| 31 Jan 1965 – 15 Apr 1965|
| Independiente (2nd title)|
Club Atlético Independiente
1964 Copa Libertadores, 1975 Copa Libertadores, 1972 Copa Libertadores, 1973 Copa Libertadores, 1969 Copa Libertadores
The 1965 Copa Libertadores de América was the sixth edition of South America's premier club football tournament. Colombia did not send a representative due to the disagreements between CONMEBOL and the Colombian football federation. This will become the last edition in which only the national champions of each association may participate.
After the victorious campaign the previous year, Independiente will go on to successfully defend the title after beating another Uruguayan team, this time Peñarol. Independiente begun a legacy that saw it become a world class football team and this consegration paved the way for future conquests to come.
1965 Copa Libertadores Wikipedia
The format of the competition remained nearly the same as the previous year's edition; the preliminary round was eliminated from this edition.
At each stage of the tournament teams receive 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, and no points for a loss. If two or more teams are equal on points, the following criteria will be applied to determine the ranking in the group stage:
- a one-game playoff;
- superior goal difference;
- draw of lots.
Nine teams were drawn into three groups. In each group, teams played against each other home-and-away. The top team in each group advanced to the Semifinals. Independiente, the title holders, had a bye to the next round.
Four teams were drawn into two groups. In each group, teams played against each other home-and-away. The top team in each group advanced to the Finals.
Independiente progressed to the finals due to better goal difference.