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Copa América
Copa América de Fútbol
Founded 1916
Region South America
(CONMEBOL)
Tournament information
Current champions Flag of Chile.png Chile (1st title)
Number of teams 12
Most successful club Flag of Uruguay.png Uruguay (15 titles)
Football current event Current
Website Official website

The Campeonato Sudamericano Copa América, known as Copa América (Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese for "Americas Cup") is a South American international association football competition contested between the men's national teams of CONMEBOL, the sport's continental governing body. It is the oldest international continental football competition.

The current tournament format involves twelve teams competing at venues in a host nation over a period of about a month. The confederation has only ten members, so national teams from other FIFA confederations are invited to fill the other 2 places; Costa Rica, Mexico and the United States have been regular since being invited for the first time in 1993. In 43 tournaments, seven national teams have won the title. Uruguay is the current champion and the most successful team in the tournament, having won it fifteen times.

The Copa América is one of the world's most widely viewed sporting events. The highest finishing member of CONMEBOL has the right to participate in the next edition of the FIFA Confederations Cup, but is not obligated to do so.

History

Beginnings

The first recorded association football match in South America was played in Argentina in 1867 by British railway workers. The first association football team in South America, Gimnasia y Esgrima de La Plata was created in Argentina in 1887, and the Argentine Football Association was founded in 1893. By the early 20th century, football was growing in popularity, and the first international competition held between national teams of the continent occurred in 1910 when Argentina organized an event to commemorate the centenary of the May Revolution. Chile and Uruguay participated, but this event is not considered official by CONMEBOL. Similarly, for the centennial celebration of its independence, Argentina held a tournament between July 2 and July 17 of 1916 with Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Brazil being the first participants of the tournament. This so-called Campeonato Sudamericano de Football would be the first edition of what is currently known as Copa América; Uruguay would triumph in this first edition after tying 0-0 with hosts Argentina in the deciding, last match held in Estadio Racing Club in Avellaneda.

Seeing the success of the tournament, a boardmember of the Asociación Uruguaya de Fútbol or Uruguayan Football Association, Héctor Rivadavia, proposed the establishment of a confederation of the associations of Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay, and on July 9, independence day in Argentina, CONMEBOL was founded. The following year, the competition was played again, this time in Uruguay. Uruguay would win the title again to win their bicampeonato after defeating Argentina 1-0 in the last match of the tournament. The success of the tournament on Charrúan soil would help consolidate the tournament. After a flu outbreak in Rio de Janeiro canceled the tournament in 1918, Brazil hosted the tournament in 1919 and was crowned champion for the first time after defeating the defending champions 1-0 in a playoff match to decide the title, while the Chilean city of Viña del Mar would host the 1920 event which was won by Uruguay.

For the 1921 event, Paraguay participated for the first time after its football association affiliated to CONMEBOL earlier that same year. Argentina won the competition for the first time thanks to the goals of Julio Libonatti. In subsequent years, Uruguay would dominate the tournament, which at that time was the largest football tournament in the world. Argentina, however, would not be far behind and disputed the supremacy with the Charruas. After losing the 1928 final at the 1928 Summer Olympics held in Amsterdam, Argentina would gain revenge in the 1929 South American Championship by defeating the Uruguayans in the last, decisive match. During this period, both Bolivia and Peru debuted in the tournament in 1926 and 1927, respectively.

Disorganization and intermittency

After the first World Cup held in Uruguay in 1930, the enmity between the football federations of Uruguay and Argentina prevented the competition from being played for a number of years. Only in 1935 was it possible to dispute a special edition of the event to be officially reinstated in 1939. Peru became the host nation of the 1939 edition and won the competition for the first time ever after a 2-1 victory over Uruguay. Ecuador made their debut at that tournament.

In 1941, Chile hosted that year's edition in celebration of the 400th anniversary of the founding of Santiago for which the capacity of the newly built Estadio Nacional was expanded from 30,000 to 70,000 spectators. Despite the large investment and initial success of the team, the Chileans would be defeated in the last match by eventual champions Argentina. Uruguay hosted and won the 1942 edition. Chile would host again in 1945 only to come agonizingly close to disputing the title with Argentina only for Brazil to spoil the possibility; Argentina would win the tournament once again on Chilean soil.

The event entered a period of great disruption. The championship was not played on a regular basis and many editions would be deemed unofficial, only to be considered valid later on by CONMEBOL. For example, Argentina would be the first (and so far only) team to win three consecutive titles by winning the championships of 1945, 1946 and 1947. After those three annual tournaments, the competition returned to being held every two years, then three and later four. There were even two tournaments held in 1959, one in Argentina and a second in Ecuador. During this period, some of the national teams were indifferent to the tournament. Some did not participate every year, others sent lesser teams; in the 1959 edition held in Ecuador, Brazil entered a team from the state of Pernambuco. Bolivia won for the first time when it hosted in 1963, but was defeated in the first game of the 1967 tournament by debutant Venezuela. The founding of the Copa Libertadores in 1959 also affected the way the tournament was viewed by its participants.

After eight years of absence, the event resumed in 1975 and officially acquired the name Copa América. The tournament had no fixed venue, and all matches were played throughout the year in each country. Nine teams participated in the group stages with the defending champions receiving a bye into the semifinals. The tournament was contested every four years using this system until 1987.

Renewal

In 1986, CONMEBOL decided to return to having one country host the tournament and to dispute it every other year. From 1987 until 2001, the event was hosted every two years in rotation by the ten members of the confederation. The format would remain constant with a first round of groups, but the final round stage ranged from being a new, final round-robin group or a single-elimination system to decide the winner. This renewal helped the tournament, which began television coverage in Europe and North America. The 1987 Copa América was held in Argentina; this was the first time the nation had hosted an edition in 28 years. Despite entering as heavy favorites for being the reigning world champions (having won the 1986 FIFA World Cup), playing at home and having a team largely composed of its World Cup winners led by the legendary Diego Maradona, Argentina would finish in a disappointing fourth place after being beaten by defending champions Uruguay 0-1 in the semifinals. Uruguay would defeat a surprisingly strong Chilean squad who made it to the final, disposing of the powerful Brazil 4-0 on the group stage.

Brazil lifted its first official international title since the 1970 FIFA World Cup after winning the 1989 Copa América held on home soil. Argentina, in turn, won the Copa América after 32 long years in 1991 in Chile, thanks to a refreshed squad led by the prolific goalscorer Gabriel Batistuta. The 1993 Copa América tournament in Ecuador would take its current form. Along with the usual ten teams, CONMEBOL invited two countries from CONCACAF to participate, Mexico and the United States.

Uruguay managed to win, as host, the competition in 1995 ending a period of decline for Uruguayan football. With the implementation of rotating hosts, Colombia, Paraguay and Venezuela hosted the tournament for the first time. Brazil entered a successful series of victories, winning four of the five continental titles between 1997 and 2007. The first, in 1997, was won after defeating host nation Bolivia 1-3 with goals from Leonardo, Denílson and Ronaldo becoming crucial in the Verde-Amarela's consagration on Bolivia's altitude. Brazil would successfully defend the title in 1999 after thumping Uruguay 3-0 in Asuncion, Paraguay. However, the 2001 Copa América saw one of the biggest surprises of the history of the sport as Honduras eliminated Brazil in the quarterfinals. Colombia, the host nation, would go on to win the competition for the first time ever.

Ruing from the embarrassing performance in 2001, Brazil reestablished itself in the South American pantheon after defeating Argentina, on penalties, in order to win the 2004 competition held in Peru. Three years later, the two teams met again in the final, this time in Venezuela. Once again, Brazil came out victorious after crushing Argentina 3-0.

Argentina hosted the 2011 competition and was ousted by Uruguay in the quarterfinals by penalty shootout. Uruguay would go on defeating Peru 2-0 in the semis to reach the finals and overpower Paraguay 3-0, thus winning the trophy on Argentinean soil for the third time and second in a row. This, the 43rd edition, was the first time that neither Argentina nor Brazil reached the semifinals stage in the tournament.

Hosts

In 1984, CONMEBOL adopted the policy of rotating the right to host the Copa América amongst the ten member confederations. The first rotation has now been completed following the 2007 Copa América which took place in Venezuela. A second rotation has been agreed to begin in 2011, with host countries rotating in alphabetical order, starting with Argentina. Chile, México and the United States expressed interest in hosting the next tournament, but the CONMEBOL Executive Committee decided to continue the execution of the rotation, giving priority of the organization to each of its member associations; each association confirms whether they will host an edition or not, having no obligation to do so. Argentina confirmed on November 24, 2008, via representatives of the Argentine Football Association, that it would host the 2011 Copa América.

The 2015 Copa América was due to be held in Brazil following the order of rotation. However, the hosting of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics in that nation resulted in the decision being reconsidered. Although CONMEBOL President Nicolas Leoz proposed hosting the continental tournament in Mexico (a member of the CONCACAF federation) and board members Brazil and Chile discussed the possibility of exchanging the 2015 and 2019 tournaments, it was decided in the end, as the CBF confirmed in February 2011, that the 2015 Copa América is to be held in Brazil. However, in March 2012 it was officially announced that it was Chile who would be hosting the 2015 Copa América, after CBF president Ricardo Teixeira resigned from his position and the CBF agreed to swap the tournament's hosting with Chile. The swap was made official in May 2012. The centennial edition of the tournament, which will occur in 2016, will be held in the United States.

Each Copa América since 1987 has had its own mascot or logo. Gardelito, the mascot for the 1987 competition, was the first Copa América mascot.

Times hosted
Hosts Editions
9 Flag of Argentina.png Argentina (1916, 1921, 1925, 1929, 1937, 1946, 1959, 1987, 2011)
7 Flag of Uruguay.png Uruguay (1917, 1923, 1924, 1942, 1956, 1967, 1995)
6 Flag of Chile.png Chile (1920, 1926, 1941, 1945, 1955, 1991)
Flag of Peru.png Peru (1927, 1935, 1939, 1953, 1957, 2004)
4 Brazil.png Brazil (1919, 1922, 1949, 1989)
3 Flag of Ecuador.png Ecuador (1947, 1959, 1993)
2 Flag of Bolivia.png Bolivia (1963, 1997)
1 Flag of Paraguay.png Paraguay (1999)
Flag of Colombia.png Colombia (2001)
Flag of Venezuela.png Venezuela (2007)
3 No fixed host [F] (1975, 1979, 1983)

Format and rules

The tournament was previously known as sup Campeonato Sudamericano de Football (South American Championship of Football). South American Championship of Nations was the official English language name. The current name has been used since 1975. Between 1975 and 1983 it had no host nation, and was held in a home and away fashion. The current final tournament features 12 national teams competing over a month in the host nation. There are two stages: the group stage followed by the knockout stage. In the group stage, teams compete within three groups of four teams each. Three teams are seeded, including the hosts, with the other seeded teams selected using a formula based on the FIFA World Rankings. The other teams are assigned to different "pots", usually based also on the FIFA Rankings, and teams in each pot are drawn at random to the three groups.

Each group plays a round-robin tournament, in which each team is scheduled for three matches against other teams in the same group. The last round of matches of each group is not scheduled at the same time unlike many tournaments around the world. The top two teams from each group advance to the knockout stage as well as the two best third-place teams. Points are used to rank the teams within a group. Beginning in 1995, three points have been awarded for a win, one for a draw and none for a loss (before, winners received two points).

The ranking of each team in each group will be determined as follows:

a) greatest number of points obtained in all group matches;
b) goal difference in all group matches;
c) greatest number of goals scored in all group matches.

If two or more teams are equal on the basis of the above three criteria, their rankings will be determined as follows:

d) greatest number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
e) goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned;
f) greater number of goals scored in all group matches between the teams concerned;
g) drawing of lots by the CONMEBOL Organising Committee (i.e. at random).

The knockout stage is a single-elimination tournament in which teams play each other in one-off matches, with penalty shootouts]used to decide the winner if a match is still tied after extra time. It begins with the quarter-finals, then semi-finals, the third-place match (contested by the losing semi-finalists), and the final.

Invitees

Since 1993, two teams from other confederations, usually from CONCACAF whose members are geographically and culturally close, are also invited. In all, seven different nations have received invitations. Nations receiving invitations are Costa Rica (1997, 2001, 2004, 2011), Honduras (2001), Japan (1999, 2011, 2015), Mexico (1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2011), and the United States (1993, 1995, 2007). The United States had been invited every time from 1997 to 2007 but frequently turned down the invitation due to scheduling conflicts with Major League Soccer. However, on October 30, 2006, the US Soccer Federation accepted the invitation for participation in the 2007 tournament, ending a 12 year absence. At the 2001 Copa América, Canada was an invitee, but on July 6, 2001 withdrew because of security concerns. At the 2011 Copa América, Japan withdrew, citing difficulties with European clubs in releasing Japanese players. South American football's governing body CONMEBOL has stated that Japan would be invited to the 2015 Copa América. Spain was invited to the 2011 edition, but according to the Royal Spanish Football Federation, they declined because they did not want to interrupt the Spanish players' holidays.

Invitees nations record

Team Flag of Ecuador
1993
Flag of Uruguay
1995
Flag of Bolivia
1997
Flag of Paraguay
1999
Flag of Colombia
2001
Flag of Peru
2004
Flag of Venezuela
2007
Flag of Argentina
2011
Editions
Flag of Canada.png Canada - - - - w/d - - - 0
Flag of Costa Rica.png Costa Rica - - GS - QF QF - GS 4
Flag of Honduras.png Honduras - - - - 3rd - - - 1
Flag of Japan.png Japan - - - GS - - - w/d 1
Flag of Mexico.png Mexico 2nd QF 3rd 3rd 2nd QF 3rd GS 8
Flag of Spain.png Spain - - - - - - - w/d 0
Flag of the United States.png United States GS 4th - - - - GS - 3

Trophies

Two trophies are awarded at the end of the competition: the Copa América is given to the winner, while the Copa Bolivia is awarded to the runner-up. The Copa América trophy, which is awarded to the winner of the Copa América tournament, was donated to CONMEBOL by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Argentina in 1916. The prestigious laurel was obtained from a jewelry shop in Buenos Aires at the cost of 3,000 Swiss francs. The trophy is a silver ornament with wooden base which contains several plaques. The plaques are engraved with every winner of the competition, as well as the edition won.

