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Copa America

Updated on May 10, 2011

COPA AMERICA BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Copa America is one of the most competitive soccer competitions in the world. A Portuguese and Spanish translation of the name America Cup, Copa America is a national team tournament of members of South American Football Confederation; CONMEBOL, the South America soccer governing body. CONMEBOL is a short of Potruguese Confederação Sul-Americana de Futebol and Spanish Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol translation for South American Football Confederation. CONMEBOL is the oldest continental confederation in the world that was started on the 9th of July, 1916 and it’s headquartered in Luque in Paraguay. There have been 42 editions of Copa America, since it first started in 1916.

The current Copa America has 12 teams and the competition takes about a month. Since CONMEBOL is made up of 10 teams, 2 teams from other confederation are invited since 1993. Mexico has been invited seven times, USA and Costa Rica 3 times each, while Japan and Honduras has been invited only once. Canada was invited in the year 2001 but withdrew.

CONMEBOL members are Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela

 

COPA AMERICA INVITED NATIONS

 
Year
Year
Year
Year
Year
Year
Year
Year
Total
Mexico
1993
1995
1997
1999
2001
2004
2007
2011
7
Performance
Runners Up
Quarter Finals
3rd Position
3rd Position
Runners Up
Quarter Finals
3rd Position
 
 
 Costa Rica
 
 
1997
 
2001
2004
 
 
3
Performance
 
 
Group Stage
 
Quarter Finals
Quarter Finals
 
 
 
 United States
1993
1995
 
 
 
 
2007
 
3
Performance
3rd Position
4th Position
 
 
 
 
Group Stage
 
 
 Honduras
 
 
 
 
2001
 
 
 
1
Performance
 
 
 
 
3rd Position
 
 
 
 
 Japan
 
 
 
1999
 
 
 
 
1
Performance
 
 
 
Group Stage
 
 
 
 
 
Canada
 
 
 
 
2001
 
 
 
0
Performance
 
 
 
 
Withdrew
 
 
 
 

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF COPA AMERICA NAME

 From 1916, Copa America was known as South American Championship of National Teams (Campeonato Sudamericano de Selecciones) and it was not until 1967 when Copa America was played for the last time as South American Championship. For 8 years, no Copa America tournament was played, resuming in 1975, officially under the name Copa America. However the tournament had no fixed venue and the matches were played all the year round in each of the countries in a home and away mode. By then, only nine teams participated and this was in group stages. The only exempt from this group competition was the defending champion who started participating in the semis and the finals were played in every four years.  This system went on from 1975 to 1987, when the Copa America was played in Argentina for the first time since the name change in a fixed location.

COPA AMERICA HOSTS

South American Championship of National Teams
 
 
 
Copa America
 
Year
Host
Year
Host
Year
Host
1916
 Argentina
1941
 Chile
1975
No fixed venue
1917
 Uruguay
1942
 Uruguay
1979
No fixed venue
1919
 Brazil
1945
 Chile
1983
No fixed venue
1920
 Chile
1946
 Argentina
1987
 Argentina
1921
 Argentina
1947
 Ecuador
1989
 Brazil
1922
 Brazil
1949
 Brazil
1991
 Chile
1923
 Uruguay
1953
 Peru
1993
 Ecuador
1924
 Uruguay
1955
 Chile
1995
 Uruguay
1925
 Argentina
1956
 Uruguay
1997
 Bolivia
1926
 Chile
1957
 Peru
1999
 Paraguay
1927
 Peru
1959
 Argentina
2001
 Colombia
1929
 Argentina
1959
 Ecuador
2004
 Peru
1935
 Peru
1963
 Bolivia
2007
 Venezuela
1937
 Argentina
1967
 Uruguay
2011
 Argentina
1939
 Peru
 
 
2015
 Brazil

COPA AMERICA WINNING TEAMS

Out of the 10 nations, seven national football teams from the respective members have won the titles. Uruguay and Argentina have each won the title 14times, Brazil have won the Copa America title 8 times, while Peru and Paraguay have won the title twice each with Bolivia and Columbia won once each. National football teams yet to win the title are Chile, Ecuador and Venezuela.

The current Copa America Champion is Brazil, who won the title on the 15th of July 2007, in a final match played at the Estadio José Pachencho Romero in Maracaibo, Venezuela. Brazil National Team won Copa America Cup after beating Argentina by 3 goals to nil. The goals were scored by Julio Baptista in the 4th minute, Roberto Ayala of Argentina scored an own goal at the 40th minute and finally Daniel Alves scored the final goal of the 2007 Copa America tournament on the 69th minute, sealing the fate of the Argentina National Football team  in Copa America, Venezuela 2007.

COPA AMERICA WINNERS

YEAR
HOST NATION
COPA AMERICA CHAMPION
1916
 Argentina
Uruguay
1917
 Uruguay
Uruguay
1919
 Brazil
Brazil
1920
 Chile
Uruguay
1921
 Argentina
Argentina
1922
 Brazil
Brazil
1923
 Uruguay
Uruguay
1924
 Uruguay
Uruguay
1925
 Argentina
Argentina
1926
 Chile
Uruguay
1927
 Peru
Argentina
1929
 Argentina
Argentina
1935
 Peru
Uruguay
1937
 Argentina
Argentina
1939
 Peru
Peru
1941
 Chile
Argentina
1942
 Uruguay
Uruguay
1945
 Chile
Argentina
1946
 Argentina
Argentina
1947
 Ecuador
Argentina
1949
 Brazil
Brazil
1953
 Peru
Paraguay
1955
 Chile
Argentina
1956
 Uruguay
Uruguay
1957
 Peru
Argentina
1959
 Argentina
Argentina
1959
 Ecuador
Uruguay
1963
 Bolivia
Bolivia
1967
 Uruguay
Uruguay
1975
No fixed venue
Peru
1979
No fixed venue
Paraguay
1983
No fixed venue
Uruguay
1987
 Argentina
Uruguay
1989
 Brazil
Brazil
1991
 Chile
Argentina
1993
 Ecuador
Argentina
1995
 Uruguay
Uruguay
1997
 Bolivia
Brazil
1999
 Paraguay
Brazil
2001
 Colombia
Colombia
2004
 Peru
Brazil
2007
 Venezuela
Brazil
2011
 Argentina
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