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Copa América
Founded 1918
Region Continental (CONMEBOL)
Number of teams 9
Current champions Flag of Uruguay Uruguay (5th title)
Most successful team Flag of Argentina Argentina
Flag of Uruguay Uruguay (5 titles)
33px Current

The Copa América is an international association football tournament between the men's national teams of CONMEBOL. This competition determines who will be the Continental champion of South America and is the oldest continental competition in the world.

History

Beginnings

The first recorded match in South America was held in 1867 on the railways of Argentina with the first recorded match being in 1870 in the city of Buenos Aires where the Buenos Aires Football Club was formed. As the growth of football was starting to take over the main countries in South America and in 1910 the first multi-nation tournament was held in South America. It would take another eight years for the competition to be created as the first official tournament was held in Brazil in 1918 with three teams competing. During this tournament, CONMEBOL would be founded as Argentina won the official tournament after winning both games.

The 1920 edition would see the return of Uruguay in international football after a Civil War which took them out of international football for ten years. For Uruguay, they would struggle as they wouldn't record a victory in the first two editions that they entered as Argentina took out the title the next two editions of the competition with Brazil (1920) and Paraguay (1922) being the runner up in these editions.

Results

South American Championship era

Year Host Final Tournament Results
Winners Runners-Up Third Place Fourth Place
1918 Flag of Brazil (1889-1960) Brazil Flag of Argentina (alternative) Argentina Flag of Chile Chile Flag of Brazil (1889-1960) Brazil
1920 Flag of Argentina (alternative) Argentina Flag of Argentina (alternative) Argentina Flag of Brazil (1889-1960) Brazil Flag of Chile Chile Flag of Uruguay Uruguay
1922 Flag of Brazil (1889-1960) Brazil Flag of Argentina (alternative) Argentina Flag of Paraguay Paraguay Flag of Brazil (1889-1960) Brazil Flag of Uruguay Uruguay
1923 Flag of Uruguay Uruguay Flag of Uruguay Uruguay Flag of Brazil (1889-1960) Brazil Flag of Paraguay Paraguay Flag of Argentina (alternative) Argentina
1925* Flag of Brazil (1889-1960) Brazil Flag of Uruguay Uruguay Flag of Brazil (1889-1960) Brazil Flag of Argentina (alternative) Argentina Flag of Paraguay Paraguay
1927 Flag of Peru (1825 - 1950) Peru Flag of Uruguay Uruguay Flag of Argentina (alternative) Argentina Flag of Peru (1825 - 1950) Peru Flag of Bolivia Bolivia
1931 Flag of Argentina Argentina Flag of Brazil (1889-1960) Brazil Flag of Argentina Argentina Flag of Paraguay Paraguay Flag of Peru (1825 - 1950) Peru
1935 Flag of Peru (1825 - 1950) Peru Flag of Peru (1825 - 1950) Peru Flag of Uruguay Uruguay Flag of Argentina Argentina Flag of Chile Chile
1937 Flag of Argentina Argentina Flag of Argentina Argentina Flag of Brazil (1889-1960) Brazil Flag of Peru (1825 - 1950) Peru Flag of Chile Chile
1939 Flag of Peru (1825 - 1950) Peru Flag of Peru (1825 - 1950) Peru Flag of Paraguay Paraguay Flag of Uruguay Uruguay Flag of Chile Chile
1941 Flag of Chile Chile Flag of Uruguay Uruguay Flag of Argentina Argentina Flag of Peru (1825 - 1950) Peru Flag of Chile Chile
1945 Flag of Argentina Argentina Flag of Argentina Argentina Flag of Brazil (1889-1960) Brazil Flag of Uruguay Uruguay Flag of Chile Chile
1947 Flag of Ecuador Ecuador Flag of Uruguay Uruguay Flag of Paraguay Paraguay Flag of Chile Chile Flag of Argentina Argentina
1949 Flag of Brazil (1889-1960) Brazil

* - World Cup Qualifying

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