Results

South American Championship era

Year Host Final Tournament Results
Champions Runners-Up Third Place Fourth Place
1916
[C]
Flag of Argentina.png Argentina Flag of Uruguay.png
Uruguay
Flag of Argentina.png
Argentina
Brazil.png
Brazil
Flag of Chile.png
Chile
1917 Flag of Uruguay.png Uruguay Flag of Uruguay.png
Uruguay
Flag of Argentina.png
Argentina
Brazil.png
Brazil
Flag of Chile.png
Chile
1919 Brazil.png Brazil Brazil.png
Brazil
Flag of Uruguay.png
Uruguay
Flag of Argentina.png
Argentina
Flag of Chile.png
Chile
1920 Flag of Chile.png Chile Flag of Uruguay.png
Uruguay
Flag of Argentina.png
Argentina
Brazil.png
Brazil
Flag of Chile.png
Chile
1921 Flag of Argentina.png Argentina Flag of Argentina.png
Argentina
Brazil.png
Brazil
Flag of Uruguay.png
Uruguay
Flag of Paraguay.png
Paraguay
1922 Brazil.png Brazil Brazil.png
Brazil
Flag of Paraguay.png
Paraguay
Flag of Uruguay.png
Uruguay
Flag of Argentina.png
Argentina
1923 Flag of Uruguay.png Uruguay Flag of Uruguay.png
Uruguay
Flag of Argentina.png
Argentina
Flag of Paraguay.png
Paraguay
Brazil.png
Brazil
1924 Flag of Uruguay.png Uruguay Flag of Uruguay.png
Uruguay
Flag of Argentina.png
Argentina
Flag of Paraguay.png
Paraguay
Flag of Chile.png
Chile
1925
[A]
Flag of Argentina.png Argentina Flag of Argentina.png
Argentina
Brazil.png
Brazil
Flag of Paraguay.png
Paraguay
N/A
1926 Flag of Chile.png Chile Flag of Uruguay.png
Uruguay
Flag of Argentina.png
Argentina
Flag of Chile.png
Chile
Flag of Paraguay.png
Paraguay
1927 Flag of Peru.png Peru Flag of Argentina.png
Argentina
Flag of Uruguay.png
Uruguay
Flag of Peru.png
Peru
Flag of Bolivia.png
Bolivia
1929 Flag of Argentina.png Argentina Flag of Argentina.png
Argentina
Flag of Paraguay.png
Paraguay
Flag of Uruguay.png
Uruguay
Flag of Peru.png
Peru
1935
[D]
Flag of Peru.png Peru Flag of Uruguay.png
Uruguay
Flag of Argentina.png
Argentina
Flag of Peru.png
Peru
Flag of Chile.png
Chile
1937 Flag of Argentina.png Argentina Flag of Argentina.png
Argentina
Brazil.png
Brazil
Flag of Uruguay.png
Uruguay
Flag of Paraguay.png
Paraguay
1939 Flag of Peru.png Peru Flag of Peru.png
Peru
Flag of Uruguay.png
Uruguay
Flag of Paraguay.png
Paraguay
Flag of Chile.png
Chile
1941
[D]
Flag of Chile.png Chile Flag of Argentina.png
Argentina
Flag of Uruguay.png
Uruguay
Flag of Chile.png
Chile
Flag of Peru.png
Peru
1942 Flag of Uruguay.png Uruguay Flag of Uruguay.png
Uruguay
Flag of Argentina.png
Argentina
Brazil.png
Brazil
Flag of Paraguay.png
Paraguay
1945
[D]
Flag of Chile.png Chile Flag of Argentina.png
Argentina
Brazil.png
Brazil
Flag of Chile.png
Chile
Flag of Uruguay.png
Uruguay
1946
[D]
Flag of Argentina.png Argentina Flag of Argentina.png
Argentina
Brazil.png
Brazil
Flag of Paraguay.png
Paraguay
Flag of Uruguay.png
Uruguay
1947 Flag of Ecuador.png Ecuador Flag of Argentina.png
Argentina
Flag of Paraguay.png
Paraguay
Flag of Uruguay.png
Uruguay
Flag of Chile.png
Chile
1949 Brazil.png Brazil Brazil.png
Brazil
Flag of Paraguay.png
Paraguay
Flag of Peru.png
Peru
Flag of Bolivia.png
Bolivia
1953 Flag of Peru.png Peru Flag of Paraguay.png
Paraguay
Brazil.png
Brazil
Flag of Uruguay.png
Uruguay
Flag of Chile.png
Chile
1955 Flag of Chile.png Chile Flag of Argentina.png
Argentina
Flag of Chile.png
Chile
Flag of Peru.png
Peru
Flag of Uruguay.png
Uruguay
1956
[D]
Flag of Uruguay.png Uruguay Flag of Uruguay.png
Uruguay
Flag of Chile.png
Chile
Flag of Argentina.png
Argentina
Brazil.png
Brazil
1957 Flag of Peru.png Peru Flag of Argentina.png
Argentina
Brazil.png
Brazil
Flag of Uruguay.png
Uruguay
Flag of Peru.png
Peru
1959 Flag of Argentina.png Argentina Flag of Argentina.png
Argentina
Brazil.png
Brazil
Flag of Paraguay.png
Paraguay
Flag of Peru.png
Peru
1959
[D]
Flag of Ecuador.png Ecuador Flag of Uruguay.png
Uruguay
Flag of Argentina.png
Argentina
Brazil.png
Brazil
Flag of Ecuador.png
Ecuador
1963 Flag of Bolivia.png Bolivia Flag of Bolivia.png
Bolivia
Flag of Paraguay.png
Paraguay
Flag of Argentina.png
Argentina
Brazil.png
Brazil
1967 Flag of Uruguay.png Uruguay Flag of Uruguay.png
Uruguay
Flag of Argentina.png
Argentina
Flag of Chile.png
Chile
Flag of Paraguay.png
Paraguay

