|Champions Cruzeiro (1st title)|
Champion Cruzeiro Esporte Clube
Matches played 75
|Runners-up River Plate|
Dates 25 Feb 1976 – 30 Jul 1976
Goals scored 207
|Similar 1997 Copa Libertadores, 1966 Campeonato Brasileiro, 1977 Copa Libertadores, 1975 Copa Libertadores, 1966 Copa Libertadores|
The Copa Libertadores 1976 was the 17th edition of the Copa Libertadores, CONMEBOL's annual international club tournament. The tournament began on February 23 and ended on July 30.
Cruzeiro won the competition, being the first Brazilian team, after Pelé's Santos, to win the continental competition. During the tournament, Cruzeiro suffered a great setback: the loss of the player Roberto Batata, who died in a car accident.
The participating teams were divided into five groups, in which teams of the same country were placed in the same group. Each country was represented by two teams. The countries were paired as follows: