went on to inspire a win over Penarol in the 2011 final, although Lionel Messi and Barcelona proved too much for them in the final of the FIFA Club World Cup ™.
The king of green and the king of kings
Unlike many clubs, Palmeiras and Santos both have the greatest players of all time. Pele inspired Santos to claim 24 titles – including six Brazilian championships, two Libertadores crowns and two Intercontinental Cups – during an unrivaled 18-year career at Vila Belmiro.
Surprisingly, Ademir da Guia – one of the best Brazilian soccer players ever – is little known outside the country’s borders because of Pele. ‘The Divine One’, indeed, played only 14 times for Brazil and only one FIFA World Cup match – a race for third place in Germany 1974 – because ‘The King’ is considered to be playing in the same position.
At club level, however, Ademir was blown away. Despite the stellar presence of Santos, he was the leader of ‘The Academy’, the exhilarating Palmeiras team that won six Brazilian championships between 1960 and ’73.
Heitor (1916-31), Oberdan Cattani (1940-54), Jair (1949-55), Julinho (1958-67), Djalma Santos (1959-68), Ademir da Guia (1961-77), Djalma Dias (1962 -68), Dudu (1964-75, 1976), Cesar Maluco (1967, 1968-75), Luis Pereira (1968-75, 1981-84), Emerson Leao (1971-78, 1984-85), Leivinha (1971 -75), Evair (1991-94, 1999), Cesar Sampaio (1991-94, 1999-2000), Mazinho (1992-94), Marcos (1992-2011), Roberto Carlos (1993-95), Edmundo (1993) -95), Rivaldo (1994-96), Alex de Souza (1997-2000), Dudu (since 2015).
Araken Patusca (1923-29, 1935-37), Zito (1952-67), Pepe (1954-69), Dorval (1956-64, 1965-67), Pele (1956-74), Coutinho (1958-68) , Mengalvio (1960-69), Gilmar (1961-69), Carlos Alberto Torres (1966-74), Edu (1966-76), Clodoaldo (1966-79), Serginho Chulapa (1983-84, 1986, 1988, 1989 -90), Giovanni (1994-96, 2005-06, 2010), Leo (2000-05, 2009-14), Elano (2001-05, 2015-16), Robinho (2002-05, 2014-15, 2020 ), Neymar (2009-13).
Dictionary: Lost (Brazilian Portuguese)
A deep emotional state of deep nostalgic or melancholy longing for something non-existent or someone to care for and / or love.
The match’s nickname, which can be loosely translated as ‘The Nostalgia Derby’, came as fans missed an exciting match between rivals during the 1960s, considered the pinnacle of Brazilian football history.
Thirteen members of the newest Brazilian squad of 18 took to the field when Palmeiras faced Santos in 1960.
Palmeiras, Santos and the World Cup
The two clubs have 24 players each named in Brazil’s FIFA World Cup squad. Palmeiras trio Djalma Santos, Zequinha and Vava, and Santos septet Gilmar, Mauro, Zito, Mengalvio, Pepe, Pele and Coutinho, confirmed Selection 22 players on Chile 1962 come from two teams.
Palmeiras and Santos have met in four finals, with the latter winning three of them: the Campeonato Paulista in 1928 and 1960 and the Copa do Brasil in 2015. Fish won the 2015 Paulista determinant at Verdão cost.
The four finals were intense, with two going on penalties and one requiring a play-off after two draws.