Copa América era

Year Host Final Third place match
Champion Score Runner-Up Third Place Score Fourth Place
1975 No fixed host [F] Flag of Peru.png
Peru
0 – 1 / 2 – 0
Play-off
1 – 0
Flag of Colombia.png
Colombia
Brazil.png Brazil
Flag of Uruguay.png Uruguay
N/A [B]
1979 No fixed host [F] Flag of Paraguay.png
Paraguay
3 – 0 / 0 – 1
Play-off
0 – 0 a.e.t.
Flag of Chile.png
Chile
Brazil.png Brazil
Flag of Peru.png Peru
N/A [B]
1983 No fixed host [F] Flag of Uruguay.png
Uruguay
2 – 0 / 1 – 1 Brazil.png
Brazil
Flag of Paraguay.png Paraguay
Flag of Peru.png Peru
N/A [B]
1987 Flag of Argentina.png Argentina Flag of Uruguay.png
Uruguay
1 – 0 Flag of Chile.png
Chile
Flag of Colombia.png
Colombia
2 – 1 Flag of Argentina.png
Argentina
1989 Brazil.png Brazil Brazil.png
Brazil
[E] Flag of Uruguay.png
Uruguay
Flag of Argentina.png
Argentina
[E] Flag of Paraguay.png
Paraguay
1991 Flag of Chile.png Chile Flag of Argentina.png
Argentina
[E] Brazil.png
Brazil
Flag of Chile.png
Chile
[E] Flag of Colombia.png
Colombia
1993 Flag of Ecuador.png Ecuador Flag of Argentina.png
Argentina
2 – 1 Flag of Mexico.png
Mexico
Flag of Colombia.png
Colombia
1 – 0 Flag of Ecuador.png
Ecuador
1995 Flag of Uruguay.png Uruguay Flag of Uruguay.png
Uruguay
1 – 1
5–3
pens
Brazil.png
Brazil
Flag of Colombia.png
Colombia
4 – 1 Flag of the United States.png
United States
1997 Flag of Bolivia.png Bolivia Brazil.png
Brazil
3 – 1 Flag of Bolivia.png
Bolivia
Flag of Mexico.png
Mexico
1 – 0 Flag of Peru.png
Peru
1999 Flag of Paraguay.png Paraguay Brazil.png
Brazil
3 – 0 Flag of Uruguay.png
Uruguay
Flag of Mexico.png
Mexico
2 – 1 Flag of Chile.png
Chile
2001 Flag of Colombia.png Colombia Flag of Colombia.png
Colombia
1 – 0 Flag of Mexico.png
Mexico
Flag of Honduras.png
Honduras
2 – 2
5–4
pens
Flag of Uruguay.png
Uruguay
2004 Flag of Peru.png Peru Brazil.png
Brazil
2 – 2
4–2
pens
Flag of Argentina.png
Argentina
Flag of Uruguay.png
Uruguay
2 – 1 Flag of Colombia.png
Colombia
2007 Flag of Venezuela.png Venezuela Brazil.png
Brazil
3 – 0 Flag of Argentina.png
Argentina
Flag of Mexico.png
Mexico
3 – 1 Flag of Uruguay.png
Uruguay
2011 Flag of Argentina.png Argentina Flag of Uruguay.png
Uruguay
3 – 0 Flag of Paraguay.png
Paraguay
Flag of Peru.png
Peru
4 – 1 Flag of Venezuela.png
Venezuela
2015 Flag of Chile.png Chile Flag of CHI.png
Chile
0–0 (a.e.t.)
(4–1p)
Flag of Argentina.png
Argentina
Flag of Peru.png
Peru
2–0 Flag of Paraguay.png
Paraguay
2016 Flag of the United States.png United States
2019 Brazil.png Brazil
2023 Flag of Ecuador.png Ecuador
  • Key:
    • Invited teams in italics
    • pens – after penalty shootout

