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Copa América de Fútbol
The Copa America trophy.

Copa América (English: America Cup; previously called the South American Championship or South American Championship of Nations) is a tournament that has the teams from CONMEBOL (South America). It was founded in 1916, and it is the oldest tournament that only has teams from a certain continent.

The Copa America is one of the most watched sporting events in the world. The winner of the tournament goes to the next FIFA Confederations Cup.

The current format has 10 South American teams and two other teams from other FIFA federations in each tournament. The most successful team has been the Uruguay national football team, with 15 titles. Chile won the last tournament.

Results

Team Winners Runners-up Third place Fourth place
 Uruguay 15 (1916, 1917*, 1920, 1923*, 1924*, 1926, 1935, 1942*, 1956*, 1959 , 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)
 Argentina 14 (1921*, 1925*, 1927, 1929*, 1937*, 1941, 1945, 1946*, 1947, 1955, 1957, 1959*, 1991, 1993) 13 (1916*, 1917, 1920, 1923, 1924, 1926, 1935, 1942, 1959 (Ecuador), 1967, 2004, 2007, 2015, 2016) 4 (1919, 1956, 1963, 1989) 2 (1922, 1987*)
 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)
 Paraguay 2 (1953, 1979) 6 (1922, 1929, 1947, 1949, 1963, 2011) 7 (1923, 1924, 1925, 1939, 1946, 1959 (Argentina), 1983) 7 (1921, 1926, 1937, 1942, 1967, 1989, 2015)
 Chile 2 (2015*, 2016) 4 (1955*, 1956, 1979, 1987) 5 (1926*, 1941*, 1945*, 1967, 1991*) 10 (1916, 1917, 1919, 1920*, 1924, 1935, 1939, 1947, 1953, 1999)
 Peru 2 (1939*, 1975) 8 (1927*, 1935*, 1949, 1955, 1979, 1983, 2011, 2015) 5 (1929, 1941, 1957*, 1959 (Argentina), 1997)
 Colombia 1 (2001*) 1 (1975) 4 (1987, 1993, 1995, 2016) 2 (1991, 2004)
 Bolivia 1 (1963*) 1 (1997*) 2 (1927, 1949)
 Mexico^ 2 (1993, 2001) 3 (1997, 1999, 2007)
 Honduras^ 1 (2001)
 Ecuador 2 (1959 (Ecuador)*, 1993*)
 United States^ 2 (1995, 2016)
 Venezuela 1 (2011)
*=hosts
^=invitees

Records

Tucho mendez
Norberto Méndez (Argentina).
As of 4 July 2015

All-time top scorers

Rank Player Country Goals
1 Norberto Méndez  Argentina 17
Zizinho  Brazil
3 Teodoro Fernández  Peru 15
Severino Varela  Uruguay
5 Ademir  Brazil 13
Gabriel Batistuta  Argentina
Jairzinho  Brazil
Jose Manuel Moreno  Argentina
Héctor Scarone  Uruguay
10 Roberto Porta  Uruguay 12
Ángel Romano  Uruguay
13 Víctor Agustín Ugarte  Bolivia 11
Herminio Masantonio  Argentina

All-time table

Since the 2016 Copa América Centenario

Uruguay Copa America 1917
The 1917 champions.
Team Winners Part. Pts GP W D L GF GA Dif Pts/GP
1  Uruguay 15 43 358 197 108 34 55 399 218 +181 1,82
2  Argentina 14 41 397 188 120 37 31 455 173 +282 2,11
3  Brazil 8 35 332 178 99 35 44 405 200 +205 1,87
4  Paraguay 2 35 224 165 62 38 65 252 290 -38 1,36
5  Chile 2 38 222 177 64 30 83 281 304 -23 1,25
6  Peru 2 30 189 144 52 33 59 209 230 -21 1,31
7  Colombia 1 20 140 107 39 23 45 124 178 -54 1,31
8  Bolivia 1 25 86 109 20 26 63 102 272 -170 0,78
9  Ecuador 0 26 65 114 15 20 79 120 307 -187 0,57
10  Mexico 0 9 63 44 17 12 15 60 53 +7 1,43
11  Venezuela 0 16 27 58 5 12 41 43 166 -123 0,46
12  Costa Rica 0 4 14 14 4 2 8 14 25 -11 1,00
13  Honduras 0 1 10 6 3 1 2 7 5 +2 1,66
14  United States 0 3 8 12 2 2 8 11 21 -10 0,66
15  Japan 0 1 1 3 0 1 2 3 8 -5 0,33
16  Jamaica 0 1 0 3 0 0 3 0 3 -3 0,00

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