13 Mar 1996 – 26 Jun 1996
| Club Atlético River Plate|
| River Plate (2nd title)|
1986 Copa Libertadores, 1995 Copa Libertadores, 1997 Copa Libertadores, 1994 Copa Libertadores, 1973 Copa Libertadores
The 1996 edition of Copa Libertadores was the 37th in the tournament's history. Twenty-one teams participated in the competition. River Plate, of Argentina, won the tournament for their second time. The tournament began on March 13 and ended on June 26.
Twenty teams were divided into five groups of four teams each for the Group Stage. The top three teams of each group, as well as Grêmio (who received a bye as winners of the previous year's edition of the tournament) qualified to the Round of 16.
First leg matches were played between April 30 and May 2. Second leg matches were played on May 8 and May 9.
First leg matches were played on May 15. Second leg matches were played on May 22 and May 24.
River Plate won 3–2 on aggregate.
River Plate won 2–1 on aggregate.
1996 Copa Libertadores Wikipedia