Given the size of the confederation (it is the smallest with only ten members), every nation has been represented in the tournament. Recently, invitees from outside CONMEBOL have taken part in the competition in order to provide a more viable format to the competition. Seven nations have won the Copa América, only five have won it more than once and only three more than twice. With 15 titles Uruguay is the most successful Copa América team, while Argentina is second with 14 titles. 12 of Argentina's titles and 10 of Uruguay's were won before 1960. Brazil have won it eight times with half of those titles being won after 1989. Argentina has made the most appearances in the final, with 26, and on the podium, with 30, while Uruguay have made the most appearances in the top four, with 35.

Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil and Paraguay are the only teams able to win the Copa América outside their countries. Argentina won it eight times outside its country, Uruguay seven times, Brazil four times and Paraguay just once. Colombia and Bolivia have only won the Copa América as hosts (this does not take into account the Copa América tournaments held under a home and away format from 1975 to 1983). Uruguay and Brazil are the most successful teams as hosts winning all editions held in their country (Uruguay 7 times and Brazil 4). Uruguay is the only foreign team to have won the title in Argentina and did so 3 times out of the 9 held there. Chile is the most unsuccessful host nation being unable to win in any of the 6 tournaments held there, the last 4 of which were won by Argentina. Only Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil have won consecutive Copa Américas while Argentina is the only team to win it three times in a row. Mexico, who is from the CONCACAF, has had some success, being runner-up twice and third place on several occasions.

Teams reaching the top four

Team Titles Runner-up Third place Fourth place
Flag of Uruguay.gif Uruguay 15 (1916, 1917*, 1920, 1923*, 1924*, 1926, 1935, 1942*, 1956*, 1959 (Ecuador), 1967*, 1983, 1987, 1995*, 2011) 6 (1919, 1927, 1939, 1941, 1989, 1999) 9 (1921, 1922, 1929, 1937, 1947, 1953, 1957, 1975, 2004) 5 (1945, 1946, 1955, 2001, 2007)
Flag of Argentina.png Argentina 14 (1921*, 1925*, 1927, 1929*, 1937*, 1941, 1945, 1946*, 1947, 1955, 1957, 1959 (Argentina)*, 1991, 1993) 12 (1916*, 1917, 1920, 1923, 1924, 1926, 1935, 1942, 1959 (Ecuador), 1967, 2004, 2007) 4 (1919, 1956, 1963, 1989) 2 (1922, 1987*)
Brazil.png Brazil 8 (1919*, 1922*, 1949*, 1989*, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2007) 11 (1921, 1925, 1937, 1945, 1946, 1953, 1957, 1959 (Argentina), 1983, 1991, 1995) 7 (1916, 1917, 1920, 1942, 1959 (Ecuador), 1975, 1979) 3 (1923, 1956, 1963)
Flag of Paraguay.png Paraguay 2 (1953, 1979) 6 (1922, 1929, 1947, 1949, 1963, 2011) 7 (1923, 1924, 1925, 1939, 1946, 1959 (Argentina), 1983) 6 (1921, 1926, 1937, 1942, 1967, 1989)
Flag of Peru.png Peru 2 (1939*, 1975) 7 (1927*, 1935*, 1949, 1955, 1979, 1983, 2011) 5 (1929, 1941, 1957*, 1959 (Argentina), 1997)
Flag of Colombia.png Colombia 1 (2001*) 1 (1975) 3 (1987, 1993, 1995) 2 (1991, 2004)
Flag of Bolivia.png Bolivia 1 (1963*) 1 (1997*) 2 (1927, 1949)
Flag of CHI.png Chile 4 (1955*, 1956, 1979, 1987) 5 (1926*, 1941*, 1945*, 1967, 1991*) 10 (1916, 1917, 1919, 1920*, 1924, 1935, 1939, 1947, 1953, 1999)
Flag of Mexico.png Mexico^ 2 (1993, 2001) 3 (1997, 1999, 2007)
Flag of Honduras.png Honduras^ 1 (2001)
Flag of Ecuador.png Ecuador 2 (1959 (Ecuador)*, 1993*)
Flag of the United States.png United States^ 1 (1995)
Flag of Venezuela.png Venezuela 1 (2011)
*=hosts
^=invitees

