|Date 13 April 1997|
|Champion Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield|
Referee Jorge Nieves (Uruguayan Football Association)
Venues Kobe, Kobe Universiade Memorial Stadium
Similar 1998 Recopa Sudamericana, 1996 Recopa Sudamericana, 1992 Recopa Sudamericana, 1989 Recopa Sudamericana, 2003 Recopa Sudamericana
The 1997 Recopa Sudamericana was the 9th Recopa Sudamericana, an annual football match between the winners of the previous season's Copa Libertadores and Supercopa Sudamericana competitions.
The match was contested between River Plate, winners of the 1996 Copa Libertadores, and Vélez Sársfield, winners of the 1996 Supercopa Sudamericana, on April 13, 1997. After a 1-1 draw, Vélez Sársfield managed to beat River Plate 2-4 on penalty shootout to win the trophy. Renowned goalkeeper José Luis Chilavert became the first ever goalkeeper to score a goal in the competition.