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Traditional powers meet in Libertadores final

Uruguay's Penarol and Brazil's Santos, the first clubs to win the South American club championship, meet in the two-leg Copa Libertadores final starting with Wednesday's first leg at the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo (9 p.m., Fox Deportes).

Jack Bell points out that Penarol won the first two Libertadores tournaments, in 1960 and 1961, and was followed by Santos, the winners in 1962 (over Penarol) and 1963 with a guy named Pele (who gave the players for his old club a pep talk ahead of Wednesday’s game) in the lineup.

Penarol's last of five Libertadores titles came in 1987. Santos never succeeded in winning a third, but finished runner-up in 2003.

Both teams have been led to the final by a pair of high-scoring strikers who have each scored five goals in the tournament. Neymar, 19, of Santos, is among the hottest players on the planet at present, with suitors from some of the top European teams. Penarol’s Juan Manuel Olivera, 29, returned to play in Uruguay after stints in Mexico and China.

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