1993 is the only edition when neither Brazil nor Uruguay has finished in the top four. There have been only 3 editions where neither Argentina nor Brazil has finished in the top four (1939, 2001, 2011). Likewise, only 3 editions have seen neither Argentina nor Uruguay finish in the top four (1949, 1979, 1997). There has never been an edition in which none of the three countries Uruguay, Argentina, and Brazil made it to the top four. All Copa America tournaments held in Brazil and Uruguay have been won by the host nation, while Argentina have won 6 South American Championships as hosts and Uruguay have won 3 of their 15 Copa Americas in Argentina (1916, 1987, 2011).

General statistics

Team Po Pl W D L GF GA GD
1 Flag of Argentina.png Argentina 3641731113131422166+256
2 Flag of Uruguay.gif Uruguay 3391841033051384208+176
3 Brazil.png Brazil 315167953042387190+197
4 Flag of Paraguay.png Paraguay 213153613062241270-29
5 Flag of CHI.png Chile 188161542681247291-44
6 Flag of Peru.png Peru 169132463155193220-27
7 Flag of Colombia.png Colombia 12899362043120175-55
8 Flag of Bolivia.png Bolivia 8110219245997257-160
9 Flag of Mexico.png Mexico 61381710145648+8
10 Flag of Ecuador.png Ecuador 61108141975114296-182
11 Flag of Venezuela.png Venezuela 2151493836155-120
12 Flag of Costa Rica.png Costa Rica 11113261221-9
13 Flag of Honduras.png Honduras 10631275+2
14 Flag of the United States.png United States 8122281121-10
15 Flag of Japan.png Japan 1301238-5

Copa América player of the tournament

Year Player
1916 Flag of Uruguay Isabelino Gradín
1917 Flag of Uruguay Héctor Scarone
1919 Brazil Arthur Friedenreich
1920 Flag of Uruguay José Piendibene
1921 Flag of Argentina Américo Tesoriere
1922 Brazil Agostinho Fortes Filho
1923 Flag of Uruguay José Nasazzi
1924 Flag of Uruguay Pedro Petrone
1925 Flag of Argentina Manuel Seoane
1926 Flag of Uruguay José Leandro Andrade
1927 Flag of Argentina Manuel Seoane
1929 Flag of Argentina Manuel Ferreira
1935 Flag of Uruguay José Nasazzi
1937 Flag of Argentina Vicente De la Mata
1939 Flag of Peru Teodoro Fernández
1941 Flag of CHI Sergio Livingstone
1942 Flag of Uruguay Obdulio Varela
1945 Brazil Domingos da Guia
1946 Flag of Argentina Adolfo Pedernera
1947 Flag of Argentina José Manuel Moreno
1949 Brazil Ademir Menezes
1953 Flag of Paraguay Heriberto Herrera
1955 Flag of CHI Enrique Hormazábal
1956 Flag of Uruguay Oscar Míguez
1957 Flag of Argentina Enrique Sívori
1959 (Argentina) Brazil Pelé
1959 (Ecuador) Flag of Uruguay Alcides Silveira
1963 Flag of Bolivia Ramiro Blacut
1967 Flag of Uruguay Pedro Rocha
1975 Flag of Peru Teófilo Cubillas
1979 Flag of CHI Carlos Caszely
1983 Flag of Uruguay Enzo Francéscoli
1987 Flag of Colombia Carlos Valderrama
1989 Flag of Uruguay Ruben Sosa
1991 Flag of Argentina Leonardo Rodríguez
1993 Flag of Argentina Sergio Goycochea
1995 Flag of Uruguay Enzo Francéscoli
1997 Brazil Ronaldo
1999 Brazil Rivaldo
2001 Flag of Honduras Amado Guevara
2004 Brazil Adriano
2007 Brazil Robinho
2011 Flag of Uruguay Luis Suárez

