The Copa America was initially known by the name South American Football Championship which conducted matches between the South American countries until 1975. The competition was renamed to Copa America and started inviting teams from North America and Asia since the 1990s.
Copa America is the oldest international continental football tournament that has not been conducted on a regular basis. The team to hold the most number of wins at the Copa America is, Uruguay as they have won 15 trophies since the inception of the competition in 1991.
1916 Copa America – The Inaugural Season
The first South American Football Championship, renamed as Copa America was conducted in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1916 for the national teams in South America. A total of 4 teams took part in the competition (Uruguay, Chile, Argentina, and Brazil) and the first season of the tournament was won by Uruguay.
The host team Argentina stood as the runner-up of the first continental championship. Isabelino Gradin of Uruguay was the top scorer of the season with 3 goals and he was the first player in the history of the tournament to score a brace, which was scored at the first match of the competition against Chile and they won with 4-0.
What is Copa America Centenario?
The previous Copa America competition was conducted in 2016 which was the 45th edition of the tournament since its inception in 1916. The 2016 Copa America was a celebration of commemorating the 100 years of the competitions and it marks the first Copa America tournament held outside South America.
The 2016 season was hosted by the United States and a total of 16 teams were featured. It marked the second consecutive win for Chile, who won the match against one of the strong teams Argentina. Argentina became back-to-back runner-up team and it was their 4th time to end up as a consecutive runner-up.
Check out the 2016 Copa America tie breaker finals between Argentina and Chile.
Which Teams have Won the Copa America Trophy?
The 2019 Copa America will be the 46th edition of the competition and so far 8 national teams have claimed the title. The team to clinch the title most of the times is Uruguay with 15 wins, which is closely followed by Argentina with 14 titles. The table below shows the teams and the number of times they have won the trophy.
|Team||Number of Titles Won||Years|
|Uruguay||15||1916, 1917, 1920, 1923, 1924, 1926, 1935, 1942, 1956, 1959 (Ecuador), 1967, 1983, 1987, 1995, 2011|
|Argentina||14||1921, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1937, 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1955, 1957, 1959 (Argentina), 1991, 1993|
|Brazil||8||1919, 1922, 1949, 1989, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2007|
Who is in Copa America 2019?
The 2019 Copa America will begin on 14th June and will go up to 7th July. This time besides the 10 CONMEBOL national teams, 2 Asian teams namely Japan and Qatar will participate from the AFC. This would be Qatar’s debut season as they become the 1st Arab nation to play in Copa America, whereas this is Japan’s 2nd appearance since 1999.
Is Copa America on TV?
The opening ceremony will see Brazil taking on Bolivia at the Morumbi Stadium and the 2 times defending champions Chile will be playing their first match on 17th June. Don’t want to miss the clashes between the world’s strongest football teams? Check out the Copa America Live Stream to know the complete live streaming details.
Copa America Champions List
Since the inception of the Copa America, the team to have hosted most of the matches is Argentina – 9 times and the 2020 Copa America will also be hosted by Argentina along with Colombia. Check out the all-time winners of the Copa America in the table below.