Copa América winning managers

Year Head coach Champions
1916 Flag of Uruguay Alfredo Foglino Flag of Uruguay.gif Uruguay
1917 Flag of Uruguay Ramón Platero Flag of Uruguay.gif Uruguay
1919 Brazil Haroldo Domingues Brazil.png Brazil
1920 Flag of Uruguay Ernesto Fígoli Flag of Uruguay.gif Uruguay
1921 Flag of Argentina Pedro Calomino Flag of Argentina.png Argentina
1922 Brazil Laís Brazil.png Brazil
1923 Flag of Uruguay Leonardo De Lucca Flag of Uruguay.gif Uruguay
1924 Flag of Uruguay Ernesto Meliante Flag of Uruguay.gif Uruguay
1925 Flag of Argentina Américo Tesoriere Flag of Argentina.png Argentina
1926 Flag of Uruguay Ernesto Fígoli Flag of Uruguay.gif Uruguay
1927 Flag of Argentina José Lago Millón Flag of Argentina.png Argentina
1929 Flag of Argentina Fransisco Olazar Flag of Argentina.png Argentina
1935 Flag of Uruguay Raúl Blanco Flag of Uruguay.gif Uruguay
1937 Flag of Argentina Manuel Seoane Flag of Argentina.png Argentina
1939 England Jack Greenwell Flag of Peru.png Peru
1941 Flag of Argentina Guillermo Stábile Flag of Argentina.png Argentina
1942 Flag of Uruguay Pedro Cea Flag of Uruguay.gif Uruguay
1945 Flag of Argentina Guillermo Stábile Flag of Argentina.png Argentina
1946 Flag of Argentina Guillermo Stábile Flag of Argentina.png Argentina
1947 Flag of Argentina Guillermo Stábile Flag of Argentina.png Argentina
1949 Brazil Flavio Costa Brazil.png Brazil
1953 Flag of Paraguay Manuel Fleitas Solich Flag of Paraguay.png Paraguay
1955 Flag of Argentina Guillermo Stábile Flag of Argentina.png Argentina
1956 Flag of Uruguay Hugo Bagnulo Flag of Uruguay.gif Uruguay
1957 Flag of Argentina Guillermo Stábile Flag of Argentina.png Argentina
1959 Flag of Argentina Victorio Spinetto Flag of Argentina.png Argentina
1959 Flag of Uruguay Juan Carlos Corazzo Flag of Uruguay.gif Uruguay
1963 Brazil Danilo Alvim Flag of Bolivia.png Bolivia
1967 Flag of Uruguay Juan Carlos Corazzo Flag of Uruguay.gif Uruguay
1975 Flag of Peru Marcos Calderón Flag of Peru.png Peru
1979 Flag of Paraguay Ranulfo Miranda Flag of Paraguay.png Paraguay
1983 Flag of Uruguay Omar Borrás Flag of Uruguay.gif Uruguay
1987 Flag of Uruguay Roberto Fleitas Flag of Uruguay.gif Uruguay
1989 Brazil Sebastião Lazaroni Brazil.png Brazil
1991 Flag of Argentina Alfio Basile Flag of Argentina.png Argentina
1993 Flag of Argentina Alfio Basile Flag of Argentina.png Argentina
1995 Flag of Uruguay Héctor Núñez Flag of Uruguay.gif Uruguay
1997 Brazil Mário Zagallo Brazil.png Brazil
1999 Brazil Vanderlei Luxemburgo Brazil.png Brazil
2001 Flag of Colombia Francisco Maturana Flag of Colombia.png Colombia
2004 Brazil Carlos Alberto Parreira Brazil.png Brazil
2007 Brazil Dunga Brazil.png Brazil
2011 Flag of Uruguay Óscar Tabárez Flag of Uruguay.gif Uruguay

See also

External links

Copa América

Argentina 1910 · Argentina 1916 · Uruguay 1917 · Brazil 1919 · Chile 1920 · Argentina 1921 · Brazil 1922 · Uruguay 1923 · Uruguay 1924 · Argentina 1925 · Chile 1926 · Peru 1927 · Argentina 1929 · Peru 1935 · Argentina 1937 · Peru 1939 · Chile 1941 · Uruguay 1942 · Chile 1945 · Argentina 1946 · Ecuador 1947 · Brazil 1949 · Peru 1953 · Chile 1955 · Uruguay 1956 · Peru 1957 · 1959 (Argentina · Ecuador) · Bolivia 1963 · Uruguay 1967 · 1975 (No fixed venue) · 1979 (No fixed venue) · 1983 (No fixed venue) · Argentina 1987 · Brazil 1989 · Chile 1991 · Ecuador 1993 · Uruguay 1995 · Bolivia 1997 · Paraguay 1999 · Colombia 2001 · Peru 2004 · Venezuela 2007 · Argentina 2011 · Chile 2015 · United States 2016 · Brazil 2019 · Ecuador 2023 ·

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